“Among the very best trumpet soloists in the world today” – International Trumpet Guild Journal
TV Appearance Tune in Alert! – Tuesday 10/21 at 9am, Rex will be appearing on “Virginia This Morining” – CBS 6/WTVR. He’ll be performing live at the beginning and the end of the hour. Joining him will be Doug Richards, Trey Pollard, Brian Jones and Randall Pharr. They’ll be discussing the new albums and the 10/22 concert at The Broadberry.
BUGLES OVER ZAGREB is inspired by a spectrum of musical characteristics from across the globe and recorded live at Croatian Radiotelevision studio Bajsić. The album is composed and conducted by Grammy-nominated Doug Richards, one of the most innovative composers of symphonic jazz today. The first half of the album presents the “INTERCONTINENTAL CONCERTO FOR TRUMPET AND JAZZ ORCHESTRA” and the second half is entitled “DUKAL BUGLES,” written as a tribute to Duke Ellington’s best-known trumpet stars, consisting of five sections (tracks) unfolding into one continuous movement.
BLUE SHIFT – Steve Wilson (saxophone) and I put together a modern jazz quintet with broad influences – ranging from the post-bop shades of Woody Shaw to the country-western inflections of Bill Frisell. We had a great time putting this together. I feel the compositions epitomize the eclecticism of modern jazz, a contemporary shift where bebop and jazz-rock meet. Included in the lineup are Trey Pollard (guitar), Randall Pharr (bass) and Brian Jones (drums).
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I’ll be celebrating the release of two new albums with a special performance at The Broadberry in Richmond, VA on Wednesday 10/22 at 8:00pm. The evening will feature performances of selections from my new CD “Bugles Over Zagreb” composed and conducted by Doug Richards and the Summit Records’ release, “Blue Shift.” The lineup includes a collection of Richmond’s finest musicians, beginning with a quintet and finishing with a big band! CDs will be available for sale at the show. Come on – join the celebration, I look forward to seeing you all there!
Doors open at 7:30pm show starts at 8:00pm. Tickets are $8.00 for students / $10.00 general admission. See the Tour page for details.
Between July 9th and 12th, Rex will present master classes and five concerts as a guest artist at the Sydney International Brass Festival in Australia. These concerts will include several premieres: the world premiere of James Stephenson’s “Hanging by a Thread,” a hot-off-the-press concerto for trumpet and tuba with wind ensemble; the world premiere of Brendan Collins’ Concerto for Trumpet and String Orchestra; and the Sydney premiere of the brass band version of Stephenson’s “Rextreme” Concerto.
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Between July 1 and 4, Rex will present master classes and two recitals as a guest artist at the Dublin Brass Week festival in Ireland. Of particular excitement for Rex is the appearance of two fellow guest trumpet artists: American ex-pat Anthony Plog and Scottish legend John Wallace – two heroes from Rex’s childhood. See the Tour page for details!