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More on Mouthpieces

I wrote a post on a mouthpiece experiment back in 2011. It’s now 2014, summer just finished, and I’d like to follow up on that article. I was surprised by how much attention that particular post got among trumpet players.  I guess a bunch of us think about mouthpiece issues. ...

Site Update News

For those of you that frequent this site, you are obviously aware it has recently undergone a complete makeover.  My web designer does a fantastic job and if anyone is interested in hiring him, please contact me and I’ll put you in touch. Aside from the look and format, I...

What Trumpet Do You Play? Part 2

Well, here I am about to sound like a real “waffler” and contradict a previous post of mine titled “What Trumpet Do You Play?”  In that post I said that I have owned many brands of trumpet throughout my career.  In each horn, at that time, I truly felt that...

The Greatest Trumpet Cases, Part 2

It’s been four years since I wrote my post “The Greatest Trumpet Cases In The World”.  Any self respecting trumpet geek like myself would of course have added equipment to his arsenal in that amount of time, and so I have.  A couple years ago I had the opportunity to...

Thank you, Fred.

I wrote a post a while back called “A Musical Remembrance”, where I talked about a couple key musical moments that happened in my life that were profound for me.  A similar topic I would like to share with you is that of memorable mentors.  I have encountered a number...

Scrapple From The Apple

Scrapple From The Apple was written by the great Charlie “Bird” Parker in either 1946 or 47.  It is considered one of the classic tunes in the BeBop repertoire.  It is a 32 bar form that is AABA.  Like many BeBop compositions, the chord structure is “borrowed” from other standard...

Maiden Voyage

  Maiden Voyage Recorded in 1965, Herbie Hancock’s “Maiden Voyage” was a revolutionary tune because it consisted almost entirely of sus chords.   Studying “Maiden Voyage” is basically learning what options one can play on suspended chords.  Sus chords fall in the family of dominant function but Sus chords are dominant...

Tune-Up

Miles Davis’ Tune-Up is considered a jazz standard and is a great vehicle for working on a very important and common chord progression found in many jazz compositions. This progression is known as the ii-V-I (two-five-one).  There have been many, many jazz books written about this progression and Jamey Aebersold...

Madison Jazz Jam 2

I am thrilled to host the Madison jazz Jam again this coming Sunday.  This week the featured tune is the standard, “There Will Never Be Another You” by Warren and Gordon. From an improvisation standpoint the tune has many opportunities to work our ii V I progression concepts.  It is...

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