CCM Jazz Ensembles ‘Git Sassy’ on Sunday, Nov. 10

Guest artist Diego Rivera joins the CCM Jazz Ensembles for a musical tribute to Thad Jones on Sunday, Nov. 10.

Guest artist Diego Rivera joins the CCM Jazz Ensembles for a musical tribute to Thad Jones on Sunday, Nov. 10.

The CCM Jazz Ensembles present “Don’t Git Sassy – The Music of Thad Jones” as the next installment in CCM’s 2013-14 Jazz Series. This evening of homage to jazz master Jones will be presented at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, in Corbett Auditorium under the direction of Scott Belck and Dominic Marino. Guest artist Diego Rivera, saxophone, joins the CCM Big Bands for this one-night-only celebration!

Thad Jones (1923-86) was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader. His music embodies the height of sophistication, the depths of hard-driving swing, the relentless groove of the blues and the beauty of a compositional style like no other.

The audience will enjoy jazz classics such as Jones’ hymn-like “To You,” a piece once performed by the Count Basie Orchestra combined with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in their only recording together, and other soulful favorites including “Low Down” and “Willow Weep for Me.” Certainly, the evening wouldn’t be complete without energetic renditions of “This Bass Was Made for Walkin’” and, of course, “Don’t Git Sassy.”

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LISTEN: WVXU Features Interview With Jon Faddis About 2013 Carmine Caruso Jazz Trumpet Competition

Acclaimed jazz trumpet player Jon Faddis.

Acclaimed jazz trumpet player Jon Faddis.

WVXU contributor Chris Comer recently spoke with acclaimed jazz trumpet player Jon Faddis about the International Trumpet Guild’s 2013 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition.

You can listen to audio of the entire interview here.

The world’s finest jazz trumpet players will compete for $15,000 in total prizes during this prestigious competition, which is sponsored by the Herb Alpert Foundation. This year’s proceedings will culminate with a free gala concert on Sept. 14, featuring performances by the finalists and the acclaimed judges, with accompaniment by the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra. Learn more about the Competition and related events here.

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CCM Hosts the International Trumpet Guild’s 2013 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Competition

CCM proudly presents the final round of the 2013 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Competition on Sept. 14.

CCM proudly presents the final round of the 2013 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Competition on Sept. 14.

The world’s best up-and-coming jazz trumpet players will converge at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) this month to compete for $15,000 in total prizes during the International Trumpet Guild‘s 2013 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, hosted by the Herb Alpert Foundation.

From a pool of 32 contenders hailing from all four corners of the globe, five finalists will strive to craft the most creative solos in exciting displays of virtuosity and artistry during the Competition’s Final Round, which will take place from 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. This event is free and open to the general public, and it will also be streamed live on Livestream (link below).

Three of the most famous and successful jazz trumpet performers of the last 40 years will judge this year’s competition, including:

  • Byron Stripling, artistic director of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, who has had a long performance career with some of the best bands in the world, including the GRP All-Star Band, the Count Basie Orchestra and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band;
  • Bobby Shew, internationally renowned soloist and designer of the popular 8310Z Yamaha trumpet, who has performed with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Buddy Rich Big Band and Maynard Ferguson’s Big Band among others; and
  • Jon Faddis, often likened to Dizzy Gillespie, a former member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra who has shared the stage with musicians such as Charles Mingus, Oscar Peterson and Lionel Hampton.

In honor of the legendary brass pedagogue and author for whom the competition is named, the Competition’s Final Round will be preceded by a Caruso Clinic at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Clinicians Vince DiMartino and Liesl Whitaker will lead this stimulating session, which is free and open to the public.

Following the final round of the competition, CCM Jazz will present a Gala Concert, complete with performances by the finalists, judges and clinicians. The Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra will accompany the soloists, led by artistic director and CCM Jazz Studies director Scott Belck, DMA. This exciting event is also free and will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14 in Corbett Auditorium.

About the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition
First held in 1993, the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Competition is considered the most prestigious competition for jazz trumpeters in the world. Held every two years, the competition is sponsored by the International Trumpet Guild and supported by a grant from the Herb Alpert Foundation. CCM faculty members Scott Belck, Kim Pensyl and Alan Siebert serve as hosts of this year’s competition. Past winners include Blue Note recording artist Ambrose Akinmusire, Jason Palmer and Benny Benack. Learn more about this year’s competition by visiting uc.edu/events/caruso.

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CCM Jazz Department Celebrates the Music of Louis Armstrong

Jazz trumpeter Byron Stripling joins CCM Jazz on Sunday, Feb. 17.

Jazz trumpeter Byron Stripling joins CCM Jazz on Sunday, Feb. 17.

Celebrated jazz trumpeter Byron Stripling joins the CCM Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band for a concert tribute to brilliant jazz virtuoso Louis Armstrong at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, in UC’s Corbett Auditorium. Scott Belck and Dominic Marino conduct.

Hear the hits of the legendary “Satchmo” and his hometown of New Orleans brought to life as Stripling joins CCM’s big bands on stage for one night only. Tickets are on sale now.

Below, watch Stripling perform “Shine” in a previous concert tribute to Louis Armstrong.

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