Richardson, SJO team for benefit at the Bing tonight

Rex Richardson is a trumpet virtuoso equally at home in symphony orchestras, brass bands and jazz combos.

Tonight, he’ll be appearing with a big band: the 17-piece Spokane Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Tom Molter.

He’s the guest headliner in a concert to benefit the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center, a nonprofit social service agency in the East Central neighborhood, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Richardson travels all over the world as a classical and jazz soloist. In 2010, he performed and conducted clinics in London, Brazil, China, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Turkey. He has been a member of the ensemble Rhythm & Brass, Joe Henderson’s Quintet and William Russo’s Chicago Jazz Ensemble. He’s on the music faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University.

The concert will also feature the Ferris High School Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Ben Brueggemeier.

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