New York Trumpet Ensemble Scheduled to Perform at The University of Scranton

            The New York Trumpet Ensemble, directed by acclaimed trumpeter Mark Gould, along with jazz pianist Adam Birnbaum and bassist Phil Keuhn, will perform at The University of Scranton on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the University’s Houlihan-McLean Center. Admission is free, and the performance is open to the public.

            Gould served as principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera from 1974 to 2003. An active trumpet soloist and conductor, he has conducted and performed as a soloist with a wide variety of orchestras, wind groups and other ensembles. He has also performed as a chamber musician with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The MET Chamber Ensemble, Empire Brass, Canadian Brass, Summit Brass and many others. Gould has performed as a soloist on many recordings, most recently “Café 1930,” an album of trumpet and guitar music on EMI Classis/Angel Records. As principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, he performed in more than 40 “Live from Lincoln Center” performances on PBS and numerous audio recordings of operas and symphonic works under the direction of James Levine, among which were a number of Grammy Award-winning recordings. Gould serves on the faculty of The Juilliard School and The Manhattan School of Music. His students play in many of the major orchestras and chamber ensembles internationally.  

            Other members of The New York Trumpet Ensemble include Joseph Boga, Caleb Hudson and Mat Jodrell.

            A native of northeast Pennsylvania and a graduate of Abington Heights High School, Boga is an undergraduate student at The Juilliard School and a trumpet student of Mark Gould, Chris Jaudes and Wynton Marsalis. He currently serves as lead trumpet with The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and performs professionally with The Wycliffe Gordon Quintet & Septet; The Kyle Athayde Big Band; and Roy Williams’s Bog Swing Group. He has performed throughout the United States and at The Parma Jazz Festival in Italy, with a wide array of established and emerging artists, and his compositions and arrangements have been premiered and performed in America and abroad. He has offered several master classes and clinics including The Juilliard Jazz Camp in Atlanta, The Scranton Brass Seminar and COTA CampJazz, Delaware Water Gap.

            Hudson graduated from Juilliard with a bachelor’s degree. He is currently completing a graduate degree there as a student of Mark Gould and Ray Mase. A native of Lexington, Ky., Hudson won first place at the National Trumpet Competition twice as a soloist and twice as a member of the Juilliard Trumpet Ensemble. He was a participant in the prestigious Verbier Orchestral Festival, winner of the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts Award, and has made multiple appearances on the Public Radio International program “From the Top.” He served as principal trumpet of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, and performed at the Aspen Music Festival with pianist Vladimir Feltsman.

            Jodrell, originally born in Perth, Western Australia, is now based in New York City, completing his master’s degree at The Juilliard School. Before relocating to America, he was one of the most in-demand trumpet players in Australia. Featured on numerous albums, he released his debut solo recording “Blues In The Night” in 2004 and toured extensively throughout the world. He received numerous accolades in his youth, including the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts’ Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship, the Young Australian of the Year Awards, the James Morrison scholarship for most outstanding young Australian Jazz instrumentalist, and the Bob Wyllie scholarship for best graduating student.

            Birnbaum is a member of the inaugural class of jazz studies at The Juilliard School and a student of Kenny Barron, Danilo Perez and Fred Hersch. He won the American Jazz Piano Competition to become the American Pianists Association’s Cole Porter fellow in Jazz in 2004. He received the first ever “special honor” prize at the Martial Solal Competition in Paris and a Gold Disk award from Swing Journal. He toured West Africa as a part of the Rhythm Road program sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. State Department, and has performed throughout the United States and abroad.

           Kuehn hails from Lucernemines and has been performing regularly in New York City for seven years. He has performed at jazz festivals and concert venues across the United States and abroad, including a performance at the White House with Billy Taylor, and a performance at Carnegie Hall with Jonathan Batiste. He has recorded with Jonathan Batiste, Brandon Lee, Justin Kauflin, and Cyrille-Aimee Daudel, as well as The Juilliard Jazz Ensembles. As composer, arranger and teacher, his arrangements have been performed and recorded by Jonathan Batiste and The Juilliard Jazz Ensembles.


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