1 MAR 2014
Enjoyed Brass Day at the University of Dayton (Ohio) today featuring Arturo Sandoval and hanging out with TM-buddies
10 am / UD Faculty Brass Quintet (Dan Grantham, trumpet; Dave Zeng, trumpet; Aaron Brant, horn; Michael Keener, trombone; Yuki Onitsuka, tuba)
11 am / Brass Masterclasses / trumpet session led by Dan Grantham: Become A Complete Player
1-3 pm / Masterclass / Arturo Sandoval and Ed Calle
3-4 pm / Dayton Jazz Ensemble / Directed by Dr. Willie L. Morris III
8 pm / Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Arturo Sandoval
Arturo started with opening remarks on the importance of being a 'music lover'. We aren't going to work ... but we get to 'play'. He discussed his thankfulness for getting to play music. He demonstrated his home ritual of starting each day sitting at the piano. Later quote included: "Play what you want, not what you can.' Much emphasis was placed upon practice of technical materials for both discipline and proficiency that applies to all playing.
Next, 2 students demonstrated playing the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto's opening passage and the Stan Kenton Band feature song titled the same as the name of the player, Maynard Ferguson (you should recall that Arturo featured this selection on his critically acclaimed album 'Trumpet Evolution'). Both students showed signs of strength and areas needing attention. Arturo then gave each specific pointers on how to improve their playing and the presentation of each work. I was impressed by the first student's ability to grasp Arturo's suggestions and quickly apply them to the Arutunian. The 2nd student shocked everyone by playing the intro riff to 'MF' with amazing energy and ability (better than the original 1950 recording that I own of the Boss playing it), but couldn't even begin to articulate the slow singing passage that followed. In both cases, I was saddened by the players ability to 'play high' with their 'lead' mouthpieces, only to lack control and quality of sound (or even the ability to even play) in the lower range. Arturo showed that he played on a Bach 1 1/2, mentioned sometimes using a 3C (but nothing smaller), but strongly stated it was a personal thing and that he would never suggest a specific mouthpiece to a student.
Arturo was gracious to all, and played with total mastery of his instruments ... yes, both trumpet AND piano. I thoroughly enjoy the day and cherished a brief one-on-one discussion with Mr. Sandoval.
Here are a few short clips from the masterclass:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGeOv...=share&index=3 Arturo playing a Harrelson hybrid with the UD Jazz Band
Arturo demonstrates lyric passage of the song 'Maynard Ferguson'
practicing with a metronome