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Midday Muse: Tom Duprey and TickleJuice

Stationary Travellers: Improvisational Explorations: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 12:30pm

Jewett Art Center Auditorium, 106 Central St, Wellesley MA

Tom Duprey studied jazz composition at the New England Conservatory and has been freelancing as a trumpet player in the Boston area since the mid-1980s. He played in the George Russell combo, learned how to develop a personal style from Hankus Netsky, and was fortunate to have the incomparable Ran Blake as a teacher, inspiration, and mentor. Duprey is Jazz and Classical Trumpet faculty at Wellesley College. His latest project, led by his friend and fellow NEC grad James Merenda, is TickleJuice, a journey to parts unknown, though listeners may hear familiar influences. Incorporating sounds reminiscent of Eric Dolphy and Ornette Coleman, with a similar cacophonous intensity to Albert Ayler, in their debut album, Roots to the Stars (2014), improvisation meets liquid jazz, Bulgarian reggae, and Michael Jackson at a rock concert, shaken (not stirred) with your local orchestra and resident street musicians.

Generously supported by the Marjorie Copland Baum Memorial Fund.