Female Trombonist Shannon Gunn let's loose of Gunn's Ablazin'
Hailed by the Washington City Paper as "D.C.'s Best Trombonist 2015" and the DistrictNow Blog as "Best Trombonist 2017, " DC based Shannon Gunn is known for her exceptional tone and her grandiose project-du-jour. She is currently the artist in residence on Tuesday nights at Columbia Station in Adams Morgan as leader of the Firebird, named "DC's Best Small Ensemble 2016" by the Washington City Paper. She also runs DC's premiere all-women jazz orchestra, "Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes, " including successful performances at the DC Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center, Castleton Theatre House, Washington Women in Jazz Festival, Takoma Park Jazz Festival, Jazz on Jackson Place, Westminster Jazz Night, Nomadic Jazz, Great Gatsby Inaugural Ball, Goethe Institute, National Jazz Workshop, Gallery O on H, Arts on the Avenue, Bohemian Caverns, and Dardanella. As a member of the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, she's had the privilege of playing with notable artists such as Oliver Lake, Cheryl Bailey, Yotam Silverstein, Wycliffe Gordon, Ken Schaphorst, and for Miho Hazama. Additionally, as lead trombone player at Michigan State University, she played with Billy Taylor, Rodney Whitaker, and Marian McPartland.
Gunn earned her Masters of Music in Jazz Studies from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and also attended James Madison University and Michigan State University for her music studies. She produced "The JazzCast, " (2013 - 2015), a podcast dedicated to curated listening sessions with jazz musicians. She also runs Jazz4Justice, a non-profit based out of Fairfax, VA, which creates collaborative partnerships between the legal community, the business community, the music community, and Universities to raise funds for Legal Aid (pro bono civil case legal assistance for low income individuals) and music scholarships. She started Jazz Girls Day DC, in collaboration with the Washington Women in Jazz Festival, to empower young women to pursue jazz without boundaries from gender. In addition to the ensembles listed above, Shannon Gunn has performed with the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, Reunion Music Society, American Festival Pops Orchestra, Manassas Chorale, at various TV stations such as DCTV, CBS Morning Show (local) in Richmond, WJLA ABC in DC as part of the Gatsby Ball promo, and has subbed in with the DIVA! Jazz Orchestra for Maurice Hines' "Tappin Thru' Life" as well as subbed on tour with Monika Herzig. She resides in Virginia with her husband, Timothy, and her dog, Faith.
Gunn's Ablazin' is showcase of Shannon Gunn's latest writings and playings, featuring the Firebird Trio and the Shannon Gunn Quintet.
1. Orange Noise: This is the second song in my two song presidential suite. Dedicated to all the lies on Twitter. So orange! [SG Quintet]
2. Missing Perspective: This song was inspired Kara Walker's "Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)" exhibit. It aims to bring to light the missing perspectives in the history books. [SG Quintet]
3. Babes in Cages are NOT OK. This is my protest song, children are still being separated from their parents, through smoke and mirrors, at the behest of the US government tax dollars. [SG Quintet]
4. Ellen: Written as a gift for (and inspired by) my friend Ellen, jazz hugs! [Firebird Organ Trio]
5. Ms. Cheverly: inspired by the mother of my good friend, Amy K. Bormet, for her unwavering support of women in jazz. This one is for Alice in Cheverly! (Maryland) [Firebird Organ Trio]
6. #canigetpaid: The song title is a hashtag, and it's dedicated to Adams Morgan. [Firebird Organ Trio]
7. Cruash: When you crash into a crush, or crush into a crash. [SG Quintet]
8. Dinah: Seattle Grunge meets DC Go Go in this 1926 classic, Dinah – performed as you've never heard it before. [SG Quintet]
9. Carried Away: In the effort to make jazz relevant again, this is a cover of a popular tune by the artist H.E.R. Gotta get those streams up! [Firebird Organ Trio]
10. Gymnopedie #1: This is a cover of a classical song from 1888 by Erik Satie. [Firebird Organ Trio]
11. Cycal: This is a tune I wrote as a gift for my Father. His name is Calvin, and he is an avid cyclist, thus the nickname Cycal. He has biked across the country twice! The song simulates going up and down the hills on a bicycle. [Firebird Organ Trio]
12. Rainbow Connection: this arrangement was inspired by the passing of Aretha Franklin. [Firebird Organ Trio]
PLAYERS AND INSTRUMENTS:
Firebird Trio (Tracks 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11)
Shannon Gunn, Trombone
Hope Udobi, Keys
Kelton Norris, Drums
Shannon Gunn Quintet (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 7)
Chris Barrick, Vibes
Garrett Gleason, Guitar
Mikel Combs, Bass
Kelton Norris, Drums
Artist: Shannon Gunn
CD Title: Gunn's Ablazin'
Label: Jazz to the Bone Record
Street Date: August 4, 2019
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