Fred Fuller and Al Hood
Trumpeter Al Hood (http://www.alhoodtrumpet.com/home/) has made Denver his home since 1999 when he came to teach at the DU Lamont School of Music. Dividing his time between teaching and performing, Hood plays with a variety of bands, including the Denver Brass, the Ken Walker Jazz Sextet, the Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra and the Bob Montgomery-Pete Olstad Big Band.
He toured the world with the Phil Collins Big Band, appearing at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals and New York City's prestigious Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.In 2009, he released his first album, Just a Little Taste. You can catch Al on the last Friday of the month -- April 26 -- at Dazzle Jazz with the Ken Walker Sextet.
Bassist Fred Fuller is a fixture on the Denver jazz scene, playing with Purnell Steen, Neil Bridge, and Carl Dixon, to name just a few. Fred and his wife, singer Elthopa Fuller, formed The Fuller Sound band; it quickly became a family band, with Mom and Dad, as well as daughters Shamie (piano), Tia, (sax) and son-in-law Rudy Rudie (on drums). In 2011, Fred was honored by the Five Points Jazz Festival as an individual who has made significant and lasting contributions to jazz and culture in the Five Points neighborhood and beyond.