Archive for June 2016

Ed Neumeister at the International Trombone Festival

I’ve written about various people at the festival that I had not known prior to their event. Ed’s talk was different. I’ve been a fan of Ed Neumeister for many years, notably from his work in the Thad Jones Mel Lewis band. His beautiful performance on Butter was one of my favorites. He’s a very eclectic musician with…

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Zen and the art of outdoor trombone playing

The title of this post may be a bit overstated, but I did want to write a bit about the playing I did this weekend. My boys are back east with family for two weeks, so I took the opportunity to travel solo to God’s country in northern Arizona this weekend. Besides playing some pick-up jazz…

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Jen Baker at the International Trombone Festival

As was the case with most of the masterclass I attended at the recent ITF, I had no idea what to expect as I walked into room 308. Leading the class was Jen Baker, a New York trombonist with a unique skill. As I soon discovered, Jen’s specialty is multiphonics. Multiphonics is the practice of singing specific…

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Hakan Bjorkman at the international trombone festival

Hakan Bjorkman was a name I had not heard before. But after his masterclass and performances at the International Trombone Festival at Juilliard, it’s a name I will not forget. I walked into the 12 noon “artistic clinic” on the third floor not knowing at all what to expect other than probably hearing some good trombone…

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Reflections on the 2016 International Trombone Festival

Lincoln Center

I traveled to New York last week to enjoy the International Trombone Festival at Julliard. I’ll write separately about particular events I attended, but my twenty thousand foot perspective was that it was a thoroughly well-conceived and organized celebration of all things trombone. As one would expect from one of the premier music venues in the world, Julliard hosted…

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Trombone humor

I recently ran across a fun little book of trombone humor called Le Trombone. It’s available on Amazon if you wish to add 47 pages of material to your repertoire of trombone jokes. The preface dedicates the pages that follow to the silence one might encounter after the following conversation we’ve all had too often:…

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