We have quite the exciting performance coming up: featuring the music of Jazz baritone saxophonist/composer Pepper Adams and drummer/composer Tony Faulkner, on Nov 13 at Trumpets Jazz Club. Tony Faulkner gets to wear two hats for this occasion: composer of his own music and the arranger of Pepper’s music. This is Faulkner’s first tour of the U.S and Canada. Faulkner, who hails from Leeds, England, is also a drummer, and has been on the Jazz scene in England since 1965. He has worked with many Jazz legends; Kenny Wheeler, Benny Goodman, Paul Gonsalves, Art Farmer,Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Nat Adderly, Al Cohn and many more.
The program for this concert is very special and a rare opportunity, it’s not every day we get to play big band arrangements of Adam’s music such as: “Dobbin”, “Freddie Froo” and “Philson”. We will also feature Faulkner’s compositions: “Morris Dances”, “Song for Stewart” and a NY/NJ premiere of a three movement suite composed by Faulkner and in honor of Pepper entitled “Park Frederick III.”
This performance is part of a tour of Pepper Adams’ music, organized by Gary Carner; Jazz historian, record producer, and former Montclarion. . Prior to New Jersey, they will have visited New York, Cincinnati, Champaign IL, Macomb IL, Detroit, Toronto, and Montreal, with performances, book signings, lectures and workshops. You can see the tour itinerary here.
Carner met Adams in 1984, when he was a graduate student at the City College of New York and working on a thesis about Adam’s life. After Adams death in 1986, Carner continued to conduct interviews and amass materials on Adam’s life, which culminated into his book “Pepper Adams-Joy Road” (Scarecrow Press 2012), and was recently awarded Best Jazz Discography by the ARSC (Association for Recorded Sound Collections). You can read more of the wonderful work that Carner has done by going to his site: PepperAdams.com.
Once the biography was finished and published, Carner set out commissioning arrangers to bring Adams music back out into the public, and one of those arrangers was Tony Faulkner. From 2012 to just this past month, Faulkner has written 21 big band arrangements, 11 tentet charts as well as his suite “Park Frederick III.” You can learn more about Tony Faulkner by visiting his website TonyFaulkner.net.