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Terell Stafford Quintet: Tempe, AZ, May 10, 2013

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Terell Stafford QuintetTempe Center for the ArtsTempe, AZMay 10, 2013Trumpeter Terell Stafford and his East Coast quintet delivered dynamic ensemble work and memorable solos in a concert on the theme, This Side of Strayhorn. A third of the evening's repertoire came from the leader's 2011 MAXJAZZ album of the same name, celebrating Duke Ellington's renowned colleague.The three lesser-known Billy Strayhorn charts performed were from his small ensemble writing, rather than the more familiar Ellington orchestral hits. Surprisingly, there was no inclusion of “Lush Life," although that was included on Stafford's album. Instead, the ...

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February 2012: Terell Stafford Quintet: The Music of Lee Morgan

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Terell Stafford QuintetPerelman Theater, The Kimmel CenterFebruary 25, 2012 Philadelphia native, trumpeter Terell Stafford led his quintet through two sets of original arrangements dedicated to legendary trumpeter Lee Morgan in the Perelman Theater, located inside Philadelphia's Kimmel Center. The performance was part of the Kimmel Center's 2011-2012 “Jazz Up Close" Series, which has been designed to expose new audiences to accomplished jazz artists native to Philadelphia.The series has also included tenor saxophonist Benny Golson, and will continue with a performance from pianist Danilo Pérez. On this evening, Stafford's performance was preceded ...

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Terell Stafford Quintet: Philadelphia, PA, February 25, 2012

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Terell Stafford QuintetJazz Up Close Celebrates Lee MorganPerelman TheaterThe Kimmel Center for the Performing ArtsPhiladelphia, PAFebruary 25, 2012This concert was one in a highly successful series which has been curated, coordinated, and choreographed by Danilo Perez for nearly a decade, so far in the 2011-12 season honoring Philadelphia legends such as Jimmy Heath and Benny Golson, and coming up on April 14th, McCoy Tyner. Trumpeter Lee Morgan (1938-1972) came of age in this city, befriended and mentored by locals such as drummer Mickey Roker and pianist Don Wilson. He quickly proved ...

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Terell Stafford: Trial and Inspiration

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Terell Stafford is as likely to credit his influences as he is to impress his listeners. Coming to jazz comparatively later than many players, and even with his busy schedule as a sideman, leader and educator, he remains devoted to exploring the music's roots, while expressing a relentless desire to learn more. Stafford first started playing trumpet at age thirteen, initially studying the classical repertoire and pursuing a music education degree at the University of Maryland. After being accepted into a classical performance program at Rutgers University, Stafford's curiosity, drive and chops earned him an invitation to ...

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Terell Stafford: This Side of Strayhorn

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The preservation of traditional values in jazz has long been at the core of the art form's most bittersweet dichotomy, which is essentially a spin on the age-old idea that even moderate-level progressions in any given field require ideological breakdowns that generally make everyone mad. Miles Davis, for example, decried this preservation outright, and the jazz community gave him the finger, banishing him to Bill Graham's Fillmore East where they figured his wonky voodoo rock would be of greater use to stoned Steve Miller fans than it would be to the sharp-dressed jazz elite. Wynton Marsalis, conversely, insisted upon it, ...

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Terell Stafford: This Side of Strayhorn

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Some music just stands out from the crowd, and certainly Billy Strayhorn's tunes do exactly that. What would the great composer/bandleader Duke Ellington have been without his collaborator? He still certainly would have been considered one of the America's greatest artists, but it's hard to imagine an Ellington “greatest hits" offering--if one could be achieved, considering the Duke's immense output--without Strayhorn's gorgeous and familiar “Lush Life," “Take the 'A' Train," “Lotus Blossom," or “Chelsea Bridge." This Side of Strayhorn is trumpeter Terell Stafford's heartfelt tribute to Ellington's indispensable partner. The set is made up of a batch of ...

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Chris Potter / Steve Wilson / Terell Stafford / Keith Javors / Delbert Felix / John Davis: Coming Together

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Brendan Edward Romaneck was a young twenty-four-year-old saxophonist and composer preparing for his first recording date in the spring of 2005, when on April 20th he passed away just two weeks after his birthday. Coming Together was to be Romaneck's debut disc, containing eight original compositions and three covers. It now serves as a tribute to the young man, when his parents moved forward with the project in memory of their son. Romaneck had already lined up trumpeter Terell Stafford, bassist Delbert Felix, drummer John Davis and pianist Keith Javors--a primary influence on Romaneck's writing. For the lead saxophone parts, ...

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Terell Stafford Shares Brotherly Love, Organ Fever

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Clayton BrothersBrother to Brother ArtistShare 2008 Tim WarfieldOne for Shirley Criss Cross 2008 Playing favorites can be a subjective enterprise but it would take a real grouch to insist that Terell Stafford isn't one of the most talented of the current crop of trumpeters. Stafford's got 'it'--excellent tone, good ideas, precision, focus, drive and reliability. And that's just the short list of his skills. Some musicians don't like their work to be ...

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Terell Stafford: Taking Chances: Live at the Dakota

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With his rich trumpet tone and delicate manner, Terell Stafford brought his quintet into Minneapolis' Dakota Bar and Grill in June, 2005 for this well-received concert performance. They got the sound just right, and the musicians provided their audience with an unforgettable experience.

Stafford plays it cool. He's got no axe to grind, no pretense of machismo to blast forth, and no reason to imitate the newest tricks on the block. He's a conservative. The trumpeter has the chops to do whatever he wants to, but he prefers to keep it simple with this recommended album. Genuine melody ...

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Terell Stafford: Taking Chances: Live at the Dakota

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Trumpeter Terell Stafford began a very successful association with MaxJazz with the release of 2003's New Beginnings. He follows this up with a live outing recorded at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Stafford has a super talented quintet in tow, consisting of saxophonist Tim Warfield, pianist Bruce Barth, Bassist Derrick Hodge, and drummer Dana Hall.

The recording kicks off the a Spanish-flavored Stafford original, “A Nick off the Mark, where Stafford plays tartly and allows Tim Warfield eighty acres of solo room on soprano saxophone. Bruce Barth's near jazz standard “Pegasus follows, providing a waltz-walking tempo vehicle for ...

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Terell Stafford: Pushing Music and Community

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Terell Stafford plays the trumpet with remarkable technique, a great sense of melody and swing, and a lot of heart -- a combination that makes him stand out on today's scene and a reason it's easy to find him performing with people like Cedar Walton, the Clayton Brothers, Kenny Barron, Matt Wilson, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Mingus Big Band and the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra when he's not fronting his own band on gigs. But it doesn't tell the whole story.

Stafford, who came to jazz relatively late in his young life after ...

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Terell Stafford at Sweet Rhythm and "New Beginnings"

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As a courtesy to the hyper-busy, here's the bottom line: the performance was superb, and the CD's a killer. For details, please read on.

June 18, 2003 ~ Terell Stafford's CD release party is at Sweet Rhythm at 8; once Sweet Basil, the cozy club has thrived under new owners since last September. I decide to leave at 5, since driving around the Apple is prone to unpleasant surprises. In fact, just yesterday someone decided to contemplate (or resolve) his marital problems at the top of the Tappan Zee bridge, 280 feet over the Hudson, and they stopped ...

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Terell Stafford: Fields of Gold

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Although trained nurses, qualified schoolteachers and genuinely funny TV sitcoms may be scarce these days, there’s certainly no shortage of talented young Jazz trumpeters. Roy Hargrove, Terrence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton, Ryan Kisor, Wallace Roney, Jim Rotondi, Russell Gunn, Ingrid Jensen, Scott Wendholt, Marcus Printup, Randy Sandke, Joe Magnarelli — the list is almost as long as one’s arm. And then there’s Terell Stafford, too often overlooked but no less able than the others on that list, an endorsement he validates with ease on his third album as a leader, Fields of Gold. If one were to draw a line from ...

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Terell Stafford: Fields of Gold

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Trumpeter Terell Stafford chimes in with Nagel-Heyer's fifth release in their 2000 series, a series that includes releases by Wycliffe Gordon, Byron Stripling, and David Glasser. This is Nagel-Heyer's progressive arm of their label, one that is better known for recording straight-ahead, traditional jazz in the vein of Louis Armstrong. Stafford blasts squarely out of the mainstream almost smooth jazz. But make no mistake, this is jazz. Nothing contemporary-fusion about it. Straight down the middle mainstream acoustic. Hooray!This is a recording of tightly arranged and performed originals (Stafford got almost everyone in the band to compose a piece) ...



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