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

Trumpeters to be Thankful For

Over the next several days, as we all contemplate what it means to be thankful–and if we’re truly lucky, to enjoy family, friends and food–I thought I’d feature some trumpeters for whom I’m eternally grateful. I’m going to go, in order, from the order I remember them in my life, chronologically. … More Trumpeters to be Thankful For