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A Tale of Three Tom Crowns

Here is an incredibly “trumpet-nerdy” post for all you trumpet-nerds, like me.  I recently bought two Tom Crown straight mutes, an all-brass Gemini, and aluminum with the brass bottom Gemini.  I have owned over a dozen straight mutes over the years and I really have never “connected” with any metal...

Carnival of Venice

One of the most enjoyable things I get to do as a musician is perform with the Isthmus Brass.  It consists of ten brass players from around Wisconsin, founded by Mike Forbes and directed by John Stevens.  (We have a CD out that can be found on the IB website.) ...

A review of “Petite Monde”

Recently, I decided to reprint my first solo jazz CD.  My daughter Skye, redid the layout and packaging giving it a much needed fresh look.  I also came across a Wisconsin State Journal review of that CD.  Lots have changed since then as 2003 was a lifetime ago, but I...

A review of “The Journey”

Hi Everyone, A little while ago a writer-friend Kevin Lynch, did a review/article about my jazz CD “The Journey”. The Journey: A Deathly Odyssey Teaches David Cooper about Music and Life. For virtuoso trumpeter David Cooper, the horn of plenty almost ran dry. Death Valley dry. You know the cliché...

InDIGenous Jazz Series Concert

Hello Friends, I hope that you all know that I rarely promote musical events with which I am involved.  However, I would like to make an exception and let you know about a very special concert for me on October 9, at 7:30pm at the newly renovated Fredric March Play...

Dana Wilson – “I Remember…”

  Title I Remember… (1998) Dana Wilson Biographical Info The works of Dana Wilson have been commissioned and performed by such diverse ensembles as the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Formosa String Quartet, Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, Buffalo Philharmonic, Xaimen Symphony, Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Syracuse Symphony, and Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra....

New Jazz CD – The Journey

Hi everyone, I am very happy to announce the release of my new jazz CD, “The Journey”. I recorded this with my good friends, Johannes Wallmann, Mark Urness and Ernie Adams this summer (2014).  I was diagnosed with cancer a few months earlier and decided recording a quartet jazz album...

The Jam Session – Madison Style

I was a member of a jazz group called “The New Breed Quintet” for about four years.  “New Breed” was the house band for a jam session that happened every Wednesday night for over a decade.  There was a time when the group needed to find a new venue and...

Stephenson – Concerto for Trumpet, no. 1

Title Concerto for Trumpet, no. 1 (2003) For trumpet and orchestra, or wind ensemble, or piano reduction By James Stephenson Biographical Info The Concerto for Trumpet, James Stephenson’s second major work written for the trumpet, is a product of a long-time friendship between Jeffrey Work, for whom the concerto is...

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