The last time Tom Harrell played at Victoria during the Oslo Jazz Festival was in 2011, and we are delighted to get a chance to hear this American trumpet legend again. Harrell was born in Urbana, Illinois, but moved to the San Francisco Bay area when he was five. He began to play when he was just 8 years old and, when he was just 13, he was already gigging with local bands. Since then he has played with, among others, Bill Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, Ronnie Cuber, Bob Brookmeyer, Lionel Hampton, Bob Berg, Bobby Shew, Joe Lovano, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra, Art Farmer, Charles McPherson, and Kathleen Battle. His name has been registered on more than 260 albums, and he continues actively to compose, play and tour the world. He has won a number of prizes, landing his tenth SESAC Jazz Award in January 2016 for his new TRIP project.
TRIP is a piano-less quartet that was formed when Harrell was commissioned by Dave Douglas to compose for the Festival of New Trumpet Music in New York. Harrell describes this quartet as a chamber ensemble in which each instrument plays an equally important role. TRIP consists of tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, bassist Ugonna Okegwo, with whom Harrell has collaborated for a long time, as well as drummer Adam Cruz.