The Journey

I recorded this CD the summer of 2014.  A few months prior, I was diagnosed with cancer (Squamous Cell Carcinoma), plus, my sister-in-law was dying of Pancreatic Cancer at the same time.  Needless to say, this was a very emotional and scary time for me.  I was not sure what...

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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...

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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...

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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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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...

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Bradshaw Trumpet Sonata

Title Sonata for Trumpet and Piano (2003) Robert Bradshaw (1970 – ) Biographical Info Focused on producing socially relevant art, Robert J. Bradshaw’s music is inspired by historical events and influenced by his multi-cultural family.  His formative years were spent surrounded by generations of artists including works by his great-grandfather,...

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Marvin Stamm

Like most of us, it seems like I have heard the name Marvin Stamm for as long as I’ve played trumpet.  I’d heard about the Kenton years and the fantastic recording years and had seen his name advertised at ITG conferences for years.  So, at the Columbus, GA ITG conference,...

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Clifton Williams – Dramatic Essay

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Title Dramatic Essay (1958) For Trumpet and Band (Wind Ensemble) By Clifton Williams Biographical Info James Clifton Williams Jr. (1923– 12 February 1976) was born in Traskwood, Arkansas. He began playing French horn, piano, and mellophone early on and played in the band at Little Rock High School. In his...

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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. ...

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