Thursday, May 2, 2013

Tom Harrell Quintet Presented by South Florida JAZZ May 11, 2013

South Florida JAZZ
on May 11, 2013
(Featured in the May edition of Jazz & Blues Florida at )

May 11, 2013 – 8:00 PM

"One of the top trumpeters in jazz for the past two decades and one of the music's most prolific and gifted composers." - New York Times

South Florida JAZZ, South Florida’s premier modern jazz organization. is thrilled to present the Tom Harrell Quintet on Saturday, May 11, 2013, 8:00 PM. This concert will take place at the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center on the Nova Southeastern University campus, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr Blvd, Davie 33314. Tickets are $40 ($15 for students) and can be purchased from the Broward Center box office by calling 954.462.0222 option #4 in Broward; or online at

A supreme trumpeter and flugelhornist, Tom Harrell creates a seemingly endless flow of bubbling, intricate ideas conveyed with an almost serene delivery. Neither aggressively avant-garde, nor riveted in the past, Tom Harrell’s music simply celebrates sonic beauty for its own sake. Praised for his pure melodic genius, he is widely recognized as one of the most creative and uncompromising jazz instrumentalists and composers of our time.

The journey began in Urbana, Illinois, where Tom Harrell was born on June 16, 1946. He was raised in Los Altos, California, near Stanford University, where his father taught. Tom took up trumpet when he was eight and began improvising almost immediately, inspired by the Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman records in his parents' collection. Trumpeter Clifford Brown also was a major influence on the young musician. Harrell was gigging around the San Francisco peninsula, on both trumpet and piano, by the time he was 13, and as a teenager, he had the perspicacity to study with renowned alto saxophonists John Handy and Lee Konitz, among others. After graduating from Stanford with a degree in music composition, he joined the Stan Kenton orchestra and then played in Woody Herman's trumpet section in after that. He spent the next year in the Latin-jazz fusion band, Azteca, prior to a four-year stint with the Horace Silver Quintet.

The Silver gig persuaded Harrell to move to New York, where he was soon making records with Konitz, Bill Evans, Phil Woods and other jazz greats. He spent much of the 1980s touring with the Phil Woods Quintet, who pronounced Tom "the best musician I've encountered in 40 years of music." Tom has been leading his own groups since 1989.

Now in its seventh year of touring and a five-album output together, the quintet is reminiscent of the Horace Silver and Art Blakey bands because of its infectious accessibility, but even tighter. The sound is very much infused with Tom Harrell’s own modern lyricism with unparalleled harmonic and rhythmic sophistication. The very latest CD is called Number Five (HighNote), but it looks like number six is not far behind.

Tom Harrell – trumpet and flugelhorn
Wayne Escoffery – tenor saxophone
Danny Grissett – piano and Fender Rhodes
Ugonna Okegwo – double bass
Johnathan Blake – drums

2013 Concerts
Tickets: $40 and $15 for students with I.D.
All seating is reserved

June 8, 2013 – 8:00 PM
There are no obvious parallels in the music industry. Chicago native Kurt Elling is the greatest male jazz singer – or just jazz singer – of our time. In a career spanning 16 years, Elling has risen to international prominence as a jazz artist and creative singer. An intellectual superman, he is a master of “vocalese” and scatting. Remarkably, each of his nine albums was nominated for a Grammy® Award and Dedicated to You won in 2010. He is a perennial critics poll-winner and his quartet tours the world, performing to critical acclaim in Europe, Asia, Canada, Israel, and Australia. This will be Mr. Elling’s fifth performance for South Florida JAZZ.

   Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Division.
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