I became a trumpet player because of Clifford Brown. I heard him on the radio and thought it was the slickest ever. Joy Spring was the tune I later found out.
I played violin when I was 3 or 4 years old. When I started playing trumpet my whole view of music changed by listening to more jazz and having a wider variety of music to check out. The trumpet is pretty difficult at times but any instrument can be, it’s all about how you look at it. If you put the time in the easier it gets. It’s a very physical instrument you have to play it daily to keep up.
I would say the two biggest impacts on my musical life are Gary Thomas, a saxophonist/ flutist and composer, his approach to music is genius and has given me a whole new approach to music. The other is Doobie Powell, a God send of a musician whose music has inspired me greatly. Keyon Harrold is probably my favorite trumpet player out now, I’ve known him since 1998 and has been incredible since then.
Theljon Allen, trumpet
Charles Wilson, drums
Blake Meister, bass
Charlie Riechert Powell, guitar
Todd Marcus, bass clarinet
Charlie Reichert-Powell is a rising Chicago-based jazz guitarist, composer, and producer. His group New River fuses contemporary jazz and honest, energetic improvisation with avant-garde, electronic, and RnB/soul influences to create a unique and engaging experience. Charlie began playing guitar at the age of 7. His creativity and curiosity was evident early. Before long, his inquisitiveness led him to explore and expand his sonic palette and push him toward electronic music. When he was introduced to jazz through his middle school band, he was entranced. Once in high school, he participated in his high school’s jazz ensemble, the Jazz Institute of Chicago, and joined CYSO’s Jazz Orchestra and Ernest Dawkins’ Young Masters group. Now a senior in high school, he’s had original compositions performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival, Englewood Jazz Club, and Oberlin Conservatory; studied with renowned musicians and educators Pharez Whitted, Bobby Broom, Ivan Taylor, Larry Brown Jr., Peter Swendsen, and Tom Lopez; and performed alongside musicians Ernest Dawkins, Corey Wilkes, Jesse 5k, and Wic. His productions under the moniker Zephire have been streamed hundreds of thousands of times around the world, and have been released on the labels Night Owl Collective, ZenSupremacy, and SmallPrint Recordings, among others.
Theljon Allen is a native of Baltimore. He began playing trumpet in the sixth grade, attended Randallstown High School and went to college at New School University. Since school, he has had the opportunity to play and or record with many music acts such as Ledisi, Janet Jackson, Lonnie Liston Smith, Cyrus Chestnut and many more.
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