Gershwin Gala with the Red Bank Jazz Orchestra featuring Jon Faddis
A professional 17-piece jazz band directed by internationally known conductor Joe Muccioli, who has worked with Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis, Quincy Jones and others, the RBJO pays authentic tribute to the sound and spirit of the legendary big bands of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and others. With swinging arrangements of classic, straight ahead jazz, each concert is a soulful journey through jazz history, from its New Orleans roots through Swing, Bop and beyond. Joined by a guest vocalist, this very special concert features an all-Gershwin program, with the second half devoted to a recreation of Miles Davis’ classic recording of Porgy and Bess, starring special guest soloist Jon Faddis. Called “The world’s greatest trumpeter” by Time Out New York Magazine, he directed the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and still directs the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. A Purchase College Conservatory of Music faculty member, his most recent release is Teranga (2006).
Red Bank Jazz Orchestra featuring Wycliffe Gordon
The RBJO was joined special guest soloist WYCLIFFE GORDON. Named Trombonist of the Year seven times by the Jazz Journalists Association, he has performed at the Grammy Awards, on PBS, BET and NPR, and is a Manhattan School of Music faculty member. The latest of his 14 releases is Hello Pops, a Tribute to Louie Armstrong (2011). Wycliffe brought the house down with soulful performances of his own music and many jazz classics including Chick Corea’s “Spain,” and “Basin Street Blues.”
Also appearing were vocalist LAYONNE HOLMES (Bon Jovi, Springsteen, Holiday Express) and Drummer Extraordinaire BERNARD “PRETTY” PURDIE (Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, BB King…)