Written by Patrick Jarenwattananon from WBGO-FM
The jazz trumpeter Tom Harrell is 66 now, but he’s not slowing down any: His current band has released five excellent albums since 2007 alone. (It performed for this concert series in 2009.) So prolific is he that he’s been writing and arranging music for other ensembles all the while. Last year, Harrell presented a nine-piece chamber jazz ensemble, and he’s been at work on a new piano-less project. That band, called Colors of a Dream, supplements most of his working quintet with some new additions — saxophonist Jaleel Shaw and bassist/singer Esperanza Spalding.
A veteran of bandleaders like Horace Silver and Phil Woods, Harrell visits the Village Vanguard to present the next step in his now-hefty solo discography. WBGO and NPR Music will feature Colors of a Dream in a live online video webcast and radio broadcast on Wednesday, March 26 at 9 p.m. ET.
- Tom Harrell, trumpet/flugelhorn
- Jaleel Shaw, alto saxophone
- Wayne Escoffery, tenor saxophone
- Esperanza Spalding, bass/vocals
- Ugonna Okegwo, bass
- Johnathan Blake, drums