This fall, sounds of jazz will fill the air of Manhattan as the city plays host to multiple jazz festivals.
First, in September, the Festival Of New Trumpet Music (aka FONT Music) returns for the fifth consecutive year, with festivities running from September 15 through 30.
Then, in October, the inaugural Jazz & Improv LIVE! Convention and Festival will be held from October 25 to 28.
Director Dave Douglas, along with curators Taylor Ho Bynum, Mark Gould and Jeremy Pelt, will host the 2007 Festival of New Trumpet Music, which kicks off with a benefit concert on September 15 at St. Mark's Church, followed by two nights of Contemporary Trumpet Music at The Manhattan School of Music. In addition to world premieres of new works by composers Huang Ruo and Jason Price, this portion of FONT Music will feature the U.S. premiere of Douglas' new piece of chamber orchestra and solo trumpet, bass and percussion, dubbed the Blue Latitudes.
World renowned trumpeter Jeremy Pelt will host a week of exciting events at The Iridium, including the world premiere of Inspiration, Pelt’s new project with Douglas and the legendary Eddie Henderson. Other highlights of the Iridium week include three more world premieres: the Jason Palmer Quintet featuring Greg Osby; Leo Smith's Seven; and Cecil Bridgewater, Eddie Allen, Rod McGaha's Music of the Masters.
For more information on FONT, visit www.fontmusic.org .
The first annual Jazz Improv LIVE! Convention & Festival, claiming to be the one International Convention For Jazz Fans, takes place October 25 through 28, at The New Yorker Hotel and Manhattan Center, located at 34th Street & 8th Avenue in midtown Manhattan, and will feature over 150 activities with scores of performances all day and evening. Headlining acts will include Stanley Clark, Jimmy Heath, Pat Martino, McCoy Tyner, Wallace Roney and many more.
For more information, visit www.jazzimprov.com/live.