Hugh Masakela, S. African Flugelhorn Legend

Somehow, growing up on a large island in a small town in Alaska, I acquired an album by South African flugelhorn artist, Hugh Masakela. Back then, in the 70s, I was into Chuck Mangione, especially his Live at the Hollywood Bowl double-album, a fun album that introduced me to Dizzy Gillespie, Jeff Tyzik (playing lead trumpet), and jazz piano wizard Chick Corea, who, if I remember correctly, played 4th trumpet in the big band on a few tunes. I know, crazy, right? Who knew?

Anyway, since Hugh Masakela also plays flugelhorn, I must have ordered an album to check him out. … More Hugh Masakela, S. African Flugelhorn Legend

Thankful for Trumpeters II

When I was a punk kid in Alaska, before the Internet, I was part of a brass quartet (two trumpets, two ‘bones), and it was thanks to Wade Demmert and Roger Schmidt that I was introduced to the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, led and founded by trumpeter Philip Jones. What a great bunch of musicians, in any of its many incarnations, both during and after the passing of Mr. Jones. Here are some video clips … More Thankful for Trumpeters II

The Fruits of Practice Sound Like This: Maurice André

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. ~Beverly Sills, soprano (1929 – 2007) ______________ 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 … More The Fruits of Practice Sound Like This: Maurice André