Jazz ensemble plays at Ferst under the direction of Chip Crotts

Georgia Tech School of Music Presents:
GT Jazz Ensembles Featuring Guest Artist, Rex Richardson

Georgia Tech School of Music Presents:
GT Jazz Ensembles Featuring Guest Artist, Rex Richardson

Tuesday, April 18th, 2023
Ferst Center of the Arts

Cameron "Chip" Crotts, Director of the Georgia Tech Jazz Program
Mace Hibbard, Jazz Ensemble Coach
Rex Richardson, Trumpet


Hibbard Jazz Ensemble


Malick Abban


Joe Zawinul/Arr. Nick Lane

The List

Andrew Faulkner

Mike Tomaro

Infant Eyes

Wayne Shorter/Arr. Paul McKee

Seize Every Day

Rex Richardson


Crotts Jazz Ensemble

Groovin Hard

Don Menza


Fred Sturm

Sophisticated Lady

Duke Ellington

Eric Richards

The Tao of Heavy D

Rex Richardson/Arr. Adam Meckler

Lefty in the Clover

Rex Richardson


Rex Richardson


Hibbard Jazz Ensemble Members


Malick Abban Computer Science Houston, TX
Tyrell Snagg Biomedical Engineering Conyers, GA
Bruno Lescano Electrical Engineering Hiram, GA
Justin Cleckley Computer Science Marietta, GA
Jocelyn Heath Mechanical Engineering Calhoun, GA
Jack Rose Computer Science Charleston, SC
Mikhail Titov Music Tech Tokyo, Japan
Kyle de Nobel Electrical Engineering Shepherdstown, WV
Parker Bredice Mechanical Engineering Seattle, WA
Lily Moss Psychology Ringgold, GA
Ronny Berry Industrial Engineering Smyrna, GA
Nate Wert Computer Science Reading, PA
John McMahon Civil Engineering Duluth, GA
Shayne Drof Computational Media Mechanicsville, MD
Barry Walker Computer Engineering Fair Lawn, NJ


Jha'Deya Rhymes Computer Science Vidalia, GA
Sidsabee Banchongsirichareon Aerospace Engineering San Diego, CA


Daniel Hudadoff Masters in ECE Marietta, GA
Armaan Lala Math/Computer Science Roswell, GA
Rainer Marquardt-Demen Physics Wiesbaden, Germany
Jackson Fuller Computer Engineering Atlanta, GA
Ian Wilkinson Aerospace Engineering Villa Rica, GA
Vaughn Coston Psychology Lawrenceville, GA


Elijah Tarr Computer Science Mill Valley, CA
Michael Krausz Chemical Engineering St. Louis, MO


Sahil Parekh Architecture/Music Technology Duluth, GA
Kaleb Bates Music Technology McDonough, GA
Callahan Pace Economics Canton, GA


Tanner Iley Computer Science Athens, GA
Antonia Rabisheva Electrical Engineering Alpharetta, GA


Quincy Winkler Music Technology Evans, GA

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Crotts Jazz Ensemble Members


Jake Sisavath MS in Aerospace Engineering Duluth, GA
Clara Bailey Civil Engineering Chicago, IL
Ishan Vepa Computer Science Tallahassee, FL
Jeremy Wang Computer Science Johns Creek, GA
Harmon Austin Computer Science Marietta, GA
Mir Jeffres Music Technology Marietta, GA


Alex Kehler MS in Aerospace Engineering Lexington, KY
Steven Aceto Masters in City & Regional Planning Dacula, GA
Christopher Fitzpatrick Computer Engineering Roswell, GA
Jared Alexandrian Mechanical Engineering Flowery Branch, GA
Scott Washburn Mathematics Georgetown, TX
Aaron Hunt Chemical Engineering Savannah, GA


Jimmy Kemerait Physics Tifton, GA
Jordan John Mechanical Engineering Buford, GA
Sam Missner Music Technology Roswell, GA


Daniel Noelle Computer Science Snellville, GA
Jonathan Luo Computer Science Shenzhen, China
Alex Boskovic Mechanical Engineering Winchester, MA


Spencer Kessler Math/Computer Science St. Louis, MO


Lawrence McCourt Biomedical Engineering Long Island, NY


Josh Baffour Mechanical Engineering Snellville, GA
Kevin Sadi Computer Science Cumming, GA
Keaton Tsepas Architecture Atlanta, GA

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Photo of Rex Richardson playing trumpet

Rex Richardson - Concert Biography

Hailed in classical circles as “among the very best trumpet soloists in the world today,” (Journal of the International Trumpet Guild, 2011) and “One of the finest virtuosos of our time” (Brass Herald, 2018) and in jazz as “a standout soloist with the power, range and flexibility to rival Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw,” (DownBeat Magazine, 2014) Yamaha Performing Artist Rex Richardson was named the 2008 Brass Herald International Personality of the Year. 


A veteran of the acclaimed chamber ensemble Rhythm & Brass, jazz legend Joe Henderson’s Quintet and Sextet, William Russo’s Chicago Jazz Ensemble, and the Brass Band of Battle Creek, known as the world’s “Rolls Royce of Brass Bands” (Brass Band World), he stays busy as a headline artist at international brass and jazz festivals. His hundreds of solo engagements in 46 countries include appearances with the Phoenix Symphony and Thailand Philharmonic Orchestras, the U.S. Army Field Band and Tokyo Symphonic Winds, England's Fodens Brass Band, Spanish Brass, Boston Brass, and the U.S. Air Force's Airmen of Note Jazz Ensemble. 


Richardson has collaborated with countless legendary artists and ensembles, including Joseph Alessi, Eric Aubier, Wayne Bergeron, Brian Blade, Benny Carter, Boston Brass, Ray Charles, Mike Clarke, Dave Douglas, Kurt Elling, Carl Fontana, Pacho Flores, Aretha Franklin, Wycliffe Gordon, Stefon Harris, Conrad Herwig, Dave Holland, Dave Liebman, Keith Lockhart, James Morrison, Jimmy Owens, Jim Pugh, Chris Potter, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Arturo Sandoval, Bobby Shew, Ruben Simeo, Spanish Brass, Allen Vizzutti, Bill Watrous, and Steve Wilson. Jazz trumpet star Dave Douglas has called him “A national treasure.” (Style Weekly magazine) 


Having developed a reputation unique in the trumpet world for his combination of singular virtuosity, deep lyricism, and an emphasis on improvisation in classical as well as jazz idioms, Richardson is a committed champion of new music. He has presented the premiere performances of genre-busting concertos written for him by Peter Meechan, Anthony Plog, Doug Richards, David Sampson, Andy Scott, James Stephenson, Allen Vizzutti, and Dana Wilson in thirty-eight countries. The 2021-22 season saw the premieres of new concertos by Peter Graham and Trey Pollard, as well as a new jazz trumpet concerto by Dana Wilson. 


Richardson’s nine recordings as a soloist or bandleader are all released on Summit Records. His most recent, Freedom of Movement: 21st Century Trumpet Concertos, featuring the works by Plog, Scott, Stephenson and Vizzutti, was released in May of 2018 to rave reviews. It was named a top-ten finalist for 4barsrest.com’s 2018 Solo CD of the Year, and The Journal of the International Trumpet Guild called it “A triumph of virtuosity and musicianship” (March 2019). 


Richardson has degrees in anthropology and music from Northwestern and Louisiana State Universities and has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University since 2002. He served as International Tutor in Trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, U.K. from 2012-2015. In 2018 he was appointed International Tutor in Trumpet at JAM Music Lab University in Vienna, Austria. He has served as an adjudicator/guest soloist at international trumpet and brass in Italy, Belgium, South Korea, Australia, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. 


In 2009 he was presented with the VCU School of the Arts highest honor, the Award of Excellence, and was awarded the 2011 Theresa Pollack Prize for Excellence in the Arts. The Pollack Prize selectors wrote: “Richardson stands at the vanguard of jazz, classical and contemporary American music. As his star has risen internationally, he’s maintained a clear commitment to education. He is an extraordinary musician.”

Georgia Tech School of Music

Through interdisciplinary degree programs, outstanding performance ensembles, and innovative research endeavors, the Georgia Tech School of Music cultivates a rich legacy of musical traditions and develops cutting-edge technologies to help define music's future. The School serves students in bachelors, masters, and doctoral programs in music technology and offers innovative performance opportunities, courses, and cultural and artistic experiences for students throughout the Institute.