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Mel Brown Big Band featuring Jon Faddis (Groovin’ High: Celebrating Dizzy Gillespie @ 100) – Tickets – Revolution Hall – Portland, OR – February 22nd, 2017

Mel Brown Big Band featuring Jon Faddis (Groovin' High: Celebrating Dizzy Gillespie @ 100)

PDX Jazz Presents

Mel Brown Big Band featuring Jon Faddis (Groovin' High: Celebrating Dizzy Gillespie @ 100)

Wed, February 22, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:45 pm

Tier 1 $49, Tier 2 $39, Tier 3 $29, Tier 4 $19

This event is all ages

Reserved Fully Seated

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Mel Brown Big Band featuring Jon Faddis
Mel Brown Big Band featuring Jon Faddis
This year's Portland Jazz Master Mel Brown has been called "The Gentleman of Jazz", "The Fuller Brush Man", and "The Godfather of Jazz". Regardless of nicknames, he is a premier drummer whose career has spanned over five decades. Mel's career on the road began with organist/singer Earl Grant in 1965. Afterwards, he journeyed to Motown Records where he played drums on hit records by Martha and the Vandellas, The Temptations, The Supremes, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye. He later moved onto jazz, playing with Leroy Vinegar, Teddy Edwards, Richie Cole, Marlena Shaw, Mary Stallings, Jessica Williams, Gene Harris, "Sweets" Harry Edison, Ray Brown, Joey de Francesco, to name a few. Brown is still one of the best and hardest working musicians in Portland, currently performing in five bands that have been gigging weekly for the last ten years. For this For Portland Only experience, Brown will be leading his big band, joined by renowned NYC trumpeter Jon Faddis, in a tribute program entitled Groovin' High: Celebrating Dizzy Gillespie @ 100.

Jon Faddis is a Grammy® Award-nominated jazz trumpet player, conductor, composer, and educator. Upon his first appearance on the scene, he became known for his ability to closely mirror the sound of trumpet icon Dizzy Gillespie, who was his mentor along with Stan Kenton trumpeter Bill Catalano. At 18, he joined Lionel Hampton's big band before joining the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra as lead trumpet. After playing with Charles Mingus in his early twenties, Faddis became a noted studio musician in New York, appearing on many pop recordings in the late 1970s and early 1980s such as "Disco Inferno". Along the way, Faddis made records with Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Anthony Braxton, Kenny Burrell, Gil Evans, Les McCann, Brother Jack McDuff, Charles Mingus, Oscar Peterson and Lalo Schifrin. In the mid-1980s, he left the studios to continue to pursue his solo career, which resulted in albums such as Legacy, Into The Faddisphere and Hornucopia. As a result of his growth as a musician and individual artist, he became the director and main trumpet soloist of the Dizzy Gillespie 70th Birthday Big Band and Dizzy's United Nation Orchestra. In addition, from 1992 to 2002, Faddis led the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band (CHJB) at Carnegie Hall, conducting more than 40 concerts in ten years. Faddis continues to write and perform with a variety of his own ensembles.