The Alvin Trask Krewe'tet

The Alvin Trask Krewe'tet

 Rockville, Maryland, USA
BandJazzLatin

The Alvin Trask Krewe'tet performs the ultimate in Modern Jazz ranging from the cool of Miles Davis, Latin Jazz and the Swinging Music of New Orleans. We are able to accommodate the most sophisticated venues. In addition, we provide a professional and dynamic ambiance to enhance any occasion.

Biography

Louisiana has long been the birthplace for many of Americas elite jazz artists. Such is the status of jazz trumpeter Alvin Trask. Born in Baton Rouge in 1964, Trask began playing the trumpet at the age of nine, inspired by his uncle who played tenor sax. The influence of his uncles musical flair combined with steady encouragement to entertain at family events, church activities, and school programs brought Trask remarkable progress in playing the trumpet and perfecting his skills.

In 1989, Trask received his first major break with the Tony Kelley Royal Ambassador Big Band where he performed, toured, and recorded with the Howard University Jazz Ensemble and the Federal Focus Jazz Band. During his summer hiatus from graduate school, Trask studied and performed at the Thelonious Monk Institute and Jazz Festival in Dolo, Italy.

Besides studying with Eddie Henderson, Alvin Batiste, James West, Fred Irby and Webster Young, Trasks additional training and professional development includes work with the Stanford Jazz Workshop, Hartford Universitys Advanced Placement Music Theory, the Eastman School of Musics Jazz Arranging for Music Teachers, and the Essentially Ellington Band Directors Workshop.

Alvin Trask earned a Bachelor of Music Degree (Classical Trumpet Performance) from Louisiana State University and a Master of Music Degree from Howard University. As an educator, Alvin Trask is currently an Associate Professor of Music and Trumpet at Montgomery College. Previously, he chaired the Performing Arts Department at a private Episcopalian high school where he taught music theory and composition and conducted the spectrum of bands: symphonic, jazz, pep, ensembles and chamber orchestras. Trasks tenure also includes roles as Adjunct Professor of Music at Trinity College, Trumpet Instructor for a Music and Arts Center, Associate Conductor for the Pan American Symphony Big Band, and Brass Instructor for the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop.

Discography

Saltman/Knowles "Return of The Composer" Pacific Jazz (2009)
Raddy & The Cats, “Re-Creation” Jazz From New Orleans (2007)
Fritz and The Duchess (2007)
Soulservice, “Sandcastles” (2003)
Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra, “A Work In Progress”. (2000)
Pan American Symphony Orchestra and Big, Band “Live” (1999)
Kwelismith, “Secret Meeting, Kwanzaa Songs and City Sounds” (1999)
Soulservice, “Dreamcatcher” (1998)
Clint Holmes, “Edges” (1994)
Federal Focus Jazz Band, “Renewing the Tradition” (1991)
Howard University Jazz Ensemble, “HUJE 90” (1990)

Set List

Generally our sets are 45 minutes long with a 15 minute break in between sets.
Sample Set List:
A Foogy Day
All of Me
All The Things You Are
Autumn Leaves (French)
Au Privave
Blue Bossa
Body and Soul
Bye Bye Blackbird
Caravan
Dolphin Dance
Footprints
I'll Remember April
It Don't Mean a Thing
(If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Killer Joe
Maiden Voyage
Misty
My Funny Valentine
Niama
Night and Day
Round Midnight
Shiny Stockings
Some Day My Prince Will Come
Stardust
Take the "A" Train
Triste
Undecided
What Is This Thing Called Love
You Are The Sunshine of My Life
You Don't know what Love Is