Expect a compelling set of old school hard bop swingers and engaging melodies from Stafford and his powerhouse group along with a healthy dose of blues and graceful ballads that trigger the trumpeter’s lyrical side.
When & Where
It’s A Breeze & Hawk Haven Vineyard Stage in Cape May Convention Hall, Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 12:00 PM.
Hailed as “a fabulous trumpet player” by no less an authority than piano legend McCoy Tyner, Terell Stafford is recognized as one of the premier straight ahead players on the scene today. A gifted and versatile player who combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism, Stafford has performed with groups such as Bobby Watson’s Horizon, Benny Golson’s Sextet, McCoy Tyner’s Sextet, Kenny Barron Quintet, Frank Wess Quintet, Jimmy Heath Quintet and Big Band, Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Alumni Band and more recently has been an integral part of bands led by Cedar Walton, Sadao Watanabe, Gerald Wilson, John Clayton and Matt Wilson.
Born in Miami and raised in Chicago and Silver Springs, Maryland, Stafford first picked up the trumpet at age 13, initially studying classical music. He cites Clifford Brown as one of his most profound jazz influences. While studying at Rutgers University, Stafford was invited to join Bobby Watson’s group, Horizon, and spent the next five years splitting his time between Watson’s group and organist Shirley Scott’s quintet. Stafford credits these experiences to honing his skills as an effective arranger, composer and bandleader. Following his tenure in Horizon, he joined McCoy Tyner’s Latin All-Star Band that featured some of the best Latin jazz players, including trombonist Steve Turre, flutist Dave Valentin and percussionist Jerry Gonzalez. The trumpeter debuted as a leader in 1995 with Time to Let Go on the Candid label. He followed up with 1997’s Centripetal Force on Candid and 2000’s Fields of Gold on the Nagel-Heyer label. His string of three recordings on the MaxJazz label 2003’s New Beginnings, 2007’s Taking Chances and 2011’s This Side of Strayhorn elevated his profile and standing in the jazz community.
Stafford is currently a member of the Grammy-nominated Clayton Brothers Quintet and the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He is also Director of Jazz Studies and Chair of Instrumental Studies at Temple University and Artistic Director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia. His latest release as a leader is 2016’s Forgive and Forget, a formidable quintet offering that pairs him on the frontline with longtime colleague and tenor saxophonist, Tim Warfield. All About Jazz weighed in on Stafford’s latest with this: “With over 25 of experience performing on the world stage of jazz, there’s little doubt that Terell Stafford is a master and Forgive and Forget is an excellent vehicle confirming that status.”
Cape May Convention Hall Hawk Haven / It's A Breeze Stage November 10th at 12:00 PM