Wednesday, March 14, 2007
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Jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis was born July 24, 1953 in Oakland, CA. He caused a sensation as a teenager when he emulated the legendary Dizzy Gillespie to the point that he was nicknamed Dizzy Jr. He does have tremendous range. Hitting high notes is always a big deal for trumpet players. He moved to New York in the 70s and started playing sessions. He got to record and tour with Dizzy and also made a couple of great records with Oscar Peterson in 1977. In the 80s he joined the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra and played sessions. He rarely records under his own name but this 2006 CD Teranga sounds great. It's his first CD since 1998. Musicians are David Hazeltine on piano, Kiyoshi Kitagawa on bass and Dion Parson on drums along with some special guests. In searching for a video, I found that Faddis does a lot of guest appearances with regional jazz bands and special projects like the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All Stars. This clip is from Trumpet Summit 2004 with Jon Faddis, Randy Brecker, Lew Soloff, Terence Blanchard & Roy Hargrove on trumpet along with Cedar Walton on piano, Doug Weiss on bass & Idris Muhammad on drums performing Honeysuckle Rose. That's Faddis in the silver vest and glasses.