Tom Harrell is without question one of the most important jazz composers and trumpet players now working. The range of his music is almost ridiculously diverse: from straight-ahead bebop, to pioneering jazz-Latin-rock fusion, to his arrangements for the “Peanuts” TV specials and beyond. Over a career that’s spanned five decades, he’s worked with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Carlos Santana. And he’s showing no signs of slowing down.
SOUND TRACKS visits New York’s historic Village Vanguard for an exclusive look at Harrell’s latest adventurous project: his own arrangements of the works of Ravel and Debussy performed by his Chamber Ensemble. And after the show, Tom sits down for a rare, intimate conversation about his creative process.