Jazz and Technology at Ball State University

So happy to play with the Ball State Jazz Ensemble as a guest artist in collaboration with Ableton! The music software company hosted several masterclasses throughout the day and we finished the thing off with big band concert featuring music made using their Push 2 controller. For this concert I built a motorized percussion setup made of recycled materials. Motorized percussion controlled using the push, trumpet and op-1 were accompanied by a piece written by Duke Ellington.

Jazz at University of Indianapolis

Excited to join the Jazz Faculty at University of Indianapolis this fall!  Duties will include individual trumpet class, rehearsals, brass sectionals and masterclasses.  IMG_6266.JPG

Tribute to Bix

In celebration of the birth of trumpeter Bix Beiderbecke, I had the honor of playing in the horn section of Josh Duffee’s Graystone Monarchs at the Tribute to Bix festival in Racine, Wisconsin this afternoon.  The band features the talented Andy Schumm on Cornet and members of the Fat Babies band are scattered throughout the personnel.

Black Bear Combo at the Milwaukee Ave Arts Fest

Black Bear Combo at the 2010 festival.

Black Bear Combo is a four to six member brass/reed band. It is described as a raucous mutt channeling the common energy between traditional music from eastern Europe and the Balkans, punk rock, and free jazz.  The band will be performing on the main stage of the Milwaukee Ave Arts Fest on Sunday July 31st at 2pm.