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Cuong Vu is widely recognized by jazz critics as a leader of a new generation of innovative musicians. A truly unique musical voice, Cuong has lent his trumpet playing talents to a wide range of artists including Pat Metheny, Laurie Anderson, David Bowie, Dave Douglas, Cibo Matto, Mitchell Froom, and Chris Speed. Since moving to New York in 1994, Cuong has been active leading various groups, most notably his trio with Stomu Takeishi (bass) and Ted Poor (drums).

He has toured extensively throughout the world and has given clinics and masterclasses throughout the US and Europe. As a leader, Cuong has released four recordings, “Bound” (OmniTone), “Pure” (Knitting Factory Records), “Come Play with Me” (Knitting Factory Records) and “It’s Mostly Residual” (ArtistShare) to critical acclaim, with each one having been considered among the best recordings of their respective years. Each record displays how he has carved out a distinctive sonic territory on the trumpet while blurring all stylistic borders.

Cuong was born on September 19, 1969 in Saigon, Vietnam. He immigrated to Seattle at the age of 6 and began playing the trumpet at the age of 11. His intense dedication and love for music led him to a full scholarship at the New England Conservatory of Music where he received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz studies with a distinction in performance.


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  • luwer

    His work is sadly underappreciated and yet it is one of the finest examples of thorough musicianship and complete uniqueness and evolution of not only jazz but music itself. He truly is a great artist and a brilliant improviser. His trio member Stomu Takeishi is one of the most awe inspiring and original bass players I've heard yet. He prudently dominates in their music, taking up a lot of space, but always leaving enough room for it to be balanced with everything else. And Ted Poor is simply brilliant.

    5 May 3:53pm Reply
  • wqt

    Completely brilliant and original, love his stuff, shockingly few listeners! His trio absolutely amazing, I'd love to see them. Check out AGOGIC on Table & Chairs, they released a pretty good record last year that he plays on.

    25 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Eyoki

    Wonderful trumpeter.

    1 Feb 2011 Reply
  • rastafarra

    очень приятный дядька.

    12 Feb 2010 Reply
  • ElectroT

    what an inspiration.

    25 Oct 2009 Reply
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  • boiq

    Замечательная музыка! :)

    20 Oct 2008 Reply
  • mallemma

    nom, klasa.

    8 Sep 2008 Reply
  • special_user

    fantastic stuff

    24 Jul 2008 Reply
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    23 Apr 2008 Reply
  • quora

    harveydrone, no - look at the photo:) he is young

    1 Apr 2008 Reply
  • quora

    Dave Douglas - similar? no way. I'd say CV is closer to Jon Hassell (in terms of approach to sound processing of trumpet)

    1 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Sysyphus_

    I've seen Guong Vu perform in Rotterdam last week. Really loved the energy of the music and the modisty of the performers. It's all about the music!

    15 May 2007 Reply
  • harveydrone

    Is this guy from the east side of Seattle, late 30s? If so, I remember being disgusted with how awesome he was at a school band contest about 25 years ago. Nice to see he's making a name for himself.

    4 Jan 2007 Reply

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