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Tom Harrell's 'Colors Of A Dream': Live At The Village Vanguard

Tom Harrell at the Village Vanguard. (John Rogers for NPR)closemore
Tom Harrell at the Village Vanguard. (John Rogers for NPR)

At 66, the jazz trumpeter Tom Harrell is as busy as ever: His current band has released five excellent albums since 2007 alone. (It performed for this concert series in 2009.) He's so prolific that he's been writing and arranging music for other ensembles all the while. Last year, Harrell presented a nine-piece chamber jazz ensemble, and he's been at work on a new, piano-less project. That band, called Colors of a Dream, supplements most of his working quintet with new additions — saxophonist Jaleel Shaw and bassist/singer Esperanza Spalding.

A veteran of bandleaders like Horace Silver and Phil Woods, Harrell visits the Village Vanguard to present the next step in his now-hefty solo discography. WBGO and NPR Music featured Colors of a Dream in a live online video webcast and radio broadcast.

Colors of a Dream enters the recording studio soon. (johnrogersnyc.com)
Colors of a Dream enters the recording studio soon. (johnrogersnyc.com)
Set List

All compositions by Tom Harrell.

  • "State"
  • "Phantasy In Latin"
  • Esperanza Spalding at soundcheck. (johnrogersnyc.com)
    Esperanza Spalding at soundcheck. (johnrogersnyc.com)

  • "2013 Blues"
  • "Sail Away"
  • "Sunday"
  • "Nite Life"
Outside the Village Vanguard. (johnrogersnyc.com)
Outside the Village Vanguard. (johnrogersnyc.com)
Personnel

  • Tom Harrell, trumpet/flugelhorn
  • Jaleel Shaw, alto saxophone
  • Wayne Escoffery, tenor saxophone
  • Esperanza Spalding, backstage. (johnrogersnyc.com)
    Esperanza Spalding, backstage. (johnrogersnyc.com)

  • Esperanza Spalding, bass/vocals
  • Ugonna Okegwo, bass
  • Johnathan Blake, drums

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Wayne Escoffery and Johnathan Blake, backstage. (johnrogersnyc.com)
Wayne Escoffery and Johnathan Blake, backstage. (johnrogersnyc.com)
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