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The Brass Junkies, hosted by former Boston Brass members Andrew Hitz and Lance LaDuke, features interviews with the best and brightest brass players in the world. Subject matter includes everything from the serious to the ridiculous, just like the music business.
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Aug 20, 2019

TBJ118: Trumpet player and builder Trent Austin on Clark Terry, making sacrifices for your dreams and an augmented trumpet

Trumpeting Renaissance Man Trent Austin lives up to the title: entrepreneur, player, designer, and raconteur.

Celebrated trumpet artist, educator/clinician and entrepreneur, Trent Austin is a trumpeting Renaissance Man. His brilliant performances and recordings in both the jazz and classical music worlds, as well as packed-house Master Classes have garnered him rave reviews, awards and International acclaim.

A prodigy, in high school Austin performed at the opening of Euro-Disney and also was a featured performer at the 1992 Montreux Jazz Festival. He was selected first trumpet of the Maine All-State Music Festival and was awarded a full music scholarship to the University of New Hampshire to study classical trumpet. Austin’s other early career awards include being named to the prestigious Berklee Grammy® High School Jazz Band in 1993 and designated lead trumpet of the 1995 Disney All-American Show Band.  He was also a featured soloist at the 1996 Harmony Ridge Brass Festival and at the 1997 Lake Placid Institute of the Arts Seminar. 

As an in-demand pro, Trent has performed with a lengthy list of music’s Who’s Who: Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Joe Williams, Clark Terry, Jack Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider, Peter Erskine, Arturo Sandoval, Hal Galper, Dick Oatts, Marvin Stamm, Red Holloway, Jesse Davis, Dick Johnson, Kenny Werner, and Bob Wilber. For eleven years, Austin was a featured trumpet soloist with the famed Artie Shaw Orchestra. He is currently a first-call performer in the Kansas City Metro

Austin has recorded  4  CDs.  Trumpet 101 (2001), Two-Toned (2006),  Meditations for Solo Trumpet (2009), and Trumpet 102 (2012).  Each of these efforts demonstrates Austin’s impeccable command of his instrument and marvelous artistic approach.

Trent has studied jazz improvisation privately with greats Jerry Bergonzi, Kenny Werner, Chuck Findley and engaged in extensive studies with Hal Crook and Charlie Banacos. His primary classical instructors include studies with Robert Stibler of the University of New Hampshire, Benjamin Wright of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and with Edward Carroll, formerly musical director of the New York Trumpet Ensemble.

Fiercely dedicated to the cause and development of music and jazz education, Trent was a trumpet professor  at the University of Southern Maine for 9 years and regularly provides clinics and Master Classes nationwide at various trumpet and brass conferences, including at the International Trumpet Guild Conference and other trumpet/brass conferences. Austin also maintains an active teaching studio in Kansas City, MO and worldwide online via Skype, providing trumpet and jazz improvisation lessons. 

In this fun and lively discussion, we cover:

  • Trumpeting Renaissance Man
  • Moving to Kansas City from Boston
  • Impossible Tuna
  • Impossible Tuba
  • Bribery will get you everywhere
  • Trumpet placebo
  • Machining and Geekery
  • Designing horns for Adams
  • Bonding with his dad
  • Computedated
  • Mouthpiece as a gateway drug
  • Common tweaks
  • Fraggle Rock
  • Clark Terry buttermilk story
  • A good horn cleaning regimen
  • Stanford TRB TB story
  • Nick the Bio Writer
  • Adventures in Unnecessary Trumpet Modification
  • Dents in critical areas
  • Heavy valve caps
  • Everything affects everything
  • The King of Trumpet Geeks
  • Augmented trumpet
  • The fate of brick and mortar stores
  • Specialty stores will have an easier time surviving
  • ITEC vs. ITG
  • The influence of Clark Terry
  • The Clark Terry "Keep On Keepin' On" documentary
  • Trentbot 2000
  • Everything is monetizable
  • It's all about the hang
  • Bob Malone
  • Making sacrifices for your dreams
  • How badly do you want it?
  • Sleep harder
  • Gold-plated water key screw

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Aug 6, 2019
TBJ117: Mike Nickens, Director of "The Green Machine" pep band at George Mason University, on being unapologetic about who he is and leading by example (while carrying a scepter). He has built a gig for himself which allows him to be fully him while enabling his students to do the same.
 
From his bio:
 
Serving as Director of Campus Life Ensembles and Collaborative Arts, and as an Associate Professor of Music, Dr. Michael W. Nickens (a.k.a. Doc Nix) is most recognized as the leader of the “Green Machine”, which in 2015 was named the #1 pep band in college basketball by the NCAA and commended by the Senate and House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition, Dr. Nickens launched Mason’s fife and drum corps and WGI world-champion drumline, and oversees Mason’s winterguard. This collection of performing units, known as the “Green Machine Ensembles”, are internationally known for their thrilling, high-energy performances at Mason ceremonies and basketball games, professional sports games and events (Capitals, Nationals, Wizards, and Redskins), community events (Celebrate Fairfax, and the Nike Womens’ Half Marathon), and marching competitions, as well as their popular internet videos that have over 100 million views collectively.

Dr. Nickens was named the 2016 Faculty Member of the Year by the George Mason University Alumni Association. He served as a Faculty Representative to the Board of Visitors, Chair of the Faculty of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Chair of the CVPA  Diversity Committee, and as a member of the School of Music’s Graduate Committee. Having joined the faculty of Mason’s School of Music in fall 2006, he has taught courses in sight-singing/ear training, popular music in America, improvisatory music, brass methods, applied tuba, composition, chamber music, and jazz improvisation, as well as collaborations with Mason’s School of Dance. In addition, he was a co-founder and co-conductor of the Colonial Athletic Association’s “Breakfast with the Bands” intercollegiate pep band showcase.

During summers, he has taught tuba and euphonium, conducting, jazz performance, composition, improvisation, chamber music, large ensemble performance, and theory at the Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pennsylvania, the Music, Art, and Theatre (MAT) Camp in Evanston, Wyoming, and the Northern Arizona University Music Camp in Flagstaff, Arizona, and at Mason’s Potomac Arts Academy.  He has also coached a professional marching ensemble, “Mix It Up”, at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia.
 
Dr. Nickens was born in Washington DC and grew up in the Fairfax County Public Schools in Alexandria, Virginia. He completed his academic degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, Yale University, and the University of Michigan.

In this fun and lively discussion, we cover:

  • Strain the pool
  • Mouthpieces
  • Intentionally unhelpful
  • Fun standard euphonium literature
  • Doc Nix
  • Lance's newsletter
  • Went to some schools
  • Hard choices, mid-stream
  • George Mason University Men's Basketball team in 2006
  • Starting The Green Machine at George Mason
  • Encourage musicians to find their way to their best self
  • Building things from the ground up
  • Turning his gig into a tenure-track position
  • Picking tunes for the band, based on the world around him
  • From Bon Jovi to Snoop Dog
  • Creation of the arrangements
  • How to teach students to arrange
  • Broadening the instrumentation of the group beyond "traditional" pep bands
  • Using what you have
  • Empowering himself
  • Timing the tunes within a game
  • The budget (from the Dean of Admissions)
  • Additional funds coming through University Life and tuition dollars through the School of Music
  • Doing fundraising directly through their website
  • Wearing a pimp suit
  • 18-19 suits overall
  • Carrying a scepter, wearing shades
  • Blockbusting
  • The Green Machine as a manifestation of who he is
  • Conductor/Drum Major/Mascot
  • Being unapologetic about who he is and leading by example
  • Mr. Miyagi
  • Making love and joy happen
  • Andrew is a hater hater
  • Playing a gig at Duquesne University
  • The current makeup of The Green Machine
  • The nine groups which exist under The Green Machine umbrella
  • Celebrating Aretha Franklin
  • Playing with the National Symphony to backup Nas (one of his heroes)
  • 8-bit comedy rap videos
  • The odor was fine

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Jul 23, 2019

We're back with another Listener's Choice episode! This time, Walter asks about the recording process. Andrew & Lance unpack the process of making an album and preview their upcoming Cones and Tones project.

In this fun & lively episode, we cover:

  • Lance as a home remodeler
  • Andrew Phish shows
  • Thank you, Ticketmaster
  • Marty Erickson, Craig Knox, and the sousaphone pusher
  • 8-tracks
  • Walter
  • What is the relevance of an album today?
  • Does "album-length" matter any more?
  • What makes for a cohesive project?
  • Who are you trying to reach?
  • Clarity of vision
  • Engineer and producer
  • TEM 174: Sam Pilafian on producing
  • How to track
  • Mental preparation
  • In the sessions
  • Paper edits
  • Not just listening to your own part
  • Cutler and JD
  • When things go wrong (buzz in the piano)
  • Mixing and mastering
  • Label or no label
  • Mechanical rights

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Jul 9, 2019

TBJ115: Hiram Diaz, euphonium player in "The President's Own" Marine Band, on the High Bridge Brass Quintet, audition prep and being a terrible shot.

From his Marine Band bio page:

Euphonium player Staff Sergeant Hiram Diaz joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in January 2012. Staff Sgt. Diaz began his musical instruction at age 12. He graduated in 2003 from the New World School of the Arts in Miami and continued his education at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (CCM) where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance in 2007. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree from the University of North Texas in Denton, where he studies with euphonium professor Brian Bowman. His instructors also included Timothy Northcut of CCM and Jay Bertolet, former principal tuba with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Diaz was a member of the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band (283d Army Band) in Ft. Benning, Ga.

In 2016, he performed Tom Davoren’s Ascension with trumpet/cornet player Gunnery Sgt. Amy McCabe as featured soloists on the national concert tour.

Watch Staff Sgt. Diaz's interview in Spanish about the 2013 Inauguration.

Watch Master Sgt. Mark Jenkins and Staff Sergeant Hiram Diaz's Masterclass: March Performance Practice with Euphoniums of "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band

In this fun and lively discussion, we cover:

  • Hiram's trombone playing
  • Christmas and Easter gigs
  • Being in the Marine Band since 2012
  • Meeting Lance in 2002 at the Falcone Festival
  • He's like the Victor Borge of the euphonium
  • Lance judging Hiram and meeting his parents
  • Eating at Hooters five times (not at all like the South Florida Hooters)
  • Greensboro ITEC, "The Captain's Log"
  • Moving from the Army Bands system to the Marine Band at the age of 26
  • Fort Sill, where you learn to kill
  • Rich Kelley story in Lawton, Texas
  • Being a terrible shot
  • Spiders yelling at little kids
  • Marine Band audition and audition prep
  • Lots of recording himself
  • Staying with Chris Buckley
  • Studying with Brian Bowman
  • Studying with Tim Northcutt
  • Playing in a post band vs. being in a premiere band
  • Doubling on trombone and singing
  • The similarities between Andrew's son and Ella Fitzgerald
  • Chris Castellanos' karaoke parody Jedi mastery
  • Growing up in Miami across from Sam Pilafian's sister and swimming in her pool
  • His Cuban heritage
  • Going to the New World School of the Arts for high school
  • Lessons on self-confidence and building his ears with Sam Pilafian
  • What is happening from that man's face?
  • Hiram's favorite food (made by his Mom)
  • The lack of sour oranges in DC makes him bitter (sorry)
  • John Abbracciamento's retirement ceremony
  • The High Bridge Bass Quintet
  • The worse the flooring, the stronger he will get

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Jun 25, 2019

From John's Marine Band bio:

Trumpeter/cornetist Master Gunnery Sergeant John Abbracciamento joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in November 1992. Master Gunnery Sgt. Abbracciamento began his musical instruction at age 8. After graduating from Valley Stream South High School in 1978, he attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He completed his bachelor’s degree in music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1983 and also earned a master’s degree from Mannes College of Music in New York in 1985. He studied trumpet with Armando Ghitalla of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and John Ware and Vincent Penzarella of the New York Philharmonic.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Master Gunnery Sgt. Abbracciamento was a substitute with the New York Philharmonic and toured Europe with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

In this fun and lively discussion, we cover:

  • John retiring from "The President's Own" United States Marine Band after 27 years
  • Be prepared and know that the system is in place to support you
  • The importance of realizing that you are joining a section
  • The diversity of demands in The Marine Band
  • Us math am smart like
  • What John will miss most
  • Why he decided to retire now
  • Change is hard
  • Going back to school to becomes a physical therapist
  • The impact of standing at attention for long periods of time
  • Helping musicians deal with pain
  • John's retirement remarks
  • Hiram Diaz
  • Tom Hooten
  • Studying with Armando Ghitalla
  • Distinctive players and styles
  • What happens at a Marine Band retirement ceremony
  • The Italian Store chicken parmesan on a hard roll
  • Baseball rule changes
  • Freelancing, listening and adapting to a variety of situations
  • Learning to blend
  • Overcoming doubt
  • Rich Kelley Central Park story
  • Putting other players at ease within a section
  • Trial and error and the importance of experience as a teacher
  • Playing the appropriate musical role
  • Mallory Thompson
  • Andrew and the silk shirt

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Jun 11, 2019

TBJ113: Rebecca Cherian on encouraging young women players, the importance of allies and the Bernstein Bounce. Rebecca Cherian is Co-Principal Trombone of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

From her bio:

Rebecca Cherian was awarded the position of co-principal trombone of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra by Lorin Maazel in 1989. She has been trombone instructor at Carnegie Mellon University since 1993. Cherian was a founding member of the International Women’s Brass Conference in 1994 and served as the IWBC Newsletter Editor for five years. 

As a California native, Cherian began her professional career at the age of 16 as trombonist with the San Jose Symphony under the direction of George Cleve. At the age of 17, she appeared as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony as a result of winning First Prize in their Young Musicians’ Awards. Cherian earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from the California Institute of the Arts and her Master of Music Degree from the Yale School of Music. While in school she was awarded First Place in the Atwater Kent Brass Competition and Outstanding Chamber Music Performer at Yale. She studied with Miles Anderson, Robert Szabo, and John Swallow.

Before becoming a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Cherian held positions of principal trombone with the Springfield Symphony in Massachusetts and the Rhode Island Philharmonic. She was trombone instructor at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, the Hartt School of Music and Wesleyan University. As a freelance artist, she toured with the Israel Philharmonic under the Direction of Leonard Bernstein, performed with the Boston Opera, New York City Ballet, Hartford, New Haven, and Vermont Symphonies and Goodspeed Opera House.

In September 1993, Cherian enjoyed the honor of performing at the White House in Washington, D.C. as part of a 15-woman ensemble of brass and percussion players for the opening reception of the Annual International Women’s Forum. The group performed the world premiere of Joan Tower’s fanfare, Celebration, which was dedicated to Hillary Clinton. Cherian appears regularly as a soloist and master class Clinician at the IWBC.

Cherian released her second solo CD, “L’Invitation au Voyage,” in 2015. Both her first CD, “Water Awakening,” and “L’Invitation au Voyage.” are available through cdbaby.com or amazon.com. She can also be heard on “From the Back Row,” a recording on Albany Records of the Low Brass Section of the Pittsburgh Symphony and numerous recordings of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons and Manfred Honeck.

In this fun and lively discussion, we cover:
  • The dramatic Rebecca/Becky controversy
  • Playing with the PSO
  • The recent PSO concert at Lincoln Center in NYC
  • Technical difficulties
  • Becky still has a home phone (thankfully!)!
  • The state of the PSO
  • How social media played a part in getting the word out about the PSO player's positions
  • Her first gig was in San Antonio Symphony at 16 years of age
  • Losing her slide story
  • Women in the career field, how things have changed and what work there still is to do
  • The importance of building allies in a group
  • How to coach and encourage young women players (and the men too!)
  • Diversity issues in general
  • Picking the instrument in school, despite trombone not being a "girl's" instrument
  • Soloing with the San Francisco Symphony at 17
  • Lance's monumental frack 
  • Playing under Bernstein with the Isreal Philharmonic on tour in Mexico and Texas (and learning Rite of Spring and bass trumpet in one day)
  • Meeting Bernstein
  • Bernstein falling off the podium (and bouncing back), AKA the "Bernstein Bounce"
  • Herp Alpert
  • Playing at the White House

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May 28, 2019

TBJ112: Matt Niess on The Capital Bones, 3 x 3, and getting help from the "Trombone Angel"

Matt Niess is a multifaceted trombonist who served with The U.S. Army Band in Washington, DC and currently serves as Adjunct Associate Professor, Classical and Jazz Trombone at Shenandoah Conservatory.

From his bio page:

Matt Niess is a cross over trombonist who served with The U.S. Army Band in Washington, DC from 1988-2018 where he played with The Army Blues and The Army Brass Quintet. He is from Levittown, PA where he attended Woodrow Wilson High School. He earned an undergraduate degree in Instrumental Music Education from West Chester University in 1988, a Masters degree in classical trombone performance from George Mason University in 1996 and a DMA in classical trombone performance from The Catholic University of America in 2015.

He was director of bands at Calvert High School in Prince Frederick, MD from 1986-1988, and has taught on the jazz faculties of Shenandoah, George Mason, and Towson Universities.  He also served as director of jazz studies and professor of trombone at West Chester University from 2003-2007. Currently, he is the professor of jazz trombone at George Mason University and professor of trombone at The Shenandoah Conservatory teaching both jazz and classical. With The Army Blues he has served as Senior Producer and Jazz Coordinator of the Eastern Trombone Workshop producing over 300 concerts at various venues ranging from The White House to the Monterey Jazz Festival.

In 2008 he founded the National Jazz Workshop which runs two summer camps and sponsors a year-round honor band. To date over 1,000 students have participated in “NJW”. The year-round band has performed at The Kennedy Center, The Jazz Education Network, New Orleans, St. Louis, Dallas, Blues Alley, and numerous jazz festivals. He is the founder and director of The Capitol Bones, a jazz trombone ensemble, which has received national recognition and was winner of the 1991 International Trombone Association Kai Winging Award.

He has appeared as a soloist, clinician, and adjudicator at numerous venues including The Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, IAJE, JEN, ITA, ETW, MENC, PMEA, VMEA, University of Las Vegas, University of North Texas, West Virginia University, Disneyland & Disneyworld All-American College Band, James Madison University, UARTS, University of Utah, The Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, Longwood College, The U.S. Air Force “Noteables”, Mary Washington College, Shepherd College, University of Kentucky, University of Texas, George Mason University, University of Wisconsin, Towson University, University of North Carolina, Shenandoah University, Longwood College, West Chester University, University of Tennessee and others.

With The Army Band he has performed with Clark Terry, Doc Severinsen, Bill Watrous, Phil Wilson, Conrad Herwig, Carl Fontana, Don Menza, Chris Potter, John Clayton, Alabama, Rany Travis, Ertha Kitt, Allen Vizutti, Jon Faddis, The New York Voices, Terrell Stafford, Michael Abene, Dave Steinmeyer, Steve Turre, Tim Hagens, John Swana, James Moody, Buddy DeFranco, Dr. Billy Taylor, Bob Curnow, Mike Tomaro and many others.  Venues include  numerous Universities, schools and jazz festivals, I.A.J.E., ETW, The Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, MENC, The Montreux Jazz Festival, The Monterey Jazz Festival, Elkhart Jazz Festival, International Trombone Festival, National Trumpet Competition, The Trumpet Guild, Performances abroad include Germany, Switzerland, Kuwait, Uzbekistan, Russia, Cuba, Afghanistan, Norway and Sweden.

As a sideman he has performed with Ray Charles, Franky Valli, Pancho Sanchez, Shirley Jones, The Temptations, Diane Shuur, Joan Rivers, The Ink Spots, Merv Griffin, Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra Jr., Ben Vereen, The Four Tops, The Manhattan Transfer, Pia Zadora, The Smithsonian Masterworks Orchestra, David Baker, Bobby Caldwell, The Rob Parton Jazz Tech Big Band, The Gene Krupa Orchestra, Slide Hampton and many others.

He has produced CDs with The US Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, The West Chester University Criterions Jazz Ensemble, The Capitol Bones and The Capitol Bones Big Band and has appeared on many recordings to include The Mark Taylor/Steve Fidyk Big Band, The New Gene Krupa Orchestra, The Alan Baylock Big Band, Graham Breedlove, Doug Hamilton, The Mike Tomaro Big Band, over 100 recordings with The Studio A Big Band and The Washington Winds, Warner Bros. Publications, Alfred, FJH Music, Carl Fischer Music, Belwin Publications and Hal Leonard Publications. He has also recorded soundtracks for FOX TV, HBO, Discovery, and TLC.

In this fun and lively discussion, we cover:

  • Earbuds
  • From Houston to West Chester
  • Army Band
  • Lance is bad at math (3x7+3=? hint: not 30)
  • Becoming a band director in Frederick MD
  • Meeting the Navy Commodores and finding out about the Army Blues gig
  • Learned jazz
  • In his mind, he's 6'2"
  • Preparing for the Army Blues audition
  • Getting help from the "Trombone Angel"
  • Replacing Harry Watters in the Army Brass Quintet
  • Do everything three times, three times a day
  • Teaching at Shenandoah
  • Saddled with a work ethic
  • USAF Band stories
  • Mike Tomaro
  • National Jazz Workshop
  • The Capital Bones
  • The importance and value of sight-reading skills
  • Charles Colin "Rhythms Complete" book
  • What's the payoff for a piece of music
  • Bill Watrous running sound for The Capital Bones in Rochester
  • New Capital Bones album coming soon
  • Matt's kids are both freaky good musicians
  • The importance of speaking the language of jazz
  • Terry Bingham and a sweaty bald head

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May 14, 2019

TBJ111: Tim Buzbee on learning The Furies overnight, winning gigs in 8 countries and being put in a piece of metal

Tim Buzbee, Principal Tubist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, knows he would probably be flipping burgers if not for the help of teachers Ed Jones, Gene Pokorny, and Matt Good.

Tim Buzbee has been the Principal Tubist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2010. Tim grew up in Queen City, Texas and knows he would probably be flipping burgers if not for the help of teachers Ed Jones, Gene Pokorny, and Matt Good. He has performed as guest tubist with many orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, Danish Radio Orchestra, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Dallas Wind Symphony, Malaysia Philharmonic, and the Helsingborg Symphony.

As a soloist, he has performed with the Iceland Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Acapulco Symphony, Marshall Symphony and the “Pershing Own” Army Band in Washington D.C and currently has two solo CDs on the Albany Record label. Before taking his position at the MSO he held the Principal Tuba position at the Iceland Symphony, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Acapulco Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Gavle Symphony, and the Malmo Symphony.

In this fun and lively discussion, we cover:

  • Has won gigs in 8 different countries
  • Calling us from Australia in the middle of the night
  • Originally from Queen City TX (pop. 1,600)
  • Started on country fiddle, taking after his grandfather, later moved on to the bass guitar
  • Switched to euphonium and later was drawn to the tuba
  • Didn't take it seriously until mid-way through his undergrad
  • Being put in a piece of metal
  • Was going to work on a fishing boat in Alaska
  • Pantless Mahler 6 leading to a breaking and entering incident (and the launch of his career path)
  • Studying with Ed Jones
  • Learning the Three Furies 3rd movement in one night
  • The influence of Gene Pokorny
  • Making the simple beautiful
  • Having to play catch up 
  • Studying with Matt Good and Dave Kirk
  • Winning a few gigs before moving on to study with Gene Pokorny
  • Ed provided the foundation of fundamentals, Matt helped him understand what to do with the sound and Gene helped him build a musical product he could sell
  • Leaving a busy career in Chicago to go to Singapore
  • Following his own path
  • Singapore was too crowded for him so he moved on to Sweden
  • The differences in playing in those orchestras
  • Adding Iceland Symphony to the mix for a year
  • Tim's wife, Jessica (who he met while she was Principal Trombone in the same Swedish orchestra) also won a gig in Iceland and they eventually moved there
  • Having five kids
  • Flying with a tuba (hilarity and bent metal)
  • Audition strategy, switching from being physically prepared to be mentally prepared
  • Tim's forthcoming (hypothetical) book"The Death of American Brass Playing Due to the 3 T's (Tone, Time, Tuning)"
  • How do I make an emotional connection with a listener?
  • The 3 T's are too procedural and disconnect the player from the listener
  • Running mental audition processes ahead of auditions, changing the variables each time, always simulation culminating with him being announced as a winner
  • Every audition system is flawed in some way so you have to find a process to allow you to succeed in any situation
  • The influence of the book, "Unleash the Warrior Within" by Richard Machowicz
  • Mental toughness

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Apr 30, 2019

TBJ110: Listener's Choice - How to Start a Brass Group, Part 2

In this Listener's Choice episode, Andrew & Lance follow up with more information on starting a brass group.

Topics include:

  • Killer squirrels
  • Rehearsal techniques
  • How will you present the art?
  • Being producers of music vs. consumers of music
  • Lindberg (not that one)
  • Collaborations with other artists like the T'Ang Quartet, Imani Winds, Enso Quartet, etc.
  • How do you find gigs?
  • Working with management
  • How to spend $20,000
  • Do the legwork

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Apr 16, 2019

Richard A. White is the subject of the upcoming documentary, "R.A.W. Tuba" and is one of our most inspirational guests. He spoke with us about his life, his career, and the upcoming film.

From his website:

With over two decades of performing on the world’s classical music stages, tubist Richard White has matured into a musician known for his clear sound and stylistic flexibility. He began his tuba studies with Ed. Goldstein at age twelve at The Baltimore School for the Performing Arts, where he graduated with honors. He then went to the Peabody Conservatory of Music to study with David Fedderly (Principal Tubist, Baltimore Symphony) where he received his Bachelor’s degree. On the advice of Mr. Fedderly, Richard traveled to Indiana University to study with the legendary Professor Daniel Perantoni. He continued his studies there receiving both his Master’s and Doctoral degrees. Richard Antoine White, also known as RawTuba, is the first African American, to receive a DM in Tuba!

Dr. White held the position of Principal Tubist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra from 2004 until it’s untimely demise in 2011 and is currently in his seventh season as Principal Tubist of the New Mexico Philharmonic. Dr. White is also principal tubist with The Santa Fe Symphony and Chorus. Richard enjoys playing in the Duo, Diversity Matters, with pianist Pamela Viktoria Pyle, in addition to teaching at the University of New Mexico, where he is Associate Professor of tuba/euphonium, and Associate Director of the Spirit Marching Band. Dr. White has performed with the Canadian Brass Quintet, Indiana University Faculty Brass Quintet, New Mexico Symphony Brass Quintet, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, Santa Fe Opera, Sphinx Symphony, Spoleto Music Festival U.S.A., Music in the Mountains, a summer festival located in beautiful Durango, CO, and many others. Dr. White is an Adams Artist and performs exclusively on these instruments.

Prior to moving to New Mexico, Dr. White was one of the top freelance musicians in the Indianapolis area, where he recorded with such greats as movie film composer John Williams, Cincinnati Pops conductor Eric Kunzel, and the late great wind ensemble conductor Frederik Fennell. Throughout his musical and educational career development, Dr. White has had a passionate interest in motivational speaking. That dream has recently materialized itself with the launching of his website rawtuba.com. Sharing inspirational thoughts and philosophies that have motivated Dr. White has taken him to Mexico, South America, Europe, South East Asia and across the United States of America – with more engagements on the horizon.

In this fun and lively discussion, we cover:

  • How the "R.A.W. Tuba" film came about
  • Bringing love to Baltimore
  • The filming process
  • Mr. P and his stool
  • Having a literary agent
  • Richard's story
  • The water fountain
  • The emotional toll it has taken on him
  • Sam Pilafian's influence
  • Building himself a gig at UNM by teaching football players respiratory function
  • A kid named King playing a young Richard in the film
  • Breaking into the filmmaker's car (with permission)
  • Screenings always open with some sort of act
  • Short intro followed by the film, a performance, a Q&A and performance of "We Are the World"
  • Ed Goldstein and Dave Fedderly
  • Meeting his natural father in Baltimore at a screening
  • R.A.W. Tuba t-shirts
  • Working with J.D. Shaw at UNM
  • Playing in Brass Theater
  • Breathing Gym
  • His gig at UNM
  • The importance of the hang
  • Three rules for his studio: have fun, sound good, make music
  • Motivational speaking
  • Hustle and Flow
  • Diversifying his professional portfolio
  • Losing 64 lbs. and reclaiming his health
  • Doing the right thing and behaving with integrity
  • Loyalty
  • Posting the rejection letters on his walls and ceiling

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Apr 2, 2019

TBJ108: Jim "Don't call me BB" Nova on writing, driving and April Fooling. 

Pittsburgh Symphony trombonist Jim Nova puts up with more abuse from Andrew & Lance for no good reason. 

From his website:

My love for all musical things Star Wars began a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… As a six-year-old child, my father took my brother and me to see The Empire Strikes Back. Even at that age, I was overwhelmed with how important the music was to the storytelling, and thus began my lifelong love of the incredible scores of John Williams.

A few years later, at age nine, I began playing the trombone in my home state of Connecticut. As a child, I received my early musical exposure and training from my father, Anesti Nova. During high school, I studied with my first private trombone teacher, Assistant Principal/Second Trombonist of the Hartford Symphony, George Sanders.

After graduating high school I attended the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where I received my bachelor’s degree studying with Glenn Dodson, who was Philadelphia Orchestra’s Principal Trombonist at the time. This is where the seed of this album A Fall from Light to Dark first began to grow. When I was a student at Curtis, Mr. Dodson would hold epic trombone get-togethers called, “Bone Bashes” where the Curtis trombone students and the Philadelphia Orchestra trombone section would play through incredible arrangements and transcriptions of all kinds of pieces. This where I first started to create my own trombone ensemble arrangements and transcriptions. Mr. Dodson’s Han Solo-like swagger was contagious as we would tackle these pieces.

I then moved to Boston to pursue a Master’s Degree on a full scholarship at the New England Conservatory of Music, studying with Norman Bolter who was Second Trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Principal Trombone of the Boston Pops Orchestra at the time. It was during this time that Mr. Bolter fostered my “Start with what you can do” attitude that I still use today, in both my own artistic development as well as with my students. He truly was and still is, my master Yoda in so many ways.

After finishing my master’s degree, I freelanced in Boston for several years, substituting on a regular basis with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra, making several recordings and television broadcasts with both groups as both principal and second trombone. It was here in Boston that my musical path first crossed with John Williams! I had the opportunity to perform with him on countless Boston Pops concerts and even performed on the world concert premiere of the concert suite from Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.

In this fun and lively discussion, we cover:

  • The Bubble Butt Strikes Back
  • The joke is on...?
  • Parker soprano trombone mouthpiece
  • Juilliard gig with Joe Alessi
  • 40th "Trombone at the Movies" gig, featuring film music trombone choir arrangements at colleges and universities
  • Soundcloud page has passed 750,000 listens
  • ITF closing concert in summer of 2019 with full concert versions of the same music
  • A "Who's Who" of amazing players on the ITF
  • Christopher Bill crashing in his basement and an upcoming collaboration debuting May the Fourth
  • Context is everything
  • His evolving relationship with Joe Alessi
  • Boston Brass Fanfare Project
  • Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University, with a real-live Pappert Person
  • Cathy Heller's podcast, "Don't Keep Your Day Job"
  • Jim's cat is a coffee model
  • Jim's lead foot
  • Less horsepower than a horse
  • Play in a big orchestra, drive a fast car
  • He took off like a stabbed rat
  • Paying for a ticket with a ticket
  • Exhibition of speed
  • Driving at race tracks and in driving schools
  • Becoming a performance driving teacher
  • Taking possession of his BMW while on tour with the PSO
  • The Green Death
  • Parallels between learning driving and learning trombone
  • Jimmy James

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Mar 19, 2019
TBJ107: Christopher Bill, trombonist, singer, and multi-instrumentalist and internet sensation!
 
Christopher is a trombonist, singer, and multi-instrumentalist based outside of NYC, but it’s more accurate to say he’s based on the internet. He has been playing piano since he was 6 years old, trombone since he was 10, and he has been composing/arranging since he was 12.
 
Christopher has a Bachelor of Music for classical trombone performance from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music in New York. While at the conservatory he studied with critically acclaimed trombonists Weston Sprott (Metropolitan Opera), Denson Paul-Pollard (Metropolitan Opera), John Fedchock (Grammy Nominated Jazz Trombonist), and the absolutely incomparable Timothy Albright.
Christopher is best known for his all-trombone arrangements of popular songs. His YouTube Channel has been gaining popularity since the spring of 2014 when a cover of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” where Christopher uses a looping station to compose the song on the spot went viral. His videos have amassed over 30 million views and a following of over 175,000 subscribers. In April of 2014, Christopher independently released his first cover album, Breakthrough, which was followed by his Christmas album, Smiling’s My Favorite. More recently, Christopher released an original pop album called Half Man, Half Machine which mixes acoustic sounds with electronic instruments. He is the Youth Workshop Coordinator of the International Trombone Festival and a marketing consultant for the International Trombone Association.
 
Christopher enjoys a busy schedule of performances, clinics, and masterclasses. In addition to producing a new video every Saturday for his YouTube Channel, he often performs at festivals such as the American Trombone Workshop, Midwest Clinic, Texas Bandmasters Association, Con Brio Festivals, Conn-Selmer Institute, Western International Band Clinic, and the International Trombone Festival.
 
In this fun and lively discussion, we cover:
  • Household name status (in Andrew's house)
  • Recording in Andrew's basement
  • Starting out exactly eight years ago as a freshman in college
  • When it stopped being so cringy
  • How his arranging chops have changed over time
  • Using homework for fun and profit
  • Using the arrangements to further develop as a musician
  • The impact of shirt color in his arrangements
  • How far he plans in advance
  • Taking yourself seriously
  • The importance of consistent uploads
  • He hasn't missed a week in four years
  • The Jerry Seinfeld of Trombone
  • Leave Christopher's Grandmother out of this
  • Two kinds of people: those who think they're cool and those who know they're not
  • The "Take on Me" pic, (worth it)
  • Cease and Desist
  • Living off Patreon and YouTube ad revenue
  • Exploring new platforms
  • Focusing on select existing programs
  • Figuring out what content works for your audience on the various platforms
  • Sticking with it for three years before gaining traction
  • The impact of the "Happy" video on his career
  • What to do for the next project after a viral hit
  • How much is too much for an audience
  • How to do a cover without getting sued
  • Meeting some of the folks who did the originals of the covers he's made
  • Dennis Deyoung busting his hump
  • Andrew's embouchure looks like he's eating a ham sandwich

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Mar 5, 2019

Legendary trumpeter Jim Pandolfi has one of the most amazing stories in music. Or most places.

In this fun and lively discussion, we cover:

  • How Andrew and Jim first met in NYC many moons ago
  • Applesauce
  • Life out on Cape Cod (in the Dagobah System)
  • "The older I get, the better I was"
  • 15 years playing with The Met (wearing telescoping glasses due to an eye condition, macular degeneration)
  • Having to leave before his vision loss got too bad
  • How determination became the byword of his career
  • The impact his attitude had on the other folks around him
  • Playing loud (like really loud) in Japan on Samson and Delilah
  • Overcoming the involuntary response with excellence
  • Be a musician who happens to play the trumpet
  • Practicing golf in his apartment (between the aquarium, the big-screen TV, the piano and his horns)
  • Mark Gould locking in musically and personally
  • Surviving in a symphony orchestra (the 3 most important rules)
  • Only needed 4 or five notes to make an assessment of someone's playing
  • The development of his teaching style and philosophy
  • Everybody wants to play loud but most play too heavy (bear down too much)
  • Listening to Bryn Terfel, connecting the power coming from the reserve (feel the reserve, don't push)
  • How they get the fork to their mouth in the morning
  • Pick up your chest
  • Have the sound come from behind your sternum
  • Take pause
  • Single tonguing
  • Set and forget tonguing
  • The difference between thinking and concentration
  • How well can you concentrate?
  • Puttin' on the Ritz (during Flying Dutchman)
  • More Gould stories (with Rich Kelley cameos)
  • Peter Weller playing Clifford Brown tunes on Pandolfi's horn while driving golf balls between opera acts
  • Mel Broiles influence on Jim
  • Fantastic Mel stories (both music- and aviation-related)
  • "Mel Broiles, Starring in His Own Movie"

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Feb 19, 2019

Seth had performed frequently with the Baltimore Symphony prior to assuming a full-time position in 2014 and performed during the BSO’s west coast tour and its 2010, 2014, and 2016 Carnegie Hall appearances with Marin Alsop. He can be heard on the BSO’s two most recent albums featuring the symphonies of Leonard Bernstein conducted by Marin Alsop (Naxos), as well as Ms. Alsop's recording with the Colorado Symphony of Roy Harris Symphonies 3 and 4 (Naxos). Horner has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, Kennedy Center Opera, New Jersey Symphony, Louisville Symphony, Oregon Symphony, and New World Symphony among others. He has made chamber music appearances with the Washington Symphonic Brass, the Bay Street Brassworks, and the Clipper City Brass. Horner was a featured soloist with the Capital Wind Symphony in Vienna, VA, and was a finalist at the 2010 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference.

Seth Horner has served as an audition panel member and coach for Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America as well as Carnegie’s NYO2. In the summer, he has been on the faculty of Wyoming Seminary’s Performing Arts Institute in Kingston, PA as the instructor of tuba and euphonium as well as performing with the Oregon Bach Festival and Britt Festival orchestras. Mr. Horner has given masterclasses at the University of Oregon, Ithaca University, and Towson University. Seth resides in Durham, NC.

In this fun and lively episode, we cover:

  • Lance is grumpy (and whelmed)
  • Seth talking to himself
  • Life is good
  • Being a professional tuba player is the best gig in the world
  • Andrew's coffee issues
  • Saints and Rams controversy
  • The Durham NC minor league baseball team (the Bulls, from Bull Durham fame)
  • His fiance found his box of mouthpieces and questioned the whole relationship
  • Mike Parker's mouthpiece issues
  • Seth's grandfather was a tuba player, had a family band
  • Andrew's most recent Jacob's Podcast episode about an influential Rex Martin class and the influence of the mouthpiece selection
  • Tage Larsen of the Chicago Symphony
  • Chris Hall and Chris Hall
  • Don't pick a fight with a child or an animal
  • Playing in the Baltimore Symphony for three seasons after David Fedderly's retirement
  • Studying with Fedderly
  • Baltimore Brass Company (and how it compared to working with the BSO)
  • Dave Fedderly: Action-packed with wisdom
  • The most important teacher of music is life
  • The importance of phrasing and sub-phrasing
  • Playing with the North Carolina Symphony
  • Playing for elementary school students all over North Carolina
  • How the state supports the organization
  • Bubble Butt
  • Turning down a military band position
  • Trusting your gut
  • Meeting Andrew at the Greensboro tuba conference (Lance was there too)
  • The Captain's Log

LINKS:

https://www.sethhorner.com/

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Feb 5, 2019

TBJ103: Joe Lovinsky, horn phenom, discusses his time in the Army band, being a sharp-shooter, cage fighter, and ultra runner. Yes really. 100-Mile Joe!

Joe Lovinsky is an amazing player, teacher, and person. He sits down with Andrew & Lance to discuss why he may, in fact, be the most interesting man in the world!

From his bio page:

Joseph Lovinsky, principal horn and frequent soloist of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, was appointed to this position by world-renowned horn soloist Barry Tuckwell.  Lovinsky, the former principal horn of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” as well as The Army Orchestra, and The Army Brass Quintet in Washington DC, was also a frequent soloist with those ensembles. From 2013-2018, Joe taught at the Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, where he was a member of both the Faculty Brass and Wind Quintets.  Joseph was horn instructor of the 2014 Music for All Summer Symposium at Ball State University and the 2016 Chamber Music National Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. Joseph Lovinsky is a "Yamaha Performing Artist." 

"You'll never know how far you can go unless you try to go too far" 

Joseph Lovinsky, Play Without Limits 

In this fun and lively discussion, we cover:

  • Joe's nervousness
  • Playing Principal horn in Pershing's Own Army Band for over 20 years
  • The various amazing players who played in the Army Band Brass Quintet over the years
  • The Amazing Harry Watters
  • Joe's joke
  • iPad music reader fail
  • Empire Brass story, signals crossed
  • JD Shaw joining the quintet in a very special piece of performance art
  • Battle of the Bands
  • Playing in a variety of smaller orchestras in Florida while in "retirement"
  • Joanna Hersey texting Joe (to warn him?)
  • Difference between playing in orchestras vs. quintets
  • Work on endurance and technical ability for quintet playing
  • Being homeless while a student at Juilliard due to a student loan glitch (and fantastic Peter Mennin story), sleeping in a practice room
  • Studying with James Chambers
  • Joe's sister is a Federal Prosecutor
  • Leaving Curtis to go to Juilliard
  • Growing up in inner-city Miami (Liberty City)
  • Being a security guard at Trump Plaza and Trump Tower
  • Celebrity sightings
  • Johnny Carson
  • Woody English
  • No downside to being a nice person
  • The influence of Joe's Dad, especially his character
  • Joe's other fascinating (and wildly successful) siblings
  • Cage fighting for fun and profit
  • John Delancey (head of Curtis) calling him into his office and changing his life
  • Becoming an ultra-runner

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Jan 22, 2019

Classical Trumpeter and Gold Medal Global Music Award Winner Mary Elizabeth Bowden has been described by Gramophone Magazine as “brilliant” and “radiant in new repertoire for trumpet.” Bowden, a Yamaha Performing Artist, is highly regarded for her artistry and virtuosity as a soloist and has been praised for the clarity, purity, and power of her sound. Bowden released her debut album, “Radiance”, on Summit Records featuring new American works. She has been featured on MPR’s “New Classical Tracks” with Julie Amacher, which is being aired on NPR stations nationwide.

Bowden’s 2018-19 performance highlights include solo performances at the Maspalomas International Trumpet Festival in Gran Canaria and at Lieksa Brass Week in Finland. She will also perform as a soloist with the Kassia Ensemble, Chrysalis Chamber Players, Richmond Philharmonic, and will make her Vancouver and New York City recital debuts. She will release her second solo album through Summit Records with the Kassia Ensemble.

Bowden is the First Prize winner of the International Women’s Brass Conference Trumpet Competition. She has performed as a soloist with Montana’s Big Sky Festival, Evansville Philharmonic, Peninsula Symphony (California), Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, Croatian Army Wind Band at the Velika Gorica Brass Festival, Festival Amadeus Strings (Montana), Springfield Symphony (Missouri), Naples Symphony, Fifth Avenue Chamber Orchestra (Florida), Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra, San Juan Symphony, Springfield (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra and New Haven Chamber Orchestra, among several others. She has performed with trumpet soloist Jouko Harjanne at the Lieksa Brass Week in Finland, where she also served on the jury of the Lieksa International Trumpet Competition. At The Banff Center in Alberta, Canada, she performed Vivaldi’s Concerto for 2 Trumpets with trumpeters Jens Lindemann and Ryan Anthony. She was also awarded the Public Prize from the Perrenoud Foundation International Music Competition. Bowden frequently performs in recital both in solo programs and as the Dash Duo with her husband, trumpeter David Dash. Bowden and Dash teach at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Dash as the Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Bowden as a Resident Artist.

Bowden is a founding member of both Seraph Brass and the Chrysalis Chamber Players, a recipient of a Yale Alumni Grant. Seraph will be a guest ensemble at the 2019 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Miami and was the featured ensemble at the International Women’s Brass Conference in 2017 and at the Lieksa Brass Week in Finland in 2017 and 18. They released their debut album, “Asteria,” through Summit Records in 2018, which has been awarded a Silver Medal Global Music Award. Bowden has collaborated in chamber music programs at the Marlboro Music Festival, Lakes Area Music Festival, The Banff Centre, and at the Sydney Opera House under the baton of Håkan Hardenberger. She has served on the adjunct faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University and at The Curtis Institute of Music’s Young Artist Summer Program.

An experienced orchestral musician, Bowden is currently Principal Trumpet of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra and a member of the Iris Orchestra. She has served as Principal Trumpet of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, Lakes Area Music Festival Orchestra, New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia, the Daejeon Philharmonic in Korea, and with Seraphic Fire’s Firebird Chamber Orchestra. At the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, she held the principal chair in Pierre Boulez’s performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, which was released on CD in 2011. The Luzerner Zeitung described her playing in one word – “outstanding.” Bowden is also a member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed many dates on Adele’s 2016 North American tour.

Bowden began full-time college studies at the age of 14, receiving an Associate degree from the Joliet Junior College. Subsequently, she earned her Bachelor of Music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with the principal trumpeter of the Philadelphia Orchestra, David Bilger. She was awarded her Master of Music degree in 2006 from the Yale School of Music where she studied on a full scholarship with trumpeter Allan Dean.

In this fun and lively discussion, we cover:

  • Hanging in Naples Florida
  • Her new teaching gig at Shenandoah Conservatory
  • The application process for Shenandoah
  • The importance of networking
  • Lieksa Brass Week
  • Five Year Goals
  • Consortium project for Seraph Brass and Wind Ensemble
  • Recording in Lieksa
  • Crowdfunding the recording project via Indiegogo, raising over $26K(!!!)
  • Adding a trumpet player to Seraph Brass
  • How to plan for the Seraph seasons and projects
  • Memorization
  • Upcoming solo album, "Reverie," pre-order available on her site
  • Recording with the Pittsburgh-based Kassia Ensemble
  • Working with Rick DeJonge (frequently tortured pal of Andrew & Lance) on the arrangements for the album
  • Choosing to release on Summit Records
  • The current breakdown of her schedule
  • Touring and performing with her husband as the Dash Duo
  • Consortium for a new trumpet concerto
  • Working with a composer on a new work
  • "Challenge Accepted"
  • The importance of risk-taking
  • How and when to say no to gigs and opportunities
  • Better to say no upfront than to back out later

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Jan 8, 2019

Joe Jackson was born in Dallas, Texas into a musical family; his mother is a former professional clarinetist, and his father, Jim Jackson, a former trombonist with the Fort Worth Symphony, is today a renown recording engineer.

Joe chose the trombone at age 12, and during his high school years was the recipient of three Down Beat Magazine “DeeBee” awards. During his tenure at the University of North Texas, Joe studied with Vern Kagarice, Hal Galper, David Liebman, and Don “Jake” Jacoby, played lead & jazz trombone in the famed One O’Clock Lab Band, and was named the National Association of Jazz Educators 1985 College Musician of the Year.

Joe left UNT in 1990 to join the Maynard Ferguson Band. He spent a year with Ferguson, performing throughout the United States and in Europe. From 1991 to 2011 he was lead trombonist with the U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note, and from 2004 to 2011 was the Director of the Airmen of Note. During his tenure as Director, Joe produced the award-winning Jazz Heritage Series heard on 112 radio and media stations worldwide, and eight recordings including “Cool Yule” which climbed to #2 on the JazzWeek chart in December 2010.

As a freelance trombonist and arranger, Joe performs with top East Coast bands including the Woody Herman Orchestra, the David Liebman Big Band & Chaise Lounge.  Additionally, he performs regularly in DC-area theatre productions and is in high demand as a session player. He has contributed hundreds of commissioned arrangements to dozens of ensembles across the country, and his educational arrangements are published by Alfred Music.  Joe has appeared as a clinician & soloist at music festivals across the country.

Joe publishes his website dedicated to serving the trombone community, www.jazztbone.com.

In this fun and lively discussion, we cover:

  • Euphonium buyback program
  • Tubas with kickstands
  • Swiss Army Knife Gig Machine Person (SAKGMP)
  • Joe's parents
  • Recording with his Dad and the Airmen of Note
  • Getting recycled in basic training
  • "The Terrible Airman" march
  • Basic training philosophy
  • The value in extending his stay in San Antonio
  • The day the drill instructors found out you would outrank them
  • OICU812
  • Sorry A**-ed Individual
  • Downbeat Magazine DB awards
  • The impact and influence of Joe's band directors
  • The Airmen of Note
  • Selling candy
  • "Choir, stand up."
  • Playing with Maynard Ferguson Band
  • A Tale of Two Airmen
  • Becoming the director of the Airmen of Note 2004-2011
  • Programming themed CDs
  • Recording live CDs, especially "Airmen of Note, Live"
  • Glenn Miller
  • "Cool Yule"
  • Growing where you're planted
  • Advantages/disadvantages of having an officer in charge
  • "Earl Williams Trombones, Out of Business Since 1973"
  • Where Joe is playing these days
  • Percentage of classical vs. jazz playing in Joe's current life
  • "Like Wes, but with affirming parents"
  • Joe's transcription work

LINKS:

Joe's site

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