Trombonist, composer and educator Grachan Moncur III’s early 1960s releases and work with Jackie McLean put him at the leading edge of the jazz vanguard. That output and work with artists from Wayne Shorter and Blue Mitchell to the Ray Charles Orchestra and the Jazztet, distinguished Moncur as a brilliant stylist and composer. He has collaborated with Archie Shepp, Frank Lowe, Sonny Murray, Lee Morgan, Sonny Rollins and the Joe Henderson/Kenny Dorham Sextet, and even acted on Broadway in James Baldwin’s Blues for Charlie. As Composer in Residence at the Newark Community School of the Arts, Moncur inspired another generation of musicians. He continues to compose and over the last several years has performed with many up-and-coming innovators.