Berklee BeanTown Jazz FestivalDionne Farris with the Russell Gunn Quartet
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Producer, actor, and Grammy Award-winning vocalist Dionne Farris is a powerhouse. Her vocals propelled the song “Tennessee,” by '90s hip-hop sensation Arrested Development, into a smash hit. Farris is well-known for her critically acclaimed, genre-bending debut, Wild Seed—Wild Flower, which yielded the Top 5, Grammy-nominated hit “I Know.”
If one were attempting to design a prototype for the quintessential contemporary musician, trumpeter/fluegelhornist/composer Russell Gunn would be the model. A certified member of the hip-hop generation, Gunn's interest in the world of rap music took precedence over the trumpet that he had been playing since the fourth grade. At 16 years old, he became dedicated to jazz.
Rather than abandoning the music he loved, he simply applied its energy and spirit to the jazz idiom, creating a synthesis that is truly contemporary and singular.