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  • Saxophonist Jenny Frøysa | Teen Jazz Artist

    Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:

    I play an alto Selmer Mark VI from 1972. I also play a little tenor and want to try out soprano and baritone.

    Why did you begin studying music?

    I started in the local marching band, but the leader was a jazz musician and turned it into a jazz and improvisation school for children and teenagers.

    Saxophonist Jenny Frøysa

    Located in Kråkstad, Norway

    • Saxophone
    • 8 years of playing
    • Doubles on Piano, accordion

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    What are you doing with music right now?

    I’m going to Ski Upper Secondary School (high school), the music program. I get a lot of classical training here, but it helps on my technique. I play in a jazz quartet called Høylytt (“Loud” in Norwegian) and still attends the jazz and improvisation school. I take lessons with Norwegian jazz musicians, and I’m going to jazz summer camp at Berklee College of Music this summer.

    Who are some of your influences?

    The Norwegian saxophonists Tore Brunborg and Jan Garbarek, Lee Konitz, Dexter Gordon, Vince Guaraldi, Chet Baker

    Who do you/have you studied with?

    Odd André Elveland, Tore Brunborg, Hanna Paulsberg, Frøy Aagre

    What do you plan on doing with music in the future?

    I hope I can work with music for a living, play concerts, record albums, maybe teach… 🙂

    Any additional information you would like to add?

    At this point, I am working on finding my own sound, my own music and putting my life into my music, and compose. I think it’s difficult, but I don’t give up 🙂


     

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    June 9, 2014 • Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 1458

  • Drummer Tony Cooper | Teen Jazz Artist

    Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:

    Ludwig, Sabian, Gibraltar, Gretsch, Fender, Rickenbacker, Takamine

    Why did you begin studying music?

    I started studying drums at age 9 just for the sake of having another hobby but music took over my life. Now, 9 years and 4 instruments later, I study music to help me develop as an artist and songwriter.

    Drummer Tony Cooper

    Located in Newfoundland, Canada

    • Drums
    • 9 years of playing

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    What are you doing with music right now?

    I am currently playing and recording songs with a band, as well as teaching drums, guitar, and writing at a music school in my hometown.

    Who are some of your influences?

    The Beatles (band and solo), Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Mumford and Sons, Eagles, Simon and Garfunkel, Bruce Springsteen, etc.

    Who do you/have you studied with?

    I am currently studying with my long-term mentor and friend and various other teachers at Frequency Music Studios in my hometown.

    What do you plan on doing with music in the future?

    I aspire to be a recording and performing artist with my band and to find success and peace of mind in the music industry.


     

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    May 24, 2014 • Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 1094

  • Saxophonist Benjamin Runes | Teen Jazz Artist

    Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:

    I’m playing a Cannonball Big Bell Stone Brute tenor with an Otto Link Super Tone Master 7 mouthpiece. I’m using Vandoren green Java reeds.

    Why did you begin studying music?

    When I was in the fourth grade, I heard the Eagles song “Long Run” and the sax solo in it caught me off guard and made me say “wow, i wanna learn to do that!”. That’s what got me on the sax. I didn’t really start studying music until I was freshman and started working on improvisation, and that led to me taking a music theory class at my high school.

    Saxophonist Benjamin Runes

    Located in Maryland, USA

    • Saxophone
    • Playing for 6 years

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    What are you doing with music right now?

    In school I’m in the the symphonic band (sit down group) and the Jazz Ensemble which can be seen on YouTube if one searched “Bel Air High School Jazz Band”. In the Jazz ensemble, we’re doing affairs for Harford County Public Schools as well as the town of Bel Air, Md. Above that we’re doing our third annual swing dance come May. That’s gonna be three hours of live jazz, a rare occurrence in a public high school in my area.

    I was the first freshman allowed in the Bel Air High School Jazz Ensemble in the six years of it’s existance. The Bel Air group was the first one in my county to be an accredited academic course during the school day.

    Who are some of your influences?

    I try to listen to everything I can from Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, to the Amy Blues, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. In terms of solo artists, Dave Koz, Eric Darius, Gerald Albright, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Peter Christieb, Don Menza, Kenny G, Eric Marienthal, and Earl Bostic.

    Who do you/have you studied with?

    As I am a high school student, I’ve never actually had a chance to study beneath anyone besides my high school band director Anthony Domenico.

    What do you plan on doing with music in the future?

    I’m actually planning on business majoring. To me, music is fun but it’s a very iffy way to make money especially in jazz. To me, the money in the music business is in pop and I don’t really wanna sell out.

    Anything else you would like to add?

    The YouTube channel with videos of my high school jazz ensemble is “Bel Air”. There are videos from our swing dance, winter and spring concerts, as well as our performance at Downtown Disney.

    I didn’t start playing tenor by choice. My dad bought me a Buffet Crampon 400 series tenor for Christmas and I kind of had to make the switch from alto to tenor. I played that horn from sixth grade up through my freshman year. Then, this past September, my dad bought me my first pro tenor, a Cannonball Big Bell Stone Brute. That horn has changed my playing astronomically.

    In music, I’ve learned to take every opportunity. I learned that from my band director,Anthony Domenico, he made the mistake of turning down the offer to be in Maynard’s band. Every time I get the offer to sit in I take it. Every time I can go to a master class I go.

    Music is supposed to be fun. I play my best when I’m having fun. I play my worst when I’m not. In a band, when everyone is having fun and feeding off one another, the band is gonna pump out something great.


     

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    April 30, 2014 • Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 995

  • Harmonica Player Reyhan Naufal | Teen Jazz Artist

    Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:

    Hohner

    Why did you begin studying music?

    Because its my soul.

    What are you doing with music right now?

    I am working as a freelance musician.

    Who are some of your influences?

    Howard Levy, Wynton Marsalis, Didier Lockwood, Pat Metheny, Indra Lesmana, Benny Likumahua etc.

    Harmonica Player Reyhan Naufal

    Located in Jakarta, Indonesia

    • 10 hole – Diatonic Harmonica
    • Playing for 5 years

    Facebook | YouTube | Blues.gr


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    Who do you/have you studied with?

    I’ve studied with Benny Likumahua.

    What do you plan on doing with music in the future?

    I plan on working as a professional musician, collaboration with the international musician

    Anything else you would like to add?

    Born in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1997, Reyharp or Reyhan Naufal is one of the young shooting stars emerging on the contemporary harmonica scene. Reyharp plays blues and jazz on the diatonic harp with a maturity and assurance which belies his years and astonished listeners at the prestigious Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival 2012, where he won the diatonic contest in the face of stiff competition. Reyharp is a promising man in harmonica world.

    He first started playing harmonica when he chanced upon a HOHNER Blues Harp, lying in his uncle’s cupboard. The unique form of the little instrument exerted a powerful fascination on the young Reyharp and he felt instantly drawn to it. He soon started learning to play the blues with his uncle as well as developing his musical talents by studying jazz on his own.

    Reyharp proved to be a quick learner and he now plays the diatonic harmonica chromatically through the use of controlled bending and overbending. Despite his youth, he has already gathered considerable musical experience and has performed numerous live gigs as well as appearing on concert stages and winning several awards, local and international.

    Reyharp was very like to all kinds of music. He played all kinds of jazz styles,such as swing,be bop,latin,and contemporary styles. He also endorsed by the largest harmonica company in the world,Hohner Harmonica, which he became the youngest endorse.

    AWARDS:

    2010: English First Indonesia Got Talent, Jakarta, Indonesia
    2011: 1st place Annual Performance Art Contest, Junmior high School, Jakarta
    2012: 1st place Asia Pacific Harmonica Championship, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


     

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    April 10, 2014 • Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 1282

  • Trumpet Player Adam Hébert | Teen Jazz Artist

    Adam Hébert is a young jazz trumpet player from Montreal. Born and raised in a family of musicians he was introduced to music at a very young age. From that point on, music has always been his biggest passion. His love for jazz is ever increasing as well as his skill set and the complexity behind jazz has always permitted him to express himself in the most natural way. His biggest inspirations include many greats such as Chet Baker, Clifford Brown and Miles Davis. His sound concept and style are greatly influenced by those of Chet Baker. He prefers performing cool and modal jazz due to their freedom of interpretation.

    Trumpet Player Adam Hébert

    Located in Montreal, Canada

    • Trumpet
    • Playing for 3+ years

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    Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:

    I play on a 1953 medium bore Martin Committee and a drilled out Bach 5MV. For my flugelhorn I use a Conn Vintage One with a drilled Laskey 60F mouthpiece. Finally when I use a cornet I pay on my 80’s Getzen Deluxe with a Yamaha 13e4 mouthpiece.

    Why did you begin studying music?

    I started doing music at a very young age mostly because both of my parents are musicians. I started with violin and later switched to french horn. After a while I got bored with the classical frame so I switched to trumpet and a year later I dived in the wonderful world of Jazz!

    What are you doing with music right now?

    I am pushing myself the most I can, learning the fastest possible, gigging as much as I can and practicing the most I can to be always at the best of my capacities. I am presently studying at Vanier College in Montreal in Jazz interpretation.

    Who are some of your influences?

    My biggest influence will always be Chet Baker. Also there is Clifford Brown and Miles Davis.

    Who do you/have you studied with?

    I am presently studying with Jocelyn Couture at Vanier College and with Jan Jarczyk.

    What do you plan on doing with music in the future?

    I plan on continuig music and pushing my art to the highest level possible. Ideally I would like to have a career as a jazz soloist. Also, I would love to travel and have some kind of international career. I always aim to be at the top and maybe someday my dreams will come true!


     

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    March 12, 2014 • Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 1057

  • Drummer Kayleigh Moyer | Teen Jazz Artist

    Where did you go to school?

    I am a junior at Belmont University majoring in Commercial Music Percussion with an emphasis in Performance.

    How long have you been playing?

    I have been playing for 10 years. I got my first drum set for Christmas when I was ten years old and this past Christmas was my ten-year anniversary.

    Drummer Kayleigh Moyer

    Located in Nashville, TN, USA

    • Drums
    • Endorsements: Humes & Berg Mfg Co Inc // Drumtacs

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    Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:

    I have a maple 6-piece Drum Workshop Collector’s Series drum kit in a silver sparkle finish with 9000 series hardware. I also have a Tama Starclassic drum kit in a Diamond Dust finish. I use DW 9000 series pedals or my Mapex Falcon pedal depending on the situation. I have a mixture of brands for cymbals that includes Sabian, Zildjian, Diril, Dream, and Wuhan. My snare drum collection consists of mostly Drum Workshop and Slingerland drums.

    I sing and often get work singing background vocals while playing drum set.

    Kayleigh Moyer | Teen Jazz ArtistWhy did you begin studying music?

    My mom is a big fan of Rush so I grew up listening to Neil Peart’s drumming. One day during the summer before 5th grade I went with my dad to a party at his friend’s house. Since it was mostly adults at the party, I was really bored and started playing around on a drum set I found in the barn. Things started clicking and I realized that drumming felt very natural to me. I joined the 5th grade band that fall and I got my first drum set that Christmas.

    What are you doing with music right now?

    I am studying music in college as well as playing as much as possible. I play with several groups and artists in and around Nashville, record as much as I can, and make lots of YouTube videos in a duet I’m in called the Khromatiks.

    Who are some of your influences?

    Neil Peart, Chester Thompson, Phil Collins, Art Blakey, Buddy Rich, Zoro, Eddie Bayers, Larrie Londin, and John Blackwell are some of my biggest influences. I admire their playing, musicianship, and musical choices.

    Who do you/have you studied with?

    I have studied with Chester Thompson, Zoro, Eric Schmitz, John Bletch, and Todd London.

    What do you plan on doing with music in the future?

    I want to play with many different artists and do a combination of live performances/touring and session work. I would also like to see myself fit in some songwriting and producing. I want to fill my future with as many things that keep me drumming and involved with music as I can.

    What are your thoughts on what it takes to become a successful performer?

    I think that it takes a combination of preparedness, professionalism, and passion to be successful as a performer. If you get a list of tunes to learn in advance for a gig, make sure you prepare by learning the tunes and charting them out if necessary. If you aren’t given a set-list, try to be as fluent in the style of music you will be playing as you can and listen to music of that genre to prepare. Finally, having a passion for what you do and the music you play is essential for being a successful performer. It will come through in your stage presence and in your playing, as well as draw people into the songs you play and emotions you are trying to convey through your music.

    Good listening skills and reading skills are just as important as your ability to play your instrument well. By listening to the other players you are working with, you can have a whole musical conversation during the songs and greatly improve your comping and accompanying with artists. Listening can also help you to decide when to add fills and stand out as well as when to lie back and blend. Being able to read music and different kinds of charts will make you more marketable and help you get gigs, especially if you want to do studio work.

    What is your advice to an up and coming musician?

    Put yourself in as many uncomfortable music situations as possible. By this I mean sit in with musicians you’ve never played with before or try learning about a new genre of music you’ve never played before. Forcing yourself into these situations can only help you grow as a musician by improving your listening skills, stage presence, reading skills, and confidence.

    New releases and projects coming up:

    I’m recording drum tracks for Wes Harllee, an artist I work with in Nashville, for his album that is set to be done later this year. I also recorded drums on tracks for Luke Caccetta, another artist in Nashville, that is set to be released in April. I recorded drum set and percussion tracks for Nathanael Meda, a Christian artist, on his new album Solo Contigo that was just released onto Itunes.


     

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    February 15, 2014 • Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 1277

  • Saxophone Player Justin Shagena | Teen Jazz Artist

    Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:

    I use a Jupiter 669 alto sax and a Yamaha 23 when my Jupiter isn’t around. For mouthpieces I mostly use a Selmer Paris C* with Vandoren Java (Red) reeds.

    Why did you begin studying music?

    I began studying music when I started playing saxophone in the fifth grade. For the first year I didn’t take it very seriously but in sixth grade I discovered jazz music. I began to study the styles of famous saxophonists and practice a lot on the tenor sax. Eventually, in seventh grade I joined my school’s jazz band and improved greatly while attending my first public performances and jazz festivals.

    Saxophone Player Justin Shagena

    Located in Arizona, USA

    • Saxophone
    • Playing since the 5th grade

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    What are you doing with music right now?

    Earlier this year I began studying classical music on the cello, while performing with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. Despite this, jazz music has become a part of my daily life while I’m listening, rehearsing or performing. Whether it’s at a symphony hall, a local fundraiser or just in front of my family, I perform at every chance I get. In the past year I’ve performed with various groups at places like Davies Symphony Hall, the Arizona State Fair, Mesa Arts Center and local schools, just to name a few.

    Who are some of your influences?

    Like lots of saxophonists who grew up in the 1990s and 2000s my main influence is Kenny G. Kenny G showed people that the saxophone could be a part of popular music and wasn’t reserved for classical and jazz. One of my other influences is John Coltrane, one of the most influential saxophonists in jazz history.

    Who do you/have you studied with?

    I’ve mostly studied with my school band director, who taught me most of what I know and love about jazz music.

    What do you plan on doing with music in the future?

    In the future I hope to go to a good school to study the saxophone and jazz music, write lots of jazz and orchestral pieces and possibly have a solo career, or join another band.


     

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    January 25, 2014 • Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 1005

  • Saxophonist Brandon Willis | Teen Jazz Artist

    Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:

    Tenor: Brass Plated Keilwerth SX-90 R / Gold Plated Laser Trimmed Guardala Studio / Rico Jazz Select 3S
    Alto: 1942 Selmer Super Balanced Action / Beechler Metal 7 / Rico Hemke 2 ½

    Where did you/do you go to school?

    I went to Liberty High School in Renton, Washington. I am currently a senior at the University of Washington studying Political Economy.

    Do you play any other instruments?

    I play piano to a small extent, and would really like to learn guitar at some point.

    Saxophonist Brandon Willis

    Located in Washington, USA

    • Alto & Tenor saxophones
    • 8 years of playing

    www.brandonwillis.net


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    Why did you begin studying music?

    I started studying music in middle school after I was told by my elementary school music teacher I had a knack for the recorder. After playing saxophone for the first time at age 12 I knew I wanted to pursue music in any way that I could.

    What are you doing with music now?

    I am currently working on another solo project, teaching private lessons, and actively performing in the Seattle area.

    Who are some of your influences?

    On alto: Cannonball Adderley, Gerald Albright, Eric Marienthal. On tenor I love Steve Cole, John Coltrane, Kirk Whalum, Stan Getz.

    Who have you studied with?

    Darren Motamedy, Denny Goodhew

    What are some of your goals musically for the future?

    I plan on making music my career if it is possible. I am currently working on a new solo project that I am very excited about. I am working again with Seattle keyboardist Eugene Bien who helped me greatly in the co-writing process for the majority of the songs on my debut CD “First Time.” I hope to release it in the spring-summer of 2014, and I can’t wait to let you hear what we are working on. I plan on improving the formula for the music that that was on “First Time” and improve on it. I know that if I am playing music in the future, I will be happy!

    What are your thoughts on what it takes to be successful as a performer?

    To be a successful performer you have to be believable on stage. Having good technique, tone, and phrasing are all necessary components to being a good saxophone player and musician. But, to be a true performer, you have to do all of those things well in addition to being a presentable performer and host to your audience.

    Do you think any other skills are needed aside from the ability to play your instrument well?

    I think that it is crucial to be able to manage yourself. If you’re serious about a career in music you have to treat it like a business. Additionally, the ability to interface with your audience and listeners is a must. If you’re not engaging them, then call it quits!

    What would your advice be for a fellow up and coming, young musician?

    Listen to as many great musicians as you can, and develop good technique as early as you can. Also, practice any and everything you can that will help you develop as a player in whatever musical idiom you choose.

    Anything else you’d like to add?

    You can keep up with my upcoming shows and news about my upcoming album, and pick up my debut album “First Time” at my website.


     

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    January 11, 2014 • Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 1217

  • Saxophonist Alex LoRe | Teen Jazz Artist

    Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:

    Gold-plated Conn New Wonder II, mouthpiece is a Jody jazz DV NY 8, reeds are Vandoren ZZ 4

    Why did you begin studying music?

    Originally I was classically trained on my instrument, and began seriously studying jazz music when I was about 16 years old.

    Who are some of your influences?

    Some of my greatest influences are Beethoven, Brahms, Schoenberg, Charlie Parker, Lee Konitz, John Coltrane, Bunky Green, Lennie Tristano, and Miles Davis.

    Saxophonist Alex LoRe

    Located in New York, USA

    • Alto saxophone
    • 18 years of playing
    • Endorsements: Jody Jazz Mouthpieces

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    Who or what gave you the confidence to pursue music as a career?

    Pursuing another career besides music was never an option for me- I’m not sure if you’d call it confidence or not, but I just always knew that this is what I was going to do, and there were no alternatives that ever came to mind.

    Who have you studied with?

    I’ve studied with Bunky Green, Lee Konitz, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Steve Wilson, James Moody, John Riley, Frank Carlberg, Phil Markowitz, and David Liebman.

    What are your thoughts on what it takes to be successful as a performer?

    As a performer, you have a responsibility to captivate and draw in the audience that is watching you. Everyone has their own distinct way of communicating, so I think you really have to be comfortable with yourself in order to do this in a performance setting. People will only believe in what you do if you believe in what you do; once the audience is on board with you, as long as the the music is happening, you will almost always have a positive outcome. As a side note, no matter what anyone else says, being a kind and respectful person always wins at the end of the day.

    Do you think any other skills are needed aside from the ability to play your instrument well?

    Absolutely- continuing the theme from the last question, being kind and courteous is essential in this business. You’d be surprised about how many opportunities come about just because people think you are a good person to be around. Also, the business aspect of music is almost equally as important as the playing part. Because music is such an emotional outlet for all of us, it’s sometimes hard to separate ourselves from the actual “product” of what we can offer to people. If your goal is to play and create music for yourself only, then this wouldn’t apply, but for those who are trying to reach a larger audience, this is essential.

    What are some of the things you did before your career as a performer became as successful as it is today?

    As a musician in today’s world, you have to be versatile. If you come with the mindset of “I’m going to do this, and this only”, then you will probably have a very hard time making it work for yourself. Up to this point I’ve done quite a few things outside of music, and I can honestly say they’ve helped round me out not only as a musician, but as a human being. Growing up, I worked in my father’s restaurant kitchens until I went away for college. I’ve also worked in a bakery, and I’ve worked in real estate. For me, these have all been character building blocks, as music has never faltered throughout any of it. As a musician, you must always be continually working on your craft and expanding your network by performing, going to shows, etc- discipline, perseverance and humility is the name of the game.

    What are some of your goals musically for the future?

    Traveling and performing for people around the world is one of my favorite things to do, so I’d like to continue with that. I have goals of composing some larger works for orchestra, as well as further developing my current groups. Eventually, I could see myself teaching at a college or conservatory, so I can hopefully give back to the music community what it has given me thus far.

    Who have you studied with?

    I’ve studied with Bunky Green, Lee Konitz, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Steve Wilson, James Moody, John Riley, Frank Carlberg, Phil Markowitz, and David Liebman.

    What inspires you to continue to pursue music?

    My peers are some of my biggest inspiration. A lot of my close friends are also some of the most incredible musicians I know, and that inspires me every day. Also, music has such a deep impact to those who connect with it, and ultimately I would hope to help people achieve the same feeling that music gives me- a sense of belonging.

    Have you ever come close to giving up?

    Yes, many times. It’s always the easier option to give up and do something else that will give you more immediate results. But, remembering why I got into music in the first place and renewing my sense of passion for the music has always helped me overcome any feelings of doubt that have surfaced.

    What are some of the things you enjoy most about your career as a performer/recording artist?

    Performing and recording! I still sometimes have a hard time coming to terms with the fact that I get to perform, compose, teach, and record for a living. It’s a dream come true. Also, because every day holds something different, it really helps keep everything exciting and new.

    Do you write music? Where do you get your inspiration?

    Yes, composing music is one of my favorite activities. Some of my largest inspiration comes from my peers, my mentors, and from music of the past. I love listening to classical music; there is such a vast reservoir of knowledge and beauty to pull from and incorporate into the music we create today. Studying scores has really helped me learn compositional tools and techniques that offer something different when applied to composing music in the jazz idiom.

    What was your lamest gig and how did you learn from it?

    My lamest gig was playing in a very unorganized wedding band a few years ago. I came out of the gig feeling very down on myself about music, but it helped me realize that while developing my career I’d rather pursue other options of ways to support myself than to continually play gigs like that and lose my love for music.

    What was the best?

    I’m not sure if I can name a “best” gig per say, but the best ones to me are when no words are needed after a performance between band members- the music said everything that needed to be said. These are the moments that inspire me the most.

    Hobbies other than Music:

    I would say my passion for cooking almost rivals my passion for music. I find that there are a lot of parallels between cooking and music! Other than that I enjoy swimming, reading, and traveling.

    What would your advice be for an up and coming, young musician?

    If you’re going to commit, then commit. This is not an easy profession, and at the same time it is one of the most rewarding ones. Learn the history of the music, and with that knowledge and foundation let it guide you into the future. Be consistent, be relentless, and most of all, be honest.

    New releases and projects coming up:

    Currently, I’m getting ready to release the debut album of my trio on Greg Osby’s “Inner Circle Music” label. Entitled “Dream House”, the record features bassist Desmond White and drummer Colin Stranahan, as well as my friend and former mentor George Garzone. It’s due for release later this year.

    Also, I just went into the studio to record with my close friend and saxophonist Lucas Pino’s “No Net” Nonet. Lucas is one of the most in demand saxophonists of our generation, and this band is one of my favorite groups to play in. This will be the debut album of the nonet, and its due for release early 2014.


     

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  • Trumpet Player Benny Benack III | Teen Jazz Artist

    Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:

    Trumpet: Bach Stradivarius 72H, 43 leadpipe, Large Bore
    Mouthpiece: Bach 3C
    Flugelhorn: Carolbrass Artist Endorser – CLF-6200-GSS
    Mouthpiece: Carolbrass custom leadpipe fit specifically for their 3C

    Trumpet Player Benny Benack III

    Located in Pittsburgh, PA, USA

    • Trumpet & Jazz Voice
    • Playing for 17 years

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    Why did you begin studying music?

    I grew up in a musical household, with both parents being musicians. My mother is a vocalist and teaches in the Music Theatre department at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, while my father is a jazz saxophonist. I grew up listening to jazz as a child, and as the story goes my father used to stick the bell of his clarinet against my mother’s belly when I was in the womb and play – Let’s just say I was exposed to music at a VERY young age!

    What are you doing with music right now?

    I graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in May w/a full scholarship for Jazz Trumpet Performance. After a summer spent living in NYC hustling, gigging, networking, and building my career, I went straight back to MSM for my Master’s degree in Jazz, where I’m currently balancing my responsibilities there with an active performing and teaching career! I’m singing and playing around NYC more than ever, both as a leader and sideman. I’ve been fortunate to play and lead groups at some of the finest jazz clubs in the world, including Jazz @ Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Blue Note, Small’s Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz Club, and many more. I’ve also been recording extensively, being featured as a trumpeter/scat vocalist on trombonist Mike Dease’s upcoming big band album, as well as playing trumpet and co-composing a tune for drummer Ulysses Owens Jr.’s upcoming album.

    Who are some of your influences?

    Trumpet-wise, the list is huge but I’ll try to condense: Clifford Brown, Nicholas Payton, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Kenny Dorham, Woody Shaw, Sean Jones, Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis, Miles Davis, Clark Terry, Donald Byrd, LOUIS ARMSTRONG, Roy Eldridge, Benny Benack Sr. (my grandfather was a dixieland/swing trumpeter!), and countless, countless others.

    Vocally, my influences are mixed, fusing many of the great jazz crooners with some of my other favorite voices regardless of genre:

    Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Wayne Newton, Harry Connick Jr., Lou Rawls, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Hartman, Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, Billy Eckstine, George Benson, James Moody, and many, many more.

    Who do you/have you studied with?

    A couple of great Pittsburgh trumpet players got me started, first I studied w/Joe Herndon for my formative years, and then with my high school band director, Frank Eisenreich (Pittsburgh Ballet trumpeter for many years). In high school I was connected with Sean Jones in Pittsburgh, and he became my teacher and mentor for about 4 years before I headed off to college. At the Manhattan School, I studied with the legendary Laurie Frink for my entire undergraduate degree (4 years) before her unexpected passing this summer. I’m currently studying with Scott Wendholt and Greg Gisbert, and have also had the occasional lesson with the likes of Marcus Printup, Terell Stafford, Jim Rotondi, and a few others.

    What do you plan on doing with music in the future?

    My goals in the near future are to be consistently working and performing as a leader and sideman not only in NYC, but touring and traveling worldwide as well. I hope to also be recording albums, and continuing to develop my teaching skills and network as well. I’m not sure which path will take the forefront at this point, but I’m going to continue singing, playing the history of jazz, as well as playing new music of mine and others. I love all different kinds of music, and don’t want to be exclusive to any sect if I can help it! Way down the road I would love to parlay a successful music career into acting, much in the way Harry Connick Jr. did. I acted some and performed in musicals as a kid, and would relish the opportunity to work those chops out again!


     

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    December 20, 2013 • Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 1097