Drummer and composer Rudy Royston (pictured above) recently released his second album as a leader. "Rise of Orion" (Greenleaf Music) features the powerful percussionist in a trio setting with saxophonist Jon Irabagon and bassist Yasushi Nakamura - it's a such a fine recording (my review is here) and now the three musicians are on a 9 gig/10 day tour that takes them around the country and, lucky for us CT residents, deposits them at The Side Door Cafe in Old Lyme on Friday December 16. Replacing Nakamura (who is in Tbilisi, Georgia, this weekend with pianist Aaron Goldberg and drummer Leon Parker) is bassist Thomson Kneeland.
The door opens at 7:30 p.m. and the music commences 60 minutes later. The room will rock but keep your ears open for the soulful ballads Mr. Royston composes. For more information and reservations, call 860-434-0886.
Here is one of those ballads (Mr. Irabagon on tenor sax):
FONT, the Festival of New Trumpet, created by the late Roy Campbell Jr. and Dave Douglas in 2003. This September, Hill created (thanks to the Roy Campbell Jr. commission) created new works for his ensemble Signatures in Brass, six trumpets (!) and rhythm section.
The first set starts at 8:30. For more information, go to thesidedoorjazz.com. To learn more about the trumpeter, go to www.marquishill.com.
Here's some music from Hill's 2014 album, "Modern Flows EP, Vol. 1."