The Moores School of Music at the University of Houston presents its Jazz Orchestra, with guest artist Andy Martin and the Dennis Dotson Quartet, as part of the Katy Jazz Festival. Friday, April 25.Featuring:
MOORES SCHOOL OF MUSIC JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Noe Marmolejo, director
Andy Martin (pictured) - tromboneDENNIS DOTSON QUARTET
Dennis Dotson - trumpet
Michael Wheeler - guitar
David Craig - bass
Joel Fulgham - drumsComing from a musical family, trombonist Andy Martin launched his career while still in his teens. His technique and virtuosity quickly established him on the Los Angeles music scene, and since that time he has become one of the most in-demand trombonists across the country, and around the world. His sparkling bebop lines and consummate musicianship make him equally at home on the stage or in the studio, and he maintains a busy schedule in L.A. as a recording artist, sideman, and section player, while traveling frequently for guest appearances.A world-class jazz musician, Andy has released twelve albums as either leader, or co-leader. These albums showcase his dazzling improvisation alongside other top jazz artists such as the late Carl Fontana, Pete Christlieb, Bobby Shew, and Eric Marienthal. He has also collaborated as a sideman with jazz greats such as Stanley Turrentine and Horace Silver. Andy had a long association with British bandleader and jazz promoter Vic Lewis, and was the featured soloist on many of Vic's CDs.Additionally, he is well-known for his work as a lead player and featured soloist with virtually every big band in L.A. Most notably, Andy is the lead trombonist and featured soloist with Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. He is also the lead trombonist and soloist for The Tom Kubis Band and soloist for the Bill Holman Big Band. Andy has also appeared in bands led by Jack Sheldon, Louis Bellson, Quincy Jones, Matt Cattingub, Bob Curnow, Patrick Williams, and Sammy Nestico, among others. Andy was also the trombonist for Poncho Sanchez for two years.Andy has long been one of L.A.’s first call trombonists for commercial recordings, television and motion pictures and live theater. He has contributed on albums for many popular artists, including the Pussycat Dolls, Coldplay, and Michael Buble. His television credits include every major awards show: the Grammys, the Emmys, the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.The broad range of his career is a credit to his exceptional talent. He counts among his influences the trombone greats Frank Rosolino and Carl Fontana, as well as saxophonist Michael Brecker and trumpeter Clifford Brown. He has incorporated these different elements into a personal style that is a balance of accuracy and spontaneity, discipline and creativity. He covers the whole range of the instrument with the same warm tone and impeccable articulation, and is equally adept in all styles, with a vocabulary of ideas that never grows stale. His exciting improvisations and melodic fluidity showcase a level of technique hardly matched among trombonists.