Eddie Brookshire Quintet
Buy it now, such that when you come to the Dayton Trumpet Hang and hear Allen Vizzutti live you can say... Wow you are a much better trumpet player than gmonady! Then Allen will be high on your purchase list and you will purchase his albums, as you should. Do support our trumpet artists!
Here's his recent CD link: Amazon.com: Skyrocket: Allen Vizzutti: Music
But it.... After mine... of course. You always save your dessert for after the meal.
Allen Vizzutti Bio Part 2: His Home Upbringing
Allen grew up in Montana, USA, land of the grizzly bear, full sized pickups, cattle, sheep, red necks, watery beer, cowboy boots and the right to bear arms but not arm bears... and he still managed to become a musician. His Dad did not own any guns, did not chew tobacco, and did not rope cows. He owned a music store and taught Allen to play trumpet. There were no beatings. Allen's Mom helped too and if you had asked her she would have old you Allen is the best trumpet player in the world.
Stay tuned for next Part 3: Employment History
Gary, are you writing this about him or did Alan give this to you?
I was in college in January 1982 when I purchased my 1st Vizzutti album ... a vinyl record! My mom had heard him on the radio in Cincinnati and called me to say that 'I needed to hear a guy named Vizzutti'. I ordered his record at Richmond, KY's famous 'Recordsmith' store before Christmas break and it was waiting for me when I returned to campus in early January 1982. From the first notes I was totally blown away. Then my mind exploded listening to Zig Zag. Song after song, I was mesmerized by Allen's artistry, technique, and energy ... and I still am. If you don't already have it, I'm sure you can download it on iTunes ... but it won't come with the original cover photo!
I am sooooooooo looking forward to the Dayton Trumpet Hang!!!
Your post above is outstanding! Great recollections and an awesome album cover! Like you, I am really looking forward to all the events on June 2. Even more, I hope Mr. Vizzutti is reading the posts on TM. I think he would get a kick out of your post.
I look forward to meeting you too.
Bach Strad 180S37 Trumpet (1985)
Conn Vintage 1B-46R Trumpet (2007)
Conn Vintage 1FR Flugelhorn (2008)
Olds L-12 Flugelhorn (1965)
King Liberty Trumpet (1929)
Yamaha YCR2310 Cornet (1998)
Amati ACR241 Pocket Cornet (1994)
Allen Vizzutti Bio Part 3: Employment History
Mr. Vizzutti has never really been employed. After the last note of the last piece of any given concert he is unemployed again. So he has learned to play some jazz and some classical and some other stuff that we don't know how to desribe, with the hopes of staying busy. Along with having written a few books and lots of confused music he, is almost successful enough to be deemed 'successful'. Almost.
Stay tuned for the next in the series: Part 4: Performance History
Allen Vizzutti Bio Part 4: Performance History
After hearing Mr. Vizzutti in concert, listeners in 60 countries and every state in the USA have asked the question, “What the heck was that?” His many CDs in varied styles have been ignored worldwide. He has performed on 100’s of movie sound tracks but not ‘Star Wars.” They recorded that in London so don’t ask him about it. “Motel Hell”? Now that’s another matter. He played on that. “Back to the Future”? Yup. His educational video called “Steps To Excellence” is now an out of print classic. An updated podcast version can be viewed at Yamaha.com
Stay tuned for the next in the series: Part 5: Family Background
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