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!

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Women in Jazz

imagesGiovanni Russonello has written an insightful and timely article in the New York Times about the rising and long-overdue influence of women in jazz. This is a must-read.

CLICK HERE TO READ

Categories: Jazz

Trumpet Mouthpiece Blues

Categories: Clips

Boat

boatThat reminds me to check my lottery ticket.

Categories: Sailboats

Caleb Hudson

Categories: Clips

Trump Donald

http://trumpdonald.org/

Categories: Clips, Humor

Ole Edvard Antonsen

Talk about making it look easy.

Categories: Clips

Careers in Jazz

CBCCBC radio explores the booming financial market that awaits fledgling jazz musicians.

CLICK HERE

Categories: Humor

Jazz Studies @ The University of Toronto

Visitors to this website are sometimes surprised to discover that there really is a Chase Sanborn, and that he is not dead. Chase is not dead, and in fact is a core faculty member in the Jazz Studies program at the University of Toronto. If you are considering post-secondary studies in jazz, you should take a good look at this program.
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Trumba

Categories: Clips, Humor

Thought for the day…

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Categories: Humor

Gil Evans 1984

Gil-Evans-resize-1In 1984, Gil Evans came to Toronto…
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Categories: Chase Sanborn, Pics

R.I.P. Don Johnson

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

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Categories: Pedagogy

Donald & Ralph

Categories: Clips, Humor

Wynton Reveals The Truth

Categories: Clips

Boston Symphony Brass Excerpts

Categories: Brass, Clips

It’s Not The Mouthpiece

Categories: Clips, Humor

Sleighride in 7/8

family-sleigh-rideA great take on a holiday favorite from John Eidsvoog
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Categories: Clips

Me and Mini Me

image2If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, a teacher may consider himself flattered when a student dresses as him for Halloween.

Categories: Chase Sanborn, Humor, Pics

One Note At A Time

486221645_640The starting point for a piano player is unfettered access to all notes over a seven-octave range. As Bach famously said, all one has to do is hit the keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself. Brass players spend their entire lives in pursuit of this unattainable ideal: the ability to play any note at any time. Mundane exercises such as long tones are a daily requirement as we strive to regain—dare we even hope to improve—yesterday’s ability to produce sound on the instrument. This, before we even consider the task of organizing sound into musical form. Read more »

Categories: Uncategorized

Project Your Sound

sound_traveling_faster_speed_soundOne of the things that differentiates amateurs from professionals is sound projection. Many brass students produce a sound that barely makes it out of the bell, let alone off the stage and out into the audience. You need to fill the room with sound and you need to understand the effect the room has on your sound. Read more »

Categories: Brass, Pedagogy

Review: Yamaha Xeno Trumpet (4th Gen)

8335RS

8335SAs a Yamaha Artist, one of the perks is the opportunity to test new models. More’s the pity, eventually I have to give them back or buy them, which seems more often to be the case. (Spoiler alert.) With the release of the fourth-generation Xeno YTR-8335 trumpet, it seems time to revisit this venerable and consistently top-selling model.
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Categories: Product Reviews

Interview with Chase Sanborn

2012-08 Unionville 0541 Chase SanbornHere’s a short excerpt from a recent interview with Jude Campbell from EVENT.

When and why did you start playing the trumpet, and why jazz?

I started playing the trumpet in elementary school. Trombone was my first choice, but my arms were too short to extend the slide all the way (they still are.) Saxophone was my second choice, but they ran out of saxophones before they got to names that start with ‘S’. Trumpet was my third choice. By the whims of fate, go I.

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Categories: Chase Sanborn

Gear Talk


In this post I answer a couple of questions about choosing a horn.
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Categories: Brass

Wise Words From Hank Azaria

AzariaIn a recent Esquire interview, actor Hank Azaria offers wise words on ‘making it’ in a business like acting, or music.
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Categories: Music Business

A Brief History of The Rex Hotel & Jazz Bar

201488-rex-extBenjamin Boles, writing for blogto.com has provided an interesting history of Toronto’s preeminent jazz club, The Rex.

CLICK HERE TO READ

Categories: Jazz History

Multiple Tonguing

Multiple tonguing is a technique that facilitates rapid articulation. Read more »

Categories: Brass

Why You Should Play Trumpet

marching_band_1_black_white_line_art_coloring_book_colouring-1979pxWatch this video to understand why you too should play the trumpet.
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Categories: Clips

The Price of Music

musicmoney_igor-zubkisshutterstockCLICK HERE to read an interesting article about how much the average consumer is likely to spend on recorded music, written by the former CEO of emusic.com.

Categories: Music Business

Brass & Strings

brass-and-strings-hanne-lore-koehlerI often compare brass players to singers because we share the significant element of vibrating a part of the body to produce the sound. If the voice is the purest musical instrument, I consider brass instruments to occupy the next rung on the ladder. But let’s compare a brass instrument and a string instrument; say a trumpet and a violin. On the surface they seem quite different, other than that they play in a similar register. But dig a little deeper and similarities appear.
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Categories: Brass

Close Your Eyes


Why is it that when you taste something delicious or hear beautiful music, you close your eyes? Read more »

Drones

In this article, I’d like to discuss the use of drones for improving intonation. Read more »

YouTubing

youtube-logoBud Herseth, J.J. Johnson, Velvet Brown, Philip Farkas, Clark Terry, Alison Balsam, Arnold Jacobs, Phil Smith, Joe Alessi, Dennis Brain, Roger Bobo, Tine Thing Helseth…
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Categories: Brass

The Slide Trumpet

JP-314LHaving just played a concert with Wycliffe Gordon—a force of nature if ever there was one—who performed on the soprano trombone as just one of many tricks in his bag, I dusted off my slide trumpet and brought it into the teaching studio.
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Categories: Brass

Key Fluency

If you are like most reasonably accomplished students (and some professionals) you have 7-8 keys you are reasonably comfortable with and 4-5 that are murky. Read more »

Play By Ear

earBy the time you read this the holiday season will have passed, but as I write it is in full swing. For my trumpet students this time of year invokes a test from which few emerge unscathed: playing well-known Christmas carols by ear.
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Categories: Brass

Set A Musical Budget

In business, a company will set a sales budget for the coming year. By projecting a reasonable expectation of growth, the company can compare goals to actual results throughout the year. You can set a musical budget. Read more »

Categories: Brass, Practicing

How Much Do You Practice?

6a00d83451b36c69e201156f4538e2970bMalcolm Gladwell, in his book Outliers, discusses the 10,000-hour rule, which states that achieving expertise in anything requires 10,000 hours of practice. During a flight from Toronto to Newfoundland I pondered whether this number rings true for a musician and whether the status of ‘expert’ connotes a high level of competence or something greater, approaching mastery or artistry.
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Categories: Brass

Gear Talk

This article addresses common questions about choosing a horn.
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Categories: Brass

Practice Perfect

There is an old expression: practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect. Read more »

Categories: Brass, Practicing

Mental Focus

Brass players get caught up in the physical body aspects of playing-lungs, fingers, lips and tongue. We often forget the crucial role of the brain. 15 minutes of practice time with full concentration produces better results than an hour of mindless, repetitive practicing. Here are some tips for achieving mental focus:
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Categories: Brass, Pedagogy

Reflections

Playing a brass instrument requires the coordinated use of many different muscles. A mirror can help you learn to use your muscles in the most efficient way. Read more »

Categories: Brass

Efficiency vs. Brute Force

When the baseball player hits the ball, energy is transferred from the player to the ball, via the bat. How far the ball travels is determined not only by the strength of the player, but also by his or her ability to effectively transfer energy. The ‘sweet spot’ on the bat is where the transfer of energy is most efficient. The brass player also deals with transfer of energy. The lips are set unto vibration by the force of air, that energy is transferred to the horn, and sound emanates.
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Categories: Brass

R.I.P. Kenny Wheeler

WheelerCanadian jazz trumpeter/composer Kenny Wheeler has died at the age of 84. He will be remembered as a gentle and humble spirit whose monumental contributions to the jazz world went far beyond what he was willing to acknowledge.

Categories: Jazz, Jazz History

Sound Ideas


The number one goal of all brass players is to produce a beautiful sound. Read more »

Categories: Brass

Breathing Exercises

We all know how to breathe; it’s the very first thing and the very last thing we do! Advanced control of the air is the single most crucial element of high-level brass performance. Here are a few exercises to help you develop an ability you were born with.
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Categories: Brass

Clean Your Horn!


Here is an article that makes a case for cleaning your horn.

CLICK HERE

Categories: Brass

Efficiency vs. Brute Force

When the baseball player hits the ball, energy is transferred from the player to the ball, via the bat. How far the ball travels is determined not only by the strength of the player, but also by his or her ability to effectively transfer energy. The ‘sweet spot’ on the bat is where the transfer of energy is most efficient. The brass player also deals with transfer of energy. The lips are set unto vibration by the force of air, that energy is transferred to the horn, and sound emanates. Read more »

Categories: Brass, Practicing

Time Well Spent

Q: Should a brass player strive to practice the same number of hours as a saxophonist?

A: Brass players will never be able to match a saxophonist hour-for-hour. When a reed gets worn out, there are more in the box. Like the Energizer bunny, saxophone players can (and often do) keep going and going. When your lips get worn out, there is nothing to be done but let them rest. In fact, playing too much can be more detrimental than not playing enough. Read more »

Categories: Practicing

Breathing Exercises

We all know how to breathe; it’s the very first thing and the very last thing we do! Advanced control of the air is the single most crucial element of high-level brass performance. Here are a few exercises to help you develop an ability you were born with. Read more »

Categories: Brass, Practicing

Training With Tuners

Raise your hand if your band director stands in front of you with a tuner, calling out: “Flat! Push in!” “Sharp! Pull out!” Does this really help you play in tune, or do you simply try to make the tuner stand still for a minute so he or she will go away? Read more »

Categories: Brass, Practicing

The Rose Centre

closeup Tim and RoseNatalie and Tim Rose, are a remarkable young couple who are breaking down stereotypes and prejudices through the power of love and their organization The Rose Centre.

They are profiled in the Toronto Star.

Categories: Chase Sanborn

The Mouthpiece


The mouthpiece creates the crucial connection between body and instrument, transferring vibrations from your lips to the horn. Finding a mouthpiece that is a good fit for your body can make a big difference in the ease with which you play the instrument. Read more »

Categories: Brass, Mouthpieces

Fingers!


Distracted as we are by the challenges of making our lips vibrate, brass players often neglect finger dexterity. You must have as much technique with your three fingers as a pianist has with 10. Read more »

Categories: Brass

Tongue Talk

The tongue helps determine the forcefulness of the initial air expulsion (the attack), the velocity of the air to follow and the duration of each burst of air (staccato vs. slurred). The primary syllables involved are aa, oo, ee; daa, doo, dee; and taa, too, tee. Read more »

Categories: Brass

WCTF & Other Acronyms

As I write this, I am flying south from West Chester, PA, where I’ve just participated as a guest artist and exhibitor at the West Chester Trumpet Festival, presented by the local chapter of the International Trumpet Guild (ITG). Read more »

Categories: Conferences

The Country Boy’s Guide To Lead Trumpet Playing

Categories: Clips, Humor

Aretha!

20140425_200325Here’s a great shot of the brass section at a recent Aretha Franklin concert. Roy Thompson Hall, Toronto.

L to R: Colin Murray, Russ Little, Kelsley Grant, Dave Dunlop, Jason Logue, Chase Sanborn

Photo by Lou Pomanti. (Who really should have been at his keyboard by now.)

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Think this chart has been played a couple of times?

Categories: Concerts/Clinics, Pics

Sneezing into a trombone

_73632190_624_tromboneIn case you were wondering, here’s what it sounds like when you sneeze into a trombone.
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Categories: Clips

Ford & Bieber’s Island

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Categories: Humor

Achieving Mediocrity

mediocrity_web_log5-300x300Tips from jazzadvice.com for achieving (or avoiding) mediocrity.
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Categories: Pedagogy, Practicing

(Mostly) Men on Women

Burns4 WebTasked with a Toast To The Lassies at a Robbie Burns Day supper, I assembled the following quotes about women. I make no guarantees as to the authenticity of the authors.
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Categories: Humor

New Technology–1986

Categories: Clips

World’s First Hard Drive

3.75 mb, almost enough for one MP3.

RAMAC

Categories: Humor

Trumpet Player Gets a Gig

Categories: Clips

Summer Vacation

Having something new to practice during summer vacation could be just the thing to draw you to the practice room. Here is a list of some recommended etude books.
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Categories: Brass

Time Well Spent

This article is sparked by a question about practicing.
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Categories: Brass

Tongue Levels

In a previous article I touched on tongue levels briefly. This column will expand on the topic.
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Categories: Brass

Taps for Howie

1601_2My dad died today, at the grand old age of 85.

Howie fought hard at the end–a lifelong tennis player, he did not like to lose!–but in the end, we all concede and move on to the next match.

He heard me play Taps many times. I hope he heard me play it today.

Dad was the best, and the best part of me.

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Categories: Dad

Mel Lewis

Mel Lewis shares his thoughts on many of the great jazz drummers in a series of interviews.

http://www.pas.org/experience/oralhistory/mellewis.aspx

Categories: Interviews, Jazz

David Byrne’s Brass Tactics

OK, so he’s late to the Brass Tactics party, but David Byrne has put the name to good use.
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Categories: Clips

Flight of the Bumblebee (Thilo Wolf Big Band)

Here’s Jurgen Neudert providing some inspiration for the bone players
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Categories: Clips

1965 Count Basie

Here’s a full set from the 1965 Count Basie band, courtesy of the BBC.
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Categories: Clips

Maceo!

Lest there be any doubt about the power of groove, check out this 90-minute documentary on Maceo Parker and the James Brown Horns.

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Categories: Clips

Advice For Students

Categories: Humor

Trumpet Tips from Bob Pixley

Brilliant!

Categories: Humor

Smart Jazz People

Categories: Clips

Landfill Orchestra

Landfill Harmonic film teaser from Landfill Harmonic on Vimeo.

Categories: Clips

Trombone Cam

Categories: Clips

Guido Basso & Fred Stone (Canadian Jazz History)

Canadian jazz history in this 1965 CBC footage of the Jimmy Dale Orchestra featuring Guido Basso and Fred Stone on flugelhorn.
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Categories: Jazz

Miles Just Called


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Categories: Humor, Jazz

Ed Bickert (By Steve Wallace)


By Steve Wallace, for CBC Music

Steve Wallace is one of the leading jazz bass players in Canada. He played extensively with now retired Canadian jazz guitar legend, Ed Bickert. Bickert, who turns 80 on Nov. 29, is famously private, which makes Wallace’s insights into the man and the musician a real treat to read.

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Categories: Jazz

Caption Contest

Enter your best caption in the Comments.

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Categories: Humor

Dave Liebman on Jazz Education

JAZZ EDUCATION IN THE CENTURY OF CHANGE:
BEYOND  THE MUSIC
By Dave Liebman
 
Question:What values does a jazz education offer beyond the music itself?
 
     Artists have always had a supply and demand problem. Since time immemorial there have been more people with creative ideas than an audience to communicate them to, especially if the art demands more than a cursory attention span. In the current world of  jazz education, the situation vis a vis graduating more and more of the most equipped musicians in history (every year more so) in stark contrast to the scarcity of  paid performance and recording opportunities has assumed epic disproportion. To deny this would be like ignoring global warming. Serious educators are and should be concerned. Discussions on the subject are sometimes uncomfortable, but are nonetheless taking place worldwide. Notwithstanding that this situation might differ in degree from country to country or even regionally (all trends have their own natural ebb and flow), it is incumbent that responsible educators address this issue. Read more »

Categories: Jazz Education

Gil Evans-My Ship

Check out this bar by bar analysis of Gil Evans’ arrangement of ‘My Ship’ on YouTube.
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Categories: Arranging

Metronomes Synchronize

For those with too much time on their hands, you can watch 32 metronomes self-synchronize. Read more »

Categories: Humor

Secret Weapon

Categories: Humor

No Horn Blowing

Categories: Humor

The Language of Jazz

Let’s start with the premise that you are already an expert improviser. Every time you engage in conversation, you improvise. You don’t work from a script or recite memorized sentences or phrases. You can walk up to anyone in the world who speaks the same language and improvise a conversation. Read more »

Categories: Jazz

Thoughts on Jazz Education


(Dave Liebman speaking to students and teachers at the IASJ Meeting in Graz)

Written by Ronan Guilfoyle from the blog Mostly Music.

Thoughts on Jazz Education, Art, Craft, and Entitlement

I’ve spent the past week at the International Association of Schools of Jazz annual meeting in Graz in Austria. I’ve written before about what goes on at the IASJ meetings and what a buzz it is, and this year was no exception. Last year it was in Brazil, and this year in Austria so naturally the vibe of the location was quite different, but the camaraderie of the musicians – teachers and students alike – was as strong as ever. At a time when institutionalised jazz education as an idea is again under scrutiny, it was interesting and thought provoking to be part of this meeting and once again my feelings on the positive benefits of jazz education were both confirmed and reinforced. Read more »

Categories: Jazz, Pedagogy

How The World Sees You

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Categories: Humor

“Say AAAH”

This post expands on the effect of varying tongue levels in the mouth.
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Categories: Brass

James Brown Dance Moves

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Categories: Clips

How To Choose A Musical Instrument

Categories: Humor

Ray Charles-1979

Rare footage of Ray Charles in Antibes, France in 1979, with a youthful Chase Sanborn sitting in the trumpet section.
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Categories: Clips

Why Apple Rules


First Name : Chase
Last Name : Sanborn
Product : iTunes Store
Issue : While watching a rented movie, it stopped repeatedly to load
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Categories: Humor

Advice from Thelonious Monk


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Categories: Jazz

The Lick

Categories: Clips, Jazz

Jazz Studies at the University of Toronto

Jazz Studies at the University of Toronto provides students with a comprehensive education in jazz. It is a small, high-level program, with approximately 80 students enrolled, earning Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degrees in jazz performance. The faculty is comprised of some of the most prominent jazz musicians in Canada.
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Why Should You Choose U of T Jazz?

Why should you choose U of T Jazz over other jazz programs? What is different about this program? These are common questions from students considering where to study. Here are just some of the reasons to choose U of T Jazz:
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Mutes 101


Mutes insert into, are attached to, or are held in front of the bell of the horn. Though a mute may reduce the volume of the instrument, as the name implies, that is not always the case. More often, mutes are used to change the characteristics of the sound. Intonation is also affected; you may need to adjust your tuning slide when using a mute. Read more »

Categories: Brass

Is U of T Jazz Right For You?

How do you decide where to study music after high school? You may know a school’s reputation through word of mouth; you may have done some research (as you are doing now); your music teacher may make a recommendation (often his or her Alma Mater), or you may have a friend who attends a particular institution.
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U of T Students Speak

We asked our students: Why did you choose U of T Jazz? What’s the best thing about the U of T Jazz program for you? How has the program impacted on you as a musician and a person?
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U of T Students Listen


What kind of music are U of T Jazz students into? Here’s a short list of suggested listening, submitted by the students.
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A Profile of U of T Jazz

By Sean MacKay

It’s 6:30 on a Monday night at The Rex, Toronto’s preeminent jazz and blues bar. A sextet of young musicians sets up their instruments on the faded brown, half-moon stage. “Faculty of Music” is painted on the back of their music stands.
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Keep It Clean!

Can you imagine eating off the same cutlery day after day without ever washing it? Read more »

Categories: Brass

The Fun Factory

Remember the Play Doe Fun Factory? Read more »

Categories: Brass

Mental Focus

As we focus on our bodies when playing the instrument, we often forget the crucial role of the brain. 15 minutes of practice time with full concentration produces better results than an hour of mindless, repetitive practicing. Here are some tips for achieving mental focus: Read more »

Categories: Brass, Practicing

Stand Still


You should strive to reduce or eliminate extraneous body movement when playing your instrument. Read more »

Categories: Brass

The Four Ts


The jazz musician needs two basic abilities in order to improvise a solo:

  • She must be able to play what she hears.
  • She must be able to hear something worth playing.

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Categories: Jazz

More Mouthpiece Talk


How much difference can a mouthpiece make?

A mouthpiece won’t create miracles, but it can help you to maximize your abilities. For instance, it might help you achieve a fuller tone, or more burn on the upper notes, or better slotting, easier flexibility, more accurate intonation, or more defined attacks. Ultimately, there is no substitute for hard work and intelligent practice. Choose a mouthpiece that works for you, then head for the practice room! Read more »

Categories: Brass, Mouthpieces

Sibelius vs. Finale

This article is from Film Music Magazine. It provides a brief overview of the differences between the two main music notation software programs, Finale and Sibelius.
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Categories: Music Notation

Air!


All notes on a brass instrument are produced by a combination of air compression and lip compression. The balance can be shifted: the more work your air does, the less your lips have to do (and vice versa). A quick look at the musculature surrounding the lungs compared to the musculature of the face tells you this is an area of strength that you should utilize. Read more »

Categories: Brass

Are tests biased against students?

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Categories: Clips, Humor

A Moooving Performance

The New Hot 5 band finds a new audience.
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Categories: Humor

Wayne Bergeron



Pros, students and fans in Toronto are still buzzing following a 3-day visit by Wayne Bergeron. Read more »

Categories: Concerts/Clinics

The Ultimate Sobriety Test

Categories: Humor

The Ultimate Tour Bus

http://www.wimp.com/meanwhilerussia/

Categories: Humor

Ikea Job Interview

Categories: Humor

No Bitching

Categories: Humor

Please Play That Part Louder

Categories: Humor

Listen!

“Who do you listen to?” Read more »

Categories: Brass

Maynard ’58


Here’s a great 1958 recording of Maynard Ferguson.
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Categories: Clips

Pics (Tribute to narcissism)

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Categories: Pics

Trumpet Comparison: Yamaha 9335NY / 9335CH / 8335LA / 8310Z

A New Horn!
It’s time for a new horn. I say this not because there is anything wrong with my current horn, or because I am an equipment junkie (well…) Read more »

Categories: Product Reviews

Yamaha 8310Z Trumpet


The Yamaha 8310Z trumpet is an updated version of the 6310Z trumpet, designed for Bobby Shew, one of the world’s greatest lead and jazz trumpet players. Read more »

Categories: Product Reviews

Yamaha 8335 Xeno Trumpet

The 8335 Xeno is the third generation in Yamaha’s pro-level heavywall trumpet model. It replaced the 6335HII in 2001. Read more »

Categories: Product Reviews

Safe From Ducks (National Music Camp)

Photo by Sharon Little

At the time of this writing, I am comfortably ensconced in a slightly dilapidated (yet it hath charms) cabin on the shores of Lake Couchiching, two hours north of Toronto near the town of Orillia, Ontario.
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Categories: Music Camps

Yamaha Silent Brass


I first reviewed Yamaha’s Silent Brass practice system several years ago, when it made its debut as a revolutionary product. Since then, Yamaha has expanded the ‘silent’ practice concept to many different instruments. While it does not eliminate all sound, the reduction in decibels is enough that you should be able to practice anywhere, anytime. I’ve used it in hotel rooms, cottages and tents. Read more »

Categories: Product Reviews

Wiseman Cases

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Wiseman trumpet cases, designed and hand-built by Howard Wiseman of London, England, offer superior protection for your horns, and look good doing it! They are the ‘Cadillacs’ of trumpet cases. Read more »

Categories: Product Reviews

Summer Vacation

Many students wonder how to keep their chops up during the summer. They no longer have the school bands and music programs to keep them focused, summer jobs rob practice time, and the lure of the beach is ever-present. September is often a rude awakening as you struggle to regain your chops. Here are a few suggestions for staying in shape at a time of year when there are places you’d rather be than the practice room. Read more »

Categories: Practicing