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February 15, 2009

Jazz Trombonist Curtis Fuller in North Vancouver

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Curtis Fuller


Curtis Fuller
with ‘A’ Band, NiteCap
Sunday, Feb. 22 at 8pm
Capilano University
Performing Arts Theatre
North Vancouver

Hard Bop Giant Renowned for Lyrical Improvising

Master trombonist Curtis Fuller, a mainstay on the hard bop scene, will appear in concert on Sunday, Feb. 22 at Capilano University Performing Arts Theatre in North Vancouver.

Renowned for his lyrical improvisation and creative writing, Curtis Fuller has been a leading force in jazz for more than 50 years.

The NEA jazz master was born in Detroit and raised in an orphanage, his Jamaican born parents dying when he was a child. He studied music in high school before doing a stint in the Army, where he played in a band with Paul Chambers and the Adderley brothers.

After his army service, Fuller worked in Detroit with Kenny Burrell and became a member of Yusef Lateef’s quintet. The group moved to New York, where Fuller made his recording debut as a leader in 1955.

During the late ’50s, Fuller worked with Miles Davis, drawing the attention of Blue Note Records exec Alfred Lion, who featured him as a sideman on record dates led by Sonny Clark and John Coltrane. He also released four albums for the label as leader, his album with Slide Hampton issued many years later.

Over the next decade Fuller recorded with Bud Powell, Jimmy Smith, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan and Joe Henderson, and is the only trombonist to have recorded with Coltrane, Powell and Smith (all in August or September 1957).

Fuller was also the first trombonist to be a member of the Art Farmer-Benny Golson Jazztet, and later joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers (1961-65). In the early 1960s he recorded two albums as leader for Impulse! Records.

In the late sixties Fuller was part of Dizzy Gillespie’s band, and went on to tour with Count Basie and to reunite with Blakey and Golson.

Fuller continues to perform and record, his latest releases as leader the 2004 Jumped Up Spring and the 2005 Keep it Simple.

Also appearing are the Capilano University’s ‘A’ Band and NightCap, the evening’s program under the musical direction of Réjean Marois.

for more info read Russ Musto’s article at All About Jazz at http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=31033

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