Brass Chats Episode 24: Tom Hooten

Brass Chats Episode 24: Tom Hooten

Adding handsomely to our stockpile of famously accomplished and otherworldly-good trumpet players in our Brass Chats Interview collection, this month we snared Tom Hooten, who sits in the principal trumpet chair for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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Brass Chats Episode 23: Randy Brecker

Brass Chats Episode 23: Randy Brecker

You heard him for years with the Brecker Brothers (not sure where they got the name from...), you saw him tear up the town in Stoplight Jazz, now join us for a swim through the inner workings of the mind of trumpet legend Randy Brecker!

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Brass Chats Episode 22: David Krauss

Brass Chats Episode 22: David Krauss

David Krauss, principal trumpet of the Met Opera Orchestra in NYC, had a lot of great stuff to share: stories about taking lessons in Wynton Marsalis' apartment...an unfortunate and unmentionable pogo stick injury, his favorite place to play trumpet, and a few great stories—like the time he almost missed the biggest solo in opera right after he was hired. ...Also, pastrami. Lots of pastrami. Come hang! 

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Brass Chats Episode 21: Vladislav Lavrik

Brass Chats Episode 21: Vladislav Lavrik

Vlad Lavrik is the principal trumpet of the Russian National Orchestra; he plays a mean horn and is actually a very fine conductor as well, and is exploring this passion very frequently at work and elsewhere. Also, a Vladimir Putin story, kinda.

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Brass Chats Episode 20: Jim Wilt

Brass Chats Episode 20: Jim Wilt

You wouldn't know it, but don't be fooled by his mild-mannered, well-temperamented exterior; but Jim Wilt? Associate Principal Trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic?  That guy is MAD at you. He told us, in this interview. We’re serious.

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Brass Chats Episode 19: Malcolm McNab

Brass Chats Episode 19: Malcolm McNab

Quiz time: which number is bigger: number of calendar years A.D., or number of movies Malcolm McNab has played on? ....I'll give you a hint: the answer is the part about the number of movies. Give up?

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Brass Chats Episode 18: Carl Saunders

Brass Chats Episode 18: Carl Saunders

LA Studio and Jazz player Carl Saunders has been described as "the best trumpet player you've never heard of." Well, we hope to change that with this month's Brass Chat because he's ridiculous.

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Brass Chats Episode 17: Monster Round With the Monsters

Brass Chats Episode 17: Monster Round With the Monsters

You asked for it? You got it: Here's the three handsomest members of Monster Oil, giving you an inside look at their streams of consciousness as they test themselves during the Monster Round.

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Brass Chats Episode 16: Ethan Bensdorf

Brass Chats Episode 16: Ethan Bensdorf

Go to college. Graduate. Win job immediately. Win bigger job immediately. This is more or less the musical equivalent of the LeBron James career track, followed in this instance by the phenomenal Ethan Bensdorf, who made the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra the Cleveland Cavaliers of the Orchestral World by taking his talents to the Big Apple, where he's now second trumpet for the New York Phil. Easy-Peasy, Lemon-Squeezey. Touching on topics ranging from his unconventional teaching style to what it was like to sit next to Phil Smith, this is an unmissable Brass Chat for sure.

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Brass Chats Episode 15: Steve Dillon

Brass Chats Episode 15: Steve Dillon

This is the Brass Chats Interview you watch if you want to pick the brain of a man who likes hats, likes music, has an INSANE historical instrument collection (in the video, don't worry)…and built an empire from scratch.

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