Al Hood & the H2 Jazztet present 'Jazz Muses'

Al Hood & the H2 Jazztet present 'Jazz Muses'

Wed, September 20, 2017

7:30 pm

$10.00 - $20.00

 Free for 18 & Under
(KUVO Jazz Kids)

Al Hood -trumpet & flugelhorn
Dave Hanson - piano
Ken Walker - bass
Todd Reid - drums
Peter Sommer - tenor sax
Wil Swindler - alto sax

The "Jazz Muses" Project is built around a collection of compositions written by the ten jazz trumpet heroes who have influenced Al's sound and style to the greatest degree throughout his career, and which are named for (or dedicated to) various female influences (real or alliterative) whom the artist-trumpeters encountered during their illustrious lives. All selections were arranged by Dave Hanson.

Al's 10 Muses:

Bobby Shew
Clark Terry
Clifford Brown
Carl 'Doc' Severinsen
Theodore 'Fats' Navarro
Freddie Hubbard
Miles Davis
Woody Shaw
Richard Allen 'Blue' Mitchell
Lee Morgan

Al Hood & the H2 Jazztet present 'Jazz Muses'
Al Hood & the H2 Jazztet present 'Jazz Muses'
Trumpeter Alan Hood hails from the small upstate New York town of Pumpkin Hook and has been performing music for more than 35 years. Mr. Hood toured the world with the Phil Collins Big Band appearing at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals and New York City's prestigious Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He is among featured soloists on the band's live compact disc recording A Hot Night in Paris, on the Atlantic jazz label and appears on well over fifty other jazz, commercial and classical recordings. Appearing with the orchestras of Woody Herman, Glenn Miller, Harry James and performing on stage with Ray Charles, Doc Severinsen, Natalie Cole, Manhattan Transfer, Arturo Sandoval, the Richie Cole Alto Madness Orchestra, the Summit Brass, Jon Faddis, Conte Candoli, Clark Terry, Curtis Fuller and Wynton Marsalis, to name just a few, has rewarded Alan with an array of irreplaceable memories and a well spring of professional experience.

Dividing his career between performing and teaching full time at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music as Professor of Trumpet, Al coaches Lamont Jazz Combos, teaches Trumpet Pedagogy and teaches a course on jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown. Al hosted the highly acclaimed 2004 International Trumpet Guild conference at the Lamont School of Music and is currently a faculty member of the annual esteemed Rafael Méndez Brass Institute (and a former 5-year host), featuring the world-renown Summit Brass. As a freelance trumpeter he continuously performs and records in and beyond the Colorado region with the Denver Brass, the Ken Walker Jazz Sextet, the Denver Brass 5 Quintet, the Peter Sommer Septet and the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra. In 2008, Alan released his first solo CD Just A Little Taste which features the arranging talents of Dave Hanson in various settings for trumpet, rhythm section, strings, sax, flute, oboe and French horn. In 2011, Al released a big band CD with Hanson and the H2 Big Band called You're It! featuring the exciting trumpet playing of guest Bobby Shew, among others. The CD peaked at #10 on the national Jazz Week chart and was #1 on Bob Parlocha's Top 40 list for several weeks. They followed that up in 2015 with "It Could Happen," featuring some of LA's finest studio musicians making up the H2 Big Band! It remained in the top 20 on Jazz Week radio play for the entire Summer of 2016. Al's playing can also be heard on the 2010 double-CD release by trombonist Curtis Fuller entitled I Will Tell Her, which reached #1 on Jazz Week, and Curtis Fuller's 2012 Capri release Down Home, also reaching #1 on the Jazz Week charts and finished the year at #5 all around.

Prior to his 1999 appointment with the University of Denver, Alan taught jazz trumpet and musicology at the University of Miami while pursuing a doctor of musical arts degree in jazz performance. Mr. Hood holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of Kentucky, a master of music degree from Northern Illinois University and has taught music at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Richmond in Virginia. His trumpet mentors include Vince DiMartino, Ron Modell, the late Ray Crisara, Howard Rowe and the late Gil Johnson. As a clinician, Al has enjoyed working and performing with students from such places as the University of Minnesota, Western Michigan University, University of Illinois, Indiana University, Pittsburg (KS) State University, East Tennessee State University, Wichita State University, Centre College, University of North Texas, University of Northern Colorado, Southern Methodist University and Nagoya University of the Arts in Japan, to name a few. He has performed and has made presentations at the International Trumpet Guild conference, the International Association of Jazz Educators conference, the National Trumpet Competition, the Colorado Music Educators Association conference and at the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors conference. He has also served as a judge for the National Trumpet Competition, the International Trumpet Guild, the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Competition and at many Colorado and national jazz festivals.

A leading authority on the life and work of jazz trumpet legend, Clifford Brown, his doctoral research topic, Al has to his credit, several published articles on Brown and has been invited to present his findings at international conferences. Dr. Nick Catalano's recent biography of Clifford Brown, published by Oxford University Press, showcases Al Hood's major contributions as chief research consultant and primary interviewer. His research is utilized in the acclaimed 2016 DVD documentary on Brown by Don Glanden entitled Brownie Speaks, and he has been consulted by Jazz at Lincoln Center's Education Department for assistance with their Brown exhibit that is now a part of the Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame.
Venue Information:
Dazzle @ Baur's
1512 Curtis St.
Denver, CO, 80202