Trumpeter up next at Summer of Jazz |

Trumpeter up next at Summer of Jazz

April E. Clark
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
Trumpeter Christian Scott, a New Orleans native, plays at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs as the free Summer of Jazz concert series continues. (Contributed photo)

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Jazz trumpeter Christian Scott says his latest CD is an expression of changes he’s experienced over the last few years.

Through straight-ahead jazz horn playing, he sets his life – fathering a baby girl, suffering a failed relationship, coping with the after-effects of Hurricane Katrina – to music in “Anthem.”

Scott’s childhood home in the Ninth Ward no longer exists. The first three tracks of his sophomore effort, to be released in late August, reflect his feelings about the devastation. And he also touches on love lost.

“These three songs are so layered with meaning. It’s about growing up in New Orleans and how it hard it was, then seeing the void there after Katrina,” Scott said, in a press statement. “But I’m also dealing with issues in my love life. … There’s something here for everybody so that everyone can hear their own personal anthems.”

Scott is the third New Orleans jazz act to play the 2007 Summer of Jazz free outdoor concert series. The concert takes place at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Two Rivers Park in West Glenwood. This is the second season Summer of Jazz has been dedicated to New Orleans musicians.

Scott’s song “The Nine,” also on “Anthem,” is described as “an upbeat ode to the Ninth Ward in New Orleans.”

In his song “Dialect,” Scott – a graduate of the esteemed Berklee College of Music – touches on the social issue of African Diaspora in the United States.

The African Union has defined the African Diaspora as “(consisting) of people of African origin living outside the continent, irrespective of their citizenship and nationality and who are willing to contribute to the development of the continent and the building of the African Union.”

“This tune is about the fact that we’re all in this together – all people – and we’ve got to figure out in a conscious effort how to make peace despite the divisions,” he said.

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