Trumpet Dynamics

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No Jazz at Juilliard, Getting a Gig While Working at a Print Shop, Becoming Prolific While Scratching One's Own Itch and More with Chris Gekker!

What can we say about Chris Gekker?

-Terrific trumpet player and teacher

-Prolific writer of method and exercise books

-Pioneer in the realm of brass chamber music

We could go on and on. But some things are best left unsaid - or unwritten in the show notes until you hear them said ;)

Enjoy this episode!

In my chat with Chris Gekker, you'll discover:

-How he got along during the pandemic...

-Chris' start and early career on trumpet...

-Getting the call for the American Brass Quintet working at the print shop...

-The most difficult skill on trumpet...

-Creating exercises to scratch his own itch, which become multiple method books...

-How the physicality of playing has changed over the years and decades...

-Why Julliard once forbade the playing of jazz in its hallways...

-When Chris will know it's time to hang up the spurs...

-The process of recording and releasing a new recording...

-How pop music supports more obscure, niche compositions...

-The easy things are often the hardest things...

-And much more!

Music at Emmanuel featuring Chris Gekker

Credits:

Trumpet Dynamics: The Story of the Trumpet, In the Words of Those Who Play It

Host: James Newcomb

Guest: Chris Gekker

Opening and closing music: "Serenade to a Bus Seat" performed by Mike Vax and Clark Terry

Audio editing by: James Newcomb

Show notes prepared by: James Newcomb