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Trumpeter Freddie Dunn, Jr. was raised in northern New Jersey, and cut his eye teeth in the frenetic music scenes of New York and New Jersey. Since returning to Maryland to finish work on his degree in classical trumpet he has become a fixture in the Baltimore-Washington music scene. He has traversed the world a few times over with the bands Fertile Ground, The New Volcanoes, and his own Indigruuv and the Freddie Dunn Project. He is prominently featured on the current Lafayette Gilchrist & The New Volcanoes CD, “Soul Progressin’”, which garnered 4 stars (out of 5) in Downbeat Magazine and has the solo turn on the title tune which is featured on the last episode of the final season of the critically acclaimed cable series “The Wire”. He is a member of the groundbreaking soul-jazz outfit, Fertile Ground, and appears on their last three discs: “Black Is…”, “Seasons Change”, and their seminal CD, “Spiritual War”. His trumpet and flugelhorn work can be heard on diverse musical projects from the dance music of the Basement Boys (“The Casbah”, “Til I Found You”) to the Hip Hop Ensemble’s “Give Me The Jazz”, to the straight ahead of Indigruuv, to the Jazz Funk Avant Garde fusion of the New Volcanoes.
A champion of the jazz cause and a believer in taking the music to the people Freddie has recently become involved in organizing and performing street shows in MD DC and VA. His band and solo shows have garnered notice from the Washington Post, Express, and The DC Examiner. With his latest endeavor, Save the Jazz, he hopes to raise awareness, and interest in Jazz music of all stripes here in Washington, D.C..