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Alan Hood

Trumpeter Alan Hood hails from the small upstate New York town of Pumpkin Hook and has been performing music for over 30 years. Mr. Hood toured the world with the Phil Collins Big Band, appearing at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals and New York City's prestigious Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He is among featured soloists on the band's live compact disc recording "A Hot Night in Paris," on the Atlantic jazz label and appears on well over two dozen other jazz, commercial and classical recordings. Appearing with the orchestras of Woody Herman, Glenn Miller and Harry James, and performing on stage with Ray Charles, Doc Severinsen, Natalie Cole, Manhattan Transfer, Arturo Sandoval, the Richie Cole Alto Madness Orchestra, the Summit Brass, Jon Faddis, Conte Candoli, Clark Terry, Curtis Fuller and Wynton Marsalis, to name just a few, has rewarded Alan with an array of irreplaceable memories and a well spring of professional experience.

Dividing his career between performing and teaching full time at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music as Associate Professor of Trumpet, Al directs the Lamont Jazz Ensemble and performs extensively with Lamont's artist-in-residence ensembles, the faculty brass quintet, Aries, and the faculty jazz combo, the Climb. Al hosted the highly acclaimed 2004 International Trumpet Guild conference at the Lamont School of Music and is currently the host and a faculty member of the annual esteemed Rafael Méndez Brass Institute, featuring the world-renown Summit Brass. As a freelance trumpeter he continuously performs and records in and beyond the Colorado region with the Denver Brass, the Ken Walker Jazz Sextet, the Aries Brass Quintet and Conjunto Colores. Alan has just released his first solo CD recording project which features the arranging talents of Dave Hanson in various settings for trumpet, rhythm section, strings, sax, flute, oboe and French horn.

Prior to his 1999 appointment with the University of Denver, Alan taught jazz trumpet and musicology at the University of Miami while pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in jazz performance. Mr. Hood holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Music degree from Northern Illinois University, and has taught music at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Richmond in Virginia. His trumpet mentors include Vince DiMartino, Ron Modell, Ray Crisara, Howard Rowe and the late Gil Johnson. As a clinician, Al has enjoyed working and performing with students from such places as the University of Minnesota, Western Michigan University, Indiana University, Pittsburg (KS) State University, East Tennessee State University, Wichita State University, Centre College, Cumberland College, University of Northern Colorado and Nagoya University of the Arts in Japan, to name a few. He has performed and has made presentations at the International Trumpet Guild conference, the International Association of Jazz Educators conference, the National Trumpet Competition, the Colorado Music Educators Association conference and at the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors conference. He has also served as a judge for the National Trumpet Competition, the International Trumpet Guild, the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Competition and at many Colorado and national jazz festivals.

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Al Hood: Just a Little Taste: Al Hood Plays the Writing of Dave Henson

Read "Just a Little Taste: Al Hood Plays the Writing of Dave Henson" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

You might not know trumpet player Al Hood, but he's the pro's pro: he's toured with the official Harry James and Glenn Miller tribute bands, recorded and performed in ensembles led by Ray Charles, Curtis Fuller, Arturo Sandoval and others, and is a longstanding member of the Denver Brass. He's also a tenured professor at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, as is pianist Dave Hanson, who played on and arranged this Little Taste, Hood's first date as ...

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"Just a Little Taste," the Debut CD from Denver-Based Trumpeter/Educator Al Hood, Due February 17

"Just a Little Taste," the Debut CD from Denver-Based Trumpeter/Educator  Al Hood, Due February 17

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A masterful trumpeter with a wide range of experience in the jazz, classical, and academic arenas, Al Hood has previously recorded and/or performed with the Phil Collins Big Band, Curtis Fuller, and orchestras led by Ray Charles, Arturo Sandoval, and Richie Cole. He's a longtime member of the eclectic, classically oriented Denver Brass as well as its offshoot Aries Brass Quintet. And since 1999 he's been a full-time tenured Associate Professor of Trumpet at the University of Denver's Lamont School ...

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE: * Private Teacher of Trumpet (1985-present): Rates are $60 per hour; by appointment only * University of Denver: Lecturer of Trumpet (tenure track), 1999 to present * Associate Professor of Trumpet (with tenure) * Responsibilities: Trumpet Studio and master class, Freshman Theory and Ear Training (1999-2002), Faculty Brass Quintet and Jazz Combo, Brass Pedagogy, Small Ensemble Coaching, Mentoring and the Lamont Jazz Ensemble (2002-present) * University of Miami: Semester Lecturer in Applied Performance (Studio Music and Jazz) and Musicology and Jazz Brass Coordinator (Administrative), 1997 to 1999 * Responsibilities: Jazz Trumpet Studio, Evolution of Jazz, Evolution of Rock, Jazz Band III Jazz Brass Forum, and Applied Trumpet * University of Miami: Doctoral Teaching Assistant in Jazz, 1994 to 1997 * Responsibilities: Jazz Trumpet Studio, Evolution of Jazz, Big Bands, Combos, and Improvisation Class Assistant * University of Richmond, Virginia: Visiting Instructor in Trumpet and Jazz, 1993 to 1994 * Responsibilities: Trumpet Studio, Jazz Band, Jazz Appreciation, Pep Band, Jazz Combos, Jazz Theory, and Brass Ensemble * University of Texas: Assistant Instructor in Trumpet and Jazz, 1992 to 1993 * Responsibilities: Applied Trumpet, Jazz Combo, and Jazz Appreciation * Northern Illinois University: Graduate Teaching Assistant in Jazz, 1989 to 1991 * Responsibilities: Jazz Band III, Music Appreciation, Jazz Theory, and Applied Trumpet

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Ari's Funhouse

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