Jazz is a music of spirited, in-the-moment and consciously aware individuals making rapid fire decisions dedicated to creating a beautifully crafted and executed group performance. Jazz teaches and demands the ability to communicate sometimes opposing views in the spirit of discovering a soulful resolution. Jazz asks of the performers to effectively work together and to

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Do you know about the Brazilian choro? Choro, or chorinho, is an instrumental Brazilian popular music genre which originated in 19th century Rio de Janeiro. Despite its name, the music often has a fast and happy rhythm. It is characterized by virtuosity, improvisation and subtle modulations, and is full of syncopation and counterpoint. It’s like

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This is a brief instructional video for brass players with some suggestions for improving general trumpet flexibility. I love his concept of focusing on the sound you want and quality of execution you want and your body will figure out how to produce these results. He says to trust your ear and breathe vigorously, but

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I was fortunate enough to have had trumpet lessons with the great Lew Soloff and become friendly with him to where I could text him at any given hour and get a reply within minutes. He was and remains one of my biggest inspirations in music and in life. One of the first things he

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Phil Smith plays Mahler 5 excerpt. Listen and watch the score. It’s amazing! And here’s a great thorough interview with trumpeter Phil Smith: Phil Smith Bio Philip Smith, Principal Trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, has been with the orchestra since October 1978, when he was appointed as Co-Principal Trumpet by Zubin Mehta. His early

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A great 3-part Phil Smith interview by Hip-BoneMusic’s monthly interview series “Bone2Pick” Check out more great resources at: http://hip-bonemusic.com

There are a couple of recordings of J. B. Arban: Characteristic Studies (e.g. David Baldwin or Clyde Hunt). A recent recording is with the British virtuoso Paul Mayes. This recording and a book with piano and solo part is published by Brass Wind Publication. It was recorded in Nigel Gomm’s home built studio “The Outback”

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