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1  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Best Gig Case For a Rath? on: Oct 16, 2017, 10:40PM
A little more than $200, but the smaller model BAM Softpack works great for my R1.
2  Creation and Performance / Trombonists / Re: Jazz trombonists that play on larger horns on: Mar 31, 2017, 03:41PM
A number of people in NYC are playing .525 and .547 horns.  In addition to those already mentioned, Nick Finzer plays a 3B+ these days, and Nick Vayenas has been playing a 4B lately.  Both sound great.
3  Creation and Performance / Trombonists / Re: Ryan Keberle on: Mar 30, 2016, 02:08PM
One of my favorite current players as well!  I agree with all the comments so far.  He has a great solo on the most recent Maria Schneider album also.
4  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / Re: NYC - Who's playing on March 6th and 7th? on: Feb 19, 2016, 02:17PM
If you're there on a Monday night, Monday nights are big band nights in NYC, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra at the Village Vanguard and the Mingus band at the Jazz Standard.
5  Creation and Performance / Trombonists / Re: More YouTube Trombonists on: Oct 14, 2015, 07:33PM
That's beautiful, thanks for posting Nick!
6  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / Re: Good Mic for Recording Live Gigs on: Oct 13, 2015, 03:02PM
I like the RE-20 for live performance.  You can hear a pretty good example of trombone recorded with an RE-20 in this video of the Monk Institute ensemble from a couple years ago at the Blue Whale in LA.

7  Teaching & Learning / Schools, Colleges and Conservatories / Re: What made you choose to go to the school you went to? on: Sep 25, 2015, 02:23PM
A combination of the teachers, the caliber of the other students, and the financial aid situation.
8  Teaching & Learning / Composition, Arranging and Theory / Re: Getting Fair Pay for Arranging Services on: Sep 10, 2015, 01:27PM
I have a good friend here in Boston who does this for a living, I can put you in touch with him if you want.  He writes charts for friends' groups as well as random freelance writing gigs, at a pretty high  level (the Boston Pops recently played a couple of his arrangements), and he seems to do a good job of taking care of the business side without rubbing anyone the wrong way.
9  Teaching & Learning / Schools, Colleges and Conservatories / Re: Best colleges in Europe on: Aug 26, 2015, 02:20PM
I would check out the Jazz-Institute Berlin.
10  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: Soloing over changes on: Aug 24, 2015, 05:39PM
How do you guys think about soloing?  What are you trying to do?

Fundamentally?  When I'm improvising, I'm trying to start or continue a conversation.  Responding to whatever has just happened in the music, or to what is happening at the moment.  Hopefully the people I'm playing with will likewise respond and the conversation will continue.  Different playing situations may have more or less restrictive parameters in which that conversation can occur - as other posters have said, certain more modern harmonic practices aren't stylistically appropriate in earlier jazz styles, for example - but the idea of being part of a conversation, of playing something that relates in some way to whatever's going on in the music, always applies.

And that includes relating to whatever I've just played myself - coherent improvised lines have to have some kind of continuity from moment to moment.  One of my teachers, John McNeil, would have me try to improvise a solo by starting with a simple motive, then playing that motive with just a small variation, maybe 2/3 the same as the original and 1/3 different, then dropping another piece of the original motive and adding another smaller variation.  Continuing on like that, you get an improvised line that's constantly evolving, but each moment is connected to the previous and to the next.
11  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Anybody see Whiplash? (the new movie) on: Aug 21, 2015, 02:21PM
Is the story about Jo Jones and Charlie Parker true?  Did Jo Jones really almost decapitate Bird with a cymbal?

Not quite.

12  Teaching & Learning / Composition, Arranging and Theory / Re: Price for Commissioning Transcriptions for Big Band? on: May 24, 2015, 09:20PM
My friend and colleague Danny Fratina basically does big band transcriptions and arrangements for a living, and does great and very accurate work quite quickly.  You can contact him for a quote through his website.

13  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / New Maria Schneider Orchestra album "The Thompson Fields" on: May 23, 2015, 04:43PM
Hi guys, just wanted to spread the word that a new Maria Schneider Orchestra album came out yesterday.  It's been about 8 years since her last album with the big band, but it's well worth the wait.  This is really stunning music and uniformly fantastic playing, recorded exceptionally well.  Available through ArtistShare - http://artistshare.com/v4/
14  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: Trombone movies? on: May 15, 2015, 02:09PM
And not really a film, of course, but "Treme" is pretty amazing.

Yep, a great show!  And one of the main characters is a trombonist.
15  Teaching & Learning / Composition, Arranging and Theory / Re: Is there a word that means.. on: Apr 23, 2015, 02:20PM
Robcat, I'm actually a little bit unsure of where that line is myself. My understanding is that:

Orchestration is a type of orchestration (  :-0 ) wherein a piece is adapted for an orchestra.
Transcription is a type of orchestration where an adaptation is basically note-for-note, but with different instruments
Arrangement is a fairly substantial difference from the original in some way, and can include (re)orchestration, modification to the form or accompaniment, modification to harmony, etc.

Is that accurate at all?  I'd love to hear a clarification.

My understanding is:

Orchestration is the assigning of existing musical material (melodies and harmonies, notes and rhythms, etc) to particular instruments.
Transcription is writing out existing material note for note, whether writing down what was played in a recording, or writing out a piece for a different instrumentation (overlapping with orchestration in that case).  It could also be working out what was played in a recording without writing it down - the key thing is that it is essentially a reproduction of something that was already played or written.
Arrangement is taking existing material and adapting it for performance.  This may include orchestration and may include some new composition (intros/interludes/endings, background figures, etc) but preserves the essence of the original melody and harmony.
Recomposition is taking bits of existing material and creating a new piece out of them.
A chart is just any sheet music, whether it's an original composition, an arrangement, a transcription, a lead sheet, a 2nd trombone part, a full score, or anything else.
16  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: What are some songs I should know going into college? (Jazz) on: Mar 19, 2015, 02:25PM
Hi Nick, congrats on Humber!  I have a number of friends who went to school there and got a great education.  And good for you for digging in and learning tunes.  This is a good place to start:

17  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: 2015 - List of Excellent Slide Techs on: Mar 08, 2015, 03:32PM
I like Jim Becker here at Osmun Brass in the Boston area.

Yep.  I've had excellent work done by Jim.
18  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Rath S11 MN on: Feb 09, 2015, 03:13PM
I've been playing on one for several years, and I agree that it's a great design.  Gets a really substantial sound despite the fairly small size.
19  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:

20  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.
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