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The New York Trumpet Ensemble has recorded a handful of albums since its founding in 1974. It has featured some of the best trumpet players in New York throughout several decades.

The first video below is the traditional jazz tune East St. Louis Toodleoo from the album Trumpets in Stride. Enjoy the variety of mutes and jazz inflections!

The second video is from their first album, A Festival of Trumpets, where they recorded previously undiscovered works by composers from the Baroque Era.

Trumpet Inspiration 49

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!

Trumpet Inspiration 47

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.

Trumpet Inspiration 46

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!

Trumpet Inspiration 45

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.

Trumpet Inspiration 44

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!

Longhorn Music Camp 2019

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

Hook em!

LMC middle school trumpet masterclass packet 2019

Trumpet Inspiration 42

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.