United Trombone Summit at University of Indianapolis
Saturday, Feb. 28 – UIndy Jazz Festival.
United Trombone Summit
Featuring Slide Hampton, Steve Turre, Curtis Fuller and Bill Watrous Admission: $20 general; $10 seniors; free for kids 18 and younger and college students with ID
Saturday, 7:30pm. The evening concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in Ruth Lilly Performance Hall of UIndy’s Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana.
Four world-class trombonists team up for this exciting event. Hampton, who grew up in Indianapolis, has a storied career that spans decades and includes performances with fellow greats like Dizzy Gillespie, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis. In 2005, the Grammy-winner received the Jazz Master Award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Internationally renowned trombonist and seashellist Turre has been a member of the Saturday Night Live Band since 1984 and is on the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music. The California native has toured with Ray Charles and is a frequent winner of both readers’ and critics’ polls in JazzTimes, DownBeat, and Jazziz for best trombonist and best miscellaneous instrumentalist (seashells).
Fuller, a Detroit native, began playing the trombone at age 16. He honed his skills in a military band before landing in New York and making his recording debut in 1955. A charter member of the Jazztet with Benny Golson and Art Farmer, Fuller has toured with Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie and has recorded for Blue Note, Prestige, United Artists and Savoy, among other labels.
Bop-oriented Watrous’ credits include playing in the house band for The Merv Griffin Show and working on the CBS staff in the 1960s. His later career includes studio and club gigs as well as leading his own big band. The Connecticut native has recorded with Quincy Jones, Maynard Ferguson, Johnny Richards and Woody Herman, and as a leader on several labels.