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Take Five With Stockton Helbing

Read "Take Five With Stockton Helbing" reviewed by Stockton Helbing

Meet Stockton Helbing: I starting playing drums in the sixth grade, while growing up in South Carolina. After high school, I attended the University of North Texas where I played in the well known One O'clock Lab band under the direction of Neil Slater. That opportunity helped open the door to being hired by jazz trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson. I spent four year touring the world with Ferguson, as well as serving as Musical Director. ...

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Stockton Helbing: For Nothing Is Secret

Read "For Nothing Is Secret" reviewed by Martin Gladu

Stockton Helbing's stock is rising. In his second solo effort, For Nothing Is Secret, the Texas-based drummer has not only a recording with pizzazz, but the making of an exciting and crowd-pleasing festival touring unit. As the album's title suggests, his music should not remain secret for long. Trumpeter Maynard Ferguson recognized Helbing's talent early on and called upon him to anchor his ensemble as well as produce his last studio date, just before suddenly passing in August ...

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Stockton Helbing: For Nothing Is Secret

Read "For Nothing Is Secret" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Stockton Helbing has had quite an education. After graduating from the University of North Texas, where he studied with Ed Soph and was a member of the school's renowned One O'Clock Lab Band, the young drummer completed almost four years of “post-graduate work with trumpeter Maynard Ferguson's dynamic tentet, Big Bop Nouveau, for which he also served as music director.

When Maynard died on August 23, 2006, only six days before Helbing's twenty-sixth birthday, the jazz world mourned his loss ...

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Stockton Helbing: Lodestar

Read "Lodestar" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Drummer Stockton Helbing is a South Carolina native who has spent over two years as the percussionist for Maynard Ferguson and has also worked with Joe Lovano, Arturo Sandoval, and Diane Schuur.

The quintet that Helbing has assembled for this debut recording consists of musicians who all attended the jazz school at the University of North Texas. The two-horn front line of Ken Edwards on trumpet and flugelhorn and Tom Luer on tenor saxophone is supported by a ...


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