The Phoenix Horns is a five-member horn section based in Phoenix, Arizona USA. We perform and record locally as a special guest with various Pop, R&B, Blues, and Latin bands. In addition to working as a commercial horn section, we are committed to producing concerts and recordings centered around new jazz chamber music. This project will be our debut recording.
Check out a pre-release example of what to expect! This is a sample of the feelgood Latin-jazz "Paquito y Claudio" by Rick Hirsch (also on SoundCloud).
And this is a sample of Stan Bann's funky, New Orleans-inspired "Down on Frenchman Street" (also on SoundCloud).
Whether you are a jazz fan, chamber music aficionado, horn player, music educator, music lover, or arts patron your funding will help complete the album in 2014.
Who are the Horns?
We're fortunate to have five great musicians who have been working together for several years and formed a cohesive musical and personal bond. Since our inception in 2010, we've logged plenty of miles playing in bands and chamber ensembles together plus spent hours in rehearsals and studios as well as spent time hanging out, eating BBQ, and planning for how to make the world a better place through music.
Joey Leyva (Trumpet): Joey has toured the U.S and Europe. His performance credits include: The Temptations, Tito Puente Jr., Al Green, Buddy Miles, Diana Ross, Phillip Walker, Doc Severinsen, John Faddis, James Moody, Curtis Fuller, Dennis Rowland (formerly with the Count Basie orchestra), Hip Hop Artist Big Latin, Country music star Lynn Anderson, California Music Circus, Disneyland Band, Norwegian & Carnival Cruise Lines, and others. He studied music at Arizona State University and University of Nevada - Las Vegas and also runs his own acclaimed performing group, called Orchestra Nueva.
Andy Rich (Trumpet): Andy attended the prestigious Berklee College Of Music in Boston, MA where he earned his degree in Music Performance. While at Berklee, Andy studied with Greg Hopkins, Wayne Naus and Jerry Bergonzi. In 1993, he moved to Arizona where he currently plays in a variety of bands and teaches private lessons to aspiring trumpet players.
Mark Witt (Trombone): Mark started his career as a soloist with the 76th Army Band. He later held a position with the Stockton Symphony then moved to Chicago and played on cruise ships until coming to Phoenix. Mark was a founding member of The Swingtips, a Phoenix group with national notoriety. He studied at the University of North Texas and graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in music education. He is currently a band director in central Phoenix and music director of the big band, Sonoran Serenade. He has performed with Ray Charles, Shirley Jones, Sherry Lewis, Mary Jones, Dick Clark, Jay Leno, Wayne Newton, Bill Watrous, Monte Procopio and many others.
Dean Barker (Saxophone): Dean attended the University of Wisconsin music school and later spent ten years in Minneapolis where he earned a Masters degree from the University of Minnesota while active producing, recording and performing music, including a lengthy tenure with the Nova Jazz Orchestra and the Stan Bann Big Band. He has studied with several jazz legends, including Richard Davis, Dave Liebman, Gary Burton, and former Maynard Ferguson trombonist Steve Wiest. Dean has performed with notable artists such as The Temptations, Diane Schuur, Bob Mintzer, Frank Mantooth, and former Count Basie drummer Harold Jones.
Julian Peterson (Saxophone): Julian has recently completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition at Arizona State University. He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Music degree from Arizona State University. A formidable composer, he has created dozens of compositions and arrangements for electronic media and acoustic instruments and has earned many chamber music competition awards. As an active educator, Julian has been an adjunct instructor at the New College of Florida, in Sarasota, FL and Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, AZ.
What is this Project?
We are recording an album of original chamber jazz. Our chamber jazz music is a library of works for "a cappella" horns - just two trumpets, two saxophones, and trombone with no rhythm section. This is a unique format and gives us an opportunity to contribute new music to the jazz world. We've had a fantastic opportunity to work with nationally known and respected composers and arrangers on this project, including:
Bob Freedman: As a saxophonist, Bob has performed with Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, and Maynard Ferguson. However, he has gained greater notoriety for his work as an arranger for numerous jazz legends as well as film and television. Bob is a former Berklee faculty member and has been nominated several times for Grammy awards, winning once for his work as an arranger.
Kim Richmond: Kim is an active and versatile musician based in Los Angeles. He has been a member of the jazz orchestras of Stan Kenton, Louis Bellson, Bob Florence, Bill Holman, and Vinny Golia among others. He is currently teaching in the Jazz Department of California Institute of the Arts and leads his own Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra in addition to his work as a recording artist, composer, and arranger.
Rick Hirsch: Rick earned degrees in music from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Northern Illinois University. After college he apprenticed with master composers Toshiko Akiyoshi and Bob Mintzer. His compositions have been commissioned, performed, and recorded by trumpeter Eddie Henderson, NEA Jazz Master Yusef Lateef, saxophonist Chris Vadala, Blue Note vocalist Jackie Allen, University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band One, University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble, Continental Trombone Quartet, Osland Saxophone Quartet, Capitol Quartet Sax Pistols, Penn State Blue Band, Nittany Valley Youth Flute Choir and numerous high school and middle school ensembles.
Stan Bann: While a composition major at Berklee College of Music, Stan studied with Phil Wilson, Tom Plsek, and Tony Lada among others. Returning to Minneapolis and raising a family, he earned a graduate degree from the University of Saint Thomas and performed, arranged, and recorded with various jazz combos, big bands, trombone choirs, and concert bands in the Minneapolis area. His work included founding the Stan Bann Big Band and recording for the Sea Breeze Jazz label. Stan apprenticed in composition and arranging with the world-renowned jazz artist and educator Frank Mantooth and has most recently focused on writing music for his Big Bone Band, a unique low-brass, high-octane jazz ensemble.
Mike Crotty: Mike is known as an extremely versatile instrumentalist, composer and arranger. After graduating from the Berklee College of Music, he joined the Airmen of Note as staff composer/arranger for the U.S. Air Force’s premiere jazz ensemble. A National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient, Mike has composed and arranged music for hundreds of albums and performances for jazz luminaries and school ensembles. A prolific writer, Crotty’s library of arrangements numbers in the thousands. His music is published through Alfred Publishing, Walrus Music and University of Northern Colorado Press.
Steve Wiest: A multiple Grammy-nominated jazz artist, Steve is known for his cutting edge writing as well as his virtuoso trombone playing. He spent a four-year stint as trombonist and composer with Maynard Ferguson then went on to complete a Master's in Jazz Studies at The University of North Texas. During his time at UNT, Steve wrote for and performed on seven recordings with the One O'Clock Lab Band. Upon leaving UNT, he began a long and accomplished career as a clinician-guest artist while becoming a regular with The Doc Severinsen Big Band. In 2006, Steve released his first recording as a leader, which he followed with a 2007 Grammy nomination for his arrangement of "Besame Mucho" on Maynard Ferguson's final CD. 2008 saw the release of another critically acclaimed recording by The Steve Wiest Quintet. Steve joined the faculty of The University of North Texas in 2007 first as professor of jazz composition, then as director of the One O'Clock Lab Band.
In addition to the Phoenix Horns and Composers listed here, we've got a great team of people who have contributed their talents already and are helping us with this project, including:
Audio recording by Clarke Rigsby at Tempest Recording
Mastering by Dave Shirk at Sonorous Mastering
Photography by Christian Harris at Crimsonfox Photo
Website and logo design by Amy Stewart at Stewart Design
Video production by Diane Dresback at Mindclover Productions
Your Funding Will Help
This project will be successful and your funding will help. We have already invested $8000 in commissioned original works, recording, and our promotional video. We can afford to launch and market the album. Our fund raising goal for this Kickstarter project is to raise an additional $5000 for the remaining recording, mastering, and duplication. We have the first three songs for the album completely recorded and mastered. Our next step is to record the next few songs and we’re ready to go!
The album is targeted for release in December of 2014. If we exceed our goals, the additional funding will go toward our festive "Holiday Horns" album, planned for 2015.
Every dollar pledged will help bring this new and exciting conception of chamber jazz music to the public and all supporters will receive awesome rewards plus recognition.
Thanks for your support and encouragement! Please donate today!
Risks and challenges
Project risks always exist, but with music already commissioned and written, our greatest risk of not releasing it lies with simply funding the recording and mastering of the remaining songs. Fortunately, we have teamed up with Clarke Rigsby and Tempest Recording, a nationally known and respected recording studio and engineer. His support and commitment is instrumental in our ability to deliver a great product and we're confident in our production capabilities and schedule.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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