Jens Lindemann is our featured artist for today. I had the pleasure of hearing him play (twice!) with the Canadian Brass when I was in high school.
Jens is an outstanding trumpet player, brilliant musician, and an incredibly funny and entertaining showman. He has been featured as a soloist with countless ensembles, and he toured for many years as a member of the Canadian Brass. He currently teaches trumpet at UCLA.
In this video, he is performing an arrangement of classical melodies mixed with a jazz/rock rhythm section. He’s playing on a piccolo trumpet (one octave higher than a traditional Bb trumpet). What a fun video!
Here’s an amazing video featuring the trumpet section of the Duke Ellington Orchestra from 1958. The featured trumpet players are Cat Anderson, Shorty Baker, Clark Terry, and Ray Nance. What a treat to be able to see this footage!
Our trumpet inspiration list hasn’t included much along the lines of slower, jazz ballad playing. Here is an incredibly beautiful rendition of I Remember Clifford featuring Roy Hargrove on flugelhorn. It’s a moving ballad composed in memory of trumpet giant Clifford Brown. It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful and heartfelt rendition than this.
Anthony Plog is a true giant among classical trumpet players. His career today focusses mostly on composing and teaching, but his recordings of the trumpet repertoire from earlier in his career are outstanding. Videos of the first movements of the Halsey Stevens and Hindemith Sonatas are included here.
Plog’s website includes several videos of his teaching that are full of insight and inspiration for us all!
I wanted to feature jazz trumpet hero Clifford Brown and couldn’t decide on my favorite video, so here are several! Brown’s life was tragically cut short by a car accident when he was 25, but he still managed to establish himself as one of the greatest bebop trumpet players in jazz history.
Clifford Brown’s playing style and language has influenced nearly all jazz trumpet players who came after him.
Today’s video features 3 giants of jazz trumpet history: Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, and Woody Shaw. Gillespie (along with saxophonist Charlie Parker) is one of the most important figures in establishing the bebop style and language. Hubbard is an important figure in the next chapter of jazz history, which combined the bebop language with other styles of music. Shaw represents a playing style that takes the bebop language and interprets it in a more modern interval-based language. In this video we get to see 3 different chapters in jazz history all improvising over the same tune!
Also, listen to the saxophone solo by Kenny Garret — arguably the best and most well-crafted solo on this video!
Just finished a fantastic week of trumpet masterclasses at the Longhorn Music Camp at the University of Texas at Austin! All handouts, exercises, and other pieces I gave the students are included in the packet below. Feel free to download and share with your students.
Topics covered included:
Warmups, tone development, technique, trumpet goal-setting, demonstrations of several different trumpets and mutes (always a highlight for the kids!), demonstrations of different styles/genres, a brief intro to jazz improvisation, fun pieces to practice over the summer (included in packet), and lots of listening examples of famous trumpet players
LMC middle school trumpet masterclass packet 2019
It’s officially gone above 100 degrees here in Austin, TX this week, so today’s featured video is an incredible rendition of Frosty the Snowman by Louis Dowdeswell and his his big band. The arrangement features several members of the band, as well as a great solo and incredible lead playing by Dowdeswell himself. Enjoy!
Our featured artist this week is Philip Cobb, currently the principal trumpet in the London Symphony, as well as an internationally acclaimed brass band cornet soloist.
The first video shows Cobb playing the flashy cornet solo Cornet Jubilance accompanied by the RET Brass Band. The performance is exciting, musical, and seemingly effortless!
The second video is a masterclass featuring Cobb and Nigel Gomm, also of the London Symphony. They discuss several important trumpet orchestral excerpts, as well as general musical topics related to phrasing, tone production, etc.
Louis Armstrong was undoubtedly one of the most important vocalists and instrumentalists in the early decades of jazz. Nearly all jazz trumpeters (as well as other instruments) can trace the lineage of their influences back to him. West End Blues is one of his most iconic tracks, but I encourage you to check out many of his other recordings (there are a lot!) to fully understand the depth and range of his playing and singing.