with Johnathan Blake, Wayne Escoffery, Ugonna Okegwo,
Jaleel Shaw, and Esperanza Spalding
Tom Harrell is widely recognized as one of the most creative and dynamic jazz instrumentalists and composers of our time. While Harrell is a master of the jazz idiom, he constantly seeks new challenges and influences. Even with a discography of over 260 recordings and a career that spans more than four decades, Harrell has managed to stay fresh and current as he continues to actively record and tour around the world. His warm, burnished sound on the trumpet and the flugelhorn, and the unparalleled harmonic and rhythmic sophistication in his playing and writing, have earned Harrell his place as a jazz icon to aspiring musicians and devoted fans alike. His music is at once intelligent, soulful, fresh and accessible.
In the last two years, Harrell has begun to develop new projects, often involving some or all of the quintet members. In June of 2011 he premiered his own arrangements of works by Debussy and Ravel with the nine-piece Tom Harrell Chamber Ensemble. Since then the ensemble was featured on PBS’ Soundtracks and toured in the US. The TRIP quartet is a piano-less group that was formed last year after Harrell was commissioned to write new music by Dave Douglas for the Festival of New Trumpet Music. The group comprises tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, Harrell’s long-time bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Adam Cruz.
Harrell explores new textures and grooves with one of his latest musical creations, COLORS OF A DREAM, a two-bass (and piano-less) sextet with three horns and drums. Lineup includes Jalleel Shaw (alto sax) and Esperanza Spalding (bass and vocal) as well as his long-time musical partners Wayne Escoffery (tenor sax), Johnathan Blake (drums) and Ugonna Okegwo (bass).
Colors of Dream closes the Iowa City Jazz Festival at 8pm, Saturday, July 5th.