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Send In The Marines!

I couldn't be happier to announce that The United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon has availed themselves to the premiere of my piece of performance art conceived to integrate their performance with my jazz orchestra. Stand: A Symphony for…

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"He is proudly in command of his CH-53..."

This has been really amazing! What a privilege I always follow my nose when I'm writing music. I never question the idea, whether it is musical or to reach out and ask questions or assistance of someone who knows more…

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The Leading Edge: Earl Gardner, Unedited (Sept. 2010 Issue)

Who were your top three earliest influences as a lead player before you turned thirty?

 

Earl Gardner

I was playing in the house band at a night club in Cherry Hill, NJ called “The Latin Casino.”  Bill Pusey was the…

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The Leading Edge: Tony Kadleck, Unedited (Sept. 2010 Issue)

Who were your top three earliest influences as a lead player before you turned thirty?

Tony Kadleck

            Bobby Shew was the first lead player I heard who could also play great jazz. He used that sensibility in his lead phrasing.

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The Leading Edge: Jon Owens, Unedited (Sept. 2010 Issue)

Who were your top three earliest influences as a lead player before you turned thirty?

Jon Owens

My early influences of lead trumpet players were generally the players on the touring bands, some of whom I saw perform live as…

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The Leading Edge: John Fedchock, Unedited (Sept. 2010 Issue)

Who were your top three earliest influences as a lead player before you turned thirty?

 

John Fedchock

            I first became interested in the jazz trombone at the age of 16, when I discovered recordings of Urbie Green.  His sound and…

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The Leading Edge: Keith O'Quinn, Unedited (Sept. 2010 Issue)

Who were your top three earliest influences as a lead player before you turned thirty?

 

Keith O’Quinn:

            The first trombone player that really grabbed my attention was Phil Wilson with the Woody Herman band around 1964. In the band room…

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The Leading Edge: Mark Patterson, Unedited (Sept. 2010 Issue)

Who were your top three earliest influences as a lead player before you turned thirty?

 

Mark Patterson

            I’d say my two early trombone influences as a lead player were Lawrence Brown, with the Ellington Band, and Jim Pugh, with the…

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The Leading Edge: Dick Oatts, Unedited

 

Who were your top three earliest influences as a lead player before you turned thirty?

Dick Oatts:

            Marshall Royal had a great commanding sound, time, and style of his own. I felt his section followed him well because of his…

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The Leading Edge: Steve Wilson, Unedited

Who were your earliest influences as a lead player before you turned thirty?

Steve Wilson:   Some of my teachers introduced me to Johnny Hodges and Marshall Royal.  They became a reference for me during my first year in college.  Around…

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The Leading Edge: Introduction and Dave Pietro, Unedited

I hope you all were able to see my column, The Leading Edge in the September 2010 issue of JazzEd Magazine.  If you have not, you may view it and/or subscribe online by clicking this link: http://www.jazzedmagazine.com/ME2/Default.asp 

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Stand

Announcing Stand:  A symphony for jazz orchestra

Stand is an original symphony for jazz orchestra in five movements, commemorating and depicting the American experience of the events of September 11, 2001 and its effect on our nation’s psyche.  The…