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2018-06-14

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"Merrill is in great voice on the sensuous 'Lovely Weather'...Yogi Berra is proven wrong on this session, as for once, nostalgia IS what it used to be!"
-- George Harris, Jazz Weekly

"Celebrating the Trumpet Kings" featuring Bob Merrill, Billy Buss and Tree Palmedo

Featuring: Bob Merrill, Billy Buss and Tree Palmedo - trumpets
Jon Davis - piano
Dave Clark - bass
Steve Johns - drums

Bob Merrill BIO:
Charismatic trumpeter and vocalist Bob Merrill captures the spirit of the greatest horn legends of Jazz, beginning with pioneers Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke, then Swing Era stylists Bunny Berigan and Roy Eldridge. Bebop innovators Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis are followed by post-bop masters Clifford Brown, Chet Baker, Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard. With a stellar NYC rhythm section, the former Cambridge native's engaging tribute includes historical details, amusing anecdotes and even one of Gillespie's upturned-bell trumpets, and Merrill is joined by young Boston-area trumpeters Billy Buss and Tree Palmedo.

Merrill was born and raised in Manhattan, and as a teenager studied with William Vacchiano, principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, and bebop legend Red Rodney. In college, Bob led the Harvard Jazz Band, and founded the Jazz at the Pudding concert series at the Hasty Pudding Club. He also attended New England Conservatory, studying with acclaimed pianist Jaki Byard and was a longtime member of Byard's Apollo Stompers Big Band.

In 1997, Bob was featured on the American Movie Classics channel leading the AMC Orchestra in the television series Gotta Dance! He has appeared in concerts with Peter Nero and the Philadelphia Pops, the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall, and shared the stage with Wynton Marsalis and the Steve Miller Band. Over the years, Merrill has released numerous albums a leader of his own all-star ensembles, including Catch As Catch Can, Got A Bran' New Suit, and Cheerin' Up the Universe in 2015, garnering him Top Ten honors in the Jazz Vocal and Flugelhorn categories of the Annual Jazz Station Awards.

Billy Buss BIO:
Billy Buss is an award-winning trumpet player, composer, producer and educator recognized throughout his career by Down Beat Magazine, The National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) and The White House. In 2014, he was awarded 2nd Place at the prestigious ‪Thelonious Monk Institute International Competition for Trumpet, and since maintains a busy performing and teaching schedule throughout the United States and Internationally. You can find Buss performing with his own band, B-Squared Jazz Productions, or as a member of Kahootz Entertainment (K2), Steve Memmelo and The Classic Yellow, and a host of others. These collaborations range from Hip-Hop and Pop to Classical and Jazz. Buss currently serves on the faculty at Berklee College of Music and The New England Conservatory's Prep Program, is an ASCAP artist and endorses Adams Brass Instruments and AMT Microphones.

Tree Palmedo BIO:
Tree Palmedo is a Boston/NY-based trumpeter, composer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. His inventive, elegant musicianship has made him a popular collaborator in the worlds of jazz, free music, pop, and indie rock. At age 18, he toured and recorded with the Downbeat Award-winning Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, and later graduated cum laude from Harvard and completed a Master's degree in Jazz Studies at the New England Conservatory. In Boston, he studied trumpet and improvisation with artists such as John McNeil, Vijay Iyer, and Jason Moran. Tree's contemporary jazz quartet project "Earprint" received four stars in Downbeat and was named #1 debut album on the NPR Jazz Critic's Poll. He has also performed with artists such as Greg Tardy, Anthony Wilson, Patrick Lamb, Joshua Redman, and Yosvany Terry.

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