News Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: April 29, 2017

 

Kente Arts Alliance Celebrates its 10th Anniversary with Terell Stafford, Pittsburgh

 

Terell Stafford, acclaimed trumpet player based in New York, has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend McCoy Tyner.

 

Terell Stafford, View Larger Image

 

Terell Stafford, View Larger Image 

 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, (March 22, 2017) -  On Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 8:00 pm, Kente Arts Alliance will present jazz trumpeter Terell Stafford Quintet with saxophonist Tim Warfield,  at the New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, Northside, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.   This is Kente Arts Alliance’s 10th  year anniversary.

 

General Admission: $30 - $35. Tickets are available online:  www.showclix.com. By phone: 888.71.TICKETS or 888-718-4253. Or at these locations: Dorsey’s Records (Homewood) and Dave’s Music Mine – South Side.
 
Terell Stafford Quintet with Tim Warfield
 
Terell Stafford is an acclaimed trumpet player who has been hailed by piano legend McCoy Tyner as “one of the great players of our time.”  Stafford is recognized as an incredibly gifted and versatile player. He combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism. Stafford’s exceptionally expressive and well-defined musical talent allows him to dance in and around the rich trumpet tradition of his predecessors while making his own inroads.
 
Since the mid-1990’s, Stafford has performed with groups such as 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. 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 and Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. 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 can be heard on over 130 albums of which his latest recording has been hailed as “the first must have album of 2011” and “genius”, This Side of Strayhorn.
 
Stafford is the Director of Jazz Studies and Chair of Instrumental Studies at Temple University, founder and band leader of the Terell Stafford Quintet, and Managing and Artistic Director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP). Stafford is renowned in the jazz world as an educator, performer and leader and has received countless award nominations and accolades.
 
Stafford first picked up the trumpet at age thirteen, initially studying classical music. While pursuing a music education degree at the University of Maryland, Stafford played with the school’s jazz band. In 1988, Stafford had the good fortune to meet and receive advice from Wynton Marsalis who suggested that he study with Dr. William Fielder at Rutgers University. After studying trumpet fundamentals with Dr. Fielder, Stafford was inspired to play all genres of music including jazz. It was during this time that he began to immerse himself in jazz; listening to everything he could get his hands on. Stafford cites one of his most profound musical influences as Clifford Brown’s rendition of Cherokee. Later, Marsalis gave Stafford the opportunity to perform in his group Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and teach at Jazz at Lincoln Center and Juilliard. Marsalis supports Stafford’s current role as Managing and Artistic Director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia and continues to offer his guidance and support.
 
While studying at Rutgers, Stafford was invited to join Bobby Watson’s group, Horizon. The next five years were spent balancing his offstage education with the incredible knowledge and experience gained from performing alongside Watson, co-leader Victor Lewis and Shirley Scott. Scott gave Stafford the opportunity to play alongside saxophone Tim Warfield that led to their ongoing musical collaborations. Tim Warfield will join him in this Pittsburgh engagement.


Kente Arts Alliance is a non-profit arts organization (501 (3) ©) that was established in 2007.  Since then Kente has presented some of the music world’s most legendary performers including Pharoah Sanders, The Last Poets, Hugh Masekela, Roy Haynes, Billy Harper, Roy Ayers, Lizz Wright, Randy Weston, Sun Ra Arkestra and the Third World Reggae Band.

 

For more information visit:  www.kentearts.org or call 412.322.0292.

 

These programs are made possible in part by generous grants from the Opportunity Fund, The Heinz Endowments, and Advancing the Black Arts in Pittsburgh Fund.   

 

 

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Gail Austin

Email: gail@kentearts.org

Phone: (412) 322-0292

 

Kente Arts Alliance

Web: www.KenteArts.org

 

 Calendar Listing

 

Event Name: Kente Arts Alliance presents Terell Stafford in Concert

Event Date: April 29, 2017

Event Time: 8:00 pm

Event Location: New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, Northside, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Admission: All Tickets Are General Mission $30 - $35

Web: www.KenteArts.org

Contact: Gail Austin, gail@kentearts.org, (412) 322-0292

Description: On Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 8:00 pm, Kente Arts Alliance will present jazz trumpeter Terell Stafford Quintet with saxophonist Tim Warfield,  at the New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, Northside, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.   This is Kente Arts Alliance’s 10th  year anniversary. General Admission: $30 - $35. Tickets are available online:  www.showclix.com. By phone: 888.71.TICKETS or 888-718-4253. Or at these locations: Dorsey’s Records (Homewood) and Dave’s Music Mine – South Side. Terell Stafford, acclaimed trumpet player based in New York, has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend McCoy Tyner.

 


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