MARQUETTE - Jon Faddis, acclaimed trumpeter and director of the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, will perform at the Northern Michigan University Jazz Festival on Friday, April 6. He will share the stage with the NMU Jazz Lab Band in a concert that begins at 7:30 p.m. in Kaufman Auditorium.At 15, Faddis sat in with Dizzy Gillespie. Three years later, he was a featured soloist wit h Lionel Hampton's band, followed by the Thad Jones-Met Lewis Big Band. He has performed with the Duke Ellington and Count Basie Orchestras, the Gil Evans Big Band and the Mingus Big Band. Faddis has served as music director and conductor for various ensembles, including a United Nations Orchestra, Carnegie Hall Centennial Big Band and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He also conducts the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars at the Blue Note and other national and international venues. He is a distinguished professor at the SUNY-Purchase Conservatory of Music and teaches master classes worldwide. John Cooper, NMU music professor and director of the university jazz band, took a trumpet lesson from Faddis. "He's kind of a legend in the trumpet world," Cooper said. He's a tremendous talent - one of the best in the world today. He will give a clinic for high school and college musicians that afternoon, rehearse with our band, then do the show." The concert will feature the music of Dizzy Gillespie. The NMU Jazz Lab Band will premiere a new composition called "Zieg's Zag" by local musician Dave Ziegner of Combo Callente. He is also a student at NW. A high school band will be selected to open the program. Tickets for the evening concert are $1 for NMU students, $5 for all other students and $1 0 for adults. They can be obtained at a 11 NMU outlets and at the door.
TRUMPETER JON FADDIS TO PERFORM AT NMU JAZZ FEST