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Take Five With Jon Crowley

By Published: August 19, 2009
Meet Jon Crowley: Forward-thinking trumpeter and composer, Jon Crowley was born in Malvern PA, a suburb of Philadelphia, in 1982. He began studying the trumpet at age six with Elin Frazier, a student of Carmine Caruso. While in high school he developed an interest in Jazz and began attending local jam sessions and sitting in with various musicians around Philadelphia. Jon spent the next four years attending Muhlenberg College, studying Jazz with Charles Fambrough
Charles Fambrough
Charles Fambrough
1950 - 2011
bass
and John Swana
John Swana
John Swana

trumpet
. After Graduating with his B.A. in Music, Jon went straight to New York City, where he attended NYU, graduating in the Spring of '07; receiving his Masters in Jazz Performance and Composition. While at NYU, Jon studied with Laurie Frink, Kenny Werner
Kenny Werner
Kenny Werner
b.1951
piano
, Ralph Alessi
Ralph Alessi
Ralph Alessi
b.1963
trumpet
, George Garzone
George Garzone
George Garzone
b.1950
sax, tenor
, Brian Lynch
Brian Lynch
Brian Lynch
b.1956
trumpet
, Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
b.1952
saxophone
, Don Friedman
Don Friedman
Don Friedman
b.1935
piano
and Dave Pietro
Dave Pietro
Dave Pietro

saxophone
. Jon has played with Charles Fambrough, John Scofield
John Scofield
John Scofield
b.1951
guitar
, Lenny Pickett, Chris Potter
Chris Potter
Chris Potter
b.1971
reeds
, Ralph Alessi and Don Friedman. Jon has performed around New York City at venues such as The Blue Note, 55 Bar and Lincoln Center. Since graduating, he can be seen performing around New York City and the Northeast both as a sideman and with his own groups. Jon is currently working on his first CD, which will be released later this year.

Instrument(s):

Trumpet, flugelhorn.

Teachers and/or influences?

Elin Frazier, Charles Fambrough, John Swana, Laurie Frink.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when...

I heard Dizzy Gillespie's Groovin' High, I didn't know the trumpet could sound like that.

Your sound and approach to music:

I want to play music that expresses emotion/feelings. I do not fear change and I love to be challenged.

Your teaching approach:

It's important to have fun and get exciting about making music.

Your dream band:

Dave Holland
Dave Holland
Dave Holland
b.1946
bass
, Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
b.1940
piano
, Brian Blade
Brian Blade
Brian Blade
b.1970
drums
, Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
b.1933
saxophone
.

Road story: Your best or worst experience:

One summer I played at a restaurant weekly. I made the mistake one week to eat two McDonald's Cheeseburgers before the gig. I felt horribly ill during the first set, sat out the second set and was given a weird drink from the chef to fix me. I don't know what was in the stuff, but I played an amazing last set. I'm still trying to figure out what he gave me.

Favorite venue:

Chris' Jazz Cafe, Philadelphia.

Your favorite recording in your discography and why?

Connections.

The first Jazz album I bought was:

Dizzy Gillespie, Groovin' High.

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?

I believe that a performance should always be special. I will always try to make something special happen. An 'average' performance is unacceptable.

Did you know...

I can speak French, ride horses and am a big Anderson Silva fan.

CDs you are listening to now:

Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
, Live in Tokyo;

Sara Serpa
Sara Serpa
Sara Serpa
b.1979
vocalist
, Praia;

Brian Blade
Brian Blade
Brian Blade
b.1970
drums
Fellowship, Seasons of Change;

David Binney
David Binney
David Binney
b.1961
saxophone
& Edward Simon
Edward Simon
Edward Simon
b.1969
piano
, Afinidad..

Desert Island picks:

Joe Henderson
Joe Henderson
Joe Henderson
1937 - 2001
sax, tenor
, Evening with Joe Henderson;

Miles Davis, Kind of Blue (Cliché, but I'd have to have it);

Bill Evans
Bill Evans
Bill Evans
1929 - 1980
piano
, Interplay;

Woody Shaw
Woody Shaw
Woody Shaw
1944 - 1989
trumpet
, Cassandranite..

How would you describe the state of jazz today?

A lot of people still think its 1958; it's not.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?

Support of live music.

What is in the near future?

I just want to continue to grow as a composer and improviser.


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