CHET BAKER vs MILES DAVIS
The Mark Rapp Quartet presents… CHET BAKER vs MILES DAVIS
Inspired and provoked by each other’s successes, failures and recordings, explore the exciting 1950’s when Chet Baker and Miles Davis were the two most popular and talked about trumpeters in the world! The Mark Rapp Quartet plays their most favored songs from their numerous 1950s recordings offering stories and insights to the trumpeters’ relationship with each other and how they influenced the jazz world.
Mark Rapp: trumpet, flugelhorn
Kevin Bales: piano
Ocie Davis: drums
Ed Fuqua: bass
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Trumpeter Mark Rapp has released 8 diverse recordings. Rapp’s celebrated debut release “Token Tales” earned him a spot as a “Top Emerging Trumpeter” in Downbeat Magazine, sold out the Blue Note (NYC) and debuted at the famed Newport Jazz Festival. Rapp is featured on Disney’s “Everybody Wants to be a Cat” vol. 1 and 2 alongside Roy Hargrove, Dave Brubeck, Esperanza Spalding, The Bad Plus, Joshua Redman and more. He is also featured in Mellen Press’ “How Jazz Trumpeters Understand Their Music” among a prestigious list including Terence Blanchard, Lew Soloff, Freddie Hubbard, Tim Hagans, Dave Douglas and more. Rapp also composed and produced a jazz ballet “Woven: Life in Notes and Steps” (wovenballet.com). He has performed in jazz clubs and festivals around the world from Croatia, Brasil, Austria, Switzerland and USA including back-to-back appearances at the 2017 & 2018 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
“Rapp has his own way of defining jazz, which keeps its standard principles while delving into the experimental side.” – JazzTimes
“Rapp is willing to tackle the history of this music with his eyes on the past and his mind on the present and future of this music.” – AllAboutJazz.com
“One can’t help but sense a distinct identity to Rapp in both his composing and playing and for this reason, we will be hearing a lot more from him.” – Jazz Improv NY Magazine
Pianist Kevin Bales has amassed a long list of awards and a reputation as one of the finest jazz pianists performing anywhere. In 1994, less than a decade into jazz, he won the American Pianist Association’s Jazz Piano Competition. In addition to nearly every important jazz venue in the South, he has performed in some of the most acclaimed clubs and festivals in America and around the world: the JVC Jazz Festival in New York, The Bakery in Los Angeles, The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center jazz series, the Toronto and Edinburgh jazz festivals, and the Moscow Center for the Performing Arts. Bales has recorded and toured with a number of monumental artists like Wynton Marsalis, Louie Bellson, Eddie Daniels, James Moody, Ben Tucker, Ira Sullivan, Sam Rivers, and Nat Adderley. His encounter with guitarist Nathen Page blossomed into 15 years of spot tours and four albums. And his work with trumpeter extraordinaire Marcus Printup has become a lifetime association that has included recordings on Blue Note/Capital records. Ten years touring and recording with vocal iconoclast Rene Marie culminated in a Grammy Nominated album. His most recent recording of music composed by Fred Rogers was selected as one of the top 10 albums of 2018 by Cadence Magazine and AllAboutJazz.com
Bassist Ed Fuqua recently relocated to the SouthEast after living in NYC since 1987, Ed Fuqua has appeared with groups at the JVC Jazz Festival, the Highlights In Jazz series by Jack Kleisinger and performed in many historical jazz venues (Birdland, Lenox Lounge, Angry Squire, Village Gate, Sweet Rhythm, Danny’s Skylight Room) as well as newer spots (Knitting Factory, Karavan, Kavehaz, Augie’s, Small’s, Fat Cat). He has worked with established jazz luminaries like Dakota Staton, Frank Gant, Bernard Purdie, Eliot Zigmund, Rich Perry and Jimmy Lovelace, as well as up and coming “young lions” like Leon Parker, Dave Berkman, Randy Johnston, Doug Raney, Jacob Sacks, Dan Weiss and Tatum Greenblatt. He is the author of the Sher Music Publication book WALKING BASSICS: The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing and appears as bassist on the play-a-long CD to the Sher Music Publication THE BLUES SCALES: Essential Tools for Jazz Improvisation by Dan Greenblatt.
Drummer Ocie Davis is a Los Angeles native. Now an internationally recognized musician, educator, and composer, he has traveled around the world performing at festivals and venues with some of the most influential figures in jazz. Some of those notable musicians include Ellis Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Christian Scott, Nicholas Payton, and Donald Harrison, who called Ocie ‘one of the premiere drummers in jazz’. Ocie has also had the distinction of being recognized as a Jazz All-Star by New Orleans Magazine. The Ocie Davis Trio had the privilege of being chosen as “Best Jazz Group in Charlotte” by Charlotte Magazine’s “Best of the Best”. Ocie also serves as the Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Charlotte-based Jazz Arts Initiative (JAI), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality Jazz education, performance, and musician support. He leads the organization’s creative efforts and supports the JazzArts Academy educational programs.
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