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Jon Faddis

Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Born: July 24, 1953    

Jon Faddis

Born in Oakland, CA, on July 24, 1953, Jon Faddis began playing trumpet at age eight, inspired by an appearance of Louis Armstrong on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Three years later, his trumpet teacher Bill Catalano, an alumnus of the Stan Kenton band, turned the jazz- struck youngster on to Dizzy Gillespie. By his mid-teens, Jon had not only met Dizzy, he'd even sat in with his hero's combo at the famed Jazz Workshop in San Francisco.

Upon graduating high school in 1971, Jon joined Lionel Hampton's band as a featured soloist and moved to New York. That same year, responding to an invitation from Mel Lewis to drop by the Village Vanguard whenever he got to New York, Jon sat in with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band on one of their regular Monday night sessions. That sit-in turned into four years of Monday nights playing with the band, as well as a tour of the Soviet Union with the highly acclaimed unit. Jan also toured with Charles Mingus and recorded on the Pablo label with Dizzy and Oscar Peterson....
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  • Teranga

    KOCH International Jazz
    2006
  • Remembrances

    Chesky Records
    1998
  • Good And Plenty

    Shanachie
    1993
  • Into The Faddisphere

    Shanachie
    1989
  • Jon & Billy

    Shanachie
    1987
  • Legacy

    Shanachie
    1985
  • Western Omelette

    Shanachie
    1980
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