I recently started playing Balkan music with a group of fun musicians. Lots of odd meters: 7/4 mostly, but a cool 10/8 one is in the set list for the gig in a week. Not ready yet, so I’m hitting the shed in all spare moments, which are few. I know nothing about Balkan music … More Solo or No Solo?
The Austin musician stands alone in showing up Miles Davis in his autobiography. Superb article. Check it out after the vid. Not much to find showing KD playing live, but here’s one: Source: Trumpet Colossus Kenny Dorham Towers Alongside the Jazz Gods: The Austin musician stands alone in showing up Miles Davis in his autobiography … More Trumpet Colossus Kenny Dorham Towers Alongside the Jazz Gods: Showing up Miles Davis in his autobiography
Every now and then I’m stunned to learn of a trumpeter who’s been doing his or her thing for decades. My first thought is, “How the heck did I not hear about this player!?” And then I go find everything I can about them. Growing up in Alaska, pre-1990, finding this kind of info would … More Hannibal Lokumbe (composer, trumpeter, activist, author, poet…): “Ro”
Superb article, with good overviews of the role of each part. See the full article for all the good stuff. First Trumpet First trumpet in an orchestra or concert band is usually considered the head of the brass section, and this is generally how most composers and arrangers write. The first trumpet player’s primary responsibility is consistency. Students … More Building a Strong Trumpet Section by Josh Rzepka
I sang for the first time in public at a gig a couple of nights ago, and then this show came on the radio. Perfect timing. Almost. Before the gig might have helped a little. I’ve got a long way to go in the singing department. But this is a good program about some fine … More Jazz Profiles: The Singing Instrumentalists
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I’ve been using Stamp for decades! Stoked to get this commentary and see where I’ve been wrong all these years, hah! ___________________________________________ Roy Poper Roy Poper’s Commentaries on the Brasswind Methods of James Stamp A companion to the BIM publication, Poper’s book adds further explanation, background and applications to gain insight into Stamp’s popular exercises … More Commentaries on the Brasswind Methods of James Stamp (Poper)
I Had a Dennis Wick practice mute for the better part of a decade. Great little mute. Good tone and not too stuffy. Here’s a link to an excellent way to use the DW mute, or any other. Here are 5 ways you can use the mute to improve your playing this week. (Source: 5 … More 5 Ways To Use Your Practice Mute and Improve Immediately