Teranga, the new album by world-renowned trumpeter Jon Faddis, has been released to critical acclaim. Faddis, Professor and Director of Jazz Performance at Purchase College, will be touring with his quartet this summer promoting the new recording.
Taking its name from a traditional Sengalese value, Teranga is the belief that those who openly welcome a visitor ensure that their own children will never find themselves in a desperate situation when away from home.
Teranga was a recent “Critic’s Choice” of The New York Times. In his review, Nate Chinen wrote, “Mr. Faddis…takes this opportunity…to showcase his versatility in smaller settings. He achieves this goal with a supportive rhythm section, a handful of guests and a batch of warm and unassuming original tunes.”
Purchase College played a very special role in the creation of Teranga. It was premiered at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase on December 3, 2005 with Jon Faddis, David Hazeltine, Todd Coolman and Dion Parson, and guests Abdou Mboup and Alioune Faye. The cover art was photographed by John Abbott at The Performing Arts Center, using all-natural lighting, and is immensely dramatic and beautiful, without retouching.
Dizzy Gillespie, a close friend and mentor, said of Faddis, “he’s the best ever, including me!” Faddis has been the director of the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band (1992-2002), and its successor group, the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra of New York. He became artistic director of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble in 2004.
The Jon Faddis Quartet features Faddis, David Hazeltine, piano, Kiyoshi Kitagawa, bass, and Dion Parson, drums. Special guests on the recording include Alioune Faye, sabor, Russell Malone, guitar, Abdou Mboup, djembe and talking drum, Gary Smulyan, baritone saxophone, Clark Terry, flugelhorn and vocals, and Frank Wess, alto flute.
Faddis’s previous albums include the Grammy-nominated Rememberance, Into the Faddisphere and Hornucopia.