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The “other” Stevens Trumpet Sonata

Title Sonata for Trumpet and Piano (2008) By John Stevens Biographical Info John Stevens was born in Buffalo, New York (USA) in 1951. He holds degrees in Music Performance (tuba) from the Eastman School of Music (1973) and Yale University (1975). For many years John Stevens was a free-lance performer...

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...

Wayne Bergeron clinic

I just recently attended a conference where the trumpet great, Wayne Bergeron gave a presentation.  I feel pretty safe in saying that Wayne is perhaps THE most in demand lead trumpet player alive; or at least in the top-5 among all commercial trumpet players.  Just have a look at his...

Aesthetics of Tone

I recently came across this article written by Steven Emery.  It’s absolutely the best depiction of tone description I’ve come across.  Dizzy used to say, “Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.”  Well, describing sound and why we like it or don’t is even more complex.  Steve does a...

Preparing for the stage

Here is a quick little piece of advice some of you may find useful.  (Those of you with nerves of steel can disregard.)  I have been implementing it the last few times I’ve performed and this morning it really came in helpful.  Please read on. Perhaps this has happened to...

Efficiency through Resonant Intonation

I wrote and recorded a post here at ATT called Musical Marksmanship where tried to convey my thoughts on the benefits of playing in the center of your horn.  (centering, hitting the bulls-eye of each note…)  A couple of weeks later I ran across this article written by trumpeter extraordinaire,...

Musical Marksmanship

This post is “aimed” at younger players but perhaps all of us can benefit from “recalibrating our sights” now and then. As an undergrad, I had the great fortune to study with IU trumpet professor-legend, William Adam.  We spent most of our time working on his legendary “routine” but we...

Lew Soloff on warming up

It is my sincerest hope that those of you who have found their way to this site and are taking the time to read this particular article do NOT need an introduction to trumpet great, Lew Soloff.  I am going to continue on the assumption that those of us in...

On Musical Expression

I spend some time on TPIN (Trumpet Player’s International Network) which is an email sent with threads of topics for and about trumpet playing.  Recently, I came across a post from a friend of mine, John Daniel that I thought held particular merit for my site, AllThingsTrumpet.  John is currently...

Odd-Meter Improv

A recent trend in jazz improvisation seems to be playing in odd meters.  I.e. 5/4 – Brubeck’s Take Five, 9/8 – Brubeck’s Blue Rondo ala Turk, 7/4 – Woody Shaw’s Seventh Avenue, 10/8 – Pat Metheny’s First Circle to name a few.  Perhaps, we have Dave Brubeck to thank for...