How do you play in the upper register? For me, it comes down to being relaxed, having focused air, and thinking about singing. I’m not the type of person to practice slamming high notes out, or doing crazy exercises. I’ve found the most practical way of practicing playing in the upper register is to practice playing songs in the upper register. I advise pushing yourself to a point of fatigue, and taking a BREAK. You can’t push too far or you’ll injure yourself, for sure. PLEASE BE CAREFUL!
This week’s video revisits one of my first video posts here on youtube, where I recorded a short version of JJ Johnson’s great composition “Judy
Here however, I’m featuring one of my great friends and fellow trombonists: Joe McDonough! Joe and I were pursuing our Masters degrees at Juilliard at the same time, and both studying with the great Steve Turre.
For a while, we had a co-led two trombone quintet that celebrated the two trombone tradition started by JJ Johnson and Kai Winding. We recorded a few tracks back in 2013, and I think we just might release some of those very soon… stay tuned!
From time to time I get inquiries about where you can go to find all the charts from the new album "Hear & Now"
Well, they're all right here!
Today I’m featuring the wonderful Alto Saxophonist Jordan Pettay! Jordan and I were classmates at Juilliard, and she’s played on a few of my gigs here and there over the years. When we got together to record this duet, I remembered that I first learned this tune to perform at a Juilliard Jazz camp we taught at together out in Ephraim, UT at Snow College!
One of the best things about having to tour the country this month, is getting to reconnect with many people who I've met in other situations, and bringing them all together. Nothing is more special to me than getting to meet up with previous mentors, and ESPECIALLY to be able to connect with mentors musically!
I’ve been thinking about this question a lot lately. “Should I?” where “this" could be anything: playing a gig, writing music, creating anything in general, running a business, going to s concert, meeting up with friends, making new friends, etc.
Here is a favorite standard, performed by Leon Boykins and myself! One of the most popular versions of the tune is probably from Clifford Brown / Max Roach (check out that version of the tune here…) but I think that MY favorite version might be by the legendary Steve Davis!