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Category: trumpet

Wednesday, January 24th

sounds of New York

Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die (JB, trumpet, compositions; Tomeka Reid, cello; Jason Ajemian, bass; Chad Taylor, drums), live, New York (Rye Bar, Brooklyn), 2016




musical thoughts

Improvised music is like basketball: a great player makes everybody better.


random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, January 22nd

voices I miss

Von Freeman (MCOTD Hall of Fame), tenor saxophonist, 1923-2012

“Oleo” (S. Rollins) with Clifford Jordan (tenor saxophone), Willie Pickens (piano), Dan Shapera (bass), Robert Shy (drums), Chicago (Chicago Jazz Festival), 1988



“Take the ‘A’ Train” (B. Strayhorn) with Joanie Pallatto (vocals), Bettye Reynolds (vocals), Fred Anderson (tenor saxophone), Billy Brimfield (trumpet), John Young (piano), George Freeman (guitar), Larry Gray (bass), Michael Adams (drums), live, Chicago, 1999




my back pages

On a cold, snowy night forty-one years ago, at a church thirty miles north of Chicago, Von Freeman and John Young played at our—Suzanne’s and my—wedding. All of what they played that night—”Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “It Never Entered My Mind,” “More” (before); “In a Sentimental Mood” (as Suzanne walked down the aisle); “My Favorite Things,” “Song for My Father” (after)—can be heard here (0:15-). Years later, John told me: “When I marry ’em, they stay married.”

Tuesday, December 5th


Miles Davis (with John Scofield, guitar; Darryl Jones, bass, et al.), live, Tokyo, 1985




art beat: other day, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (Chicago)

Howard Finster, 1916-2001

Monday, December 4th


Miles Davis (with John Scofield, guitar; Darryl Jones, bass, et al.), live, Montreal, 1985




reading table

“Living here is like a joke without a punch line.”

—Bulgarian bar owner, quoted in New York Times Book Review, 12/3/17, review of Border: Journey to the Edge of Europe

Thursday, November 23rd

trumpet festival
day three

Lester Bowie (1941-1999), trumpeter—and so much more*

Lester Bowie Brass & Steel Band, live, Italy (Umbria), 1996




reading table

Together, We All Go out under the Cypress Trees in the Chou Family Burial Grounds by T’ao Ch’ien (AKA T’ao Yuan-Ming), 365-427 A.D. (translated from Chinese by David Hinton)

Today’s skies are perfect for a clear
flute and singing koto. And touched

this deeply by those laid under these
cypress trees, how could we neglect joy?

Clear songs drift away anew. Emerald wine
starts pious faces smiling. Not knowing

what tomorrow brings, it’s exquisite
exhausting whatever I feel here and now.


Happy Thanksgiving!

This holiday, recovering from pneumonia, I’m more thankful than ever for family, for art, for poetry and, yes, for music.


*Lester is a member of the MCOTD Hall of fame, along with saxophonists Von Freeman and Henry Threadgill; drummer Hamid Drake; gospel singer Dorothy Love Coates; composer Morton Feldman; poets John Berryman, William Bronk, and Wislawa Szymborska; and photographer Helen Levitt.

Wednesday, November 22nd

trumpet festival
day two

Peter Evans (trumpet) & Cory Smythe (piano), International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), live, New York, 2014








Tuesday, November 21st

trumpet festival
day one

Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die (JB, trumpet; Tomeka Reid, cello; Jason Ajemian, bass; Chad Taylor, drums), live, Toronto, 5/6/17

“theme 1,” “. . . meanwhile,” “theme 2”



“theme nothing”


Monday, October 9th

drum festival
day one

Dafnis Prieto Sextet (DP, drums; Peter Apfelbaum, tenor saxophone; Alex Sipiagin, trumpet; Roman Filiu, alto saxophone; Manuel Valera , piano; Johannes Weidenmueller, bass), “Back and Forth” (D. Prieto), live, East Lansing, Mich., 2017


Wednesday, August 23rd

like nobody else

Peter Evans (trumpet), “Abyss (for Roscoe Mitchell),” 2016


Thursday, May 11th


James P. Johnson (piano), Sidney DeParis (trumpet), Vic Dickenson (trombone), Ben Webster (tenor saxophone), Jimmy Shirley (guitar), John Simmons (bass), Sidney Catlett (drums), “After You’ve Gone” (T. Layton, M. Harris), 1944



reading table

Your actual experience is a complete flux.

Robert Lowell (1917-1977)

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