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Jon Faddis (born July 24, 1953) is an American jazz trumpet player, conductor, composer, and educator, renowned for both his playing and for his expertise in the field of music education. 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 pianist Stan Kenton and trumpeter Bill Catalano.
He burst upon the scene as a high school student at Pleasant Hill High School in Concord, California. As the lead trumpet player in their jazz band, his large volume could be heard throughout Pauley Ballroom on the University of California, Berkeley campus performing in the Pacific Coast Collegiate Jazz Festival. At least on one occasion he returned to UC Berkeley to solo with the University of California Jazz Ensembles under the direction of Dr. David W. Tucker in the Bear's Lair.
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 City, appearing on many pop recordings in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
One such recording was "Disco Inferno" with the Players Association in which he plays trumpet recorded in 1977 on the LP Born to Dance. 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.
From 1992 to 2002, Faddis led the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band (CHJB) at Carnegie Hall,> conducting more than 40 concerts in ten years, during which time the CHJB presented over 135 musicians, featured over 70 guest artists, and premiered works by over 35 composers and arrangers at Carnegie Hall.
Faddis also led the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars and the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars Big Band from their inception through 2004, when he was appointed artistic director of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble (CJE), based at Columbia College Chicago in Illinois.
Leader of Chicago Jazz Ensemble
Faddis led the CJE from autumn 2004 though spring 2010, premiering significant new works, pioneering educational initiatives in Chicago public schools focusing on Louis Armstrong's music, and bringing the CJE into new venues (including presenting the first of the "Made in Chicago" Jazz series at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park), while concurrently leading the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra of New York (the successor to the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band).
As of May 2010, Faddis leads the JFJONY, while continuing also to lead the Jon Faddis Quartet and the JFQ+2. The JFJONY headlined The Kennedy Center's New Year's Eve performance in December 2010 (available as a podcast on NPR's JazzSet); the JFJONY has also performed at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Performing Arts Center in Westchester, New York, the Newport Jazz Festival and other venues.
In 1999, Faddis released the Grammy Award-nominated Remembrances (Chesky Records), which was composed almost entirely of ballads and featured work from Argentinian composer/arranger Carlos Franzetti.
For over a decade, Faddis has taught – and continues to teach – at The Conservatory of Music at Purchase College-SUNY, in Westchester, New York, where he teaches trumpet, classes, and an ensemble. Remaining true to the tradition of honoring mentors, he also leads master classes, clinics and workshops around the world; he often will bring promising students along to his gigs and allow the students to sit in, and also has produced a number of CDs for up-and-coming musicians.
In July 2011, he played a tribute to Miles Davis at the Prague Castle, hosted by the Czech President, Václav Klaus, accompanied by Lenny White on drums, Jaroslav Jakubovič on baritone saxophone, Tom Barney on bass and Emil Viklický on piano.
Connection with Schilke music
Jon Faddis is a Schilke Performing Artist, performing on the Schilke "Faddis" model Trumpet. He has played Schilke instruments since 1970, encompassing nearly his entire career and complete discography.
Schilke Music Company of Melrose Park, Illinois was founded by trumpet player Renold Schilke, who was a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1937 to 1951, remaining on call as a substitute until 1962, with french horn player Philip Farkas, also of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The firm produces ultra-high quality brass instruments and mouthpieces. In addition to Faddis, many symphonic and jazz trumpet players use Schilke trumpets, including Bill Chase, Randy Brecker, Marvin Stamm, Adolph Herseth, Arturo Sandoval, Lew Soloff, and Dizzy Gillespie.
Family and personal life
- 1974: Jon & Billy (Trio)
- 1976: Youngblood (Pablo)
- 1978: Good and Plenty (Buddah)
- 1985: Legacy (Concord Jazz)
- 1989: Into the Faddisphere (Epic)
- 1991: Hornucopia (Epic)
- 1995: The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band (Blue Note)
- 1997: Swing Summit: Passing on the Torch
- 1997: Eastwood After Hours: Live at Carnegie Hall (Malposo/Warner Bros.)
- 1998: Remembrances (Chesky)
- 2006: Teranga (Koch)
With George Benson
- Body Talk (CTI, 1973)
- In Your Eyes (Warner Bros., 1983)
- 20/20 (Warner Bros. 1985)
- Big Boss Band (Warner Bros., 1990)
With Anthony Braxton
With Rusty Bryant
With Kenny Burrell
With Michel Camilo
With Ron Carter
With Hank Crawford
With Bo Diddley
- Big Bad Bo (Chess, 1974)
With Charles Earland
- Intensity (Prestige, 1972)
- Charles III (Prestige, 1973)
- The Dynamite Brothers (Prestige, 1973)
- Kharma (Prestige, 1974)
With Gil Evans
- Live at the Public Theater (New York 1980) (Trio, 1981)
With Jerry Fielding
- The Gauntlet (Soundtrack) (Warner Bros., 1977)
With Dizzy Gillespie
As Music Director for the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars
- Dizzy's 80th Birthday Party (1997)
- Dizzy's World (1999)
- Things to Come (Telarc, 2000)
With Grant Green
With Michael Franks
- Skin Dive (Warner Bros., 1985)
With Groove Holmes
- New Groove (Groove Merchant, 1974)
With Billy Joel
- An Innocent Man (Columbia, 1983)
With Chaka Khan
- Destiny (Warner Bros. Records, 1986)
With O'Donel Levy
With Les McCann
With Tina Turner
- Love Explosion (EMI, 1979)
With Jack McDuff
With Mick Jagger
- Primitive Cool (CBS, 1987)
With Jimmy McGriff
- Red Beans (Groove Merchant, 1976)
With Patti Austin
- The Real Me (Qwest, 1988)
With Aretha Franklin
With Eric Clapton
With Charles Mingus
- Charles Mingus and Friends in Concert (Columbia, 1972)
With Mingus Dynasty
- Live at the Theatre Boulogne-Billancourt/Paris, Vol. 1 (Soul Note, 1988)
- Live at the Theatre Boulogne-Billancourt/Paris, Vol. 2 (Soul Note, 1988)
With Phoebe Snow
- Against the Grain (Columbia, 1978)
- Something Real (Elektra, 1989)
With Blue Mitchell
- Scratch My Back (Prestige, 1979)
With Jimmy Owens
- Headin' Home (A&M/Horizon, 1978)
With Carly Simon
- Hello Big Man (Warner Bros., 1983)
With Oscar Peterson
- Oscar Peterson & Jon Faddis (Pablo, 1975)
With Lalo Schifrin
- Black Widow (CTI, 1976)
- More Jazz Meets the Symphony (Atlantic, 1993)
- Firebird: Jazz Meets the Symphony No. 3 (Four Winds, 1995)
- Lalo Schifrin with WDR Big Band: Gillespiana (1996)
- Latin Jazz Suite (1999)
- Ins and Outs – Lalo Live at the Blue Note (2002)
With Linda Clifford
- I'll Keep on Lovin' You (Capitol, 1982)
With Don Sebesky
- The Rape of El Morro (CTI, 1975)
With Candi Staton
- Candi Staton (Warner Bros., 1980)
With Marlena Shaw
- Take a Bite (Columbia, 1979)
With Paul Simon
- Graceland (Warner Bros., 1986)
With Julian Lennon
- Valotte (Atlantic, 1984)
With Lonnie Liston Smith
- Reflections of a Golden Dream (RCA/Flying Dutchman, 1976)
With Leon Spencer
- Where I'm Coming From (Prestige, 1973)
With Bette Midler
- Thighs and Whispers (Atlantic, 1979)
With Jeremy Steig
- Firefly (CTI, 1977)
With Peter Allen
- Continental American (A&M, 1974)
With Gábor Szabó
- Macho (Salvation, 1975)
With Charles Tolliver
With Steve Turre
- The Rhythm Within
With Stanley Turrentine
With Frankie Valli
- Closeup (Private Stock, 1975)
With Cedar Walton
With Randy Weston
With Lou Reed
With Gerald Wilson
- New York, New Sound (Mack Avenue, 2003)
- In My Time (Mack Avenue, 2005)
- Monterey Moods (Mack Avenue, 2007)
- Detroit (Mack Avenue, 2009)
With Tatsuro Yamashita
- Circus Town (1976)
- Pocket Music (1986)
- Boku No Naka No Syounen (1988)
- Colin Larkin, ed (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 141. ISBN 0-85112-580-8.
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- "Remembrances - Jon Faddis | Songs, Reviews, Credits". https://www.allmusic.com/album/remembrances-mw0000048745.
- "Jon Faddis, Schilke Performing Artist". https://www.schilkemusic.com/jon-faddis/.
- "Schilke "Faddis" Model Bb Trumpet". https://www.schilkemusic.com/products/trumpets/bb-trumpets/#faddis.
- LaGorce, Tammy. "Dorthaan Kirk Is Newark’s First Lady of Jazz", The New York Times, January 9, 2016. Accessed November 29, 2017. "Mr. Faddis, of Teaneck, played in Lionel Hampton’s band and is a Dizzy Gillespie sound-alike; he is the former director of the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band."
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