Be Bop by John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie
During June's EAST RIVER JAZZFest trumpeter Freddie Dunn's ensemble will perform Birks Works - Dizzy Gillespie in Music and Life, an introduction to Diz via personal anecdotes, readings, and musical performances of tunes that he composed or that were closely associated with him. Mr. Dunn's workshop will offer a preview to the planning and preparation required for a jazz performance.
Trumpeter Freddie Dunn
Trumpeter Freddie Dunn is well known for his feature work with the groundbreaking Jazz/soul collective, Fertile Ground. While touring extensively with Fertile Ground he kept his exploratory jazz appetite whet with the award winning grunge Jazz bands of pianist Lafayette Gilchrist. His solo work from their latest CD, "Soul Progressin'" was featured on 'The Wire' and won a 2009 Independent Music Award. In 2010 he won the Maryland Artist Award for solo trumpet. His 2011 CD, "Longing for the Moon", featured the slinky, sexy hit "Looking" and a soulful midnight-smooth take on the standard, "Nature Boy". Upcoming projects include a new acoustic set, "Spin Control", due this fall, and a renewal of the Brookland Jazz Music Series in Northeast Washington, D.C.