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Austin-Based Trumpeter Erik Telford to Appear with His Sextet, the Erik Telford Collective, at Kuumbwa (Santa Cruz) 1/13 & Jazzschool (Berkeley) 1/15

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Erik Telford Austin trumpeter/composer Erik Telford returns to his native California in January 2011 to perform two concerts with his Texas-based sextet, the Erik Telford Collective—on Thursday 1/13, at Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz, and Saturday 1/15, at the Jazzschool in Berkeley. The shows are in support of his debut CD Kinetic, which Telford released earlier this year on his ETJ Music label. The Boston Globe's Steve Greenlee wrote of Kinetic that it “represents everything that is right with contemporary jazz.... Telford announces himself as a vehemently original voice."

Telford's band for the California dates will include Marcus Cardwell, saxophones; Danny Anderson, guitar; Kris Afflerbaugh, bass; Andy Beaudoin, drums; and Todd Jenkins, percussion.

Erik Telford, 32, was born and raised in Pacific Grove, CA. He made the decision to become a musician at age 12, when he attended his first concert (Wynton Marsalis's quartet in Monterey) and “could tell Wynton was really connecting with his audience." During his teens, Telford was closely associated with the Monterey Jazz Festival; as a high school senior he became the first recipient of the Festival's Jimmy Lyons Scholarship, which provided full tuition for him to attend the Berklee College of Music.

While at Berklee, Telford studied jazz composition and trumpet with Greg Hopkins, classical composition with Dennis LeClaire and Vuk Kulenovic, and orchestral conducting with George Monseur and David Callahan. He graduated in 2001 with a degree in Film Scoring.

Since 2007, Telford has lived in Austin, where he leads the Erik Telford Collective (ETC) and the Hellfire Horns, a first-call horn section that has worked both studio sessions and live performances with artists including Bob Schneider, the Scabs, Chris Pierce, Paolo Negri, and Akina Adderley (granddaughter of Nat). He also plays keyboards with singer/songwriter Kalu James.

“It's really easy to play music here in Austin, though it can be tough to make a living," says Telford. “But the opportunities to play here, I'd never experienced anything like it. You could play two or three gigs every day if you wanted to. With the Hellfire Horns, we do a lot of soul bands, but also Americana and power pop. We've been carving out a niche."

Telford has performed as a sideman or leader at the Monterey, Montreux, North Sea, Melbourne, and Yokohama Honmoku jazz festivals. He's shared the stage with Bill Berry, George Bohanon, Maria Schneider, Joshua Redman, James Williams, Jon Faddis, Wynton Marsalis, and Louie Bellson, among others.

In April 2010, Telford performed in his hometown for the first time in over 10 years. In June, he appeared at the Rochester Jazz Festival and at Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia.

The Erik Telford Collective may also be heard on a 2-CD/DVD set called Live at the Hideout Theatre, which was released in early spring 2010.

The Erik Telford Collective California dates are: Thursday, January 13, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320-2 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, 7:00 pm (831-427-2227). Tickets: kuumbwajazz.com or 1-866-55-TICKETS. Price: $12 advance, $15 at the door, $24.60 for jazz and dinner.

Saturday, January 15, Jazzschool, 2087 Addison Street, Berkeley, 8:00 pm, (510-845-5373). Tickets: jazzschool.com. Price: $12.


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