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Fred Forney

Fred Forney

I love the spontaneity of jazz. Not only are you the performer, but the composer of this in-the-moment music,” says trumpeter Fred Forney.

After decades of classical training, countless symphony performances and years teaching high-school music classes, Forney’s conversion to jazz occurred unexpectedly. “While I was a teacher, I went to a Jamey Aebersold camp. When I came back to Phoenix, I switched my focus to jazz. I sold my classical equipment, and quit my teaching job and the symphony.”

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