Two nights at the Blue Whale, Los Angeles
Grammy-nominated trombonist-composer Alan Ferber has been called “one of the jazz world’s premier composers and arrangers for larger groups” by All About Jazz NY. Jazz Times magazine describes Ferber’s compositions as “inspired and meticulous” and the L.A. Weekly deems him “one of the premier modern jazz arrangers of our time.” For the last six years, he has been recognized as one of the leading trombonists of his generation in Down Beat magazine’s International Critics’ Poll and Readers’ Poll. Ferber was the recipient of a 2013 New Jazz Works grant from Chamber Music America, funded by the Doris Duke Foundation. Since 2011, he has been an Adjunct Professor of jazz studies at New York University’s Steinhardt School.
Ferber’s aesthetic approach prescribes a deep knowledge of the jazz tradition as a means toward meaningful innovation. Appropriately, the Wall Street Journal describes his music as “somehow both old school and cutting edge.” He has released seven albums as a bandleader, most recently an eight-movement original piece for his working nonet called “Roots & Transitions” on Sunnyside Records. In 2013, Alan Ferber released an album for 17-piece big band on the Sunnyside label, entitled March Sublime. It features stunningly original compositions and arrangements and was nominated for a 2014 Grammy award in the ‘Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album’ category. Prior to that, Ferber released “Music For Nonet & Strings” (Sunnyside) which received a coveted 4 star review in Down Beat and was named one the magazine’s “Best CDs of the Year.”