A new Pepper Adams project needs your help

Gary Carner, who has done a huge amount of work to promote and spread Pepper Adams‘ great legacy has a new project and it needs some help from everyone. See what he has to say about it:

“I’m very excited to let you know that I’ve recorded a fantastic new CD of big band charts of Pepper Adams compositions for Motema Music.  This is the sixth CD in my series, and it’s the first recording of its kind ever undertaken.  It will be released in January, 2014.  It wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the esteemed British arranger Tony Faulkner, who wrote all the charts.  Faulkner is little known outside of England, but this project should change that in a hurry.

Ten superb performances that were done over Easter weekend by the Concert Jazz Band at the University of Illinois, with solos by their superb faculty, including Glenn Wilson.  I need to raise $7,000 to pay the arranger for all his great work, to pay the engineer to mix and master the date, and to pay for Faulkner’s flight to the US so we can promote this great music with concerts, lectures, and radio shows throughout the US and Canada.

In order to release the recording, and subsidize the CD marketing tour to promote this great music in advance of its commercial release, I’m asking for your help. Kickstarter is a project-driven, crowd-funding website that allows the Pepper Adams world community to work together in a grassroots way to make this happen and perpetuate Pepper Adams’ legacy.  But it’s an all-or-nothing deal.  If I don’t meet or exceed my goal of $7,000 by the 30-day deadline, no money changes hands, no rewards are given, the new recording stays on the shelf, and the tour is in jeopardy.  Can you please help? Can you work with me to bring this exciting project to fruition?

Please use either URL, go to the site, and donate whatever you can.  No donation is too small and all is very much appreciated!  For your generosity, some great gifts await you!  You’ll see them at my Kickstarter page.


This is a 30-day sprint, so please spread the word.  I’m looking forward to sharing this music with you. Long live Pepper Adams!

Thank you,
Gary Carner”

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