Welcome to the Site of Trumpet Soloist and Jazz Artist Rex Richardson
Hailed in classical circles as “among the very best trumpet soloists in the world today,” (International Trumpet Guild) and "One of the finest virtuosos of our time...boundless versatility...stunning," (Brass Herald)
and in jazz as “a standout soloist with the power, range and flexibility to rival Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw,” (DownBeat Magazine) Yamaha Performing Artist Rex Richardson was named the 2008 Brass Herald Personality of the Year.
Rex Richardson has nine CDs, and all of them are finally on Spotify, under the Summit Records label.
Working backwards chronologically:
Freedom of Movement: 21st Century Trumpet Concertos - 2018
Foundation: The Trumpet Concertos - 2017
Bugles Over Zagreb: The Music of Doug Richards - 2014
Blue Shift, (co-led by Steve Wilson) - 2014
Magnum Opus: 21st Century Trumpet Concertos - 2010
Jazz Upstairs: Live at the GuruBar - 2007
Masks - 2005
Pandora's Pocket - 1997
The Powers that Be - 1993
In April of 2018, The Adam Meckler Jazz Orchestra released their album Magnificent Madness.
One of the tracks is Adam's arrangement of Rex's tune "The Tao of Heavy D."
Adam invited Rex to appear as guest soloist on his own tune (although, gotta give credit where it's due: 90% of the chart is Adam's work! He's a brilliant composer/arranger as well as a tremendous trumpet artist. Rex is a huge fan!), and had video taken of the session.
Here's how it turned out!
Rex wrapped up a whirlwind summer touring season with concerts and clinics in eight countries over fifteen weeks!
In May he traveled to France and Austria with events in Paris, Bordeaux and Vienna; all clinics were under the auspices of Yamaha Europe.
In June he was the guest artist at the Interlochen Trumpet Institute, before heading to Sweden for the Blekinge International Brass Academy.
From Sweden he proceeded to Spain, to perform and teach at the Spanish Brass' Alizira Festival.
After a brief period back at home, he returned to Europe for the Italian Brass Week (Florence) and Lieksa Brass Week (Finland) festivals, before continuing to Korea for the Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival, where he performed as soloist and served as adjudicator. This was followed by an event for Yamaha Korea in Seoul, before retuning to the U.S. for a much-needed, nearly two-month long break from touring.
Next...see you in Richmond on Oct. 1, for the "Trumpet Spectacular" recital at VCU! (see https://rexrichardson.net/tour-schedule for more info)
(Photo: Rex with Spanish Brass @Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival, 2019)
Rex performing with the amazing Spanish Brass Ensemble on July 6 at their Alzira Festival with Thierry Caens conducting.
Enjoy this improvised cadenza at the end of Allen Vizzutti's "Cyclone."
(Video credit: Angel Tejo)