Tag Archives: trumpeters

Pops’ Tops: The 10 Best Louis Armstrong Albums Since 1945

  Satchmo at Symphony Hall (1947) The first live document of Armstrong’s return to the small group format after the big band era. The All Stars—Jack Teagarden on trombone, Barney Bigard on clarinet, Sid Catlett on drums, Arvell Shaw on bass and Velma Middleton joining Armstrong on vocals—all got featured spots in a set that [...]

Louis Armstrong’s Musical Ideals

On June 29th, Trombone Shorty brought his band to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park for an outdoor concert. The show sold out, but thousands of people kept streaming into the park as he played, creating a vast crowd outside the walls of the arena. Shorty electrified the audience, then toward the end of the set announced, “I’m [...]

Kid Merv, Body and Soul (Kid’s World Records)

Kid Merv’s voice doesn’t so much recharge jazz standards as refocus them on their reasons for being, whether it be love, summer, or mourning. While most selections on his new album come from the master’s collection, the Satchmo influence isn’t as striking as Merv’s vocal mastery and the engaging response of his accompanists. Really: listen [...]

Christian Scott, Christian aTunde Adjuah (Concord Jazz Records)

The trumpet makes warriors out of its young princes, infusing their gifts with aspirations to conquer the sitting king after burning his land. Christian Scott hasn’t shied from a fight since he burst onto the scene. He covered Radiohead, rejected standards, broke with Wynton, and opened his own front in the battle for jazz’s future. [...]

YouTube du Jour: Kermit Ruffins’ Treme Speakeasy

Kermit Ruffins’ weekly longtime weekly gigs in New Orleans are legendary: Vaughan’s in the Bywater on Thursdays, Bullet’s Sports Bar in the Seventh Ward on Tuesdays. Recently he added two new gigs to the weekly lineup: Sundays and Mondays at his new club Kermit’s Treme Speakeasy, which opened around Jazz Fest time at the corner [...]

Freddie Keppard: The King of In-Between

Like many of the best and earliest New Orleans jazz musicians, Freddie Keppard’s name is inextricably linked with that of Buddy Bolden. He was the next King of Jazz in town, directly following Bolden’s surrender of the title and perhaps his sanity. While many say that Bolden’s sound is the sound that got away, Keppard [...]

YouTube du Jour: Freddie Keppard

OffBeat‘s June issue hits the streets of New Orleans today, and includes a story on Freddie Keppard, the great early New Orleans jazz trumpeter. Keppard ascended to the New Orleans jazz throne after Buddy Bolden disappeared from public view, but left the city for California in 1912. His spot in the limelight was taken by [...]

Jazz Fest Focus: James Andrews

If you know Trombone Shorty, then you know my friend, James Andrews, Shorty’s big brother. James helped raise Shorty, made sure he had as many opportunities as possible to take advantage of, and exposed him to as much musical schooling as possible. Not that a whole lot of formal musical schooling was needed. Both brothers [...]

Jazz Fest Focus: Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown

Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown has accomplished a lot at a relatively young age. Picking up the trumpet at the age of 9, he’s toured the world playing music since the age of 15. He’s won a Latin Billboard Award, been nominated for two Grammy Awards, and won a Grammy in 2010. He’s recorded with such [...]

Terence Blanchard at Barranquijazz Festival in Colombia

The capacity audience at this cosmopolitan Caribbean coastal city’s 15th-annual Barranquijazz Festival fell pin-drop quiet for Terence Blanchard’s opening trumpet soliloquy. Barranquijazz takes place in Barranquilla, Colombia the second week of September every year. It’s centered on Latin jazz and its perspective is Colombian, but the offerings are multi-generic and the cast is international. Among [...]