Come out and see the trumpet virtuoso Jon Faddis in a FREE CONCERT on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at the South Shore Cultural Center, who returns to Chicago with a small group of players, including pianist Willie Pickens, saxophonist Pat Mallinger, bassist Larry Gray and drummer Greg Artry. This free concert is a part of the Jazz Institute’s JazzCity program.
JazzCity is a free concert series initiated in 1997 by the Jazz Institute of Chicago in collaboration with the Chicago Park District, now celebrating its 20th season of bringing people together from across the city to listen to Chicago’s top jazz musicians. JazzCity is sponsored by WDCB 90.9 FM and WHPK 88.5 FM Radio and supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Widely recognized for his mastery of the highest registers of the trumpet, renowned musician and music educator Jon Faddis (born July 24, 1953) is an American jazz trumpet player, conductor, composer, and educator, renowned for both his playing and for his expertise in the field of music education. Upon his first appearance on the scene, he became known for his ability to closely mirror the sound of trumpet icon Dizzy Gillespie, who was his mentor along with pianist Stan Kenton and trumpeter Bill Catalano.
With the tutelage of mentors and jazz greats John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie, Stan Kenton, trumpeter Bill Catalano and Charles Mingus, Faddis surpassed even some of their skills. He became known for his ability to sound like Dizzy Gillespie, a master of controlled melodic lines in high registers, who is reported to have said that Faddis is “the best ever, including me!”. A much sought after studio musician in New York City, Faddis began his career as a trumpeter with Lionel Hampton’s big band and later the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. His solo career produced several albums including “Legacy,” “Into The Faddisphere” and “Hornucopia.” He later became the director and main trumpet soloist of the Dizzy Gillespie 70th Birthday Big Band and Dizzy’s United Nation Orchestra. From 1992 to 2002, Faddis led the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. He later led the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars and the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars Big Band. His 1999 recording “Remembrances” was nominated for a Grammy.
Faddis currently leads both the Chicago Jazz Ensemble based at Columbia College in Chicago, Ill. and the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra of New York. He teaches at The Conservatory of Music at Purchase College-SUNY, in Westchester, N.Y. He shares his skills as an educator in master classes and workshops.
- South Shore Cultural Center
- November 3rd at 7:00 pm
- 7059 S. South Shore Drive;