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Rex Richardson’s recital

VCU faculty and trumpeter extraordinaire Rex Richardson is giving a recital on Friday, and we know from experience that these are not to be missed. Says Richardson, it’ll be

“a mixed genre concert featuring the VCU Trumpet Ensemble I, pianists Ksenia Leletkina (young Russian-born DMA student at Eastman), Brian Mahne, and Laura Candler White; saxophonists Skip Gailes and John Winn; bassist Randall Pharr and drummer Brian Jones. It’ll be a cast of…dozens! Well, about one dozen. U.S. premieres by Swedish composer Stefan Johnsson (who will be in attendance) and a world premiere by American composer James Stephenson will be presented.”

Rex Richardson’s Faculty Recital is this Friday, February 18, from 8-9pm at VCU’s Singleton Center for the Performing Arts at 922 Park Ave. Visit for more info.

Jazz in the East

For a week in November, some of Richmond’s finest jazz musicians performed at a jazz festival in Turkey, where VCU alumnus Emre Kartari founded the country’s first jazz educational institution. For Kartari and musicians like Doug Richards, Skip Gailes, and Howard Curtis, it was a reunion of sorts. For VCU Jazz students Ben Heemstra, Andrew Randazzo, and Lucas Fritz, it was the trip of a lifetime.

Rex Richardson recital tonight

On the heels of his awe-inspiring jazz recital in February, trumpeter and VCU Associate Professor Rex Richardson’s “classical” recital is tonight. When we spoke in February about his two upcoming recitals, he said about this one, …I’ll be focusing on the music of a great young composer and great friend, Jim Stephenson. Jim has agreed to […]

Rex’s recital reactions

Semester after semester, trumpeter and VCU associate professor Rex Richardson puts on the hottest recitals around. The (practically) international superstar loads the events with the area’s finest musicians and often devotes them to pay tribute to a jazz figure. This time, the one being honored was Wayne Shorter. Who went to his recital tonight? What […]

VCU Music showcases two trumpeters

Each semester, VCU Music’s concert schedule is unique, but it just so happens that this semester, two trumpeters — Rex Richardson and Dave Douglas — are the highlights and the performers of absolute must-see concerts.

VCU Jazz Orchestra I stands and delivers

On Thursday evening’s concert at the Singleton Center, the music performed by VCU’s Jazz Orchestra I displayed a varied program consisting of three staples of Ellingtonia along with a cross-section of big band writing. Led by the jovial director Antonio Garcia, the Jazz Orchestra I made the selections look easy.

VCU Jazz Presents Two Faculty Recitals This Week

Antonio Garcia, Director of Jazz Studies at VCU, presents his annual faculty recital this Sunday, February 17, at 4 pm in the Performing Arts Center. Garcia describes the event as “A post-Mardi Gras, post-Valentine’s concert celebration of original, standard, and New Orleans music for solo, small, and large jazz ensembles”. Performing will be VCU’s Jazz […]


Artesian Entertainment Group presentsBenefest: Back To The Real Benefest was assembled as a concert to raise funds and awareness for the Music Resource Center in Richmond (MRC-RVA). The Music Resource Center’s mission is “to educate and inspire young people and through music, equip them with life skills for the future. We will accomplish this mission […]