Tom Stevens talks with John Fedchock
Written by Ryan Jones on 19th May 2016
Join Tom Stevens every Tuesday from 12pm until 1pm for Siren Simply Jazz only on Siren FM and online.
Relax with your lunch as Tom plays the very best of past and present jazz and swing with the melodies from the golden age of big bands with special guests, new releases and features on the show.
If you miss the show on Tuesday you can always catch the repeat programme on Friday evening at 10pm or listen again online.
This week Tom features music and a special featured interview with his special guest, John Fedchock, whose illustrious career in jazz has spanned over three decades. Since his emergence on the jazz scene in 1980, Johs has established himself as a world-class trombone soloist, a heralded bandleader, and a Grammy nominated arranger.
An in-demand performer and writer in New York City for over twenty years, his multifaceted talents have led him to become one of New York’s premiere jazz artists. His critically acclaimed big gand has become a marquee group, showcasing John;s trombone and arranging as well as the band’s all-star soloists.
The band’s four CDs for the Reservoir Music label, “New York Big Band”, “On The Edge”, “No Nonsense”, and “Up & Running” have all received high praise from critics, and extraordinary success on national jazz radio charts.
In recognition of his formidable arranging skills on “No Nonsense”, Fedchock was honored by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences with a 2003 Grammy Award nomination for “Best Instrumental Arrangement” for his exciting chart on “Caribbean Fire Dance.”
He began his career as a jazz trombonist when he joined the legendary Woody Herman Orchestra in 1980. He toured with Woody’s “Thundering Herd” for seven years, during which time he was musical director and a featured soloist. He served as musical coordinator and chief arranger in the production of Herman’s last two Grammy Award nominated albums “50th Anniversary Tour” and “Woody’s Gold Star”, and received accolades from jazz journalists worldwide.
Tom also features music by the Andy Prior orchestra, Arturo Sandoval, John Fedchock, Bill Conti, Mark Taylor’s Big Band, Eurmir Deodater, Al Jureau, and Paul Anka.