Who was the first pro trumpet player to inspire you?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by rbdeli, May 17, 2009.

  1. teacherchops

    teacherchops New Friend

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    Being a teen in the '80's and really starting to get interested in trumpet, it was definately Wynton Marsalis. Then my brother, who was a radio dj, gave me some Herb Alpert, Tower of Power. Later in my teens I got turned on to Chuck Mangione, and the Gabrielli recording with the Chicago & Philadelphia Brass sections. Now lots of players do it for me. There are so many talented trumpets players out there! It is very exciting!
     
  2. jsimpher

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    It would either have to be Clay Jenkins or Mike Vax.
     
  3. Bruin

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    The very first pros who inspired me were:

    Louis Armstrong
    Al Hirt
    Herb Alpert and the T.J. Brass

    My list rapidly expanded in high school when I actually got into playing jazz trumpet.
     
  4. garrett786

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    Lee Loughnane with Chicago
     
  5. SFPat

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    Louis Armstrong, Herb Albert
     
  6. nieuwguyski

    nieuwguyski Forte User

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    Hearing Herb Alpert and Al Hirt on the radio in the late '60s made me want to play a horn of some sort, but I initially ended up playing trombone, and by the end of high school, tuba.

    Maynard played in my home town in 1977, when I was a high-school freshman, and inspired my fascination with the trumpet. Chuck Mangione's constant presence on the radio a few years later added fuel to the fire. Yeah, that was flugelhorn, but it was still two octaves higher than tuba.

    My senior year in high school I started playing trombone again, just to play something other than the bass line. My freshman year in college I started struggling with cornet.

    Almost 30 years later I'm a trumpet player, and it's all Maynard's fault.
     
  7. Buck with a Bach

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    Harry James, Al Hirt, Bunny Berrigan, Wally Tabor, Herb Alpert, and lastly Chuck Mangione( took me years to finally get a flugle, though):oops:
     
  8. peanuts56

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    Posted something awhile back on this thread and forgot a really great performer. I saw Maurice Andre in Manhattan many years ago and it is a performance I can still hear in my head. He played The Haydn and Hummel. His first notes on the opening of The Haydn changed the way I look at the trumpet forever. I have never heard such a pure sound either before or since that day. I remember thinking to myself that was the way a trumpet is supposed to sound.
     
  9. The Kraken

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    For me it was, Louis Armstrong, Red" Nichols & Herb Albert. :play:

    Later - Arturo, Botti and anybody else that has a great sound. :play:
     
  10. edfitzvb

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    I listened to a lot of trumpet players over the years and the first time I was inspired was years into my musical journey. I went to a clinic at Wake Forest where Doc Severinsen was performing. It was inspiring to hear the artistry. there is something about a live performance that transcends the records (at that time) radio or television. Although I had heard Harry, Satch, Dizzy, etc., the first time I was truly INSPIRED by a trumpet player was hearing Doc live.
     

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