On thursday October 3 – 2019 I had the huge pleasure and honor to interview Michael Philip Mossman, jazz trumpet player, composer, arranger, Grammy nominated (2013 for "Best Instrumental Arrangement" for his "Afro-latin Ellington Suite") artist and educator. Since the age of 17 he is active on the international jazz scene.
He was a member/performer and lead trumpet player of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Machito Orchestra, Michel Camilo Bigband, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Chico O'Farrill Orchestra, the Joe Henderson Bigband, the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, the Horace Silver Quintet, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, the Charles Mingus Orchestra and Bigband. He has especially conducted the Count Basie Orchestra, the Charles Mingus Orchestra, Slide Hampton and the Jazz Masters Orchestra, Ray Barretto and New World Spirit, the Danish Radio Bigband, the German Radio Bigbands such as the NDR Bigband (Hamburg), the WDR Bigband (Cologne), the HR Bigband (Frankfurt) and the SWR Bigband (Stuttgart).
He arranged music and toured as a lead trumpet player with Dizzy Gillespie's United Nations Orchestra, McCoy Tyner, Gerry Mulligan Quintet, the Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Jon Faddis Orchestra, George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Bob Mintzer Bigband, Steve Turre, Roscoe Mitchell and the Sound And Space Ensembles, Leo Smith Creative Orchestra, the Gil Evans Orchestra, the Michel Camilo Bigband, the Jimmy Heath Bigband, Richard Bona, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D'Rivera and the United Nations Orchestra and so on.
He recorded, arranged and toured as a leader and as a sideman with Franco Ambrosetti, Daniel Ponce, Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Eddie Palmieri, Michel Camilo, Bob Mintzer, Roscoe Mitchell, Arturo O'Farril, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Daniel Ponce, Paquito D'Rivera, Bobby Sanabria, the Anthony Braxton Creative Orchestra, Al DiMeola, Benny Carter, Chaka Khan, Kenny Garrett, Ralph Peterson, Kenny Drew Jr, Freddie Cole, Robin Eubanks, Antonio Hart, John Lindberg, Kevin Mahogany, Pat Metheny, Joe Zawinul and many others.
He has also written and arranged for the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic, Joe Henderson's Grammy winning Big Band album and he composed a 40-minute ballet called “Beneath the Mask”, choreographed by Mayte Vicens, performed by Jon Faddis and the Chicago Jazz Band with the Deeply Rooted Dance Company. His film music can be heard on Academy Award winning director Fernando Trueba's film “Chico and Rita” and on “Calle 54”, where he is featured as a performer and commentator.
Michael has also arranged music for the film “Bossa Nova”. Of course, this list is NOT complete!
He is currently Professor and Director of Jazz Studies at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York City and is also on the faculty of the Juilliard School in New York City and the Prins Claus Conservatorium Groningen, the Netherlands, inside the program “New York Comes To Groningen”.
Please enjoy our very special talk!
Many thanks to Michael Philip Mossman and the Jazz Department of the Prins Claus Conservatorium in Groningen, The Netherlands!
Cover picture: Still Image by Bernd Ihno Eilts/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2019.