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Take Five With Philipp Zarfl

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Meet Philipp Zarfl:

Born 1991 in Wolfsberg/Austria, Philipp started playing trombone at the age of 13 in the local music school. Currently (from 2007 on) he has studied with Andi Mittermayer at the Conservatory in Klagenfurt/Austria.

Instrument(s):

Trombone, Arrangement, Composition.

Teachers and/or influences?

My influences are Bill Holman
Bill Holman
Bill Holman
b.1927
sax, tenor
, Phil Kelly
Phil Kelly
Phil Kelly
b.1937
composer/conductor
, Frank Rosolino
Frank Rosolino
Frank Rosolino
1926 - 1978
trombone
, Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
1920 - 1955
sax, alto
, Conrad Herwig
Conrad Herwig
Conrad Herwig
b.1959
trombone
, Steve Davis
Steve Davis
Steve Davis
b.1967
trombone
, Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
, Michael Gibbs
Michael Gibbs
Michael Gibbs
b.1937
trombone
, Kai Winding
Kai Winding
Kai Winding
1922 - 1983
trombone
, Sammy Nestico
Sammy Nestico
Sammy Nestico
b.1924
composer/conductor
, Hank Levy
Hank Levy
1927 - 2001
sax, tenor
, Bob Brookmeyer
Bob Brookmeyer
Bob Brookmeyer
1929 - 2011
trombone
, Bill Watrous
Bill Watrous
Bill Watrous
b.1939
trombone
, Wes Montgomery
Wes Montgomery
Wes Montgomery
1925 - 1968
guitar
, John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
, Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
1917 - 1993
trumpet
, Ack van Rooijen, 'Jerry' van Rooijen.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when...

I quit school to be a jazz musician.

Your sound and approach to music:

I try to play what I really mean.

Your dream band:

My dream band would be a big band but I also would like very much to play in an octet or nonet. I like to work with honest musicians who feel the music.

Road story: Your best or worst experience:

My best experiences are playing, jamming, or drinking coffee in the summer garden of Jazz Club Gajo. This club is in the center of Ljubljana/Slovenia but it's like you are in the forest and it gives you such a great atmosphere to play and relax. It's the most wonderful Jazz club I've ever been to.

Your favorite recording in your discography and why?

I have a lot of favorite recordings but the albums I listen the most are:
Bill Holman
Bill Holman
Bill Holman
b.1927
sax, tenor
Band, In a Jazz Orbit;

Count Basie
Count Basie
Count Basie
1904 - 1984
piano
, Basie Straight Ahead.

The first Jazz album I bought was:

Count Basie
Count Basie
Count Basie
1904 - 1984
piano
, Basie Straight Ahead.

Did you know...

I also play other instruments.

CDs you are listening to now:

US Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, Things ain't what they used to be;

Klemens Marktl, Oceans Avenue;

Walt Weiskopf
Walt Weiskopf
Walt Weiskopf
b.1960
saxophone
, Simplicity;

Steve Davis
Steve Davis
Steve Davis
b.1967
trombone
, Outlook.

Desert Island picks:

Bill Holman
Bill Holman
Bill Holman
b.1927
sax, tenor
, In a Jazz Orbit;

Count Basie
Count Basie
Count Basie
1904 - 1984
piano
, Basie Straight Ahead;

Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
, Birth Of The Cool;

John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
, Giant Steps.

How would you describe the state of jazz today?

Jazz is still not commercial but it comes slowly back, I think.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?

Musical growth.

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:

Classical musician who wants to be a jazz musician.


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