Trumpeter Rex Richardson joins Brumfield Artists!
Trumpeter Rex Richardson joins the Brumfield & Associates list of artists! Hailed as “one of the world’s most engaging and astonishingly versatile trumpeters,” (Style Weekly) Yamaha Performing Artist Rex Richardson is one of the busiest crossover trumpeters on the international scene. Due to his strong commitment to performance and education, coupled with his passion for the arts, Rex Richardson has been named “Personality of The Year” by the Brass Herald. A veteran of the acclaimed chamber ensemble Rhythm & Brass, jazz legend Joe Henderson’s Quintet and Sextet, William Russo’s Chicago Jazz Ensemble, and the Brass Band of Battle Creek, known as the world’s “Rolls Royce of Brass Bands” (Brass Band World), he stays busy as a headline artist at international brass and jazz festivals and as a soloist with orchestras, concert bands, brass bands and jazz ensembles. Since the early 90s he has worked with countless celebrity artists in multiple genres, developing a unique reputation in the trumpet world for his combination of singular virtuosity, a highly personal style, and an emphasis on improvisation in classical as well as jazz idioms. A tireless champion of new music, Richardson presented the premiere performances of concertos by Dana Wilson, Doug Richards and Peter Meechan on four continents between 2006 and 2010. 2010-2011 will see the Australian, Brazilian, Swedish and American premieres of Stephenson’s Trumpet Concerto no. 2, “Rextreme.” Richardson is Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Trumpet at Virginia Commonwealth University and served as Artist in Residence at London’s Trinity College of Music from 2006-2009. His five solo recordings, including the most recent “Magnum Opus: 21st Century Trumpet Concertos” are released on Summit Records.
Wycliffe Gordon's Jazz a la Carte named one of best moments in jazz 2011!
The Wall Street Journal recently named Wycliffe Gordon's "Jazz a la Carte" show that was presented last year at the Apollo Theater, one of the best jazz moments of 2011. Wycliffe will return with "Jazz a la Carte" again this May 12 at the historical Apollo Theater for two star-studded performances.
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"Sing It First" methods book and Hello Pops CD Release
Wycliffe Gordon's unique technique and approach to playing the trombone, has been compiled and edited by Alan Raph and published by Kendor Publishing. It's available online and it music stores nationwide.
Wycliffe Gordon's latest recording project "Hello Pops! A Tribute to Louis Armstrong" is now available online at www.wycliffegordon.com.
The CD has been a labor of love for Wycliffe and something he's wanted to produce for a long time. Louis Armstrong is his musical hero and "...paying homage to him and his music by making this CD has been pure joy," says Wycliffe.
The CD was released and debuted with live performances at Dizzy's Coca-Cola Club and a special CD release event sponsored by Yamaha.
Tim Brumfield returns for Winter Solstice
Tim Brumfield just completed four performances with the Grammy winning Paul Winter Consort for the annual production and celebration of Winter Solstice. Tim is a member of the renowned ensemble and is featured on the Great Organ at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in regular performances with the group and throughout the year as special guest organist.
Trumpeter Rex Richardson in residence at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester
Rex Richardson will be crossing the pond regularly this spring while he is "Artist in Residence" at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester England. He will be performing, teaching, giving masterclasses and coaching trumpet and brass students in a variety of settings and programs.