The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast; Episode #16: Roger Ingram

Episode #16 – Roger Ingram


The Other Side of the Bell - Roger IngramWelcome to the show notes for Episode #16 of The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features trumpet player, educator, and author Roger Ingram ( Roger is best known for being the lead trumpet player on the Jazz at Lincoln Center, Harry Connick, Jr., Maynard Ferguson, Ray Charles, and Woody Herman Big Bands. He is also known for his trumpet textbook, Clinical Notes on Trumpet Playing, his vintage brass mute restorations, the Jupiter XO Series 1600I Ingram model trumpet, and the Ingram line of Bb trumpet mouthpieces.

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About Roger Ingram

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Trumpet player, educator, author, instrument designer, and recording artist Roger Ingram is one of the most prolific jazz lead trumpet players today.  He grew up in Los Angeles and was fortunate to study, perform, and record with some of Hollywood’s most successful studio musicians. Ingram has numerous decades of professional experience performing and recording with top jazz and pop artists. He has also performed on several movie scores, radio and television commercials. Known for his dynamic sound, solid upper register, and driving sense of swing, his musical legacy is embodied by his respect and regard for artistic integrity.

Ingram began touring with the Louie Bellson Big Band when he was 16, and performed with the Quincy Jones Big Band the following summer. He went on to play lead trumpet for Tom Jones for 6 years. In the early 1980’s Ingram lived in Las Vegas and worked with the “Relief Band,” backing-up numerous production shows. Ingram moved on to play lead trumpet with the Woody Herman Orchestra until Herman’s death in 1987.

In 1990, Ingram joined Harry Connick Jr.’s big band, with which he worked until 2010. While with Connick, he recorded 19 albums, of which three were nominated for Grammy awards. “Songs I Heard” won a Grammy in 2001. Between tours with Connick, Ingram joined Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and moved to New York in the early 1990s. Ingram recorded three albums with Marsalis, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning “Blood on the Fields.”

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While in New York, Ingram also recorded and performed in live concerts and subbed on more than 20 Broadway productions. Ingram was the principal trumpet player on “Thou Shalt Not” and the Tony award winning “Pajama Game.” During this time, Ingram recorded three albums with Maynard Ferguson and his Orchestra, and collaborated with Arturo Sandoval on several recordings including Sandoval’s Grammy Award winning album, “Danzon.” Ingram also toured with Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka and Ray Charles.

In 2008, Ingram penned the trumpet textbook, “Clinical Notes on Trumpet Playing” which has been disseminated in more than 65 countries, and is on the required reading list for many undergraduate and graduate music programs worldwide.  Ingram is a KHS/XO Jupiter Performing Artist and Clinician, and in 2009, he was instrumental in the design of the Jupiter XO Series 1600I professional Bb trumpet.

In 2011 Ingram released the first of his four signature trumpet mouthpieces: The Ingram V-Cup. By Fall 2012, Ingram had released the complete Ingram Signature Mouthpiece Line. These mouthpieces are duplicates of the four trumpet mouthpieces Ingram uses for the many playing situations he faces.

Roger Ingram hard at work in his mute-restoration studio. Photo courtesy of
Roger Ingram hard at work in his mute restoration studio. Photo courtesy of

Today, Ingram’s busy schedule includes performing at international jazz festivals, presenting masterclasses and clinics, giving private lessons, and performing as guest soloist with high school, university, and professional jazz ensembles all over the world.  While at home in Chicago, Ingram teaches at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and is often found in the recording studio.

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