January 21, 2013

Freddie Hubbard 75th Birthday Tribute Concerts

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Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard (April 7, 1938- December 29, 2008) was one of the most influential jazz trumpet players of all time.  With flawless technique and great artistic imagination, Freddie’s music has touched the lives of millions.  In the late 1950’s and throughout the 60’s, he played with other straight ahead jazz greats such as John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Art Blakey.  Throughout the 70’s and early 80’s Freddie produced amazing albums in the funk-jazz, idiom bringing him huge commercial success before returning to his roots to finish out his amazing career.  Along with his amazing trumpet skills, Freddie was also a talented composer and has contributed many tunes to the repertoire.
On a personal note, I met Freddie Hubbard 2004 as an 18 year old freshman in college.  Freddie was extremely gracious to an admiring, naïve, teenager clinging to his coat-tails.  I spent quite a few memorable evenings at his house playing trumpet, watching videos, and discussing thoughts on music with him.  We lost touch after a couple years and according to my friends, asked about me at his 70th birthday concert.  I regret losing touch, but am happy to have had the privilege of getting to know my hero before he passed away.
As a tribute to this great trumpet player, I will be presenting a series of concerts/discussions on his life and music.  These will occur near what would be his 75th birthday in early April 2013.  My band consists of very talented musicians such as Ken Moran on sax, Steve Carr on Woodwinds, Blaine McGurty on piano, Brijesh Pandya on drums, and Gabe Davis on bass.  We will be playing selections composed, arranged, and performed by Freddie both popular and obscure.  We’ll be playing some straight ahead songs as well as some of his funky hits.  Please stay tuned for a schedule of our performances!

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