On Sunday, October 27th I will be joining Doug Beavers’ Conjunto Rovira at the Royal Room for a hot-hot-hot night of Salsa music and dancing. Joining us are vocalist Carlos Cascante, pianist Julio Juaregui, Jeff Norwood on bass, Junior Medina, Christian Pepin and Ricardo Guity on percussion. OH YEAH! See you there!
Last week I had the pleasure of playing the music of Sun Ra with Orrin Evan’s Captain Black Big Band at Dizzy’s Coca-Cola Club in New York. We had a BALL, to say the least! Six stellar shows, 14 amazing musicians and lots of friends in the audience made for an amazing week in New York. Personnel: Orrin Evans (piano), Luques Curtis (bass), Nasheet Waits (drums), Josh Lawrence, Thomas Marriott & August Hass (trumpets), Mark Allan, Troy Roberts, Todd Bayshore, Tim Green, Marcus Strickland (saxophones), David Gibson, Stafford Hunter (trombones).
Tickets are now on sale for the debut performance of my new piece “Urban Folklore.” I’ll be joined by Orrin Evans (piano), Donald Edwards (drums) and Eric Revis (bass) for this special performance at the Royal Room, September 18th. Please come! Tickets are available here: http://www.strangertickets.com/events/8944067/the-bull-horns-sextet-urban-folklore
Wayne Horvitz’ ”Zony Mash + Horns” plays this week at Seattle’s Royal Room (July 24th and 26th) and in Portland at Goodfoot Lounge (July 25th). It’s going to be HOT! Wayne Horvitz (B-3 Organ), Tim Young (guitar), Keith Lowe (bass), Andy Roth (drums), Craig Flory (alto), Skerik (tenor), Naomi Siegel (trombone) and Thomas Marriott (trumpet).
TWO GREAT SHOWS THIS WEEK IN BURLINGTON
This week, April 15th – 19th, I’ll be heading to Burlington, Vermont to work and play with the UVM Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Ray Vega. I am really excited to work with the kids and to perform some of my original music scored for big-band. I am also really looking forward to the return of the East-West Trumpet Summit as Ray and I hit the bandstand together again – this time, in his neck of the woods! Thanks to The University of Vermont Department of Music and Dance and Yamaha for making this happen.
East-West Trumpet Summit at the UVM Recital Hall – 7:30 P.M, Wednesday April 17th
Thomas Marriott with the UVM Jazz Ensemble, UVN Recital Hall – 7:30 P.M., Thursday, April 18th.
I just got word that one of the masters of Cuban music, Bebo Valdez, has passed away. I will never forget the time I was asked to sub on a recording session with Mr. Valdez in November of 2002 at Avatar Studios in New York. Todd Barkan assembled an “all-star” group of musician for Bebo’s first recording session in the United States. That’s me (when I had hair) at the bottom left of the picture, next to the headphone box. I was surrounded by the heaviest of heavy-weights. I was totally out of my league and I will never forget the experience and am grateful to Ray Vega for sending me to the session. To this day, I don’t know if any of my notes made it on the album, which was nominated for a Grammy Award. But to me it didn’t matter. The opportunity to participate in the day-long session was one of the best experiences of my professional life.
On the session were : Paquito D’Rivera (alto), Bobby Porcelli (alto), Mario Rivera (tenor), Bob Franceschini (tenor), Pablo Calogero (bari), Diego Urcola (trumpet), Michael Mossman (trumpet) Raul Agraz (trumpet), Ray Vega (trumpet), John Walsh (trumpet), Juan Pablo Torres (trombone), Luis Bonilla (trombone), Papo Vasquez (trombone), Douglas Purviance (trombone), Edgardo Miranda (guitar), John Benitez (bass), Dafnis Prieto (drums), Milton Cardona (percussion), Joe Gonzalez (percussion), Rickard Valdez (percussion) and of course, Bebo Valdez (piano).