I'm vacationing in California as you read this, you're bracing for the Republican occupation, and FONT, the second annual Festival of New Trumpet Music curated by Dave Douglas, Roy Campbell, and Jon Nelson, is already half over. Just because I'm going to miss Hugh Ragin and Herb Robertson at Tonic, and then rare appearances by avant-eminences Leo Smith at Tonic August 25 and Bill Dixon at the Center August 31, doesn't mean you should—unless, of course, you plan to flee before the invasion. If you've been to any of the shows so far, or paid attention to the soloists in the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Maria Schneider's big band, you don't need me to tell you that jazz is rife with talented younger trumpeters. But with Wynton Marsalis and Dave Douglas at their peaks, there's not much... More >>>