Celebrating the 80th anniversary of the legendary trumpeter Freddie Hubbard’s birth, The Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble presents “Freddie’s Groove.” With special guest Curtis Taylor, this concert pays tribute to the late American jazz trumpeter known for his impact on the jazz and bebop genre during the 1960s and 70s.
As leader of The Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble, trombonist, composer and arranger Phil Ranelin has shared the bill with jazz greats such as Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Pharoah Sanders, and Archie Shepp. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Ranelin has been a mainstay of the Los Angeles Jazz scene since the late 1970s. In 1999, Phil was designated a Cultural Ambassador for the City of Los Angeles and in 2016 was inducted into the Indianapolis Jazz Hall of Fame by Jazz Photographer Mark Sheldon. The Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble also includes Aaron Shaw (tenor saxophone & flute), Aaron Provisor (piano), Lawrence Shaw (bass) and Greg Paul (drums).
Special guest and GRAMMY® Award winning trumpeter Curtis Taylor’s lyrical and melodic improvisational style displays a level of maturity far beyond his counterparts. His unique blend of soulfulness, harmonic sensibilities and rhythm melt together for an unforgettable sound that directly connects with the soul of the listener. Taylor has performed and recorded with Patrice Rushen, Billy Childs, Gary Novak, Bob Sheppard, Ed Motta, Marvin "Smitty' Smith, Rodney Whitaker, Antonio Hart, and jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut. In more recent years, Taylor developed a musical relationship with friend and mentor Kamau Kenyatta. Kenyatta, is a two-time Grammy-award winning producer for Jazz vocal-star Gregory Porter. While building the musical team for Porter’s “Liquid Spirit” album, he chose Taylor for the trumpet chair. Gregory Porter’s “Liquid Spirit” would go on to receive the Grammy-Award for Best-Jazz vocal album of 2014.