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Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey - with Lin Rountree!

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Detroit may claim Lin Rountree as their own NOW - but he was ours back in the day ;) Lin learned to play trumpet at 11 in Alexandria, Virgina - and was accepted into the Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. He was then recruited into the Music program at Florida A & M University, where he played with the Marching 100 - training under William P. Foster and Dr. Julian White. Lin credits his motto of practice, prepare and perform to the tutelage that he received at FAMU. While studying there, his love for Jazz grew. And the work of Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw inspired both his playing and writing.

After a careful search to see what city in the U.S. "fit", Lin settled in the Motor City - where the music scene was poppin' - and the R & B groove that was as natural as the Jazz seemed to blend with a trumpeter's inclination. Two projects for BDK Records afforded him the opportunity to travel and play with artists like George Benson, Tim Bowman, Kem and Dwele. The hard work paid off in the way of big buzz: "Soul-Tree, The Soul Jazz Experience" made it's mark two years ago. With guest appearances by Althea Rene and Gail Jhonson - and a fresh approach to the hybrid (sorry:) of Jazz and Soul - Lin created a new page in Contemporary Jazz. And the invitations have kept on coming since...with Elan Trotman, "New Kidz on the Horns' was formed. Projects with Nate Harasim and Phil Denny. And a guest appearance in Whitney Houston's last film, "Sparkle."

Now, Lin is coming home - to Washington's internationally known Blues Alley - on Thursday. And he was just asked to be a part of the prestigious Dubai Jazz Festival in Februrary. We'll discuss ALL of it when Lin visits the show on 1//15!