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The Creative Imperative and FONT Music

Dave Douglas’ “Solo” presentation at the 2016 Jazz Connect Conference

Trumpeter Dave Douglas speaks at the Jazz Connect Conference, Saint Peter's Church, NYC, January 2016

I’m here to talk about the Festival of New Trumpet Music, which is an annual festival held here in New York. I helped co-found the festival in 2002 with the trumpeter Roy Campbell, Jr. We were at the bar of a club called Tonic. Surprisingly enough, as so many things do, it happened over a couple drinks.

To talk about FONT Music (which is how it’s become known) I have to talk about the creative imperative-it’s the driving force behind what we do at FONT Music. And my experiences learning jazz are a big part of learning about music in general, learning about the world, learning how to be a good citizen, and learning about creativity.

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