Faculty, Interlochen Trumpet Institute
Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University
D.M.A., trumpet performance, Louisiana State University; M.M., trumpet performance, Louisiana State University; B.A., anthropology, Northwestern University
“One of the finest virtuosos of our time” – The Brass Herald
Renowned as champion of new, genre-busting music featuring the trumpet as a solo voice, Yamaha Performing Artist Rex Richardson frequently appears as a headliner at international brass and jazz festivals, and as a soloist with a multitude of ensembles on six continents. 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), his hundreds of guest soloist credits include the Phoenix and Oregon Symphonies, the U.S. Army Field Band and Tokyo Symphonic Winds, England's Fodens Brass Band, and the U.S. Air Force's Airmen of Note Jazz Ensemble. His latest CD, Freedom of Movement: 21st Century Trumpet Concertos, was released in 2018 to critical and public acclaim.