Bobby Shew is a well-known trumpet great. What people may not know is that he is also a world-class teacher. I had an opportunity to sit down with Bobby and ask him questions for close to three hours. We covered a lot of topics, but the nearest and dearest to his heart was on his…

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Rarely does great artistic success lead to great material gain. Much more often, these two are at great odds against each other. Richie Beirach and I thought it would be interesting to write something about this¬†important topic. Will it turn into a book? I don’t know but I think that’s what we’re aiming for. The…

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  After nearly 30 years of collecting quality audio gear to create music, I am selling a good portion of it. So much of the gear can now be found in the computer in the form of plugins that I no longer need floor to ceiling racks of knobs and flashing lights to adorn my…

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The Art of Skill – the book Dave Liebman and I put together – is selling well. I’m getting a lot of positive feedback. I’m in the middle of recording the book for an audiobook version. It’s a ton of work but I think there are a good amount of people who like to listen…

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If you watched my masterclass entitled, The Magic of Deep Listening, you heard me describe something I like to do when I hear a non-musical tone out in the real world (airplane engine, train horn, animal, etc.) I sing that tone and play around with it. Here’s a simple thing you can do with that…

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As we all bid good riddance to 2020, I look forward to 2021 and the success I can help you and others achieve – in playing or in something else. It’s been exactly one year since I left corporate life in order to pursue a career building an organization and community that will help musicians…

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