Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Acclaimed Jazz Trumpeter TERELL STAFFORD Releases FORGIVE AND FORGET

Trumpeter Terell Stafford has a new release and it called “Forgive And Forget” and it’s the second installment in a series of recordings dubbed “Jazzmasters Unlimited”.  A master trumpeter with over 20 years of experience on the jazz scene, Terell has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by McCoy Tyner.  

A powerful with a finely honed sense of swing, and the ability to croon lilting balladry and great beauty, Terell can play modern, uptempo or groovy in the pocket.  The Terell Stafford Quintet, which includes Tim Warfield-saxes, Bruce Barth-piano, Peter Washington-bass, and Dana Hall-drums, is an acclaimed ensemble which plays major festivals and clubs around the country and has issued fine recordings like “Brotherlee Love” which topped the prestigious Jazzweek charts for two non-consecutive weeks in 2015 and as nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and ‘This Side of Strayhorn” which was a Downbeat Magazine Editors pick in 2011.

As a soloist, Terell is constantly in demand and has performed with a who’s who of jazz luminaries including Bobby Watson, McCoy Tyner, Benny Gibson, Kenny Barron, Jimmy Heath Big Band, Matt Wilson Arts & Crafts, the Clayton Brothers, and the Grammy Award winning Village Vanguard Orchestra.Stafford can be heard performing on over 130 albums; a sampling is included here. Stafford with the Hamilton-Clayton Jazz Orchestra, performed on Diana Krall’s GRAMMY nominated From this Moment On (2006). John Clayton invited Stafford to perform with the Clayton Brothers Quintet, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and to teach for the prestigious Vail Jazz Foundation. In celebration of Jimmy Heath’s 80th birthday, Stafford recorded with the Jimmy Heath Big Band for the album Turn Up the Heath (2006). As a member of drummer Matt Wilson’s group Arts and Crafts, Stafford is featured on the album Scenic Route (2007). Stafford performed on Alvin Queen and the Organic’s album I Ain’t Lookin’ at You (2006).

Stafford was a member of the GRAMMY nominated Bobby Watson’s Tailor Made Big Band for their album Tailor Made. Stafford is a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and they were awarded a GRAMMY in 2009 for Best Large Ensemble, Live at the Village Vanguard. Stafford had the privilege of performing solo trumpet with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra for the premiere performance of Fourth Stream…La Banda. This commissioned piece for orchestra, jazz combo and solo trumpet, was written by GRAMMY winning composer Bill Cunliffe, former Boyer College faculty member. It was recorded on the university’s music label, BCM&D, and subsequently nominated for a GRAMMY in 2010 for Best Instrumental Composition. He is a member of the GRAMMY nominated Clayton Brothers Quintet for Best Instrumental Composition, Brother to Brother 2010 and New Song and Dance 2011. Another Temple University commissioned piece, Overture; Waltz & Rondo was nominated for a GRAMMY in 2013.

With over 130 album appearances to his credit, Forgive And Foret is Stafford's ninth overall as a leader and features the following tracks: No, No, No (That Ain't the Way It Go); A Two-Per to Fill; Forgive and Forget; The Owl Express; The Tint Train; Please Rest My Soul; No, No, No (That Ain't the Way It Go) [Take 2]; The Owl Local (No Passengers!); and Some Many Second Chances.

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