ALPHONSO HORNE'S GOTHAM KINGS
After a stellar debut at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola last September, ALPHONSO HORNE and RILEY MULHERKAR bring their two-trumpet act to the New York Hot Jazz Festival, presenting the music of the King Oliver Creole Jazz Band. The virtuosity of the young Louis Armstrong and innovative genius of King Oliver is passed back and forth interchangeably between Horne and Mulherkar, and fueled by a high energy band including drummer and tambourine player extraordinaire Joe Saylor and fearless tap dancer Michela Marino Lerman. Gotham Kings weaves the sound of New Orleans into a rich musical fabric that demonstrates the history of the trumpet and the story of jazz.
Trumpeter Alphonso Horne has performed with many renowned jazz artists including Wynton Marsalis, Wes Anderson, Marcus Roberts, Delfeayo Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Michael Feinstein, and Jane Monheit. World-renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis included Alphonso in a list of 16 young jazz musicians on "Wynton's Picks: Who's Got Next." Recently, Horne subbed for Wynton Marsalis in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and toured with the orchestra for the 25th Anniversary Tour. Mr. Horne also performed on Broadway in the 17-piece orchestra for the show After Midnight featuring guest artists Fantasia Barrino, Dule Hill, K.D. Lang, Babyface, Toni Braxton and many more.
Born and raised in Seattle, Riley Mulherkar received the Ella Fitzgerald Outstanding Soloist Award at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington Competition in 2010 and was named a "rising jazz artist" by Wynton Marsalis in JET Magazine the following year. He has performed at the Umbria Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne, and Carnegie Hall, and has shared the stage with Marsalis, Leonard Slatkin, and Paquito D'Rivera, among others. In September of 2014, Mulherkar was named the first recipient of the Laurie Frink Career Grant at the Festival of New Trumpet Music. Riley is a founding member of The Westerlies, a new music brass quartet that has premiered over 50 original works since its inception in 2011. Their debut album, Wish The Children Would Come On Home, was hailed as “an impressive feat from almost any angle” (Nate Chinen, JazzTimes), and named Debut Album of the Year by NPR Music’s Francis Davis.