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Famous Trumpet Player Jon Faddis of New York, New York

Famous Trumpet Player Jon Faddis

Famous Trumpet Player Jon Faddis

Jon Faddis with Dizzy Gillespie in 1977

Famous Trumpet Player Jon Faddis is a complete and complex musician, conductor, composer and educator. As a trumpet player, Mr. Faddis possesses full command of the trumpet consistently demonstrating an extraordinary and unparalleled range. Jon easily evokes the trumpet voices of Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Roy Eldridge, and of course, his mentor and close friend Dizzy Gillespie, all the while remaining true to his own sound. Inspired by an appearance of Louis Armstrong on the Ed Sullivan Show, Mr. Faddis began playing the trumpet in 1961, at age eight. Three years later, with the help of his trumpet teacher, Bill Catalano, Mr. Faddis tackled the music of Dizzy Gillespie. At the age of fifteen, Mr. Faddis impressed Dizzy Gillespie at the Monterey Jazz Festival, earning an invitation to sit in with Gillespie at the famed Jazz Workshop in San Francisco; it was the beginning of a profound and lifelong friendship.

Two years later, after graduating from high school in Oakland, California, Mr. Faddis moved to New York, first joining Lionel Hampton's band as a featured soloist, and then the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band at the Village Vanguard. At eighteen, he made a debut at New York's Philharmonic Hall with Charles Mingus. Such auspicious beginnings heralded great things to come. Mr Faddis has conducted or performed with The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, The Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, Gillespie's United Nation Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Centennial Big Band, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Fiftieth Anniversary Dizzy Gillespie Tribute Band, the Newport Jazz Festival Fortieth-Anniversary Tour, and the Tribute to King Oliver Concert for the 1996 Olympics; the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Gil Evans Big Band and the Mingus Big Band. He has toured multiple times for the U.S. State Department and played for Presidents at the White House and royalty abroad. Mr. Faddis also conducts the Jazz Millennium Big Band at the SUNY-Purchase Conservatory, where he is a distinguished professor and artist-in-residence, and the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars at the Blue Note in New York and other venues nationally and internationally.

Jon Faddis' distinctive trumpet work is featured on numerous soundtracks, including The Wiz, The Cosby Show, A Winter in Lisbon and Clint Eastwood films The Gauntlet and Bird, and on hundreds of recordings, including those of Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones and Tina Turner. In addition to teaching at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory, Mr. Faddis frequently conducts clinics and master classes around the world. Mr. Faddis

Jon Faddis is a performing artist/clinican for Schilke Trumpets, manufactured in Melrose Park, Illinois. Faddis performs on a Schilke S-42L Professional Model trumpet in gold-plate with slight modifications of his own design; prior to that he played a gold-plated Schilke B6L Professional Trumpet with a beryllium bell. His mouthpieces are custom-made by Scott Laskey, of Lombard, Illinois.

Jon Faddis and Wynton Marsalis - "Things to Come"

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