Festival of New Trumpet Music

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The Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT Music) supports new trumpet music in all forms, and provides a platform for emerging artists and creative pioneers. Its primary goal is to celebrate the excellence of the current music scene by hosting a broad array of new trumpet music performances. By presenting concerts throughout the year, commissioning new works, creating new projects, hosting panels, and collaborating with other New York presenters and international artists, FONT exposes the exciting range of current activity and brings together disparate communities of musicians, students, and audiences. FONT Music is a nonprofit organization directed by award-winning trumpeter Dave Douglas. It is run by an all-volunteer board that includes some of the finest brass players on the scene. The first Festival of New Trumpet Music took place at the NYC venue Tonic in August 2003, curated by Dave Douglas and Roy Campbell, Jr. By the time of the 4th annual festival, in 2006, it had grown to include seven venues and present over forty new trumpet events. The fifth annual festival took place from September 16 to September 30, 2007 at venues all around New York. In 2009 FONT decided to split its season into three parts, presenting different facets of contemporary brass work in four to five day series’.


The first Festival of New Trumpet Music took place at the downtown music venue Tonic in August 2003 and presented 40 performances featuring trumpeters representing the worlds of jazz, new music, free form, hip hop, rock, improvisational, and classical.

The following year the festival expanded to include other venues such as the New York Bahá'í Center (where Mike Longo holds Jazz sessions in honor of Dizzy Gillespie), The 14th Street Y, and Makor. The second festival featured the trumpeter/composer Bill Dixon, as well as performances by the 22-member "Trumpet Nation" led by Butch Morris.

The third annual FONT Music, held in August 2005, featured a week-long celebration of Lester Bowie at the Jazz Standard and an expansion of educational and performance opportunities for students and emerging artists alike. In addition, Jon Nelson joined Dave Douglas and Roy Campbell, Jr. as co-directors of the festival and oversaw the creation of an advisory board.

The fifth annual Festival of New Trumpet Music began on September 15, 2007 and continued every day until September 30, with performances at venues throughout New York City including: the Manhattan School of Music, Jazz Standard, Blue Note, Cornelia St. Cafe, Tea Lounge, St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, and Barbes, among others.

FONT Music 2007 featured the following artists: Ralph Alessi, Jeremy Pelt, Anthony Braxton, John McNeil, the Taylor Haskins Experiment, Macroquarktet, Robert Erickson, the Matt Lavelle Spiritual Power Trio, Jason Palmer, Kirk Knuffke, Cecil Bridgewater, the Kenny Wollesen Big Band, Huang Ruo, Jason Price, and others.

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