This podcast features trumpet tips, trumpet player interviews, and stories from Bob Reeves.
Episode #89 - Boyde Hood
A native of Dallas, Texas, retired Los Angeles Philharmonic trumpeter Boyde Hood received his BM degree in trumpet performance from the Eastman School of Music and master of music degree in theory and composition from Ball State University. He is a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and performs regularly with the Philharmonic's New Music Group and the Philharmonic Brass Trio. Mr. Hood has played principal trumpet with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theater and has recorded extensively for major motion picture and television studios. He has been a member of the Dallas and Milwaukee Symphonies, assistant principal of the Rochester Philharmonic, and first trumpet with the Marlboro Festival Orchestra.
Mr. Hood joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in January 1982 and has appeared as a soloist with the Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl; as a conductor, he has led Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra brass musicians in several fanfares.
Since his retirement from the LA Philharmonic and USC, Boyde taught at the Eastman School of Music for one Semester, has resumed his compositional activities, and continues to teach privately from his home and on Zoom.
The show notes for this episode can be found at bobreeves.com/blog/boyde-hood-trumpet-interview
Episode #88 - James Morrison
James Morrison is, by anybody’s standard, a virtuoso in the true sense of the word. Besides the trumpet, this multi-instrumentalist also plays trombone, piano, saxophone and double bass.
At the age of six he started on piano, at seven he took up brass, at nine he formed his first band and at thirteen he was playing professionally in nightclubs. His international career developed just as quickly with a debut in the USA at the Monterey Jazz Festival at age sixteen.
Following this were performances at the world’s major jazz festivals, including Montreux, North Sea, Nice and the Hollywood Bowl, playing with many of the legends of jazz - Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, George Benson, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Ray Brown and Wynton Marsalis to name a few. James also frequents the world’s most famous jazz clubs – Birdland, The Blue Note and Village Vanguard in New York, the New Morning in Paris, the Tokyo Blue Note and Ronnie Scott’s in London.
James has been appointed a member of The Order of Australia, has won countless awards and has been inducted into the Australian Jazz Hall of Fame. He has received several honorary Doctorates and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia, leading his own music Academy.
Now 56, James Morrison’s career has included much more than just jazz…
He has recorded with The London Symphony Orchestra, rock legends INXS and the European Brass Ensemble, performed at the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms, written the opening fanfare for the Olympic Games, played for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and for US Presidents Bush and Clinton. He has played classical trumpet at the Kremlin, broken a Guinness record conducting the world’s largest orchestra, was TV presenter on Top Gear Australia and in 2016 was a guest of President Obama at the White House.
He’s a pilot, rally driver, sailor, author and even an inventor…
Learn more about James Morrison at www.jamesmorrison.com.
The show notes for this episode are available at www.bobreeves.com/blog/james-morrison-trumpet-interview.
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Episode #87 - Steve Dillard
Steve Dillard is a professional freelance trumpet player, founder of the popular HornTrader website, and an educator.
Steve’s first love has always been playing trumpet. Starting with his early work playing at Disneyland and performing on cruise ships, Steve's professional experience now spans several decades and includes performances with the San Diego Symphony, musical theater productions, touring acts like Lynyrd Skynyrd, and studio work.
One of the first to teach online using SKYPE and YouTube, Steve has been able spread his knowledge and love of the trumpet the world over. His teaching mantra “I believe I can help YOU,” recorded in January 2012, can be seen on YouTube.
Besides his performance experience, Steve also has a wealth of knowledge from his work in the Calicchio and Benge trumpet factories. As an apprentice to Dominic Calicchio, Steve learned the fine art of brass craftsmanship with hands on experience. At Benge under Zig Kanstul, Steve had many jobs including slide maker, quality controller and shipper. Steve has always had a penchant for retail and at one time was the largest distributor of Reunion Blues gig bags in Southern California.
Since owning and operating HornTrader.com he has come to be one of the primary sellers of professional pre-owned and vintage horns on the internet. He is well known in many countries throughout the world and his site is visited by thousands each month.
Episode #86 - Adrian Kelly
Trumpeter Adrian Kelly has built an international career as a multi-faceted musician; performing, recording, and writing pop, classical, and jazz music. Adrian is currently working towards a PhD at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts where he researches adapting acting methods to trumpet playing and as part of that research he has released a set of etudes available from QPress Music.
Adrian’s jazz quartet has performed in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia and his jazz compositions have been performed and recorded by artists around the world. His quartet has released two albums in 2020. The first, "Visions", is a suite of pieces for improvising quartet written to accompany the visual art of Robert John Kelly (Adrian's father). The second album, Cry, "Wolf!", is an album of music featuring an artificial intelligence 'improviser' along with an electric jazz quartet.
Adrian’s freelance playing includes being a member of Motown legend Bobby Taylors band, international tours with Chinese pop superstar Jacky Cheung, as well as other eastern and western artists such as Hugh Jackman, Ray Charles, Shirley Bassey, and The Four Tops.
In his capacity as a classical trumpeter, Adrian held the position of principal trumpet with The City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong from 2011 - 2015, has performed as principal trumpet with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and continues to perform regularly with the Perth Symphony Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and theWA Philharmonic.
Adrian has performed on more than thirty musical theatre productions since 2005 and is a Yamaha performing artist.
Episode #85 - Simon Sweeney
Simon Sweeney is a professional trumpet player and educator based in Sydney. He is a studio musician and has been prolific in the live music scene since 1993. As a member of the Jazz Faculty at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music since 2010 he has taught many of the young players currently working in the Sydney scene.
Simon has appeared as guest Principal trumpet with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Film recording credits include Happy Feet, The Great Gatsby, The Extra and The Bank.
Simon has played on over 40 professional musical theatre productions since the mid 90s. He has played lead trumpet for Michael Bublé, George Benson, Paloma Faith and Tim Minchin. As a jazz musician he has toured and recorded with Mike Nock, played with the Space Cadets, recorded with the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra and he is currently co-lead trumpet of the Australian National Jazz Orchestra. He has performed with Silverchair, Thirsty Merc and recorded with Powderfinger and Billy Thorpe.
Simon's lead playing can be heard on the Netflix series Beat Bugs and Motown Magic. Simon’s own small group jazz album “Emerald City Blues” was released on the Jazzgroove label. During the lockdown he has put together a horn section called the Emerald City Horns comprising some of Sydney’s most prolific studio musicians.
Episode #84 - Danny Falcone
Daniel Falcone began working professionally in Las Vegas at age 15. The son of Vincent Falcone, musical director, pianist and conductor for Frank Sinatra, he literally grew up on stage. Starting in high school, Daniel backed the likes of Tony Bennett, Rita Moreno, Jerry Lewis, George Burns, Andy Williams, Jack Jones, Paul Anka and many other headliners on the Las Vegas Strip.
Danny has toured around the world with both the Tom Jones Band and Paul Anka's band as the lead trumpet player.
He has performed in many Las Vegas productions, including Ricky Martin's production, “Storm”, "Jersey Boys", Bette Midler's show "The Showgirl Must Go On", and as lead trumpet for Celine Dione in her Las Vegas show and world tour for the last 10 years. He has played with Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns for many years.
Daniel has most recently been hired to play lead trumpet with Lady Gaga on her new Jazz and Piano show.
TV credits include Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The American Country Music Awards, The Billboard Music Awards, The American Music Awards, Lionel Richie and Friends, The American Country Music Awards, The Latin Grammys, The Michael Parkinson Show on BBC, The BET Awards, Men Strike Back on VH1, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, The Today Show, Good Morning America and has been a member of the Jerry Lewis Telethon Orchestra. Dan has also performed and recorded with many artists including Alicia Keys, Kenny Loggins, Luis Miguel, Christopher Cross, D’Angelo, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Bill Champlin, Cheap Trick, Gladys Knight, Patti Austin, Martin Nievera, Frankie Valli, Vince Gill, Victor Manuelle, Destiny’s Child, Hunter Hayes, Big and Rich, Barry Manilow, Lionel Richie, Aretha Franklin, Brian Bromberg, Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, Jordan Sparks, Frank Sinatra Jr., Jon Secada, Gino Vannelli, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Hugh Jackman and Maren Morris, Dwight Yoakam and most recently recorded for Kanye West’s new album “Jesus is King” performed at Lincoln Center with Kanye West’s Opera “Mary”.
Entertaining and Educational
This stuff is gold dust - interviews with top-line trumpeters from the jazz, commercial and orchstral spheres, it feels like you're just hanging out with some of the best players around.
John Snell does a great job of occasionally prompting and then staying out of the way as they share their stories, philosophies and offer up help and advice.
Put this on while you're travelling to gigs and rehearsals and it'll make you laugh and learn in equal measure. Great job John, Bob and team!
Great Resource for Trumpeters
A compulsive series where we can hear and benefit directly from many of the finest trumpeters (musicians)on the planet. Personally, I have extracted many inspirational tips and ideas to work on in my own playing.
Great podcasts. A living history of the trumpet. I discovered the Bill Adams routine through these podcasts and it has changed my playing for the better. Some amazing stories from top players. Its also inspiring to hear how some great players have overcome some real problems to reach the standard they are at. Highly recommended.