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David Young
 
At the age of 20, David Young turned down Wynton Marsalis' invitation to join the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, to finish his degree at Northwestern University (he graduated with a degree in trumpet performance in August '01). While at NU (and since), he's been very busy: Young leads his own jazz quintet, New Republic, and is also a featured soloist with the Ensemble Stop-Time, and the New Black Music Repertory Ensemble. He holds the position of lead trumpet in Malachai Thompson's Africa Brass and with the Jazz Institute of Chicago's BeBop Brass.

Young also performs with William Russo's Chicago Jazz Ensemble, has appeared with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and has shared stages with the likes of Roy Hargrove, Marcus Roberts, and Danilo Perez.

David Young's live performances have already received rave reviews. The Chicago Sun-Times' Andrew Patner called Young "never less than enthralling," while the Chicago Tribune's Howard Reich wrote, "To see this poised and gifted young man seduce an audience. . . was to witness the emergence of a potentially major jazz artist." Young's diverse musical background inclures both jazz and classical training, and his expressive range (and clarity of tone) set him apart from his peers. For evidence, listen to the Evanston-raised trumpeter's recent Appassionata, which lies somewhere along the lines of Miles' Davis passionate, boundary-transcending Sketches of Spain. Both the Illinois Entertainer and WBEZ voted it among the "Best of 2001" jazz recordings.

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