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  • Arturo Sandoval

    Arturo Sandoval

    He is one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time, and has been seen by millions at the Oscars, at the Grammy Awards, and the Bi...

  • Steve Dillard

    Steve Dillard

    Steve's first love has always been playing trumpet. He maintains a busy playing schedule and is enjoying a professional performance career spanning ov...

  • Alexis Baro

    Alexis Baro

    Alexis Baro was born into a musical family in Havana, Cuba. Classically trained, he took up the trumpet at the age of age 8 and completed his musical ...

  • John Eth

    John Eth

    「At this time I play CarolBrass instruments. My trumpet is a CarolBrass model CTR-5060H-GSS. It is silver plated with a sterling silver lead pipe. I f...

  • Jim Bohm

    Jim Bohm

    Buffalo, New York based trumpeter Jim Bohm began his musical training in his hometown of Clarence, New York and continued on to study at the State Uni...

  • Tommy Bridges

    Tommy Bridges

    Tommy Bridges, a child prodigy in jazz music started his career early with the Hollywood Elite. At age 13, he performed alongside famed actor George S...

  • Bill Colletti

    Bill Colletti

    Bill is a Professional Multi-instrumentalist/Recording Artist and has been performing since 1978.  His primary instruments are the Flugelhorn & Trumpe...

  • Benny Benack III

    Benny Benack III

    By age 28, trumpeter and singer Benny Benack III has proven to be a rare talent: not only a fiery trumpet player with a stirring command of the postbo...

  • Terry Townson

    Terry Townson

    Grammy Award winner* Terry Townson has become a driving force in today's music industry. A world-class horn player, Terry and his horn arrangements, t...

  • Theo Hartman

    Theo Hartman

    My name is Theo Hartman. I began playing cornet at the age of 9. I studied the trumpet succesfully at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherl...

  • Marjolein Van Der Heide

    Marjolein Van Der Heide

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  • Shamarr Allen

    Shamarr Allen

    Music has been a part of Shamarr Allen’s life for as long as he can recall. A musical prodigy, people have forever recognized his extraordinary talent...

  • Josh Shpak

    Josh Shpak

    “I love connecting with people,” says young trumpeter, Josh Shpak.  “Whether they be teenagers or your grandma, if I can see that they’re feeling the ...

  • Geoff Winstead

    Geoff Winstead

    Geoff Winstead plays the CTR-4440L-YST-SL Custom Model. Geoff is a freelance player, living in the Palm Springs area. He can be heard in many groups i...

  • Maaike Boonstra

    Maaike Boonstra

    Maaike started playing the trumpet when she was 8. Her dad played at the local fanfare, so from a young age on, she was already familiar with the soun...

  • Dr. Elliott Caine

    Dr. Elliott Caine

    In addition to being an accomplished optometrist, Dr. Elliott Caine has had a parallel career as a musician. As a trumpet player, composer, bandleader...

  • Pete Estabrook

    Pete Estabrook

    Pete Estabrook holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Professional Music from Berklee College and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Jazz Studies from Calif...

  • Ivan Bitkov

    Ivan Bitkov

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  • John McGough

    John McGough

    John plays the CarolBrass Pocket trumpet as well as the CTR-5280L-GLT(Euro-D)-Bb-L trumpet. John has twice won New Zealand solo titles, been selected ...

  • Isaac P. Swanson

    Isaac P. Swanson

    Isaac P. Swanson is currently an in-demand Trumpet Teacher/Clinician/Performer in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Mr. Swanson teaches in various schools di...

  • Hadar Reiss

    Hadar Reiss

    My name is Hadar Reiss, I was born in the 6 of March 1987. I am professional musicians that play Trumpet and Flugelhorn. I began learning music at the...

  • Espen Heimreid Westbye

    Espen Heimreid Westbye

    Espen Heimreid Westbye has become a CarolBrass Artist/ambassador. He plays CarolBrass flugelhorn CFL-9990-RSS-Bb-L. Espen Heimreid Westbye has his fo...

  • Michael Sailors

    Michael Sailors

    Michael Sailors plays CarolBrass® trumpet CTR-5000L-YLT-Bb-L.New York City based Trumpet player Mike Sailors has traveled to perform around the world ...

  • Odd-Roar Hult

    Odd-Roar Hult

    Mr. Hult, CarolBrass distributor in Scandinavia, is a lifetime cornet/ trumpet player in Norway. He has great passion to help customers to pick up rig...

  • Nick Javier

    Nick Javier

    Nick Javier is an American jazz trombonist and vocalist who is influenced by a variety of music. His primary musical influences include Mile Davis, J....

  • Bert Lochs

    Bert Lochs

    Bert Lochs is regarded as one of the best trumpet players of his generation. A musicians' musician, not well known to the general public, but certainl...

  • Saskia Laroo

    Saskia Laroo

    100 >120 >140 >160 >180 >200 >220 >240 >260 >280 >300 >320 >340 >360 >380 >400 >420 >440 >460 >480 >500 >520 >540 >560 >580 >600 In the 20th century, ...

  • Jim Manley

    Jim Manley

    He had spent around 10,500 plus nights playing his trumpet around town in his hometown of St. Louis since the 70's “I think I’ve played almost every ...

  • Jones Caveagna

    Jones Caveagna

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  • Clyde Dixon

    Clyde Dixon

    Clyde is a very successful and highly sought after freelance trumpet/ Flugelhorn & Cornet specialist. Clydes background represents many of those who w...

  • Choi Sun Bae

    Choi Sun Bae

    Choi Sun Bae produces a clear and lyrical sound on the trumpet, cornet, and flugelhorn. He strives to contribute to the overall beauty of the ensemble...

  • Marco Puzzello

    Marco Puzzello

    Trumpeter and composer, he graduated from the Nino Rota Conservatory in Monopoli at the age of 21. During his academic studies, and after, he took par...

  • James Ingenito

    James Ingenito

    James has been an active performer/educator and composer for more than 20 years. After returning to New York to study with  jazz legends Donald Byrd, ...

  • Peter Uppman

    Peter Uppman

    Peter Uppman’s multi award-winning style is instantly recognisable, receiving accolade after accolade for his work as a world-class trumpeter, singer,...

  • Jay Copenhaver

    Jay Copenhaver

    Jay has been a trumpet player for over 50 years and was a member of two U.S.  Army Bands. He plays trumpet in the high-energy dance band C.C. & Compan...

  • Chia-Hsin Liu (Ms. Trumpet)

    Chia-Hsin Liu (Ms. Trumpet)

    Chia Hsin Liu (Ms.Trumpet) Chia Hsin Liu, known as Ms. Trumpet, is a well-known Taiwanese trumpet player. After Chia Hsin completed the study of tr...

  • Zoran Kazakov

    Zoran Kazakov

    Zoran plays CFL-6200-GSS-Bb-BG, CTR-4000H-YSS-Bb-S and custom CTR-8880H-GST Zoran plays CFL-6200-GSS-Bb-BG in the newest album "Bird". More about ...

  • Zhi-jun Liu

    Zhi-jun Liu

    Zhi-jun Liu, lead trombonist at KoSwing Big Band, is a young professional trombone player based in South Taiwan. With many years of experiences on liv...

  • Nemanja Zlatarev

    Nemanja Zlatarev

    Nemanja Zlatarev is professional trombone performer/recording artist, educator and composer. As a lead trombon player in RTS (National Television of S...

  • Matias Nieva

    Matias Nieva

    Matías Nieva is one of the most versatile and active musicians on the Ibero-American music scene today, being improviser, international soloist, found...

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    Armando Trujillo

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Arturo Sandoval

He is one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time, and has been seen by millions at the Oscars, at the Grammy Awards, and the Billboard Awards.

Arturo Sandoval reaches beyond the scope of mere effort. His struggles while in Cuba and since his defection have given him more energy and strength, urging him to accomplish and surpass his childhood dreams.
Filled with a virtuoso capability, he desires nothing more than to share his gift with others who feel the same intense adoration for music as he does.

One frequently speaks of Arturo Sandoval’s virtuoso technical ability or his specialty in high notes, but he who has seen him on the piano, lyrically improvising a ballad, or has had the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of his music, through his compositions from the most straight ahead jazz, Latin jazz or classical, knows that Arturo Sandoval is a prominent musician, and one recognizes that Arturo is one of the most brilliant, multifaceted and renowned musicians of our time.

Steve Dillard

Steve's first love has always been playing trumpet. He maintains a busy playing schedule and is enjoying a professional performance career spanning over 50 years.
In 1998 Steve launched HornTrader.Com. At that time Steve was the first and possibly the only trumpet retailer on the World Wide Web.
 
Also, Steve brings extensive professional experience to (Bach, Conn Selmer). Not only has he spent many years in the trumpet manufacturing industry working with Benge and Calicchio, he is also a very active freelance trumpet player.
 
Since owning and operating HornTrader.com he has come to be one of the primary sellers of Professional pre-owned and vintage horns on the internet. He is well known in many countries throughout the world and his site is visited by thousands each month. Using the HornTrader platform and the modern technology of SKYPE and FaceTime, Steve maintains a busy teaching studio over the World Wide Web. His unique teaching style has helped Beginning, Come Back, and Professional trumpeters around the globe.

Alexis Baro

Alexis Baro was born into a musical family in Havana, Cuba. Classically trained, he took up the trumpet at the age of age 8 and completed his musical education receiving a teaching certification at the prestigious Amadeo Roldán Music Conservatory in Havana.

While in school he became a member of the Buena Vista Social Club super star Omara Portuondo's band, and later at the age of 19 played lead trumpet for the National Radio and Television Orchestra.After moving to Toronto, Canada in 2001, he was discovered by iconic Canadian jazz drummer Archie Alleyne where he florished as a writer and performer for eight years as a member of the Canadian award winning 'hard-bop" band Kollage. As a band member he was nominated for “Best Jazz Trumpeter” by the Canadian National Jazz Awards in the years 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Baro has participated in more than 80 albums and can be heard as a feature solist on some of the most transcendent Latin albums made in Canada such as Hilario Duran’s Grammy Award nominated album “From The Heart”.He has performed with such artists as Nikky Yanofsky, David Foster, Michael Bubble, Paul Anka, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Paquito d' Rivera, Jimmy Bosch, Miguel Zenon, Hilario Duran, Robi Botos, Jesus Alemaney & Cubanismo, David Virelles, Andrea Boccelli, Gino Vanelli, Esthero, David Rudder, Juan de Marco & The Afro-Cuban All Stars, and Horacio "el negro" Hernandez.Highlights in his solo career include opening for Herbie Hancock, and tours of South America and the West Indies. He’s released six albums as a solo artist “Havana Banana”, “From the Other Side”, “Blue Skin”, “Guilty Pleasure” ( Gold Medal “Global Music Award), "Sugar Rush" and his Juno Award Nominated 2018 release "Sandstorm".

https://www.alexisbaro.com/bio

John Eth

「At this time I play CarolBrass instruments. My trumpet is a CarolBrass model CTR-5060H-GSS. It is silver plated with a sterling silver lead pipe. I find that this instruments sound is versatile enough to play all the different styles of music without being to bright or to dark.」

A native of Phoenix, AZ, John started playing trumpet in the 4th grade. Even at an early age, many considered him a natural for the trumpet. In elementary school John played first chair trumpet in all of his music endeavors. John was also selected first chair Allstate in Orchestra and Band in high school. He then received a music scholarship to Arizona State University where he also played first chair in their Concert band, Orchestra and Jazz Band. After finishing College, John toured with a Rock and Roll band playing throughout the mid-west including Las Vegas. His vast array of trumpet skills has won him praise from many, including famous trumpeter Bobby Shew. 2011 has been a great year. John have been playing in Broadway Musical Productions and been performing with a number of top 40 groups. He just finished recording sound tracks for a pilot children's show for television titled "Hotel Balderdash".


 

Jim Bohm

Buffalo, New York based trumpeter Jim Bohm began his musical training in his hometown of Clarence, New York and continued on to study at the State University of New York at Fredonia.

As a professional musician, Jim is a skilled performer who prides himself on his ability to cover a wide range of musical styles. Equally comfortable as a backing musician or band member, Jim has worked with national artists including Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, Four Tops, Gino Vanelli, Frankie Vallie, and the Scintas. In addition, Jim regularly works as a sideman with many local acts in the Western New York Region.

Jim has produced and performed on the releases "Soundstorm" from the Dave Steven’s Big Band, "Live" from neo-soul singer Nikki Hicks, and his own jazz CD "My Funny Valentine," from the Bohm Witman Project. Current projects include the Winelight Band, the Winelight Duo with keyboardist/singer Dave Calire, Tiger Chung Lee, The Dreaming Tree tribute to Dave Mathews, and as a for-hire union musician.

Jim is a proud performing artist and home dealer for CarolBrass, playing Carol Brass CTR-7660L-GSS-Bb-SL and CTR-5284L-YLT trumpets, and a Carol Brass CFL-7200-GSS-Bb-SL Legend flugelhorn. Jim's trumpet mouthpiece is a Spiri 3C-6 and his flugelhorn mouthpieces are a Best Brass 5M and a Michael Brand Groove mouthpiece.

Tommy Bridges

Tommy Bridges, a child prodigy in jazz music started his career early with the Hollywood Elite. At age 13, he performed alongside famed actor George Segal and actor Conrad Janis of the ‘Mork and Mindy’ TV show, with the Beverly Hills unlisted jazz band at the 1978 Sacramento Jazz festival. This jazz festival featured a young Tommy Bridges on Cornet and young Molly Ringwald as a jazz vocalist. He recorded his first trad jazz jazz album at age 14 on Delmark Records in Chicago, and won the number 7 spot in the Billboard magazine jazz chart in 1980. This same record also had Louis Armstrong’s famed drummer Barrett Deems on it, who played in the 1956 MGM film ‘High Society’ along with Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly with the fabulous Hollywood music score by Cole Porter.
 
Tommy played the role of young Bix Beiderbecke in the 1978 PLAYBOY JAZZ label film, ‘Ain’t none of them play it like him yet’ about the early jazz legend, who died at Age 28. Hugh Hefner bought the Canadian made film as he loved early Chicago jazz history. The film also starred the famous composer Hoagy Carmichael, the composer of ‘Stardust’ and ‘Georgia on my Mind,’ and ‘Skylark.’

Originally, from the midwest, Bridges relocated to Upstate New York, where the Hollywood connections ran deep; He performed for the famous Baldwin brothers, Alec, Steven, Danny, Billy and Kim Basinger at the Hotel Syracuse; and also for Robert De Niro, Richard Gere, Grace Jones, composer Jimmy Van Heusen, the Jackie Coogan family, and for casino mogul Steve Wynn, of Las Vegas, and numerous others. In 1981, he appeared at the Kool/Newport Jazz festival at age 16, the youngest ever to appear at the time. His band, the Tommy Bridges Jazz Quartet, which has upwards of 61,000 Facebook followers, performs at 80 regional and national events per year. His music is a mix of classic Jazz Standards, Big Band, the Rat Pack, Bossa Nova’s and Samba’s from Brazil. He performs on both Piano and Trumpet.

Bill Colletti

Bill is a Professional Multi-instrumentalist/Recording Artist and has been performing since 1978.  His primary instruments are the Flugelhorn & Trumpet, Valve Trombone, Piano, Guitar and Vocals.  His versatility is demonstrated throughout many musical genres such as Jazz, Latin, Big Band, Pop, Orchestral and Broadway musicals. 
 
Bill has performed with Grammy award winning and top Contempory/Smooth jazz artists including Dave Koz, Peter White, Marc Antoine, Oli Silk, Terry Wollman & Walle Larrson to name a few.  His first all original music CD "Be on the Light" was released January 29, 2019 and is featured on XM/Sirius satellite radio, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon, YouTube as well as streaming radio stations world wide.  In addition, Bill is a Composer, Producer and Recording Engineer.


Bill was the featured trumpet/flugelhorn player on Spanish Latin Contemporary Jazz Artist Arturo Romay's album entitled "Jumping With Joy."

Bill is a full time Musician with a Degree in Computer Science and owns and operates Kay L. A. Recording Studio in Naples, FL.  Bill performs regularly at local theaters, restaurants & clubs.

Bill is a home dealer for CarolBrass and has customized our horns to his unique specifications and finishing as can be found in our “BC” Signature models:

CPT-9392-RLM(D)-Bb-BC (Pocket Trumpet)

CCR-9990-RSM-Bb-BC (Cornet)

Benny Benack III

By age 28, trumpeter and singer Benny Benack III has proven to be a rare talent: not only a fiery trumpet player with a stirring command of the postbop trumpet vernacular in the vein of Kenny Dorham and Blue Mitchell, but also a singer with a sly, mature, naturally expressive delivery in the post-Sinatra mold, performing standards and his own astute songs with a thrilling sense of showmanship.  His superb intonation and bracing virtuosity enable him to handle astounding feats of originally composed vocalese (complex solos with written lyrics). And he’s a highly capable pianist as well.
 

​Benny performs widely as a frontman for Postmodern Jukebox, the vintage music collective famed for canny old-school covers of modern pop.  In early 2020, he released A Lot of Livin’ to Do, the follow-up to his well-received 2017 debut album, One of a Kind.  This sophomore effort, richly varied in mood and brimming with bop inflection, features bassist extraordinaire Christian McBride and drummer/producer Ulysses Owens, Jr., as well as the radiant Takeshi Ohbayashi on piano and Rhodes.
 

​Benny’s been showcased in international headliner tours at Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai, JALC’s “NY Jazz All-Stars” (Mexico) and extensively all over Asia and Europe.  He has headlined domestic tours around the U.S. including the Vail Jazz Party, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, Pittsburgh JazzLive International, the Vancouver Jazz Festival and the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival in East Lansing, MI, to name a few.  Benny's been featured at Birdland, Mezzrow, Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle and other leading New York venues.  Alongside his work as a leader, he has played in the house band for NBC’s “Maya & Marty,” and appeared as a trumpet soloist across genres with the Christian McBride Big Band, Diplo/Major Lazer, Ann Hampton Callaway, Melissa Errico, Josh Groban, Ben Folds, fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi and more.
 

​Benny was a 2014 finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition, and winner of the 2011 Carmine Caruso International Trumpet Competition.  He is highly sought after as a clinician and educator, leading workshops for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People program, as well as the New York Youth Symphony’s Education department.  In 2020 he will lead a panel at the annual Jazz Congress on Audience Engagement, together with Christian McBride, Marilyn Maye and Veronica Swift.
 

​Third in a generational line of Pittsburgh jazz notables, Benny follows in the footsteps of his trumpeter/bandleader grandfather, Benny Benack, Sr. (1921-86), and his father Benny Benack, Jr., a saxophonist/clarinetist who gave the young Benny his first professional experience.  Benny, Sr. hailed from a Pittsburgh lineage that also produced Roy Eldridge, Earl Hines, Art Blakey, Billy Strayhorn and so many more. He recorded the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 1960 theme song “Beat ’Em Bucs” and toured with Tommy Dorsey and Raymond Scott, among others.  Benny III returns to Pittsburgh often to perform, saluting his family forebears and the jazz heritage as a whole, nonetheless staking his bold and highly individual artistic claim.
 

Benny Benack III endorses P. Mauriat Trumpets, Torpedo Bag Cases, CarolBrass Flugelhorn and X-Suit Menswear.

Terry Townson

Grammy Award winner* Terry Townson has become a driving force in today's music industry. A world-class horn player, Terry and his horn arrangements, tracks and live performances have been featured by some of the biggest names in the music business. Terry's career began at the age of 10, touring the country with his parents and grandparents appearing in churches and gospel revival tent meetings. Staying true to these roots, Terry has continued to put his heart and soul into every project he involves himself. *with Delbert McClinton.

While attending St. Petersburg High School in Florida, Terry won the West Coast Jazz Festival 'Soloist of the Year' honor (awarded by Hank Levy and Stan Kenton) and in turn, a full scholarship to Towson State in Baltimore, Maryland.

Terry then went on the road with a myriad of acts in many genres getting a feel of the total musical experience. Touring with the likes of Delbert McClinton, Kenny Rogers, Shelby Lynne, South American super star Jose Louis Rodriguez (El Puma), Clarence Gatemouth Brown, and Felix Cavaliere and The Rascals… to name a few.

Terry has performed with artists such as Ray Charles, The Temptations, Delbert McClinton, Matthew Good, Bob Hope, The Rascals, Dan Penn, Joe Ely, Lena Horne, Greg Allman, Rufus and Carla Thomas, B.J Thomas, Garth Hudson, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Guy. He has played live shows in backup bands with Jim Horn, The Memphis Horns, The Uptown Horns, 'Blue Lou' Marini, Steve Cropper, Tom Malone, Bobby Keys, Paul Shaffer, Bernard Purdie, Bob Babbitt and Will Lee and numerous others.

Terry is featured on hundreds of records by artists including Michelle Shocked, Al Anderson(NRBQ), Delbert McClinton(Grammy Award winning record), Colin James(Gold record), Clarence Gatemouth Brown (multiple Grammy nominations), Matthew Good, Eric Burdon and Charlie Rich... to name just a few. Recording at some of the most famous studios of all time… Muscle Shoales Sound-Alabama, Sun Studios in Memphis, Ultrasonic Studios- New Orleans, Criteria Recording Studio- Miami and RCA Studio 'B' Nashville. Multiple TV appearances on The Conan O'Brien Show, The Late Show, Austin City Limits, American Music Shop, The Texas Connection, HBO's 40th Anniversary Atlantic Records show at Madison Square Garden, ESPY Award show at Radio City Music Hall, numerous CBC's TV specials as well as a season of the Hockeyville series in a live band and even worked a handful of shows for Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker on their TV show 'The PTL Club'.

Terry now resides in La Paz, Baja California Sur in Mexico. Still featured touring and recording with acts in the US and Canada Terry has engrossed himself with the local scene and enjoying the Mexican culture, sunshine and the beautiful Sea of Cortez! Terry relocated his studio to a historic neighborhood in El Centro and finds himself busier than ever!

In the studio, on tour, Broadway musical pits or just clubbing around town, Terry Townson continues to raise the bar in the trumpet world. His musical creativity has spawned a successful arranging career as well. The diversity of acts Terry has been associated with over the years equips him well in the arranging field. He has arranged horns on literally hundreds of records and shows around the world. With this arsenal of experience, Terry Townson can create the right lines/ harmonies and tasteful embellishments to any track.

https://www.terrytownson.com/custom-horn-arrangements-bio.htm

Theo Hartman

My name is Theo Hartman. I began playing cornet at the age of 9. I studied the trumpet succesfully at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands. Among my teachers were Theo Laanen (Residentie Orchestra, The Hague) and John Taber (Residentie Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony  Orchestra and Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine).

From 1985 till 1990 I played as assistant principal trumpeter with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra in Israel. With the Haifa Brass Quartet I performed also extensively in Israel. After returning to The Netherlands I have been performing with the Radio Symphony Orchestra and many more Dutch orchestras.

In 2006 I initiated my own brass ensemble ‘Continuous Brass’ which is still performing.

In 2015 I have been the initiator to start the ‘Triple Berry Trio’. Recently in autumn 2017 I have created a new unique and exciting duo with classical guitar and trumpet called ‘Duo Beyond Limits’. For small ensembles I am running my ‘TNCB Productions’ and next to that I am an enthusiastic brass teacher with a lot of experience.

https://www.trompetnet.nl/online-trumpet-lessons-biography/

Marjolein Van Der Heide

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Shamarr Allen

Music has been a part of Shamarr Allen’s life for as long as he can recall. A musical prodigy, people have forever recognized his extraordinary talents as a musician. Shamarr’s countless career accomplishments, are highlighted by performances with artists Patti LaBelle, Lenny Kravitz, Harry Connick Jr., Branford Marsalis, and a multi-city tour and studio recordings with country legend Will Nelson, Ray Price, Leon Russell, and R.E.M. His personal compositions include music for the New Orleans Saints, “Bring Em To The Dome,” the ecologically conscious oil spill record.

Josh Shpak

“I love connecting with people,” says young trumpeter, Josh Shpak.  “Whether they be teenagers or your grandma, if I can see that they’re feeling the music, I’m happy.”
 

This breaking of generational gaps has become somewhat of a habit for the 23-year- old Berklee College of Music student.  With such a wide stylistic palette evident of influences from classic jazz to electronica, Shpak has made himself a wanted commodity in the music world.  This cross-generational quality has launched a career playing with jazz heavy-weights, such as George Garzone, Dave Liebman and Jimmy Heath, soul legends Tower of Power, young cross-over innovators like Casey Benjamin, Nir Felder and John Daversa, and pop/opera superstar, Josh Groban, on his Grammy-nominated CD, "STAGES LIVE", and PBS TV Special, "STAGES".
 

A protégé of jazz icon Clark Terry, Josh Shpak is dually driven by a great respect for the past, and a drive to put his own mark on the future.  “Every great musician in history has been completely present in his or her own time period, while using their knowledge of the tradition to drive their creative forces.”
 

Josh is currently a member of Boston-based rock/funk/dance-pop band, RIPE, acoustic world-jazz ensemble, THE AFFINITY QUARTET, the MARIO CASTRO QUINTET, and numerous other projects.  He also performs with his own group, the Josh Shpak Band, a cutting-edge modern jazz outfit that incorporates the sounds of rock, electronic, and film music with jazz.  The band’s debut EP, “ASTATIC”, released in late-summer 2015, features artwork by Leigh McCloskey, whose inspired inventiveness has graced the cover of Flying Lotus’ “Cosmogramma” CD and the Rolling Stones’ “Bigger Bang Tour”.  And, in April 2016, the Josh Shpak Band was the featured group at the Monterey Jazz Festival's "Next Generation Jazz Festival.
 

Among Josh Shpak's numerous awards and accolades are being named the 2017 Downbeat Magazine Undergraduate Jazz Soloist Winner, 2nd Place Winner of the 2015 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Competition, 1 of 4 trumpet finalists for the 2012, 2014 and 2016 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, being chosen as a recipient of the 2014 ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award, being selected as a jazz finalist for the 2014 National Trumpet Competition, named a 2014 Downbeat Magazine Student Award Winner for Small Ensemble Original Composition for his piece, "LET GO", receiving a 2013 Downbeat Undergraduate Outstanding Jazz Trumpet Soloist award, being chosen as a resident of the Kennedy Center’s 2013 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program and the 2013 Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music, being commissioned to compose music for the 2013 French documentary film, “California Dream 3D”, as well as being named the 2012 Yamaha Young Performing Artists jazz trumpeter, and the 2012 National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts “YoungArts” jazz trumpet winner.
 

Josh plays a Harrelson Summit trumpet, a Yamaha 8310Z Shew trumpet, and a CarolBrass CFL-6200-GSS-SLB flugelhorn.

https://www.joshshpak.com/bio

Geoff Winstead

Geoff Winstead plays the CTR-4440L-YST-SL Custom Model. Geoff is a freelance player, living in the Palm Springs area. He can be heard in many groups in the greater Southern California area, from big bands, stage reviews, pit orchestras, Latin bands, wind ensembles and symphonies to leading his own sextet. Geoff has studied with Jimmy Stamp, Claude Gordon and Lynn Nicholson. He was also an eight-year student of Cat Anderson's and is the author of “The Real Way to Play the Cat Anderson Trumpet Method.”

Maaike Boonstra

Maaike started playing the trumpet when she was 8. Her dad played at the local fanfare, so from a young age on, she was already familiar with the sound of brass. When she was 16, she had the opportunity to play in Cincinnati and Detroit with the Frysk Fanfare Orkest and later on she joined an international youth project in music, theatre and dance, called Umoja, in Nairobi. Because of this last project, her interests in other music styles as jazz and latin started to develop. From then on, she joined more local bands to explore her taste in music, which resulted in studying jazz & pop at the conservatory in Zwolle. Now she is playing in multiple brass sections (latin and pop) and leading the female fusion- and funk band ‘Mr right’. 

Dr. Elliott Caine

In addition to being an accomplished optometrist, Dr. Elliott Caine has had a parallel career as a musician. As a trumpet player, composer, bandleader and sideman, he has been involved, through performance and/or recording with artists such as, Teddy Edwards, Ernie Andrews, Larance Marable, Barbara Morrison, Tierra, Bobby Matos, Jump with Joey, The Solsonics, Sonora Dinamita, Beck, The Beastie Boys, Filter, Wycliff Jean, The Machito Orchestra, Roland Alphonso, etc as a leader, with concerts such as, The Playboy Festival, Jazz at Drew Festival, Idyllwild Jazz Festival, Temecula International Jazz Festival, Equinoxe Jazz Festival (Corsica, Fr.), Atlas Music Festival (Istanbul, Turkey), LA County Museum of Art, El Camino College Concert Series, Occidental College Concert Series, Cal State LA Concert Series, and numerous other community and cultural events throughout southern California. His music group is a frequent performer on the southern California club scene, as well.

Pete Estabrook

Pete Estabrook holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Professional Music from Berklee College and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Jazz Studies from California Institute of the Arts as well as an AmSat Approved Teaching Certificate from the Northern California Center for the Alexander Technique.

In addition to teaching privately since 1983, he has taught Jazz courses, Applied Trumpet, and Music Fundamentals at Santa Rosa Junior College since 1996 and has served on the faculty at Sonoma State, Pacific Union College, and Napa Valley College. Pete has 7 album credits (to date) with Bay Area Artists in the Jazz, Pop, Folk, and Ethnic genres. His transcriptions of Miles Davis' solos have also been included with the 2006 and 2009 Concord Music Group re-releases of the classic Prestige Sessions, and his transcriptions of Ellington's Queen's Suite were performed by the Danish National Radio Orchestra in 1991.

Pete's 27 Private Trumpet Teachers include individuals from all the recognized "Schools" of Trumpet playing including: J. Stamp, A. Jacobs/V. Cichowicz, W. Vacchiano, W. Adam, C. Gordon, C. Caruso, and R. Stevens/W. Costello. Among these teachers are: Bobby Shew, Mario Guineri, Richard Winslow, and Larry Meregillano.

He has played with the Ukiah and Lake County Symphonies, Benicia Ballet, Cinnebar Opera, Holland America, Princess and Carnival Cruise Lines, as well as Bay Area Latin, Pop, Top 40, Swing, R & B, Brass, and Jazz groups. His theater experience includes playing Broadway Shows at the Raven, Spreckles Center, 6th St. Playhouse, Summer Repertory Theater, and the Cinnebar Theater. Additionally, he has served as Racetrack Bugler on the Northern California Fair Circuit for Alameda, Sonoma, San Joaquin, and Solano Counties, the Sacramento State Fair and Cal-Expo Harness Racing since 1986.

https://music.santarosa.edu/staff/pete-estabrook

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John McGough

John plays the CarolBrass Pocket trumpet as well as the CTR-5280L-GLT(Euro-D)-Bb-L trumpet. John has twice won New Zealand solo titles, been selected for four National Bands of New Zealand competing at the World Championships in Holland, and has been honoured as one of New Zealands leading entertainers with a Scroll of Honour for his achievements within the NZ Entertianment Industry and was also named New Zealand's Top Musician of the Year.

https://reurl.cc/gWleKQ

Isaac P. Swanson

Isaac P. Swanson is currently an in-demand Trumpet Teacher/Clinician/Performer in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Mr. Swanson teaches in various schools districts in the DFW area, plays in the Brazos Chamber Orchestra and plays Repiano Cornet with the Dallas Brass Band. Mr. Swanson was formerly the Instructor of Trumpet and Jazz Band Director at Lubbock Christian University, Instructor of Trumpet at Laramie County Community College and Assistant Band Director and Jazz Director at Lubbock-Cooper Middle School. While teaching at LCU, LCCC, and LCMS, he built a reputation as having some of the most unique and innovative ways to teaching trumpet and brass to all grade levels and abilities and is an accomplished musician of all brass instruments. Mr. Swanson's students have competed at the region, area and All-State levels; received scholarships into various colleges, earned graduate assistantships into universities and some have played in various drum and bugle corps. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance.

Mr. Swanson plays a CTR-7370L-GLT-Bb-L trumpet.

Hadar Reiss

My name is Hadar Reiss, I was born in the 6 of March 1987. I am professional musicians that play Trumpet and Flugelhorn. I began learning music at the age of 8 and since the age of 10 I have been playing Trumpet. I attended the Givatayim Conservatorium where I studied classical music and played in the brass band.

During my school years I played in various local bands and orchestras as a lead Trumpet and took part in music camps for talented teenagers. In high school I was incredibly lucky to study four years of classical music under the renowned Zvi Ostrovsky a bass Trombonist who played for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for 34 years. I graduated with a major in Jazz Music from the Thelma Yallin School of Music in 2005. In 2004 I played in the Jazz orchestra, Big Band, representing Thelma Yallin in the IAJE congress in New York City and I have also visited and played at the Berkeley Orchestra in Boston, USA.

From the age of 16 to 23 I played in the Jazz Orchestra of Mr. Abram Felder, veteran and a great lead Trumpeter, with whom I also studied Jazz playing and improvisation. Since 2004 I have played every year for the City of Givayaim at the Remembrance Day and Independent Day ceremonies.

In 2007 - 2008, I received a scholarship to study at the "Rimon" school of Music with a major in Jazz Music. Whilst studying at the "Rimon" school of Music, I took part in the Jazz Festival at the Red Sea in cooperation with the senior teachers from the Berkeley School of Music (Boston) and the Rimon School of Music (Israel) and in collaboration with some of the world's leading jazz musicians including Richard Bona, Chris Potter and Randy Brecker.

In 2007 I played in the "Notzar" Theater in Jaffa on the musical production of "Eretz Boshet” starring Uri Ravitz, Dina Golan, Mutzy Aviv, Shlomo Tarshish and others. The production was first place winner of“2007 Innovative New Production” awarded by Fringe. In 2008 I played with a professional jazz ensemble for different audiences in Cape Town, South Africa. Between the years 2006-2008 I played the lead Trumpet in the band tribute to “Blood Sweat and Tears'' and “Tower of Power”. I also have the privilege of playing with leading professional jazz orchestras across the country that have included some of Israel's leading artists such as: Rama Messinger (deceased), Gil Shohat, Eli Gorenstein, Edna Goren, Hagit Goldberg and Leonid Patashka.

From 2013-2015, I taught music, Trumpet and brass ensembles to elementary schools. This included study groups, conductor courses and musical management of various orchestras as well as music fundamentals and theory. Also since October 2013 I have been teaching private and group Trumpet lessons at the Nechama Telpaz School of Music. In addition, I hold musical workshops for children and teenagers with brass instruments including tools and demonstrations of musical styles associated with the Trumpet.

I play the lead Trumpet in the musical Evita at the Habima Theatre starring Shiri Maymon, Ran Danker and Aki Avni, awarded “Best Production” of 2015 and have been featured on the radio and television and in the media. I take part in leading professional events productions around the country and I also play in various recording studios for singles, albums and musicals. Since the beginning of 2016 I have been regularly studying jazz and improvisation with the renowned and great jazz Trumpeter, Nick Mondello from New York. In May and June 2016 I took part in the ITG conference in Los Angeles, California USA, for professional Trumpeters.

There are many more milestones in both my professional and personal life that have led me to where I am today. In this biography I have decided to keep to the most important things that built and illustrate my professional career. I wish us all health, love, livelihood, fulfillment and happiness.

Yours,
Hadar Reiss.

http://www.hadarreiss.com/en/biography.html

Espen Heimreid Westbye

Espen Heimreid Westbye has become a CarolBrass Artist/ambassador. He plays CarolBrass flugelhorn CFL-9990-RSS-Bb-L.
Espen Heimreid Westbye has his formal education from the University of Stavanger-performing arts and Norges Musikkhøgskole (Oslo). His Brass Band career has been soprano player (and Bb soloist) in Stavanger Brass Band, one of Norway’s most winning brass bands, and today he plays the Bb-cornet in Musikkorpset Gjallarhorn in Stavanger, which also is among the top bands in Norway today. Today Espen works as a conductor, instructor, arranger and free-lance trumpeter.

https://brassnor.no/

Michael Sailors

Michael Sailors plays CarolBrass® trumpet CTR-5000L-YLT-Bb-L.

New York City based Trumpet player Mike Sailors has traveled to perform around the world in Japan and Europe as well as throughout the United States and Canada. He has appeared at venues such as the Blue Note (Tokyo, Sapporo and New York), Dizzy’s, The Jazz Standard, Yoshi’s, The Jazz Standard, The Jazz Kitchen, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, the Bowery Ballroom, Smalls as well as the Tokyo Blue Note Jazz Festival, the EFG London Jazz Festival, the Detroit Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival. Mike was a featured guest artist at the 2015 North Carolina Music Educators Conference, as well as a featured guest artist and composer at the 2013 Brevard Music Festival. Sailors also leads his own small and large groups in and around NYC.

Sailors has worked as a sideman for bands and artists including the Birdland Big Band, The Christian McBride Big Band, Bobby Sanabria and The Multiverse Big Band, the Fat Cat Big Band, the Baby Soda Jazz Band, the Hot Sardines, the Captain Black Big Band led by Orrin Evans, The Jason Marshall Big Band, Cynthia Sayer and George DeLancey. His past experience also includes performances with The Gerald Wilson Orchestra, Jon Hendricks, McCoy Tyner, Marcus Belgrave, Willie Nelson, Dale Watson, Rodney Whitaker and John Clayton. He’s also appeared as a featured soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.

Mike also is an active player in the Broadway scene. He can be found in the pits of “Beautiful, The Carole King Story, Be More Chill and The Prom currently.

Along with an active performing career, Sailors has built and maintained a busy career in composition and arranging. His first commission, dating back to 2005, came from the North American Saxophone Alliance (N.A.S.A). The piece featured the late Dewey Redman and was later recorded and featured on Redman’s last commercial recording “Live with Dewey Redman”. Since then, Sailors has been hired by the likes of Mack Avenue Records, Decca Records, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra as well as a host of internationally known musicians including Ryan Kisor, Sean Jones, Rodney Whitaker, Pete Bernstein, Jimmy Cobb and many others. He has also written for TV, most recently for TD Ameritrade.

Originally from Charleston, South Carolina Mike grew up playing in his local church. He went on to attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2001, Michigan State University in 2007 and The University of Texas in 2010.  Mike's major influences include Kenny Dorham, Louis Armstrong, Leroy Jones, Blue Mitchell and Ernie Royal. Compositionally, he is heavily influenced by the sound of the Jazz Orchestra, most notably Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Billy Byers, Quincy Jones and Ralph Carmichael.

In 2019, Sailors joined the faculty of The University of Texas Butler School of Music, where he leads the Jazz Trumpet Studio and mentors young artists looking to build careers in music.

https://music.utexas.edu/about/people/sailors-michael

Odd-Roar Hult

Mr. Hult, CarolBrass distributor in Scandinavia, is a lifetime cornet/ trumpet player in Norway. He has great passion to help customers to pick up right instruments.

Nick Javier

Nick Javier is an American jazz trombonist and vocalist who is influenced by a variety of music. His primary musical influences include Mile Davis, J. J. Johnson, Charlie Parker, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Curtis Fuller, Thelonious Monk, and his hop culture.

Javier was raised in Mid-Michigan, where he grew up with a close friend whose father was a jazz musician. He was exposed to jazz music in this household through the father's encyclopedic record collection. The area where Javier grew up produced many talented jazz musicians, including Diego Rivera, Carl Cafagna, and Brad Goode.

Nick studied jazz at the Royal Conservatoire in the Netherlands where he was mentored by three great trombonists, Ilja Reingoud, Martin Sohier, and Arthur Moore. While at the Conservatory, Javier gained valuable experience by going to all the jam sessions and performing consistently in The Hague and Amsterdam. Javier was especially enriched by having the opportunity to perform at the North Sea Jazz Festival with Slide Hampton, Kenny Wheeler, Jim McNeely, and Gerald Wilson.

Javier continued his jazz education at Michigan State University, where he finished a Master of Music degree in jazz studies under the mentorship of Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra alumni; Rodney Whitaker, and Wes "Warmdaddy" Anderson. As a teaching assistant, Nick led and wrote arrangement for two octets and taught a jazz piano course. During this time, Nick was a member of several professional ensembles ranging from jazz, funk, soul, Puerto Rican salsa, and Cuban music in Michigan. He was a fixture on the Detroit jazz scene, performing several times at Baker's Keyboard Lounge, and with the Scott Gwinnel Jazz Orchestra.

Currently, Javier has established himself in the Taiwan jazz scene, playing all the major venues in the country. Nick has been a member of the Taiwan All-Stars since its inception for the Taichung Jazz Festival. Along with Javier, the band features Stacey Wei and Rich Huang. Javier also currently plays with Soy La Ley, The Killer 3000 Orchestra, his own trio with Jack Ko and Vincent Hsu, and his own soul cover-band, Sexual Chocolate. In 2011, Javier played lead trombone and was a featured soloist on the album "knives Out" with the Taipei Jazz Orchestra (Onyx Music Corp.). Also in 2011, as well as 2012, Nick was faculty at the NTCH (National Taiwan Concert Hall) Summer Jazz Camp with Albert "Tootie" Heath, Antonio Hart, Michael Phillip Mossman, Rich Huang, and Stacey Wei, performing in the National Hall. In 2013, Javier was invited to conduct master classes in Kasetsart University, Mahidol University, and Silpakorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Nick was also part of the Rangsit University jazz faculty ensemble that performed in this year’s Thailand International Jazz Conference.

Nick plays in a King 3B trombone, but is currently developing a trombone with CarolBrass. Nick plays on Monette PRANA mouthpieces and his music is published by his own publishing company.

Bert Lochs

Bert Lochs is regarded as one of the best trumpet players of his generation. A musicians' musician, not well known to the general public, but certainly not unknown among colleagues and gourmets. With undiminished enthusiasm, he always manages to surprise with his lyrical and virtuoso flugelhorn playing and powerful, fierce trumpet sounds. He increasingly moves on the interface between jazz and classical music, with a clear reliance on the impressionistic lyricism of the turn of the century. Pure improvisation mixed with an almost classical melodic and harmonic imagination.

He does not shy away from innovation and experimentation. He has been active at EWI (Electric Wind Instrument) for a number of years, and recently made the switch to the trumpet version: Johan Berglund's NuEvi. He likes to experiment with electronics, and he also likes to pick up the valve trombone. His compositions are miniature stories. Not a piece about anything. Small and big stories are expressed in music.

As a trumpet soloist he was a finalist at the Middelsee Jazztreffen, at the Wessel Ilckenprijs, Leverkusener Jazztage, European Contest for Young Jazz Talent in Rome, Hoeilaart Jazz, and as a composer his piece 'One for Me ' played.

He played at several major festivals: Montreux, Leverkusen, North Sea Jazz, European Jazz Night in Oslo, and on many stages throughout Europe, including the BIM-huis, Victoria Oslo, Jazzschmiede Düsseldorf, Satchmo in Maribor, A-trane in Berlin .
A temporary highlight was the invitation of the legendary jazz pianist Enrico Pieranunzi to play with his quintet at the jazz festival in Bremen.

With his own band Braskiri, together with pianist Dirk Balthaus, drummer Wim Kegel and Norwegian tuba player Steffen Granly, he is making good progress. The first CD 'Killing the Mozzarella' received rave reviews and resulted in a performance at North Sea Jazz 2016. In 2018 the second studio CD 'The Couch Principle' was released, and shortly after that Braskiri was asked to make a one mike recording in the legendary studio 2 of the Muziek Centrum van de Omroep. To this end, Lochs wrote a completely new repertoire in a short time, and in March 2020 the online album 'Live at MCO' was launched.

Bert studied trumpet at the Hilversum Conservatory and composition at the Rotterdam Conservatory. He was taught by Ack van Rooijen, Bob Brookmeijer, Rob Pronk, Rob Madna, Charli Green and Willem van der Vliet, among others.

http://www.bertlochs.com/biografie/

Saskia Laroo

In the 20th century, the state of the art of the trumpet has been formed in lion’s shares by the achievements of jazz musicians. The concept of playing the trumpet was pushed up to a higher level than ever thought possible. Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Don Cherry are but a few of the many trumpet players who have. They are male. Valaida Snow, Clora Bryant, Barbara Donald, Ingrid Jensen and Saskia Laroo form a short but important roster of female trumpet players who, despite the rarity of women in the field of jazz trumpet, will leave a distinct mark. Saskia Laroo, is a current feature on the face of 21st century trumpet artistry.

HER BEGINNINGS
Saskia Laroo, coined in America by press and public as ‘Lady Miles Davis of Europe’ has been going strong for over three decades. Born in 1959 in Amsterdam, she grew up in Den Ilp and went to high school in Zaandam. Her first playing experiences at age 8 were at Het Brass Band of Fanfare de Eendracht in her then hometown Den Ilp. At 18 she attended the University of Amsterdam to study mathematics, albeit briefly, soon swayed by the challenge of a professional career in music. She studied trumpet with some of the best known artist / teachers of the day: at the Muziekpedagogische Academie of Alkmaar, the Sweelinck Conservatorium (with Boy Raaymakers) in Amsterdam and the Muziekpedagogische Academie of Hilversum (with Ack van Rooyen). However promising it sounds in retrospect, Saskia’s was not a smooth beginning. It was difficult for her to get her foot in the door: “A problem with getting gigs was that nobody wanted to play with somebody as unknown as me. The trumpet player is naturally the most important person in a band. He plays the “lead” and gives all “cues” for the other musicians. Often the rejection sounded as follows: you can’t play a whole concert, you will get tired halfway because you aren’t strong enough,” according to Saskia. So, for a short time, she choose bass over trumpet as there were more requests for bass players for many gigs. “After starting to gig on bass, they put more faith in me and even began to accept me as a trumpeter as well.” By this period, Saskia had already begun booking herself.

SASKIA TAKES SHAPE
By 1979 Saskia is a full-fledged professional, performing with dixieland bands and mainstream jazz combos. It was during this period that she had the privilege of frequently being called for work by Dutch tenor saxophonist Hans Dulfer. 

By 1981 Saskia became a regular in his bands and also Rosa King’s Upside-Down Band, which included in the line-up a young sax prodigy named Candy Dulfer. While in the formative years of her career, she’d also garnered much experience absorbing world music, namely, of Hispanic, Caribbean, Brazilian and African roots. building on these influences, Saskia continued to expand her horizons. 
In 1982 she formed her own Salsa Caliente Band; between 1986 and 1990 she led Caribbean Express; from 1990 till 1994 she performed with The Caribbean Colours. Around 1994 Saskia felt she had found her own voice. While having gone solo for the first time in 1993, the following year this grew into the Saskia Laroo Band, featuring compositions from her debut CD “It’s Like Jazz”. In 1995, Laroo gave birth to two new groups: Salsa Bop - a Latin jazz quintet and Jazzkia - her straight-ahead jazz unit. Presently, besides barnstorming with her own of several groups, Saskia Laroo often appears as a special guest artist.


THE SHAPE OF SASKIA’S SOUND: THE MUSICAL CONCEPT

Music over the past one hundred years has become a rich, colourful potluck in the banquet of the many, and musicians worldwide have flourished as its caterers. Jazz itself is such a kitchen, born of a plasma of creativity in peril, reared as a hunger to enthrall “the party people”, and matured as food for the whole person in an uncertain existence. Saskia Laroo makes her way by cooking up new styles which blend bebop jazz, club, hip-hop, rap, world, and whatever else grooves, in a driving party mix. Her sound is often described as “nu jazz”; she herself has coined her sound as “body music”. Her sound is borne of her broad musical palette. It’s power may be in her down-to-earth perspective; “I want people to have a good time, to dance when I play. I don’t just play for other musicians”. 
Laroo makes this magic with her favourite of her several units, the Saskia Laroo Band. Its members are often an international bunch who hail from other lands, are well-versed in many styles, and open to new sounds. Thus, her joy comes to life with this group: some tradition, lots of hipness, groove, ba-ad solos, bold rap vocals, and her mellifluous trumpet leading the way. With all, she freely cooks up the jam. 

Yet, like many eclectic artists before her, there are challenges to mass acceptance innate to mixing jazz and more popular styles. Laroo loves the freedom to jump from jazz to groove and back... and back again. Though this predilection has been clear from her first release, “It’s Like Jazz”, some of her more purist jazz pals chide her for “flirting too much with pop...”. Pop fans dig the pop elements but still see Saskia as a jazz artist. Ironically, the music critics’ opinions seem to differ little from the fans. Saskia’s first concern is with reaching everybody, the audience as well as the critics. Her math ultimately weighs having a solid fan base over critical acclaim, “I think the reason why it’s all going okay is because I play for the fun of all, including mine.”


SOME OTHER TIDBITS...
Multifaceted, Saskia has not only her celebrated penchant for eclecticism, her mathematics, or her hot looks, but also her multi-instrumentalism. Aforementioned is her skills as a bassist, having studied its classical technique for some time prior to playing jazz gigs on the instrument in her early career. She also includes bass guitar as part of the artillery. Even earlier, during 1966-1971, she studied alto and soprano recorder, from 1967 studied and played cornet (pocket trumpet) in the Fanfare de Eendracht of Den Ilp. Soon she’d study cello from 1971-1974 and added on a year of guitar lessons. At the age of 27, Saskia began to sing and study the alto saxophone. She then tacked on a knowledge of piano and organ. She currently specializes on trumpet.

https://saskialaroo.com/biography

Jim Manley

He had spent around 10,500 plus nights playing his trumpet around town in his
hometown of St. Louis since the 70's “I think I’ve played almost every place in town under one circumstance or another” His recordings have gathered critical acclaim as well and have traveled all over the world.
Jim’s forays into the stratosphere are musically exciting and unbelievable to his peers. “Jim can make his trumpet soar, pop, sizzle and purr –he can do it all!”


 

In the past few years he has branched out as a band leader, composer, and clinician. Jim has been featured as a guest soloist with many school bands across the country. He was a featured soloist at the annual Trumpet Party in Amsterdam in 2006 Jim’s group Horns in the House” was the opening act for the legendary Maynard Ferguson. Every year Jim headlines at “Jazz at the Bistro” one of the foremost jazz clubs in the country to sell out crowds “Manley always brings impressive chops, high energy and a sense of fun to his work, and I'd expect the same from him as he headlines at the Bistro this weekend”.


 

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Clyde Dixon

Clyde is a very successful and highly sought after freelance trumpet/ Flugelhorn & Cornet specialist. Clydes background represents many of those who were born into the Brass Band community. Born with a cornet in one hand and a milk bottle in the other Clyde eventually joined a band at 8yrs old.
At 12 yrs old Clyde had joined the Tyrell's Onehunga band which later became the legendary Continenal Airlines Auckland Brass Band.
Whilst at Continental Airlines Auckland Brass Band, the late Errol Mason, QSM and 10 times NZ cornet Champion mentored Clyde to what can only be considered a stellar career.

Solo career:
- NZ Jnr cornet champion
- NZ Jnr Champion of Champions
- NZ Open Amateur Cornet Win
- 4 time NZ Championship Cornet
- 2 time Flugelhorn Champion
- 4 time NZ Champion of Champions
- Ern Keller winner Australia
- 2nd place British Open Championship
Having been selected in numerous National Youth and NZ National bands Clyde eventually landed the lead trumpet and cornet roles with the NZ Army Band. Eventually Clyde went on to the role of Bandmaster of the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band. Having performed at countless international events and with numerous national and international artists, Clyde continues to work throughout all genres of brass playing.
Clyde plays on Carol Brass Legend Bb Trumpet & Flugel Horn

Choi Sun Bae

Choi Sun Bae produces a clear and lyrical sound on the trumpet, cornet, and flugelhorn. He strives to contribute to the overall beauty of the ensemble rather than to dominate it by drawing attention to the strength and force of his individual improvisations, and he considers tone to be more important than phrasing in his solos.

He is an accomplished mainstream jazz musician as well as a free improviser also he performs regularly in Japan, where he is well known as Korea's representative master trumpeter, He participated in the Olympic International Jazz Festival in 1988 and played with the Incheon Symphony Orchestra.

In 1998 he recorded a freely improvised album, Freedom / Solo Trumpet Improvisations with the help of Suetomi Dakao.
This album is an important record of life and art, which is portrayed throughout his work, and it is solid proof that he is a truly contemporary artist.

Since 2002 he constantly works together with Alfred Harth appearing on several Laubhuette Productions up to now.

In the years 2003 - 2006 he also contributed sound sources to
Alfred Harth's Mother-Of-Pearl-CD-Series

Marco Puzzello

Trumpeter and composer, he graduated from the Nino Rota Conservatory in Monopoli at the age of 21. During his academic studies, and after, he took part in numerous masterclasses (including the "Berklee Clinics" at Umbria Jazz 2008, with the Berklee College of Music in Boston) and workshops held by worldwide renowned teachers, thus obtaining an important recognition awarded to only 20 musicians out of 400 participants.

He has had various collaborations with different artists, among which Kimberly Ann Convington, Tanya Michell, Wendy Lewis, Kirk Smith, Redi Hasa, Nabil Bey (from RadioDervish), Eliel Lazo, Benny Benack III, Mario Rosini, Wen Hui Tsai, Joe Bastianich, Luca Morino (from Mau Mau), Vincenzo Deluci, and Bija. He has also produced two discs: Bija and Blek Aut, with which he won numerous national and international competitions. Besides that, he has also participated in many albums by national and international artists as a trumpeter and flugelhorn player.

He has played all over the world, in Taiwan with the Nobis trio along with guitarist and composer Gabriele di Franco and Taiwanese singer Wen Hui Tsai, and with Vestige Sextet at the Taichung International Jazz Festival, with whom he recorded an album that will be released in 2021.

He came in third place at the “Premio internazionale Salvatore Quasimodo” contest with the song Ultima Generazione, written and composed by his own hand. In 2019, he was selected at the workshop in sound design and music composition for the theater of La Biennale di Venezia Teatro 2019 with the Golden Lion M ° Franco Visioli. Then, in 2020, he reached the final as a performer in a contest of young directors (under 30) of La Biennale di Venezia Teatro 2020.

In November 2020, he produced 6 tracks on all digital platforms with the projects “Root” and “Bija”, published by the Machiavelli Music Publishing record company on the CREO Music Portraits compilation. They were recorded after winning two scholarships for two artist residencies in Spessa (PV): CREO project supported by SIAE, MiBact, Artemista. In addition, he published the album HEROES produced by the Indipendemo Records label and distributed on all digital platforms in November 2020, for the FRAME 11 project, together with guitarist Osvaldo Natali.

Finally yet importantly, he is the artistic director of the association OdA - Officina degli Artisti in Taurisano where he also teaches trumpet and musical grammar. He is currently working on Bija’s second album and on an a solo project.

James Ingenito

James has been an active performer/educator and composer for more than 20 years. After returning to New York to study with  jazz legends Donald Byrd, Jimmy Heath and the late Sir Roland Hanna,  James was signed to the CATS PAW label where he released "RHYTHM ROOM BLUE" which received favorable reviews from the Jazz Times. 

After years of freelancing in different groups, James decided to return to his true love-writing and performing original music. In August of 2013, he released Follow the Dream which once again featured his original material.
 In 2014 while performing at the NAMM show in California, he was SO impressed with the way the Flugelhorns played-intonation and sound- as well as the cool people at CarolBrass and their commitment to making quality instruments. 

Peter Uppman

Peter Uppman’s multi award-winning style is instantly recognisable, receiving accolade after accolade for his work as a world-class trumpeter, singer, songwriter and entertainer.

A professional performer of more than 38 years, Peter has a massive repertoire encompassing all styles of jazz, rock, pop, country and Latin. He also possesses the unique ability to communicate and connect with his audience, utilising humour combined with superb musicianship. Having worked with dozens of internationally renowned artists, and on many major jazz festivals within Australia and internationally, Peter has also been featured multiple times on national television (including regular appearances on ‘Good Morning Australia’), numerous radio and media publications, and has several of his multi award-winning albums selling via major outlets worldwide.

Jay Copenhaver

Jay has been a trumpet player for over 50 years and was a member of two U.S.  Army Bands. He plays trumpet in the high-energy dance band C.C. & Company based in Greensburg, PA. He is the owner of TWGO Trumpet Studio in New Stanton where he gives trumpet lessons and is western  ennsylvania’s CarolBrass dealer.  Jay’s most active musical role is trumpeter, vocalist and band manager of his wife's big band, The Wally Gingers Orchestra that performs throughout western Pennsylvania. Clare’s father started the band in 1939 and, after returning from the South Pacific during World War II, led an all -Veteran band that had regular bookings in New York , Chicago, and Philadelphia, and also performed in Houston, TX and Las Vegas, NV. The band played thousands of gigs t hroughout Wally’s career. Jay is the bugler for the Youngwood VFW Post 211 and is a member of Bugles
Across America and Taps for Veterans. 

Jay performing with his CarolBrass CTR-5000L-YLT-SL

Chia-Hsin Liu (Ms. Trumpet)

Chia Hsin Liu (Ms.Trumpet)

Chia Hsin Liu, known as Ms. Trumpet, is a well-known Taiwanese trumpet player. After Chia Hsin completed the study of traditional/ modern music performance degrees in universities, she started a Yotube channel called “Ms. Trumpet” where she dedicates her love to trumpet music, trumpet tutorial, trumpet song cover, etc. in 2019. Thanks to Chia Hsin's contribution to trumpet music and elegant appearance, she was appointed to record an albume for Taipei Metro Company in the same year.

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Zoran Kazakov

Zoran plays CFL-6200-GSS-Bb-BG, CTR-4000H-YSS-Bb-S and custom CTR-8880H-GST
Zoran plays CFL-6200-GSS-Bb-BG in the newest album "Bird".

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Zhi-jun Liu

Zhi-jun Liu, lead trombonist at KoSwing Big Band, is a young professional trombone player based in South Taiwan. With many years of experiences on live performance and music education, Liu is being noticed by many audience in Taiwan. Liu's equipment is CarolBrass CTB-2209-YST Blackhawk.

Nemanja Zlatarev

Nemanja Zlatarev is professional trombone performer/recording artist, educator and composer. As a lead trombon player in RTS (National Television of Serbia) Big Band, he had a opportunity to work with great Jazz names such as John Fedchock, Ilja Reinghoud, Samuel Blaser, Bobby Shew, Gregory Hutchinson, Danny Grissett, Heinz Von Hermann, Duško Gojković, Lee Konitz and many more. 
Nemanja is playing CarolBrass Trombon model CTB-2209-GST (King 3B Tribute)

https://www.kcns.org.rs/biografije/nemanja-zlatarev-trombon/

Matias Nieva

Matías Nieva is one of the most versatile and active musicians on the Ibero-American music scene today, being improviser, international soloist, founder and creator of Trumpet Fest Argentina, Digital Entrepreneur Pioneer in online trumpet teaching. He participated in several groups, including the Stable Orchestra of the Teatro Argentino de La Plata (Argentina) Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (Argentina), the Stable Orchestra of the Teatro Colón, OLV (Orquesta Latinoamericana de Vientos Manizales, Colombia 2009), Symphony Orchestra of Ribeirão Preto (Brazil).

Matías performed in musicals such as Sweeney Todd (2010), The Sound of Music (2011), My Fair Lady (2013), Chicago (2013), Company (2013), Ghost the Musical (2015), Shrek the Musical (2015), Sunset Boulevard (2018). Bang on a Can (New York), Lontano (London), Ensemble Lucilin (Luxembourg), among many others.

Matias also teaches at various festivals and teaching venues such as Bach Fest Cochabamba in Bolivia, FIM (International Music Festival) Loja in Ecuador, Brazil Adventist University UNASP in Hortolândia, Trumpet Festival Chile, Trumpet Festival Vale do Itajaí in Brazil, Workshop USP (University of São Paulo in Brazil, Jazz Trumpet Festival in Brazil, Jazz Trumpet Festival in São Paulo in Brazil, and the International Trumpet Festival Rafael Mendez in Mexico.

After 20 years of experience as a teacher, Matías decided to create the most complete trumpet course that exists today, thereby creating the opportunity for everybody to gain knowledge of the trumpet and how to play this instrument very easily.

Armando Trujillo

Armando Trujillo