RIP, Laurie Frink: “Trumpet Mom” for Many Jazz Trumpeters

Laurie Frink is a trumpeter and teacher you should know about. She helped many, many great trumpeters play even better. Players like Dave DouglasIngrid JensenAmbrose Akinismurie and too many more to list.

Ms. Frink also wrote the excellent method book Flexus with trumpeter John McNeilHer approach was an extension of the great brass teacher Carmine Caruso.

Ms. Frink passed away July 13 from complications of bile duct cancer. She was 62. The loss of a great teacher is most tragic.

A Blog Supreme posted a nice tribute to Ms. Frink.

Below is a video of the Maria Schneider Orchestra playing Gumba Blue in 2000. Laurie Frink is in the trumpet section along with one of her many students, Ingrid Jensen.

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And here’s the MSO in 2008, again with Laurie Frink in the trumpet section and Ingrid Jensen taking an extended solo in Pretty Road.


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