Michael Philip Mossman

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Michael Philip Mossman
Born1959 (age 59–60)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Michael Philip Mossman (born October 12, 1959 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American hard bop jazz trumpeter.

Mossman's early career included a tour of Europe with Anthony Braxton in 1978 and tours with Roscoe Mitchell in the early 1980s. He also did session work in the 1980s, for Styx among others. He played with Lionel Hampton, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and Machito before joining the Blue Note Records ensemble Out of the Blue in 1985. Following this he worked with Toshiko Akiyoshi, Horace Silver (1989–91), Gerry Mulligan (1992), Dizzy Gillespie, Slide Hampton, Michel Camilo, Mario Bauza, Eddie Palmieri, and the Philip Morris Superband.[1] He has also appeared in the documentary Calle 54 (2000).

Recent career[edit]

Mossman's recent activity includes a Grammy nomination in 2013 for Best Instrumental Arrangement for his Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite for Ellington recorded on Bobby Sanabria's "Multiverse" album. His work with Academy Award-winning director Fernando Trueba includes scoring music for the Academy Award nominated (2012) film Chico and Rita. Mossman works regularly as guest performer, arranger and conductor with the radio orchestras in Germany. Mossman has also conducted the Bilbao Orkesta Sinfonica in Spain in a program of his own works. He arranged and conducted "Mambo Nights" with Arturo Sandoval and "Missa Afro-Cubana" with the WDR Bigband of Cologne, and Spirits Dancing with David Sanborn with the HR Bigband of Frankfurt (2009), while Latin Jazz Latino with Joe Gallardo was recorded by the NDR Bigband of Hamburg and released on Skip Records (2006). His ballet, Beneath the Mask, was performed at Harris Theater in Chicago by Jon Faddis and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble and the Deeply Rooted Dance Company, with sets designed by Leslie Giuliani, in 2006. His arrangement of Jon Faddis' "Teranga" was performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra at Kimmel Center in 2006. His arrangement of Paquito D'Rivera's "I Remember Diz" was performed by the Louisiana Philharmonic in 2010. He has also arranged for the Tri-City Symphony of Davenport, Iowa (2011). His "Latin Tinge" project was performed at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C with Paquito D'Rivera, the Quartet Indigo string quartet in 2010.

Personal life[edit]

Mossman has two daughters, Anayvelyse and Maria. He also has two sisters named Leslie (Giuliani) and Janet (Locke). Mossman is Director of Jazz Studies at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College/CUNY.


As a leader[edit]

As a Co-leader[edit]

  • "Out of the Blue" (with Out of the Blue) (Blue Note), 1985
  • "Inside Track" (with Out of the Blue) (Blue Note), 1986
  • "Live at Mt. Fuji" (with Out of the Blue) (Blue Note), 1987
  • "Spiral Staircase" (with Out of the Blue) (Blue Note), 1989
  • "Late Night Coffee" (with Kim Barth) (ENJA), 2014
  • "Uptown Dance" (with Perico Sambeat) (EGT) 2002

As a sideman[edit]

With Franco Ambrosetti

With Anthony Braxton

With George Gruntz

With Earl MacDonald

  • Re:Visions - Works for Jazz Orchestra (2010) Death Defying Records

With Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra

  • Song for Chico 2008 Zoho Music (Grammy Winner)

With Jazz at Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra

  • Una Noche Inolvidable 2005 Palmetto

With Jimmy Heath

  • Turn Up The Heath 2006 Planet Arts

With Antonio Hart

  • All We Need 2004 Downtown Sound/Downtown

With Horace Silver

  • Rockin with Rachmaninoff 2003 Bop City

With Joe Henderson

  • Joe Henderson Big Band (1997) Verve (Grammy Winner)

With Bob Mintzer

  • Gently 2003 DMP
  • Homage to Count Basie 2000 DMP
  • Latin From Manhattan 1998 DMP
  • Big Band Trane 1996 DMP
  • Departure 1993 DMP

With Joe Zawinul

  • My People 1996 Escapade

With Tito Puente

  • Special Delivery 1996 Concord

With Chico O'Farrill

  • Carambola 2000 Fantasy-Milestone
  • Pure Emotion 1995 Milestone

With Mario Bauza

  • 944 Columbus 1994 Messidor
  • My Time Is Now 1993 Messidor

With Ray Barretto

  • Contact 1997 Blue Note
  • My Summertime 1995 Owl/Blue Note

With Michel Camilo

  • One More Once 1994 Columbia
  • On the Other Hand 1990 Sony

With Pat Metheny

With Chaka Khan

  • Destiny (1986) Warner Bros.

With Styx

  • Kilroy Was Here (1983) A&M

With Roscoe Mitchell

Film Credits[edit]