This week’s trumpet inspiration features 2 videos of the Duke Ellington classic Take the A Train. Several of my students who advanced to the 2nd round of the All-State Jazz audition here in Texas are learning to improvise over this tune. Both videos feature outstanding trumpet solos.
The first video is the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1962 and features trumpeter Ray Nance.
The second video is the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring trumpeter Ryan Kisor.