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January 24, 2019


Rayse Biggs /photo  by John Osler



Celebrating the Trumpet with Rayse Biggs and Anthony Stanco




The Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe brings us two great Detroit based trumpeters in the coming weeks, Anthony Stanco, February 13-16 and Rayse Biggs March 20-23.



As the loudest and highest pitched member of the brass family, the trumpet often takes the lead voice in an ensemble. It dates back to around 2000 B.C. and evidence of early trumpet type instruments has been found on virtually every continent.


The trumpet has played a prominent role in Jazz throughout its history. It’s bright, exuberant sound has made it one of the most well-loved instruments used in Jazz since the beginning of the art form when most instruments were portable as they were an important part of marching bands used in gatherings such as parades and other processions.



From the late 1890’s to the mid-1920’s the trumpet led the band lineup which also included cornet, clarinet, trombone, banjo, bass, and tuba and only occasionally the saxophone which rose to prominence after the advent of the big band and swing era.



Some of the music’s most important artists have been trumpeters including early Jazz pioneers King Oliver, and Louis Armstrong. The multi-faceted trumpeter/composer Miles Davis had a major influence on Jazz for five decades which included the founding of Be Bop in the 1940’s along with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie who also helped create Latin Jazz. For more than 30 years, award winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has been one of today’s top Jazz performers and has devoted his career to promoting the music to both Classical and Jazz audiences worldwide.



A short list of other significant Jazz trumpeters who made their mark over the years includes Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Bix Biederbecke, Chet Baker, Maynard Ferguson, Quincy Jones, Woody Shaw, Clark Terry, Hugh Masekela, Lester Bowie, Roy Eldridge, the recently deceased Roy Hargrove, as well as Detroiters Donald Byrd, Lonnie Hillyer, Marcus Belgrave and Howard McGhee and Pontiac’s Thad Jones to name a few.



World renowned Trumpeter and educator Marcus Belgrave came to Rayse Biggs’ junior high school in 1969 and later became a mentor to Mr. Biggs. Soon after he utilized his many talents and went on many impressive tours with a number of Motown groups such as Smokey Robinson, the Marvelettes and the Temptations.



Since then his talents and musical travels have taken him far and wide to such distant places as Senegal and elsewhere around the globe, performing with the likes of Kem, Was Not Was, The Dramatics, Kidd Rock, Bob Dylan, Recloose and many others.



Anthony Stanco, Photo by Aguanko



Anthony Stanco has done his share of traveling with Jazz. I first met him and heard him play about 10 years ago when he was performing in the Jazz Discovery series I produced at the Music Hall. The series showcased young, newly emerging Jazz talent from around the region. He showed his many musical talents early on; having started playing in fifth grade.



He then joined the Detroit Symphony’s Civic Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Marcus Belgrave and Rodney Whitaker. Soon Stanco started playing professionally while in high school. He was then accepted by the prestigious Manhattan School of Music for his college education and musical advancement.



Currently, Anthony is proud to represent the government’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. “Anthony Stanco and The Crucial Elements” have done two international tours with American Music Abroad. On tour they partake in cultural exchange, masterclasses, and live concerts. Hearing him play is a real treat as he combines his love of and deep feeling for the music with his flawless interpretations of the art form we call Jazz.





Detroit Public Radio mainstay, Judy Adams, is a pianist, composer and musicologist who hosts a Jazz and contemporary music show on CJAM 99.1FM and guest hosts on WRCJ 90.9FM. She made her mark at WDET 101.9FM (NPR), where she was Director of Programming and daily on-air music host for more than 30 years.



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