by Mark Sullivan
Jon Faddis The Wheel Greenville, SC March 8, 2018 The Wheel Sessions" have been taking place in the funky performance space called The Wheel in Greenville, South Carolina since August, 2016. Ten bucks gets you two sets of music with many of the best jazz players in Upstate South Carolina and the Asheville, North Carolina area, plus your choice of beer or wine. There is a deep bench of excellent local performers who have graced ...read more
by Marcia Hillman
"Teranga" is the word for hospitality in the Wolof language of Senegal, and on his release of the same name, Jon Faddis invites you into his musical world. Faddis (trumpet and flugelhorn) is joined by pianist David Hazeltine, bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa and drummer Dion Parson, as well as several guests: Alioune Faye (sabor), Abdou Mboup (djembe and talking drum), Russell Malone (guitar), Gary Smulyan (baritone saxophone), Frank Wess (alto flute) and Clark Terry (flugelhorn and vocals). All but one of ...read more
by AAJ Staff
He's the best ever, including me! Dizzy Gillespie, talking about Jon Faddis.
High praise indeed for Jon Faddis from one of the legendary trumpet players in jazz history. But Faddis has earned his place among the greats of jazz with a combination of amazing trumpet technique, rare skill as a leader of big bands and small groups, and remarkable talent as a composer, arranger and educator.
Born in Oakland, California in 1953, Faddis was playing professionally ...read more
by Arthur C. Bourassa
Jon Faddis speaks for himself on Remembrances. For many years critics thought of him as a Dizzy Gillespie clone. As director of The Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra he earned the distinction of being his own man. Carlos Franzetti, who arranged and conducted Portraits of Cuba (a Grammy winner for Paquito D’Rivera) uses his ingenious mastery again with Faddis. This disc is a well a conceived program of standards, both from the Great American Songbook and standards written by world class ...read more