Chase Sanborn is an engaging modern jazz trumpet voice with a warm, inviting tone, fluid lyrical phrasing, and a style that always swings. He exhibits the cultivated sensibility of a player at the peak of his powers.
Music Business Tactics is an easy and enjoyable read that provides sound, practical advice. If you are an aspiring musician, or you know one, get this book! You need this information!
Chase Sanborn goes right to the heart and soul of the music. His performance was an inspiration to hundreds of festival participants, and his positive and upbeat outlook made a lasting impact on our students
Jazz Tactics presents the material in such a clear and simple way, with the vitality and spirit of a live teaching session. This method speaks to all musicians, regardless of age and previous experience.
Chase addresses the needs of developing musicians in a manner that is understandable and relevant. My students were thrilled to work with someone who understands their learning curve.
Tuning Tactics teaches you to listen. In just a short time, I've witnessed strong improvement in my students' awareness. Tuning Tactics makes good intonation attainable for all!
Chase Sanborn has a natural gift for engaging and involving an audience. He shares a wealth of honest and knowledgeable information about music and the music business.
Brass Tactics offeres authoritative instruction balanced with sage and homely advice. It shows you how to handle yourself in any professional or amateur situation. No trumpet player should be without this book!

R.I.P. Don Johnson

DonJSadly, we said goodbye this week to a true inspiration, Don Johnson.

If a teacher’s measure is the success of his students, Don’s legacy is assured. Most of my brass playing colleagues in Toronto studied with him in the 1970s and 1980s, and credit him for helping them build a solid foundation. Don’s students can speak of a more intimate relationship than I can, but I’ll share one story that impacted substantially on my career.

Soon after I moved to Toronto in 1981, someone gave me photocopies of the columns Don had written for Canadian Musician Magazine. Every brass player had them. A few years later, when I was asked to write a column for the magazine, I called Don to ask for advice (we hadn’t met at that point). Don was humble in response, but he offered me one piece of advice that stuck with me: the voice you write with should be the same voice you speak with.

My first article for the magazine led to a ten-year stint as the brass columnist. Eventually I amassed a collection to rival Don’s. At some point I decided to bind them together along with my teaching materials, with the plan to sell them for $5 to recoup photocopy costs. As I reread the columns I kept revising and adding to them, until I realized I was in fact writing a book. At that point I stopped and undertook two years of research before I started to write again. The result was Brass Tactics, which turned out to be the beginning of a secondary and eventually primary career as educator and author.

Several years after the publication of Brass Tactics, Don published his book: A Comprehensive Routine For The Aspiring Brass Player. The format is much like what I had first conceived: he presents all the exercises he used to such great success with his students, along with advice on approaching the practice routine like pieces of a pie. In the back of the book, he includes all the articles he wrote for Canadian Musician. The forward by Paul Read paints a vivid picture of his friend and colleague.

Don told me later that Brass Tactics was an inspiration for him to put his own pedagogy to print. Hearing that, I felt a circle had been completed.

When you read Don’s writing, you hear his voice. I hope it is the same with my own, and if so, I have him to thank.

As one of countless brass players who have benefitted from his wisdom, insight and colorful character, I say thanks and Rest In Peace to Don Johnson.

Chase Sanborn / March, 2016

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