The Darryl White Quintet

It naturally follows that Darryl White, professor of trumpet at the University of Nebraska, would take a break from his day job and bring his quintet south to make a live record, especially with local sax hero Bobby Watson pitching in. A 9-year-old White first fell in love with the trumpet when he saw Louis Armstrong play on TV, and he didn’t look back, even when his career was jeopardized by a lip injury caused by an overzealous family dog. White is also a composer who has released two albums, Ancient Memories (a tribute to his parents) and In the Fullness of Time. With a repertoire that includes Charles Mingus, Eddie Harris and White’s own sweet, powerful tunes, Live at the Blue Room could be a classic.

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