Orbert Davis, Chicago Trumpeter & Educator

Orbert Davis Quintet featuring Terisa Griffin
Orbert Davis  (Photo: Graffiti  Photographic)

If you don’t know about jazz trumpeter Orbert Davis, you gotta check him out. In addition to being a kick-ass jazz trumpet player, and connected to the tradition, he’s done a lot to further  jazz education, and in the vid below, he links that learning to greater learning, and to living life in general. Below that is a video of him playing some Gershwin.

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The mute he’s playing is a Facet Mute, made of exotic hardwoods. I just ordered one (thanks, Bruce!) and will throw up a demo video after I’ve played around with it a bit. The one I ordered will be a Wenge/Padauk combination. Psyched to start messing with it and share the results with you. But until then, check out Orbert Davis.

And here’s Orbert Davis contemplating Gershwin, September 2, 2011 at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival in Chicago, where he was the Festival Artist in Residence. Playing with Brandon McCune on piano, Stewart Miller on bass and Ernie Adams on drums.

Want to learn more about the best ways to practice? Get an e-mail with a discount code when The Practice of Practice by Jonathan Harnum is published (June, 2014). To learn more about the book, check out a sample from The Practice of Practice.

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