Stardust and Louie

With the release of my trumpet mouthpiece from RS Berkeley, I’d like to say something about what got me started playing the trumpet and jazz beyond the great advantage of growing up in a musical family.  I also have posted a partial track from my Stardust Album recorded 30 years ago which is out of print now but hopefully will get re-issued on CD.  My dad was a big Louis Armstrong fan and played trumpet in his style.   My first influence beside him and “mentor” was the great Louis Armstrong who started the “Golden Age of Jazz” in the 1920s that ended with Charlie Parker in 1950 in my opinion.  (This is not just my opinion but was also attributed to Miles Davis.)   I used to come home from school and listen to Louie and then put on the original MMO records to practice improvising as I was an ear player and didn’t practice out of books.  I used those original MMO records 50 years later with the all star jazz rhythm section Milt Hinton, Kenny Clarke, Oscar Pettiford , Osie Johnson, Jimmy Rainey etc. to record my recent tenor albums for MMO and re-visit this period.  My dad’s original instruction to me “just try to embellish the melody like Louie” carried me through my whole career.  Even as those embellishments became more advanced like Charlie Parker’s “Bird Flights” they were always melody driven. On this album I used Norris Turney on alto who was lead alto with Duke Ellington.  Interesting story about this solo which got 5 star review from the noted jazz writer Leonard Feather who took note of the Louie influence.   I did one take and actually wanted to do another as I thought I could do better as we all do.  The producer and Norris wouldn’t let me as obviously they liked it, so I conceded and moved on to the next tune.   Glenn

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2 thoughts on “Stardust and Louie

  1. Glenn,
    In one word “Magnificent” Solo Glenn !!
    Talk about Soul MY MAN …WOW !!!!
    I could feel that alway home…..
    You could taste it that’s how good it Sounded…..
    Allan G ;-}


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