Who could use fertilizer more efficiently than a DUTCH FARMER? REALLY? If you aren’t going to have them farm it, then who will farm it? And are they any more efficient? FAT CHANCE? Is it true that the DUTCH are the world’s SECOND LARGEST agricultural exporter? This seems to be a miracle for a nation so small! Is it true that they help to feed much of Europe?
What a beautiful and EPIC piece for the bass trombone and wind ensemble! The dramatic vistas are compelling, the harmonic language refreshing yet appealing, and above all it SOARS with beautiful melodies and DANCES with provocative themes. This recording has been recently unearthed and I thought you might like to share its premier on davidbrubeck.com
For a bass trombonist, I have been privileged to play several Concertos in front of a large ensemble. This is something that many gifted instrumentalists, of any instrument, have not done even once! It is both an honor and an experience unique unto itself! Distinct from playing with piano accompaniment or even in the context of a soloist within a chamber music group, in the concerto the conductor is the accompanist-or not! While I have been extremely fortunate to have a good relationship with all my conductors and they have accompanied me sensitively, for some concerto performers this is not always the case.
Writing for the bass trombone is a challenge in the concerto setting, due to the mellow nature of the sound at many dynamic levels. where it is difficult to project over trumpets and flutes while displaying even a modicum of sensitivity. Just below the staff, the bass trombone may be the most intense instrument, but weaving this intensity into phrases that embrace several ranges of the horn can be problematic. de Meij is brilliant in setting the primary utterances of the bass trombone against thinner or even non-existent orchestration. His command of mood and place as depicted by musical elements is astonishingly perceptive. As a daring move, he selects the upper baritone and baritone ranges for the bass trombone to soar and dance, even flirting with notes more often associated with the tenor trombone. One is reminded, however, how most instruments in the concerto setting resort to higher tessituras in order to break through the impressive wall of sound that the orchestra often produces.
Another “Concerto-like” memory I have is playing along side Brian Neal on trumpet as we were he two featured soloists in Hershey Kaye’s “Western Symphony” as performed by the Miami City Ballet and her Orchestra. What a delight!
This recording is at MDC Kendall in McCarthy Theatre, an environment somewhat unfriendly to lower vibrations, conducted the able Brian Neal as he leads the Miami Dade College Wind Ensemble in Concert.
If you are interested in more music by this brilliant composer, who is also a gifted trombonist, please visit his website at:
Is music healing? Can the bass vibrations and loving melodies of Jamerson’s innovative bass lines warm the soul, ease the mind and calm the nerves? It is certainly worth a try as an alternative to some more damaging forms of treatment. Paul McCartney claims Jamerson as HIS inspiration for bass playing. Jamerson is a rare musician who has inspired other bass players from all types of music.
“What’s Going On?” is a Motown classic from Marvin Gaye questioning the effects of environmental degradation and inequality and trying to bring back the love-“only love can conquer hate”. The talent and beauty of Marvin Gaye is simply staggering. “Brother, Brother, Brother…”
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Unearthed this Faculty Brass Recital from the Kendall Campus of Miami Dade College, featuring The Brubeck Neal Duo in a World Premiere Transcription of Elizabeth Raum’s “Four Elements for Brass Duo”, and in performance with pianist extraordinaire Bronwen Rutter in a version of a piano trio where trumpet and bass trombone take the place of violin and ‘cello. (One wonders if the Raum Concerto had been performed in a duo setting ever before as well…)
Other highlights include Brian Neal’s Duo Concertante No. 3, and performances by tubist Calvin Jenkins and hornist Audrey Destito.
0:10-6:25 “Pavane” by Gabriel Faure for for Brass-Piano Trio, Bronwen Rutter and the Brubeck-Neal Duo
8:35 “Invention No. 6” from Two Part Inventions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Brubeck-Neal Duo
12:00 “The Four Elements” by Elizabeth Raum in a world premiere performance of the transcription for brass duo-the original setting was for violin and trombone. I. Water II. Earth III. Air IV. Fire as premiered by the Brubeck-Neal Duo
22:35 “Vocalise” by Sergei Rachmaninoff transcription performed by Calvin Jenkins tuba with Bronwen Rutter, piano.
26:50 “Laudatio for Solo Horn”by Bernhard Krol performed by Audrey Destito on unaccompanied horn
33:00 “Concerto for Bass Trombone” by Elizabeth Raum, believed to be the world premiere performance for solo bass trombone with piano.
42:30 J. S. Bach’s “Ich hatte viel Bekummenrnis”, BWV 21
46:00 “Duo Concertante No. 3” for Trumpet and Organ, by Brian Neal
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Loved a recent trip to Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia to IETF 2022; I only wish it were longer. Wonderful performances by many including David Childs, Alison Mahovsky and James Gourlay, and nice memories hanging out with the amazing faculty including Warren Deck and Adam Frey.
The Diagnostic Masterclass I gave seemed to have just about all the students attending and lasted for an extra 30 minutes, an hour and a half. It was a pleasure to apply Jacobs “Wind & Song”, Frank Crisafulli & Shinichi Suzuki’s “Isolation of Elements”, and my own “Relaxation & Resonance” concepts with so many students facing challenges on the horn. I think we solved a great deal of brass playing issues and had a great time. It was nice to provide a forum for the students who needed a bit of help. Thank you to all the participants and for the wonderful audience.
I continue to be the MOST SPOILED bass trombonist on the planet when it comes to amazing pianists! I am also amongst the most grateful for the talented pianists at my side including my new friend Miya! She is a fantastic person and musician. I remember Bronwen Rutter, Linda Byrd, Carol Beilke, Nancy Cimino, and so many others; many thanks! We played Chopin’s Cello Sonata movements ii & iii, and I might have snuck in Stereogram No. 11….possibly.
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We would like to thank the City of Pembroke Pines for a wonderful setting to celebrate the genius of Louis Armstrong! The audience was large and simply wonderful! We are grateful and humbled by your standing ovation for our afternoon of music. We featured some of the younger faces of the Brubeck Brass who played great and seemed to enjoy themselves. Bru-Brass Treats its musicians well; checks on the spot, seltzer water on hand, and yes, even a bag of chips…
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Louis Armstrong is America’s Leonardo da Vinci; an inexhaustible font of creativity and genius. Just as Leonardo squared the circle with his Vitruvian Man and celebrated Mankind as the masterpiece of creation, Louis Armstrong created SWING rhythm and phrasing to circle the rhythmic squares!
The trumpets will be excellent, and the trombones are pretty good, too!
Please join us in air conditioned comfort, surrounded by friends, in a beautiful environment all for free!
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The Brubeck Brass has been fortunate to enjoy some of the finest trumpet playing anywhere! So many performances were highlights, but one memorable performance was when only the leader of a famous brass group could travel due to COVID-19 restrictions, and the Brubeck Brass substituted for the rest of the group with but one rehearsal. The leader exclaimed after the concert that the Brubeck Brass performance equaled his regular group!
CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER
As some of our wonderful trumpet players leave and have recently left South Florida, we would like to Congratulate them, BRAVO to all!
Luca Farina has bee appointed principal trumpet of the Sarasota Orchestra. Luca has played wonderful classical music and jazz for our group, and is one of the most versatile trumpet players of high quality I have had the fortune to have known. Luca just finished a tenure as Principal Trumpet and other parts at The New World Symphony in Miami Beach Florida. He is also an alumnus of Colburn where he studied with Jim Wilt. We wish Luca well, and will ALL miss him.
Kevin Carabel has just won the Principal Trumpet chair with the Jacksonville Symphony. He is a home grown talent and studied trumpet with Craig Morris, Marc Reese and Brian Neal at the University of Miami, Lynn Conservatory and Kendal Campus MDC. Kevin produces one of the most enormous and beautiful sounds I have heard on trumpet and has been a key player in many of our church performances, and the most frequent trumpeter in the Brubeck Brass. Congratulations Kevin, you will be missed by all and we wish you the best!
Federico Montes had accepted a one year section trumpet position with the Florida Orchestra in Tampa and will now become Associate Principal Trumpet in The Omaha Symphony; and he is a Yamaha performing artist! He studied at the University of Tampa, The Juilliard School and at the University of Miami (Hey I am starting to notice a trend here….). Federico manages many of the aspects of a music career with aplomb, and no one would be surprised if we hear a great deal more about him on the future. Federico strikes on as an All-American boy who is very respectful and kind. Without a doubt, he is the best-dressed musician I know. Thank you Federico; we will miss you!
Alex Razamanov has been exceptional and really produces a core sound that carries extremely well. He is able to change styles on a dime, and was really a delight in both orchestral and chamber music setting. Alex was a student of Marc Reese at Lynn and also Craig Morris at UM. He has just accepted a scholarship at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. When we suspected he was from Russia, we just hired him even more often! Just our way of making up for what appears to be the shameful ignorance of the Metropolitan Opera….
Aaron Ney recently accepted a position in one of the top Washington D.C. Military Bands, and was the most beloved trumpet player by our audiences. Aaron is humble, kind and gracious. He is a true story-teller of sound, and his accuracy and breadth of expression was incredible! YOU are missed Aaron!
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL AND WOW!!!! What a privilege! Audiences, do not be alarmed-jiust wait until you hear our new crop of trumpet players!!!
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This is a tremendous honor, and I am humbled and grateful. There are a great number of fine trombonists whose projects and stories could have easily filled these pages.
While I had the opportunity to thank several guitarists and trombone teachers in the article, I would like to add that I am weak and He is strong. I am thankful to God for the opportunities he has given me. My parents and family are an amazing blessing and support in every way.
It has also brought to mind some of my big band leaders.
Some of my jazz band directors have really been on my mind: James Boitos at Illinois State University conducted the finest repertoire I have ever played in any big band, such as “The Things Are Coming” & “The Things Are Here” (Dizzy), and “The Shoes of The Fisherman’s Wife Are Some Jive-Ass Slippers” & “Don’t Be Afraid, The Clown’s Afraid, Too!”(Mingus) among others. He is a wonderful musician, teacher and man, whose improvisation class was centered around LISTENING to great albums and really turning on his students to jazz in all of its breadth and depth. Jim was the one who advised me to audition for Northwestern! He brought Dizzy to play with our band-WOW!
Bob Thommes was my first jazz band director and I was with him for six years in Junior High School and High School. He loves jazz more than any bassoonist I have ever met, and I was eventually able to forgive him for selecting to attend the University of Illinois, after all he was only 18 at the time!
Don Owens of Northwestern University is the finest teacher from the podium I have ever seen, and Whit Sidener was an under-appreciated master. Not everyone can conduct the finest young jazz musicians in the world, who are coming in and out of the Bands of Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Paul Anka & Maynard Ferguson AND COMMAND THEIR RESPECT.
Thanks to the great Disney All-American Bands Bob Raddock, Rick Goodstein, Art Bartner & the amazing artists they brought in to play with our bands.
In Chicago, I played some for Mayo Tiana but in BEAUTIFUL MIAMI, I had a gig with The Melton Mustafa and Jesse Jones Jr. Big Band my first night in town, and spent many joyful years playing for them, Mike Lewis, Peter Graves and Larry Elgart. Not to mention the masterful mentorship of Miami Jazz Trumpet and Big Band Leader & Legend, John Georgini.
I was also privileged to play with many amazing student trombone sections at Illinois State University, Northwestern University, The University of Miami, Disney & Birch Creek Music Academy. I think that the best was at Illinois State University, with Bill Aurand, Paul Browne, Mark Cooper & Tom Browne. (Honorary-Dave Gross!)
Thanks to all!! Wanted to share this with you!!!
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