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1  Town Hall / Notices from TTF Members / Nick Finzer: The Chase PledgeMusic pre-order campaign on: Dec 19, 2014, 01:52PM
Hi everyone, I just wanted to share this project by my good friend Nick Finzer.  Nick is a fantastic player and one of the hardest-working people I know.  He's in the studio today recording his second album as a leader, and has this campaign going on PledgeMusic in which you can pre-order the digital album for $5, or donate more for additional rewards.  Follow the link for more info:

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thechase
2  Teaching & Learning / Schools, Colleges and Conservatories / Re: Summer Internships on: Dec 19, 2014, 01:37PM
I second the Interlochen suggestion, although I would point out that there are many jobs available there besides being a counselor.  And actually, if you're hoping to spend a lot of time playing trombone while you're there, I would suggest going for a different job - the counselors don't get a whole lot of free time.  In most other jobs you do though, and there are a number of performing opportunities available to staff members who are good players.
3  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Headphones For Recording Sessions on: Nov 19, 2014, 02:28PM
I always bring earbuds to recording sessions, because of all the issues you brought up.  I have the Shure SE215 earbuds, which I bought originally to use as in-ear monitors on stage, and I've been really happy with them.  They don't block out 100% of outside noise, but they do block a lot of it, and they sound great.
4  Teaching & Learning / Schools, Colleges and Conservatories / Re: Best Schools to Study Trombone and Music Education on: Aug 19, 2014, 03:47PM
Eastman has excellent programs for both, and the performance/ed double major is very common there.

Beyond that, well, you go to IAA?  Talk to Tom, he knows what he's talking about.
5  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: taking two trombones to a gig on: Aug 02, 2014, 03:48PM
Yep.  I've done a fair amount of playing in medium-sized jazz groups (7-9ish players) and it seems that a lot of people who write for that size ensemble like to use the low register of the trombone, valve notes included.  So I'll often take both a small bore straight tenor and a large bore tenor w/ F attachment for those situations.  I usually use both horns on trombone quartet and brass quintet gigs as well, depending on the rep.  When I used to do more orchestral playing, I'd use large tenor, sometimes alto, and occasionally small tenor, and I played all three when I was in the Eastman Trombone Choir.
6  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Case for small bore/jazz trombone on: Jul 30, 2014, 03:27PM
Another vote for BAM.
7  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: What is the weirdest time signature you have ever seen? on: Jun 01, 2014, 03:34PM
I was introduced to some of Steve Lehman's music at the Banff jazz workshop a few years ago.  His piece "Foster Brothers" has meters like 3/16+2/8+3/16.  The idea in this case is that the music flows in 4, but oscillates between two different tempos - the 3/16s are felt as elongated eighth note beats.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCgRf3gn6eQ
8  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / Re: Dreamy Trombone Mic on: May 13, 2014, 02:03PM
Best recorded sound I've ever gotten was with an RCA 77-DX in the studio at the Banff Centre.
9  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: What to do when you're completely fried from practicing. on: May 08, 2014, 03:00PM
I see from your profile that you're a 20-year-old conservatory student.  I was a 20-year-old conservatory student not that long ago, and I remember that I felt like I always needed to be practicing, working on something 24/7.  I ended up doing a lot of unproductive practicing, even counterproductive at times.  If you're getting to the point where you can't focus anymore, you're not going to get anything out of practicing.  I'd recommend taking a break from music entirely.  Go work out, or go for a run.  Or take a nap.  Or do some cooking.  Or read something unrelated to music.  Just be a human for a little bit, and not a musician.  When you go back to the practice room afterward, I think you'll find that your mind is fresh again and you can do some focused practicing.
10  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / Re: Bob McChesney @ Ryles-Cambridge, MA on: Apr 24, 2014, 02:22PM
I wasn't able to make the show, but I'm not all that surprised by the complaints about the sound - I've never been crazy about the sound at Ryles.

I love Kevin Harris's playing though!
11  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: Another Strad test... could they tell them apart? on: Apr 08, 2014, 03:14PM
Some thoughts from one of the study participants:

http://www.violinist.com/blog/laurie/20121/13039/
12  Teaching & Learning / Schools, Colleges and Conservatories / Re: MusicSchoolRankings.com-Trombone Performance on: Apr 04, 2014, 02:19PM
I think this is a more empirically sound list:

http://seatedovation.blogspot.com/2014/04/top-ten-music-school-rankings.html
13  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: Most annoying things during Rehearsal/Concert on: Mar 24, 2014, 03:04PM
In my experience as a freelance jazz musician, you're often playing music you've never seen or heard before, with little to no rehearsal.  The person running the rehearsal is usually the one who wrote the music, and when that person is me, I absolutely want people to check notes that they're not sure about.  I want to be sure that there aren't any mistakes in my parts - especially if I might have a sub sightreading a gig, which happens all the time in the jazz world.
14  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: What's on your music stand currently? on: Mar 10, 2014, 03:33PM
On the stand:
Brad Edwards Lip Slurs
Arban
Bordogni/Rochut Book 1
My most recent transcription - Dexter Gordon's solo on "You Stepped Out of a Dream" from A Swingin' Affair

Near the stand:
Bergonzi Book 6
Metronome
Tuner
Mirror
15  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Current favorite straight tenor horns on: Feb 27, 2014, 02:35PM
Here in the Boston area it's all over the map.  Guys are playing old Conns, Kings, Shires, Edwards, Raths, Yamahas.  I wouldn't say any one brand or model really predominates.
16  Teaching & Learning / Schools, Colleges and Conservatories / Re: Summer Brass Workshops on: Feb 11, 2014, 01:53PM
Summer Brass Institute and Festival at the Menlo School

http://brass.menloschool.org/
17  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Improvisational Materials on: Feb 07, 2014, 02:06PM
get some good albums.

^ This ^

My favorite books for the sort of nuts and bolts of jazz improvisation are Hal Crook's How to Improvise and Jerry Bergonzi's books.  For really learning to integrate all the concepts and techniques you get from books into actual musical playing though, there's no substitute for spending a lot of time listening to the greats.  And really listening actively - if you're working on a particular aspect of playing, listen especially for that aspect.  Working on your time feel?  Listen to several different people with distinct time feels and try to match their eighth-note placement exactly.  That sort of thing.
18  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman on: Feb 04, 2014, 03:58PM
Apparently he was a jazz fan, and a friend of Luis Bonilla's.  Luis said on facebook that Hoffman used to come to his trio gigs.
19  Teaching & Learning / Schools, Colleges and Conservatories / Re: Grad Schools/Teachers on: Jan 20, 2014, 04:03PM
Great suggestions so far.  If you're looking to stay in the Midwest, I would also check out the University of Wisconsin in Madison - Mark Hetzler is fantastic.
20  Town Hall / Notices from TTF Members / Re: JEN Conference 2014 on: Jan 07, 2014, 01:39PM
I see that one of my former teachers, Dariusz Terefenko is giving a talk on jazz theory pedagogy.  That would be great to check out - the man is an evil genius of jazz (and non-jazz) theory.
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