Local Crowdfund: Tony D’Aveni improvises new way to hear, appreciate jazz trumpet

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During the past two years, Tony D’Aveni has been working on perfecting thousands of musical details that are necessary to create a solo trumpet recording. The album will be based on tunes penned by the great Duke Ellington.

The concept for the album is unique. And some may say it is historical. Every song will have a different approach from a past or present great jazz musician, with the unifying force of Ellington as the foundation.

Tony D'Aveni at Jimmy's Tavern & Grill in Shrewsbury.

Courtesy Tony D'Aveni

Tony D’Aveni at Jimmy’s Tavern & Grill in Shrewsbury.

For example, D’Aveni said he thought it would be cool to hear Clifford Brown play a duet with himself on “Take the A Train” (which was written by Billy Strayhorn) as a bebop tune.

Or hear William Alonzo “Cat” Anderson, a trumpeter with Ellington’s band from portions of the 1940s to the 1970s, scream on one tune with a big band sound. And then hear how Woody Shaw, an American virtuoso trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and band leader, would approach another song in the Ellington collection.

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