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I first remember getting excited about the trumpet when my father took me to see Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass in 1966. I was eight years old. As a teenager I saw a TV program about Charlie Parker and heard Herbie Hancock's recording of "Maiden Voyage" with Freddie Hubbard on trumpet. They really blew me away. I began practicing, taking private trumpet lessons and going to jam sessions. I discovered Miles Davis, Lee Morgan, Clifford Brown, Clark Terry, Enrico Rava, Woody Shaw and other great jazz trumpet players along the way. While earning a BFA in Music at City College of New York I also studied trumpet privately with Vincent Penzarella (New York Philharmonic)


The Sound and the HTML: Introducing the AAJ Orchestra

Read "The Sound and the HTML:  Introducing the AAJ Orchestra" reviewed by Peter Cobb

In many discussions about jazz's future, people have argued that the Internet will be the next 52nd Street for the music. Sadly, like many things Web, there has been more sizzle than steak. But not always--this past weekend I played a gig with the All About Jazz Orchestra (AAJO), a group that existed purely in binary ...

Red Morning Rise

Label: Groove Trumpet
Released: 2005
Track listing: Shaken and Stirred; Watchdogs; Bossa Bayati; Shallow Waters; Playground; Red Morning Rise; Journey by Night; Double Up; Angel in the Middle.


Chris Thompson: Red Morning Rise

Read "Red Morning Rise" reviewed by Jim Santella

Trumpeter Chris Thompson surrounds the satin-smooth tone of his horn with an array of contemporary musical sounds, both hip-hop and contemporary. Synthesized sounds and mechanical rhythms push his trumpet into the background at times, and they tend to be overwhelming. While the trumpeter's free-flowing melodies soar with a relaxed ease, his horn features are relegated to ...


Sonny Fortune Quartet at Sweet Rhythm

Read "Sonny Fortune Quartet at Sweet Rhythm" reviewed by Chris Thompson

Sonny Fortune Quartet Sweet Rhythm, New York City March 27, 2004 ‘Round about midnight on March 25, 2004, WKCR in New York City, the radio station of Columbia University, concluded a continuous two-week program on John Coltrane. Yes, that’s right -- John Coltrane Radio 24/7 for two weeks straight! “All Coltrane. All ...


Mike Stern Band at Iridium

Read "Mike Stern Band at Iridium" reviewed by Chris Thompson

Snow was coming down hard in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday night, January 27th -- one of those notorious Nor'easter's -- but that didn't deter my son Daniel and I from making our way to the Iridium Jazz Club ( to catch the Mike Stern Band. Iridium is a comfortable but intimate venue just north of Times ...


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