Penn State Hazleton will host a free concert featuring renowned jazz trumpeter Terell Stafford and his quintet on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theater of the Slusser/Bayzick Building.
Hailed as “one of the great players of our time” by late piano legend McCoy Tyner, Stafford has performed on dozens of albums and received numerous accolades during his more than two-decades-long professional career, including six Grammy Award nominations and a Grammy Award win in 2009 for his contributions as a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.
An educator as well as a performer, Stafford is currently the director of jazz studies and chair of instrumental studies in Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance and the managing and artistic director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia.
Listeners have described Stafford as a gifted and versatile player, with a style that combines a deep love of melody with his own unique brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism.
Founded by Stafford, the members of the Terell Stafford Quintet are highly accomplished educators, composers, arrangers and band leaders, who have recorded six albums together.