The Trumpet Summit will be playing at Andy's Jazz Club every Monday night from March through December. This year our focus is to play as much original music as possible while still dedicating one show per month to honor a great Jazz trumpet player.
I have the pleasure of sharing the stage with my old colleagues and one of the most influential trumpet players and educators that I had in my life. Jim Bovinette was a major influence on my playing and challenged me to be better by having me learn alongside the older students. I now get to play with him, Danny Campbell, Jason Brewer and Kasimu Taylor in November and give a master class to his students at Iowa State. Full Circle.
The Chicago Soul Jazz Collective is a group that is determined to build upon the music of Lee Morgan, Eddie Harris, Ramsey Lewis and the many other musicians who started playing with a boogaloo and funk vibe to their music. This group consist of John Fournier, Marcin Fahmy, Keith Brooks, Andrew Vogt and Guy King.
In this month's series the club is focusing on the music of Herbie Hancock. I have chosen to have my group take on the record "Takin' Off" which captures the playing of Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard, Billy Higgins, Herbie and Butch Warren.