BAND AFFILIATION: Strength in Numbers; Barrelhouse Jazz Orchestra; Bryson Barnes/Jeff Nania Group
INSTRUMENT: Trumpet and vocals
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis. Eminently swinging and heartbreakingly tender moments of supreme artistry. My first and still one of my favorite records.
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … To be honest, I can’t exactly remember. A few of the artists who I saw live early on that made a lasting impression on me include the Gypsy Kings, Wallace Roney, Chuck Mangione, Phish, Jean-Michel Pilc, Robert Glasper and Wycliffe Gordon. Each one could’ve been the first, because their performances all helped me to consider music in a new way. I still go to shows today that inspire me to reassess how I think about music, and I believe that this cycle of rebirth of concept has served as creative fodder for countless artists past and present.