WOW!!! WITH INCREDIBLE SUPPORT FROM AROUND THE WORLD, WE HAVE ACHIEVED OUR GOAL OF $20,000! THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE - I AM THRILLED!!!
THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!
My name is Roswell Rudd. I am a trombonist/composer/arranger. I'm 76 years old. Last year I was voted TROMBONIST OF THE YEAR in the Downbeat Critics' Poll. At this time in my life I worship at the altar of melody and am particularly interested in all those great STANDARDS, some of which were here when I was born, and others which came into existence later and are still here ... Songs we all know that mark moments in our lives. I am currently arranging some well-known jazz standards and also a handful of tunes that are classics of American folk, roots, gospel, country and soul ... Timeless compositions from the likes of Duke Ellington, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Bob Dylan and Brian Wilson. And I promise we'll have some beautiful surprises for you!
For this project, which I am calling "Trombone For Lovers", I will be collaborating with the young producer Ivan Rubenstein-Gillis. We will be joined by the dynamic rhythm section of drummer Aaron Comess and bassist Richard Hammond. There will also be some wonderful guest singers and instrumentalists from my distinguished list of musical associates. If we raise enough money, I plan to record several tunes with a string section, in lush and full arrangements.
We have set our fundraising goal at $20,000. This will cover essential costs associated with producing the album, including rehearsing the musicians, time in the recording studio, mixing and mastering. However, it goes without saying that the more money we can raise, the greater options we will have, and the more expansive our project ultimately can be.I am ready to tackle the STANDARDS!
WITH YOUR SUPPORT, WE CAN MAKE GREAT MUSIC HAPPEN!!!
BE A PART OF MUSIC HISTORY!!!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!!!
"...a trombonist of such sweeping power and majesty that he transcends all styles."
John Wilson, The New York Times
"In his sure hands this rather neglected instrument seems to take on a new life."
Braad Thomsen, Politiken, Copenhagen
"Rudd gets more trombone out of his instrument than any colleague, past or present."
Whitney Balliet, New Yorker Magazine
"Rudd extracts sounds from the trombone that go back to New Orleans and further ahead than anyone has yet reached."
Nat Hentoff, Cosmopolitan
"You blow in this end of the trombone and sound comes out the other end and disrupts the cosmos."
- (60 days)