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Free Performances by World’s Best Jazz Trumpeters Sept. 23

September 18, 2017

The Moscow community will have the opportunity to hear performances by the best young jazz trumpeters in the world on Saturday, Sept. 23, in the Haddock Performance Hall, as part of the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, a bi-annual competition to name the best young jazz trumpeter not currently under major artist management.

The competition is hosted by the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton School of Music, part of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

The International Trumpet Guild chose UI Professor Vern Sielert, director of jazz studies, and Sean Butterfield, clinical assistant professor of trumpet and music theory, to co-host the event, which is known as one of the most prestigious solo jazz trumpet competitions in the world. The preliminary rounds began over six months ago with entries from all North America, Europe and Asia. The remaining five finalists will compete in Moscow this week.

Carmine Caruso, the event’s namesake, was one of the world’s finest brass teachers. The event consists of a Saturday morning clinic on the Carmine Caruso Teaching Method led by Patrick Harbison, a former student of Caruso; 30-minute competition performances from each of the finalists; and a gala concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Haddock Performance Hall featuring the contest finalists; adjudicators Dominick FarinacciPatrick Harbison and Marcus Printup; and the Palouse All-Star Big Band.

The Caruso Competition features a $10,000 prize for the winner. Past winners include recent Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival headliner Ingrid Jensen, Israeli jazz bassist and trumpeter Avishai Cohen, and Caruso 2017 guest artist Dominick Farinacci. 

The finalists are Bruno Calvo of Amsterdam, Netherlands; Justin Copeland of Urbana, Ill.; Tony Glausi of Eugene, Ore.; David Neves of Long Island City, New York; and Josh Shpak of Boston. The finalists will draw straws to determined the order of performance.

All events are held in the Haddock Performance Hall in the Lionel Hampton School of Music building. The schedule is:

  • 9 a.m. – Carmine Caruso Clinic with Pat Harbison
  • 10:30 a.m. – Finalist #1
  • 11:30 a.m. – Finalist #2
  • 1:30 p.m. – Finalist #3
  • 2:30 p.m. – Finalist #4
  • 3:30 p.m. – Finalist #5
  • 7:30 p.m. – Gala concert and winner announcement

All events are open to the public and will be streamed live

The competition is sponsored by the International Trumpet Guild in cooperation with the Herb Alpert Foundation.

Media Contact:
Sean Butterfield
Clinical Assistant Professor
Lionel Hampton School of Music

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