Cecil's career as professional trumpeter, composer, producer, educator, bandleader, arranger and sideman has spanned 5 decades! He has performed and recorded with such musical luminaries as: Horace Silver, Max Roach, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Lena Horne, Frank Foster, McCoy Tyner, Randy Weston, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Dee Dee Bridgewater to name a few. As an instructor/professor, he has shared his many years of experience with students at: The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music Manhattan School of Music William Paterson University Jazzmobile Workshop Queens College City College as well as many clinics and workshops around the world!
BIG BAND EXPERIENCE:
Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra Duke Ellington Orchestra Count Basie Orchestra Frank Foster's Loud Minority Grover Mithcell's Big Band Illinois Jacquette Big Band Muhaul Richard Abrams James "Jabbo" Ware, Me, We and Them Orchestra SMALL GROUP EXPERIENCE: Horace Silver Quintet Max Roach Quartet and Double Quartet Frank Foster Quintet Jimmy Heath Quintet Joe Henderson's Sextet Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers Bridgewater Brothers BROADWAY SHOWS: Lena Horne, The Lady and Her Music
Black and Blue Two Gentlemen of Verona