April 23: Will Caviness

Caviness_Will1_200x1137:30 PM

Admission: $15, $8 Students w/ ID

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Will Caviness- trumpet, Alex Yuwen-tenor sax, Mike Kocour-piano, Will Goble-bass, Dom Moio-drums

Will Caviness (b. 1982) is a trumpeter, composer, and bandleader with a rich harmonic concept and soulful approach to the music. His 2015 debut album “A Walk” on Cellar Live Records is already garnering significant attention, reaching the top of the Jazz Week and CMJ music charts. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Will is now a busy performer in New York City and beyond.

Growing up near Memphis gave Will the opportunity to hear local legends such as BB King, Rufus Thomas, Booker T. Jones, James Williams, and many other artists in the Blues and R&B tradition. Hanging out on Beale Street and in other jazz clubs led to gigs around town during high school; after making the All-State Tennessee Jazz band 3 years in a row, Will decided to major in music, earning a Bachelor’s at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Masters degree at New England Conservatory in Boston where his teachers included Jim Ketch, John McNeil, Jerry Bergonzi, and Steven Emery.

In order to avoid serious injury and continue his trumpet career, Will’s playing underwent a major technique modification, including a serious embouchure change from 2008 to 2009. Always persevering, he moved to New York in 2010, where he immediately began working as a trumpet player and teacher. As a freelancer, Will played with Bill Mobley’s Smoke Big Band, Valery Ponomarev’s big band, the Howard Williams Orchestra, and numerous other productions. He performs regularly at many of the city’s most prestigious jazz venues, including Smoke, the 55 Bar, Zinc Bar, and Brooklyn’ Tea Lounge. Over the years Will has played with many jazz greats, such as Geri Allen, Danilo Perez, Scott Wendholt, Barry Harris, Eric Alexander, Steve Davis, Branford Marsalis, Mike LeDonne, Dave Stryker, Marcus Roberts, Ray Vega, Dave Douglas, and Dave Holland.

Will Caviness’s debut album “A Walk” was released in November 2015 and features a sextet of top young jazz players: Benjamin Drazen on alto saxophone, Sam Dillon on Tenor saxophone, Jeb Patton on Piano, Will Slater on Bass, and Pete Van Nostrand on drums. As of January 2016 “A Walk” was listed at Number 10 on the JazzWeek radio chart.

“I was astounded by his versatility, playing both trumpet and flugel with refined speed at times, and forceful blues at others.” -Sylvia Pfeiffenberger, Indy Weekly, Durham, NC

“Hauntingly beautiful…..” -International Trumpet Guild Journal

“You sound good as a mother*****r!” -Jeremy Pelt

“You’re playin’ your ass off bro…” -Jim Rotondi

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