Date(s) - 02/17/2022
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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Beginning his burgeoning career as a committed, 10-year-old autodidact, the 22-year-old Bahamian trumpeter is making major waves on the New York scene, mentored by the great Eddie Henderson at Oberlin and now a well-seasoned veteran of work with Curtis Lundy, Harold Mabern, Winard Harper, Sullivan Fortner, Ben Wolfe, and Jon Batiste. He makes his SFJAZZ debut as a recipient of the LetterOne RISING STARS Jazz Award (2019).
Gelin was a recognized young star at the Young Arts Foundation and the star-making Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program, and counts Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Ralph Peterson, and the late Roy Hargrove among his many teachers and champions on and off the bandstand. No less an authority than Hargrove said of the young trumpeter, “He is one of the few players that I have heard that actually sings through the horn.”
Gelin has performed at Julliard with Wynton Marsalis and currently leads a gifted quintet that has headlined at New York’s Small’s jazz club and San Francisco’s Black Cat. In addition to his RISING STARS award, the trumpeter also won ASCAP’s 2020 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award. His full-length debut album, True Design, was released in 2020 and features fellow RISING STARS recipient Immanuel Wilkins on alto saxophone.
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