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
- 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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Expertly produced by Will Houchin with love, care, and enthusiasm.