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1  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/
2  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
3  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.
4  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
5  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.
6  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/
7  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.
8  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.
9  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.
10  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.
11  Practice Break / Food and Drink / Re: New Years Menu? on: Dec 30, 2013, 02:10PM
These menus all sound great!  I'm playing a wedding gig tomorrow night, so who knows...
12  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: BAM Softpack Trombone Case on: Dec 10, 2013, 02:11PM
I've been using two of them (one for small tenor, one for large-bore tenor) for the last year and a half or so and have been very happy with them.  Well-constructed, pretty good protection, compact, light weight, and a decent amount of accessory storage in the side pocket.
13  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Big Band Arrangements with Mutes on: Nov 18, 2013, 02:34PM
Maria Schneider uses harmon a little bit in "The Pretty Road."
14  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / Re: Advices on clip mic. Wireless? on: Nov 08, 2013, 01:57PM
I've been using a Sennheiser E908BEW for about 9 months now and I've been really happy with it.
15  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Boston-area private lessons? on: Aug 12, 2013, 03:45PM
Hi Hi, Tim! 

From what I've heard about Tim, he might be a good fit.  Every thing I've heard about his playing speaks very highly of him.

Hope to catch up with you, and the rest of the guys, soon, Tim!

Thanks Jim!  Hope to run into you in person one of these days.
16  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Boston-area private lessons? on: Aug 11, 2013, 02:57PM
I might be able to help you.  I'm no big name player, but I'm a Boston-area freelancer working primarily in jazz and related areas of music.  I got my Master's from NEC a little over a year ago.  Feel free to shoot me a PM if you're interested.  You've also gotten great suggestions from everyone else posting here.
17  Creation and Performance / Other Musicians and Ensembles / RIP Laurie Frink on: Jul 15, 2013, 04:38PM
The music world suffered a great loss yesterday with the passing of trumpet player and pedagogue Laurie Frink.  I never studied with her or even met her myself, but she was a huge positive influence, in many ways, on many of my friends and colleagues.  In addition to her own exceptional playing, she helped many great brass players through debilitating chop problems that could have ended their careers.  She was also a source of inspiration to many female brass and jazz players working in a largely male-dominated world.  May she rest in peace; she will be greatly missed.
18  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Double Trombone Case?? on: Jun 20, 2013, 03:05PM
There may be a cheaper alternative, but the Cronkhite double gig bags are very good.

Bruce, the tenor/bass double has become fairly common in reduced musical theater scores.  Also, a busy freelancer (or student) will often gig and/or rehearse with multiple groups in the same day, and might be playing different horns in different groups.
19  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Harmon mute in big band on: Jun 10, 2013, 08:16PM
I had to use a harmon (stem in) on a Maria Schneider chart one time; it was a sort of special effect in a pretty sparsely orchestrated section.
20  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Playing jazz on trombone with no accompaniment... on: Jun 05, 2013, 04:53PM
Go through some of your favorite recordings and spend some quality time listening with a focus on the rhythm section.  Listen especially for how the different players interact with each other, how the bass line is influenced by and in turn influences the soloist, etc.  When you play a capella, try to get a bass line going in your head, and play a solo over that.  Leave plenty of space in the solo, and during some of that space, play the bass line, and then keep it going in your head when you go back to the solo again.  In addition to making for a more interesting solo, this will deepen your understanding of what rhythm section players do, which will lead to your connecting and interacting with them on a much deeper level when you play with other people again.
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