Famous Jazz Trumpet Players

Recently there have been numerous searches on this site along the lines of “famous jazz trumpet players,” or “best trumpet players.” Each name links to a youtube video of the artist, so you have no excuse not to check them out. Louis Armstrong Bix Beiderbecke Dizzy Gillespie Miles Davis Clifford Brown Lee Morgan Kenny Dorham Read More

Duke Ellington: The Most Prolific Artist In Jazz?

Duke Ellington was (and still is) one of the most prolific jazz artists. With over 1,500 works, almost everyone is sure to have heard at least 5 of his tunes at some point in their lives. He has inspired and influenced countless musicians from the days he played the Cotton Club in the 1920’s until Read More

Charlie Parker: The Man Who Lived Too Much

Charles Parker Jr. was born August 29, 1920. He was involved with drugs & alcohol throughout his extremely short life (35 years). These vices would eventually become part of his untimely death on March 12, 1955.  Nevertheless, Parker has forever changed jazz and left a wonderful legacy. Parker’s passion for music was sparked while listening to Read More

Denton Jazz (8/29-9/04)

This is a dynamic post. It will be updated as soon as information is received! Jordan Gheen (Youtube) will be playing Thursday (9/1) at J&J’s Pizza in Denton. Here is an audio clip of Gheen playing “Nuance” with UNT’s 6 O’Clock Lab Band. Thursday — The Ryan Davidson Trio will be hosting a CD release Read More

Artist Profile: Edo Castro

Emotion, technical skill and passion are three things that can make or break a musician. Musicians often have two of the traits but it’s the rare three trait-bearing musician who can make it big. I’ve heard one recently; his name is Edo Castro. Edo Castro is a jazz bassist hailing from the San Francisco Bay Read More

This Week In Denton

What’s happening in Jazz in Denton this week: Matt Hornbeck is going to be playing guitar† alongside Pete Clagett (Trumpet), Jacob Smith (Bass) and Duran Ritz (Drums) at The Greenhouse Monday night at 10 P.M. Austin talent Corinna Rachel is singing alongside “her Dreamland band of Denton cats” (Thank you, Sarah Crisman) Wednesday, 8:30 PM Read More

What Is Bebop?

Before the second world war, big bands (also known as swing bands) were the “in” thing with artists such as Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman being some of the more well-known leaders of the swing era. The bands usually consisted of between twelve and twenty-five musicians featuring a whole host of brass, woodwind, and Read More

10 Useful Sites For The Trumpet Beginner

While trying to learn trumpet, I’m constantly on the internet trying to find the best exercises and other information to help me progress faster. I’ve noticed that the good sites seem to be difficult to find if you don’t already know about them. Read More

The Ashley Hamer Group Does Avishai Cohen

The Ashley Hamer Group played Avishai Cohen songs at The Greenhouse April 8 in Denton, TX. Read More

Who am I?

It just occurred to me that much of the people who read my blog don’t know me as well as they know other bloggers in the jazz niche. I feel that having a tight-knit community is important in small groups such as the one I’m a part of, so I’m going to tell you a Read More

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