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Trumpet virtuoso and Dizzy Gillespie protege Jon Faddis is the consummate musician – conductor, composer, and educator, Faddis earned accolades from his close friend and mentor John Birks Gillespie, who declared of Faddis, "He's the best ever, including me!"
As a trumpeter, Faddis possesses a virtually unparalleled range and full command of his instrument, making the practically impossible seem effortless have made him one of the most in demand musicians in any genre of all time. Time Out New York (2003) praises Faddis as "the world's greatest trumpeter ... brash soloistic logic and breathtaking technical acuity," and Nat Hentoff, in The Wall Street Journal (2005), characterizes Faddis as "a trumpet player of prodigious lyrical force."
Jon is no stranger to the Apollo as he has performed at the venue many times in a multitude of situations, but this concerts appearance will have special meaning as Jon will be featured in a special segment giving tribute to his mentor Dizzy's unique collaborations with the Machito Afro-Cubans and Mario Bauzá.