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“Composer/trumpeter Sarah Wilson has emerged as “one of the most intriguing and promising composers and trumpeters on the contemporary music scene” (Derk Richardson, San Francisco Chronicle).

In the past few years, Wilson’s original work has premiered internationally and nationally at highly acclaimed venues such as the Willisau Jazz Festival, Switzerland, NYC Central Park's Summerstage, the deYoung Museum in SF, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival and the Festival of New Trumpet Music in NYC.

Wilson’s new record label, Brass Tonic Records celebrates the release of her 2010 CD, Trapeze Project with Wilson (trumpet/vocals), {{m: Myra Melford = 9316}} (piano), {{m: Ben Goldberg = 7076}} (clarinet), {{m: Jerome Harris = 7452}} (bass) and {{m: Scott Amendola = 1660}} (drums)

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rallidae: Paper Birds

Read "Paper Birds" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The British Trust For Ornithology helpfully explains that the Rallidae is a family of birds that includes such less-than-romantic species as the moorhen and the coot. Paper Birds is the debut release from a somewhat different Rallidae--a Brooklyn-based trio that combines improvisation with strong melodies and narratives. The Brooklyn Rallidae is led by Canadian ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Natalie Cressman & Secret Garden: Unfolding

Read "Unfolding" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Imagine what it would be like to grow up in a household in which both parents are exceptional jazz musicians, a childhood completely immersed in live music and performance. Natalie Cressman, daughter of vocalist Sandy Cressman and trombonist Jeff Cressman, has had just such an upbringing, and her debut album Unfolding indicates that she is making ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

54th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival September 16 - 18

The 54th Monterey Jazz Festival, three-time winner of the JazzTimes Readers poll for “World's Best Jazz Festival" takes place September 16 to September 18 at the Monterey Fairgrounds, home to the Festival for 54 consecutive years. Described as “a cultural colossus" by the San Jose Mercury News and “a mecca for true jazz fans" by the ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Composer-Trumpeter Sarah Wilson Wins Gerbode Composer's Grant For Music Production With Aerial Dance At SF's De Young Museum

Composer-Trumpeter Sarah Wilson Wins Gerbode Composer's Grant For Music Production With Aerial Dance At SF's De Young Museum

Wilson's recent CD “Trapeze Project" Earns Critical Acclaim Composer/trumpeter Sarah Wilson is one of 6 California composers awarded a prestigious Composers Collaborative grant from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The grants of $75,000 each will fund the creation and world premiere of new works by gifted California composers, created ...

Trapeze Project

Label: Brass Tonic
Released: 2010
Track listing: Blessing; She Stands in a Room; At Zebulon; Melancholy for Place; Himalayas; In Resonance Light Takes Place; Love Will Tear Us Apart; Underneath the Soil; Fall Has Arrived; Possibility; From the River; To New Orleans.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sarah Wilson: Trapeze Project

Read "Trapeze Project" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

"La musica contenuta in questo CD riflette il viaggio da New York City alla mia nativa California e le diverse influenze che ho assorbito da entrambe le coste. L' intento di muovermi liberamente tra differenti stili e generi è connaturato al mio concetto di musica". Sono parole di Sarah Wilson e spiegano come meglio non si ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Bruce Lindsay's Best Releases of 2010

Read "Bruce Lindsay's Best Releases of 2010" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Like most people, I love a good list. But the act of compilation isn't easy. I have no idea of the criteria by which a collection of tunes on a CD can be judged to be The Best. Even if I had, the simple fact that I haven't heard every new jazz CD released in 2010 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sarah Wilson: Trapeze Project

Read "Trapeze Project" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

San Francisco-based trumpeter/vocalist Sarah Wilson is gifted with idiosyncratic and fresh composing skills that are so rare in jazz musicians who have gone through the formal avenues of jazz education. Her career began when she composed and played music for the Bread and Puppet Theater troupe; continued by studying with esteemed trumpeters John McNeil and Laurie ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sarah Wilson: Trapeze Project

Read "Trapeze Project" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Few contemporary jazz musicians can have paid their dues in the esoteric environment of a puppet theater, but for Sarah Wilson the Bread and Butter Puppet Theater proved to be an invaluable part of her musical education. Trapeze Project, the trumpeter's second album, is such an engaging and evocative recording that maybe more jazz players should ...


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