From New York
Charles Tolliver Music Inc.

FRIDAY, February 23, 2018


Charles Tolliver - trumpet
John Thomas - guitar
Devin Starks - bass
Darrell Green - drums

With a career that has spanned five decades, it has been more than forty years since Tolliver last performed in Edmonton.
He began his professional and recording careers simultaneously with saxophone giant Jackie McLean on Blue Note Records in 1964. Since then he has become one of the all-time preeminent trumpeters in jazz as well as one of its most gifted composer/arranger bandleaders. He also founded the ground-breaking record label Strata-East in 1971. Tolliver is a Grammy nominated recipient for his Blue Note Records recording "With Love".

Tolliver has recorded and performed with such renowned artists as Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Hank Mobley, Willie Bobo, Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, Booker Ervin, Gary Bartz, Gerald Wilson Orchestra, Oliver Nelson, Stanley Cowell, Herbie Hancock, Andrew Hill, Louis Hayes, Roy Ayers, and Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers. In addition to his lengthy career as a jazz educator and his small group, Music Inc., Tolliver has also made several big band recordings including the aforementioned Grammy nominated "With Love".

Charles has perfected an extremely individual and distinctive sound which clearly sets him apart from other trumpet players. Characterized by a strong sense of tradition, he said in a recent Downbeat magazine interview about his approach to improvising that, "I like to rumble. I take the most difficult routes for improvisation. It's easy to play a number of choruses effortlessly and never make a mistake, never break down. That's no fun. You need to get in hot water by trying something out right from the jump, get yourself out of that, and move on to the next chorus."