Richmond-based trumpeter Victor Haskins has released a new recording called Showing Up, featuring Randall Pharr on bass and Tony Martucci on drums. On the recording, Victor alternates between cornet and a wind-blown synthesizer called the EWI, or Electronic Wind Instrument. You'll hear more about that in this interview segment as well as excerpts of a few album tracks. Also,Victor discusses his feelings about the label "jazz," the influence of trumpeterWoody Shaw and the distinctive approach of his trio, which he calls "Victor Haskins' Skein."
Haskins' group will be play at a cd release party at Williamsburg Library Friday Night, February 1 at 7:30 and in Richmond at Black Iris Gallery Saturday night at 11. Details on these and other performances can be found here. The new album can be downloaded here.
When he's not pursuing solo projects, Haskins teaches jazz trumpet and leads the recently revived jazz ensemble at the College of William and Mary. He also directs in-school jazz ensembles for the Kennedy Center and collaborates with dancers in mixed media improvised performances which he calls "Moving Sound Pictures."