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 Jazz trumpeter, arranger, composer Michael Mossman joins SRU Jazz Ensemble at festival 




March 10, 2009

Contact: K.E. Schwab  



Jazz trumpeter, arranger, composer Michael Mossman

plays with SRU Jazz Ensemble at annual Jazz Festival 


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Jazz trumpeter, arranger and composer Michael Philip Mossman will be the guest artist at Slippery Rock University's Eighth Annual Jazz Festival March 24 in Swope Music Hall and Miller Auditorium.

            The event opens at 4 p.m. in Swope with a number of high school jazz bands, including those from Slippery Rock Area High and Seneca Valley High performing. In addition to 30-minute performances, each band will receive a 30-minute clinic.

            Mossman is professor and director of jazz studies at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York City. He will offer a free clinic and master class at 6:30 p.m. Topics will include music publishing, performing and information on touring internationally.

            At 8 p.m. the festival moves to SRU's Miller Auditorium for a concert and awards ceremony featuring Mossman and the SRU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Stephen Hawk, professor of music.

            The concert is free for students; $5 for adults.

Mossman has been active on the international scene since age of 17. He has performed and recorded with his own groups and with bands led by a virtual who's who of the music industry. His work, "Beneath the Mask," is a 40-minute ballet premiered by Jon Faddis and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble and the Deeply Rooted Dance Company. The piece was choreographed by his wife, dance/choreographer Mayte Vicens, and was performed at the Harris Theater in Chicago's Millennium Park in 2006. 

Mossman is currently lead trumpeter with Jazz at Lincoln Center's Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. His arrangement of Jon Faddis' "Teranga" was performed in 2007 by the Philadelphia Orchestra.

            He recently composed and arranged music for Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba's new animated film "Chico y Rita," in collaboration with Cuban legend Bebo Valdez. His most recent solo album is titled "Soul con Timba Live at Bohemian Caverns" and features alto sax star Antonio Hart. His album "Missa Afro Cubana," recorded in Cologne, Germany, was released in 2008 and features the late Cuban trombonist Juan Pablo Torres and singer Xiomara Laugart, star of the current off-Broadway show honoring Celia Cruz. His CD the "Orisha Suite," on Pimienta, features the late Ray Barretto, Patato Valdez and Paquito D'Rivera and was nominated for a Latin Grammy. Mossman is also featured as lead trumpet and arranger on the Grammy- nominated album "Un Noche Inolvidable" by the Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra.

Earlier releases by Mossman include "Mama Soho," on the TCB label and Springdance," released on the Claves Jazz label. 

He currently publishes with the Hal Leonard Corp., Three-two Music, Really Good Music and his own Ryamos Music Co.

            A National Merit Scholar, Mossman graduated  cum laude from Oberlin College and Oberlin Conservatory with degrees in sociology/anthropology as well as orchestral trumpet and jazz composition. He studied with Vincent Cichowicz of the Chicago Symphony before moving to New York. He completed his Master's Degree at Rutgers University and studied film scoring with Don Sebesky. He is also a graduate of Anthony Robbin's Mastery University.

Following stints as lead trumpet with the Machito Orchestra, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, he became the musical director of Blue Note Record's "young lion" group Out of the Blue. He recorded four albums for Blue Note with this group before disbanding to join the Horace Silver Quintet. 

In addition to Horace's group, he has toured and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Joe Henderson, McKoy Tyner, Gerry Mulligan, Joe Zawinul, Slide Hampton, Toshiko Akiyoshi, George Gruntz, Bob Mintzer, Steve Turre, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Tom Pierson, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, the Charles Mingus Orchestra, Benny Carter, the Gil Evans Orchestra, and the Count Basie Orchestra.

The jazz artist has also been a key performer in Latin Jazz since his days with Machito. He has performed and recorded with Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Chico O'Farrill, Ray Barretto, Daniel Ponce, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Paquito D'Rivera, Bebo Valdez and Michel Camilo. He is featured in the documentary on contemporary Latin Jazz "Calle 54" as both performer and commentator. He has also served as staff arranger and trumpet soloist for the legendary innovator of salsa, Mario Bauza and his Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra. 

            Mossman has composed and arranged scores for Joe Henderson's Grammy-winning Big Band album, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, The Charles Mingus Orchestra, Tito Puente, Mario Bauza, Slide Hampton Orchestra, Paquito D'Rivera and the United Nation Orchestra, the UMO Orchestra of Finland, the NDR Big Band of Hamburg, the WDR of Cologne, the Danish Radio Big Band, the Andalucia Latin Jazz Big Band, the Heineken Jazz Festival Orchestra in Puerto Rico, the Granada Big band, the HGM Radio Band of Zagreb, Croatia, the HR Radio Band of Frankfurt, the Bluffs Big Band of Council Bluffs, Iowa, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Ray Barretto's New World Spirit and the show "Murderous Instincts." He also scored music for the film "Bossa Nova" released by Tri-Star Films.

            He has performed classical and contemporary classical pieces with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Naumburg Orchestra, the Jupiter Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Composer's Guild, the Garden State Chamber Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic and the contemporary classical ensemble "Secret Cosmos." He has recorded the Daniel Schnyder Trumpet Sonata on the Koch Schwann label and two solo classical albums for MM1.

            He has been active in music education throughout his career and has served on the faculties at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Rutgers University, The New School for Social Research, Bloomfield College, Manhattanville College and the New Jersey Summer Arts Institute. He has given numerous clinics in music performance, composition, and music business in the United States and abroad. 


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