If there's any jazz trumpeter out there who fully embraces Dizzy Gillespie's legacy, it's Jon Faddis. Gillespie was mentor and friend to Faddis, who closely emulated his idol through his sheer command of the trumpet and his ability to soar in the upper register. In 1987, Faddis played a primary role in organizing and rehearsing Gillespie's big band, and he was music director for Gillespie's United Nations Orchestra.
Faddis has paid tribute to Gillespie in just about all of his work, including his time as leader of the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars. And as part of tonight's The Majesty of the Trumpet -- Louis, Miles, Dizzy...and Faddis, at the University of Colorado at Boulder, he'll be playing a set of Gillespie favorites that he arranged, backed by CU's award-winning Jazz Ensemble I.
The trumpeter will also pay homage to Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis in addition to performing his own pieces. Prior to the show, which starts at 7:30 p.m. in Macky Auditorium, CU jazz-studies professor and trumpeter Brad Goode will give a talk in Macky room 102. Single tickets start at $12; for more information, call the CU Presents box office at 303-492-8008.
Thu., April 5, 7:30 p.m., 2012