Lead trumpet players

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by eoliver, Nov 24, 2004.

  1. Veldkamp

    Veldkamp Piano User

    Mar 29, 2004
    the Netherlands
    When I started out with lead playing one of the things I did was transcribing the lead part of a particular chart I liked. Then I started to play along with the record and tried to swing as hard as the leadplayer did.

    I really can recommend playing along with Al Porcino (Terry Gibbs Dream Band) or Snooky Young, Conrad Gozzo, etc.

    Playing this lead charts also helps with developing lead chops (endurance).

    I learned most leadplaying skills by playing 2nd trumpet next to a great leadplayer and try to blend as good as it gets. But when that's not possible, playing along with records is 2nd best.
  2. Pete

    Pete Piano User

    Nov 17, 2007
    How about Bobby Shew? He is a great teacher and player.He lives in Albuquerque now. I know that he is on the road a lot, but how much closer can you get? If youy want to learn more about lead and commercial playing he is the man!

    Bobby is also prompt in returning emails. Although I have not studied with Bobby privately, I have had numerous conversations with him over the years. There are a couple of guys that I know that studied with him and they are both wonderful all around players.

    And recordings that you could listen to would be "Swingin' New Big Band"- Buddy Rich, "Tales of a Cortesan" -Toshiko Akyoshi/Lew Tabackin Orchestra, "One in a Milliom" - Groovin' High Big Band, and one of my favorites: "Heavyweights" - Bobby Shew and Carl Fontana in a small group setting doing their jazz thing!

    I was introduced to Bobby's playing on a small group jazz recording long ago. I didn't know that he was a lead player.I just liked the way that he played jazz!

    His studio playing was all over the TV scene in the 70's. The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, Mork and Mindy, etc.

    Just my 2 cents.

  3. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

    May 11, 2005
    Metro Detroit
    Boy, this is an OLD thread....Nov 2004.

    Anyway, listen to CDs by the Count Basie Orchestra with Mike Williams on lead. Swing Shift and Live at El Morrocco are good ones.

    Also do a Google search for and article in the New Yorker magazine on Bernie Glow, maybe the best commercial lead player of them all.

  4. Al Innella

    Al Innella Forte User

    Aug 9, 2007
    Levittown , NY
    I have been playing lead for such a long time with so many different bands including Jimmy Dorsey band led by Lee Castle Melba Liston`s big band with Slide Hampton Virgil Jones Benny Powel etc. I`ve been doing this with many local bands since 1975 ,.
  5. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
  6. eisprl

    eisprl Mezzo Piano User

    Sep 26, 2004
    Halifax, NS CANADA
    I would say that a good player can teach you many things if you just listen.
  7. MJ

    MJ Administrator Staff Member

    Jan 30, 2006

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