Jon Faddis, trumpet

MSUFCU Jazz Artist in Residence
12/5 – 12/9, 2013

Jazz trumpeter, composer, educator, and conductor Jon Faddis taught MSU jazz students, held master classes, and performed in multiple venues on and off campus. His residency included concerts and educational visits to Hackett Catholic Central High School in Kalamazoo, Red Cedar Elementary School in East Lansing, and Northview High School in Grand Rapids. Performances included the holiday jazz concert at Fairchild Theatre with Jazz Orchestra I, as well as a concert at St. Matthew’s/St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Detroit.

Faddis was able to connect with students on a professional and personal level. He used his warm sense of humor both on stage and in the classroom to bridge the gap between talent and the hard work necessary for success.

Faddis, who began playing trumpet at age 8, joined Lionel Hampton’s band at 18 before becoming lead trumpet for Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. By his early 20s, the California-native had become a notable musician in New York City, performing with Charles Mingus. Often likened to Dizzy Gillespie in style and sound, Faddis performs and teaches around the U.S. and the world.

“The fact that this program took place early in the year helped kick start our jazz band season. The students took a lot of inspiration and motivation from the experience. It played an important role in this being our best year as a group. My students and I are hoping this program can continue in the future.”
– Mike Hamann, director, West Ottawa High School Bands