15 hours ago
The great trumpeter Wilmer Wise passed away today, for those of you not familiar with his career, here is a video of him playing 1st trumpet for Bernstein while recording the score for West Side Story (Bernstein calls him a "genius trumpet player"). He also was a prolific player on Broadway, Orchestra, soundtracks, and more.I once accidentally called Wilmer on the phone (I had gotten a new smartphone and Facebook synced with my contacts - adding his name/number to my list) and immediately hung up when I saw who it was dialing. Moments later Wilmer called me back and said "Hi, I just got a call from this number ..." After explaining my embarrassment for accidentally dialing the wrong "Wise" in my contact list, and how Facebook had added him to my phone, I introduced myself and we chatted trumpet for about 10 minutes - I believe he was then off to a rehearsal. He told me about playing duets with Lee Morgan, and shared some of his incredible history and kindness with me.He will be missed, he was an outstanding player and a wonderful and kind individual.http://youtu.be/Ra3zyMcTKX4further reading: http://www.trumpetguild.org/_72820_archive/2005journal/200510wise.pdf ... See MoreSee Less
Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story, studio-takes. (4)
Dance at the Gym. The maestro with the orchestra and the mixer-team. To be continued . . . . Carl Vendler
2 days ago
Last min gig announcement ...I'll be playing tonight at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM with the Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra. Come on out and hang! This is always a fun hang, the Mill is one of the hippest and most historic clubs out there. ... See MoreSee Less
Fun gig last night at the Green Mill! Great to see some friends there, thanks to Rachel Roberts for taking and sharing this cool photo. — with Kyle Granville.
4 days ago
Here is a project that I worked on nearly two years ago that I'm just hearing right now from singer DenZon Hicks. His album "Shoot From the Hip" was released this past Nov. I wrote all the horn charts for this album and play trumpet on it as well. David Thomas is playing Organ on this track. There are some legendary rock musicians on this album besides Freddie Salem, including Joe Vitale and Joe Walsh.http://youtu.be/pwd48-aBaogOne more...http://youtu.be/xrZ5oZt9bqM ... See MoreSee Less
Good To Me
Good To Me DenZon ℗ 2014 Little Fish Records Released on: 2014-09-09 Composer: Freddie Salem, Denton Hicks Music Publisher: UZI Publishing B.M.I. Auto-genera...
It's been just over a month since I got this #pickettbrass mouthpiece, and it is awesome. I was playing the same Bach 1 1/2C for a decade, and this is a noticeable step up for everything. Pickett Brass!! ... See MoreSee Less
1 week ago
Check out my friend Paul Marinaro on his gig that is being broadcast online #live. Click this link to hear him now! Paul is an excellent vocalist here in #chicago. http://www.steverashidpresents.com/ ... See MoreSee Less
Along with the new year comes an exciting new partnership and an updated name. We welcome Chicago jazz station WDCB (90.9FM) as our new series co-sponsor, and are proud to add them to our series title...
Wow, this young pianist is spectacular. I think he's 11 years old now...and he plays the piano like few ever will. Looks like he's got an album on the way, I'm sure it will be awesome. Pretty inspiring to see such a young talent. Imagine what he'll be playing when he's 12 ... or 20?!http://youtu.be/Cf5QEeIDjIg ... See MoreSee Less
Joey Alexander - 'Giant Steps' - Debut album April 2015
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2 weeks ago
Hey #Chicago - #jazz tonight! It's the pro jazz jam session at the Serbian Village from 9PM - 1AM. I'll be playing the first set with the band as the invited guest - gonna be fun! #jamsession #chijazzKelly Sill on bass, Phil Gratteau on drums, and Tom Muellner on piano. Jazz pro instrumentalists & vocalists are invited to sit in after the 1st set.Address below:The Serbian Village 3144 W Irving Park Rd. Chicago, IL 60618 (by Kedzie) ... See MoreSee Less