The debut CD of Stafford Hunter:
Recorded in only one 4-hour recording session originally as a charity gift for the Katrina disaster in New Orleans. Now, it is released and available for the public.
The music just swings!!! There are some surprise arrangements of songs like "Footprints" and "Brother John" (which is the popular children's song Frère Jacques). Be ready for just some fun-time music.
Stafford Hunter: Trombone & Sea Shells
Helen Sung: Piano
Saadi Zain: Bass
Stefan Schatz: Drums
Stafford Hunter's Bio:
Stafford Hunter , trombonist & sea shells is a Philadelphia native who became a professional musician by the age of 16. Was an award winner of the "Al Grey Award for Musical Excellence". It acknowledged Stafford as "the Most Promising Jazz Trombone Talent of 1993".Graduated from the New School Jazz & Contemporary Music Program in 1994. Of which, he was the first trombonist to actually graduate from the New School Jazz Program.
Beside music, Stafford appeared as a model in the December issue of L'Uomo Vogue (the Italian Vogue magazine for men). This issue also featured jazz greats like Milt Hinton, Clark Terry, Louie Bellson, etc... Also, he appeared in a documentary film on the late-great pianist; Dorothy Donegan. Also, he was an actor in a movie entitled "the Day the Ponies Come Back" which was released March of 2001 in France.
In 1993, he performed at former-US President Bill Clinton's inaugural. Since then, the trombonist has performed, recorded and toured all over the world with the likes of Illinois Jacquet, McCoy Tyner, Lester Bowie & Brass Fantasy, Abdullah Ibrahim, Charli Persip, Charles Tolliver, Tony Bennett, Roy Hargrove, Cab Calloway Orch., Joss Stone, the Mingus Big Band, Lauryn Hill, Frank Foster, Clark Terry, Reggie Workman, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lionel Hampton Orch., Dionne Warwick, Muhal Richard Abrams, Amy Winehouse, Steve Turre & Sanctified Shells, and is a present member of the Lionel Hampton Orch, and has been a member of the Duke Ellington Orch. under the direction of Paul Mercer Ellington since 1998 among other groups. And, he is heard as a soloist on the Blue Note Records Grammy nominated CD "With Love"-Charles Tolliver Big band.
Stafford still performs with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, but manages to tour the USA, South America, Europe, and Asia with his own groups, the Captain Black Big Band, many other groups. Also, frequently gives master classes, lectures, and lessons at universities & high schools in Japan, Russia Europe and around the world.