What are you listening to today?

Im listening to two different recordings this morning and enjoying them both tremendouly. First we have Chris Turner’s “Monk Tape” I first found out about Chris Turner from a Bilal show that was happening in Portland, OR. The funny thing is that my keyboardist/Musical Director’s name is also Chris Turner so a bunch of us…

Robert Glasper on iRockJazz

Here are some interview from Robert Glasper on a cool website call iRockJazz. Watch them all and let me know what you think! Robert Glasper – Make Jazz Cool Again Robert Glasper – Jazz was the Hiphop of it’s Day Robert Glasper – Jazz with Hiphop is Music of the NOW Robert Glasper – “I…

Jazz to Hip Hop……. and back to Jazz

Some of the best hip hop songs are made from great Jazz records. You can always tell the great producers because they just don’t take a random sample from a song but they listen to the music to embody the essence of the original track. Some producers skim thru records trying to find something usable…

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How to Select a Good Trumpet

An article I found at http://www.wikihow.com/Select-a-Good-Trumpet and just wanted to share it with you all. Let me know what you think about this. What are you playing on? Start off with any old thing. This may sound absurd to many people; after all, isn’t a good trumpet essential to having a good sound? Yes, it is. However,…

Why Practice Scales And Arpeggios? 7 Good Reasons

An Article I found at BRASSMUSICIAN.COM It can be argued that all music – be it Bach, Bartok, tonal, atonal, medieval, or avant garde – is made up of parts of scales and arpeggios arranged in different combinations and permutations. But why should we practise scales and arpeggios? Reason 1. Knowledge of a wide variety…

Darrell Grant’s Double Legacy Project

Recently, I was asked by pianist Darrell Grant to be a part of his new project called Step by Step – The Ruby Bridges Suite. Whenever I get the opportunity to play with Darrell Grant, I know that the music is going to be good, and I will have a great time as well. When he told…