I’m super excited to announce a new edition of Sound the Trumpet: How to Blow Your Own Horn. The book is frequently a #1 best-seller in its category, and 2 days after publication it’s the #1 New Release in Trumpets and Cornets on Amazon.com. The book has been completely overhauled, updated with new content, way better graphics and a cleaner design. But … More Trumpet How-To: 4th Edition Is #1 New Release on Amazon (+free video lessons)
Great arrangement and performance of When You Wish Upon a Star, with trumpeters Wayne Bergeron (former lead player for Maynard Ferguson) and Louis Dowdeswell (another young screamer). … More Wayne Bergeron & Louis Dowdeswell
Wynton Marsalis knows how to practice. As a younger man, he was equally at home in front of a symphony orchestra playing the Haydn concerto, or laying down some serious jazz with Art Blakey. Check out Wynton’s discography for more evidence of his skill and artistry. That’s what tens of thousands of hours of practice sounds like. Check out his 12 … More 12 Rules of Practice: Wynton Marsalis
Swinging arrangement of Strayhorn’s Take the A Train. And since it’s Maynard, you’ll hear some serious upper register playing.
It’s Thad Jones’s birthday. Check out him, Mel Lewis and the TJ/ML Jazz Orchestra, one of the greatest contemporary US big bands. SO tasty. … More Happy Birthday Thad Jones! (Listen: Consummation, full album)
The 45 minute film documents Pauly Cohen’s career. Cohen was a lead trumpeter in the big band era and played with many of the greats, like Earl Hines and Count Basie, and one of his mentors was Dizzy Gillespie, who he played with in the Earl Hines big band (Charlie Parker was in the band, too). … More Big Band Lead Trumpeter Pauly Cohen’s Documentary
My own taste for trumpet sound goes like this: The darker the tone the better. It’s why I really like the sound of most Monette trumpets, and most especially the flumpet and Dave’s new flugelhorn. Some people don’t like the Monette sound, but a lot of great players do. I frequently learn of new players … More Trumpet Porn: Drool Over These Horns
It astounds me how many stellar musicians are in the world, many of whom often go unrecognized, their sound drowned out by the giant war drums of big studios pushing the latest teen pop. That’s partly what makes discovery so sweet. Well, bittersweet.
Here are some clips of just such a musician, trumpeter and vocalist, Stacy Rowles. … More Trumpeter and Vocalist “Tasty” Stacy Rowles
Check out this tune from the phenomenal Aussie musician James Morrison. For his latest album, he composes and plays all the instruments in the big band save the drums, played by the amazing Jeff Hamilton. Yeah, you read that right. All the instruments. The man is a fantastic musician. Want to learn more about the best ways … More A 2-Man 18 pc Big Band: James Morrison