American jazz trumpeter helps Darlington students hit all the right notes

Darlington and Stockton Times: JAZZ TRUMPET: World-renowned American jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis at the workshop with musicians from Durham County Youth Big Band at Hummersknott Academy  Picture: ANDY LAMB JAZZ TRUMPET: World-renowned American jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis at the workshop with musicians from Durham County Youth Big Band at Hummersknott Academy Picture: ANDY LAMB

YOUNG musicians hit all the right notes when an internationally renowned trumpet player paid them a visit.

American jazz trumpet player, Jon Faddis, led a workshop with members of the Durham County Youth Big Band at Hummersknott Academy, in Darlington.

The 60-year-old conductor and composer has played with scores of great musicians, including Charles Mingus, Billy Joel and Gil Evans, and is also a highly regarded music teacher.

He was once described as ‘the best ever’ by his mentor Dizzy Gillespie, and has spent the past decade teaching at The Conservatory of Music in New York.

During the workshop he helped students work on a piece arranged by former Hummersknott Academy student, who performed at this year’s Glastonbury festival.

Ian Robinson from Durham Music Service said: “Being able to play with and listen to a musician of the calibre of John Faddis is a fantastic opportunity for the Big Band members and students from Hummersknott Academy.

“We are very fortunate for the big band students to be challenged and perform yet again on a world class platform.”

Mr Faddis hosted the workshop before performing at the Gala Theatre, in Durham, with the Andy Champion Quintet as part of the Durham Brass Festival.

A school spokeswoman added: "Several Hummersknott Academy students are members of the big band and other students had the chance to observe the workshop and hear the accomplished playing.

"Students were very excited for the opportunity to join the list of big names, and learn from one of the greatest players today."

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