“While part of the Clifford Brown/Freddie Hubbard tradition, Mazzaferro does not sound like either and has his own warm sound and inventive straight ahead style.”
- Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene (2018)
Sacramento-based Trumpeter, Educator, and Composer Joe Mazzaferro is active in the Northern California jazz scene and in demand as a guest artist and clinician across the United States. In November 2017, Mazzaferro released his debut album In Terms Of… (Joe Mazz Music) which features saxophonist Jeff Clayton along with special guests, drummer Carl Allen and pianist Donald Brown. The album peaked at #43 on the JazzWeek Charts and received high praise from jazz critics. The album has been described as “vintage hard bop with maturity” (George Harris, Jazz Weekly) as well “a little bebop, a little swing, and a lot of tenderness, heart, and passion come together on this intriguing debut” (Tom Henry, Toledo Blade).
As an active freelance musician, he has performed with many jazz greats, including Dave Brubeck, Christian McBride, Wycliffe Gordon, Gunther Schuller, and Lewis Nash at such legendary venues as the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Brubeck Festival, Yoshi’s Jazz Club, and Fantasy Studios. Currently, Mazzaferro is the Coordinator of Jazz Studies at California State University, Stanislaus as well the Executive Director/Co-Founder of the Sacramento Jazz Orchestra and a member of the Capital Jazz Project.
AVAILABLE FOR BOOKINGS:
Joe Mazzaferro Ensembles
Quartet, QUINTET, Septet, Octet
Jazz Quintet w/Strings (optional Winds)
Guest Artist w/Jazz Ensemble
High School, Junior College, University, Honor Bands, Youth Jazz Orchestras
Capital Jazz Project
Sacramento Jazz Orchestra
Commissions (Compositions or Arrangements)
Small & Large Ensembles, Big Band/Jazz Orchestra
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