Jazz Trumpet Solo Improvisation Etude #8 by Howie Shear: It Could Happen to You

About The Jazz Trumpet Etudes

Howie Shear -- Jazz educator, improviser, and composer
Howie Shear — Jazz educator, improviser, and composer

Twice a month we will be posting a new Jazz Trumpet Improvisation Etude composed by Howie Shear. Each etude will be based on the chord changes of a different jazz standard and will comprise two complete solo choruses.

These etudes will focus on different aspects of trumpet playing and jazz improvisation techniques. They can be played as stand alone exercises but, for best results, we suggest playing along with an Aebersold or another play-along track, allowing you can hear how the melodic ideas work with the chord changes.

The concepts utilized in these solos are presented in Howie Shear’s books Jazz Improvisation – Simplified and Bebop Vocabulary, which are tools that help you develop your own jazz vocabulary that you can use during improvisation. The goal of these etudes is to show how the simple ideas Howie outlines in his books can be applied and developed in a jazz solo format.

Jazz Trumpet Solo Improvisation Etude #8: “It Could Happen to You”

This etude features two choruses over “It Could Happen to You”. This solo focuses on the following:

  • Diatonic & non-diatonic melodic ideas
  • Chordal & scalar melodic ideas
  • Chromaticism
  • Upper register melodic ideas
  • Compositional ideas
  • Technical dexterity

Click Here to Download Now!

If you would like to learn more about jazz improvisation we suggest you purchase Howie Shear’s books, Jazz Improvisation – Simplified and Bebop Vocabulary, which detail the concepts he is applying in these solos.

About Howie Shear

Howie Shear received a Bachelors in Education from Fredonia State University in 1975 and a Masters in Jazz Studies from the Eastman School of Music in 1977. He received his Doctorate in Music from the University of Southern California in 2002. He studied with James F. Burke and Raymond Crisara. Howie toured with the Woody Herman Band as lead trumpet player & featured soloist in 1980. After the tour he moved to Los Angeles and worked as a studio musician and soloist. Among the extensive list of artists he has worked with are: The Chuck Mangione Orchestra, Tony Bennett, George Benson, Mel Torme, The Temptations, and The Spinners. He was the musical arranger and lead trumpet player on the Joan Rivers Late Night Show. Howie has also played various shows at the Ahmanson Theater and many jazz festivals around the world where he has held trumpet clinics. Arranger and producer of various jazz albums, Howie currently has his own jazz quartet. His classical work includes playing with brass quintets and choirs, solo church work, and solo work in the studios.

Howie Shear is professor of Jazz Trumpet at California State University: Northridge.

Download Previous Free Jazz Trumpet Solos

#1 – There Will Never Be Another You

#2 – All The Things You Are

#3 – Joy Spring

#4 – Have You Met Miss Jones

#5 – Stella by Starlight

#6 – Ceora

#7 – Up Jumped Spring

The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast; Episode #4: Malcolm McNab

Trumpet player Malcolm McNab in the studio.
Trumpet player Malcolm McNab in the studio.

Welcome to the show notes for Episode #4 of The Other Side Of The Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features an interview with first-call studio trumpet player Malcolm McNab.

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Win an Autographed Copy of Malcolm McNab’s CD Exquisite or Infinite Trumpet!

We have four copies of Malcolm McNab’s CDs to give away to four lucky podcast listeners. In order to win one of these CDs, leave a comment on this post that mentions your favorite part of Malcolm’s interview. We will choose four comments at random and contact the winners through Facebook. Each winner will receive one autographed copy of either Exquisite or The Infinite Trumpet. Comment must be posted by Monday, May 20th at 12:00pm Pacific Time to be eligible.

**Please note: we have changed our commenting system since recording this podcast, so you must have a free Facebook account to comment. In the podcast we say to leave your email — this is no longer necessary! We will contact you directly through Facebook if you win.

About Malcolm McNab

Malcolm McNab in his home studio.
Malcolm McNab in his home studio.

Malcolm McNab has been playing trumpet for over 60 years, and in the Hollywood studios for over 40 of those. Malcolm grew up in Southern California and studied with James “Jimmy” Stamp who he credits as being his most influential teacher.

He has been the first trumpet on over 2000 motion pictures over his career. His solo trumpet playing can be heard on movies such as Dances With Wolves, Cars, L.A. Confidential, Independence Day, and The Gambler.

Malcolm has recorded two solo CDs, Exquisite and Infinite Trumpet. You can find all of Malcolm McNab’s recordings on iTunes.

Camp McNab

Mike Zonshine, Dave Evans, Tom Stevens, and Malcolm McNab at last years Camp McNab.
Mike Zonshine, Dave Evans, Tom Stevens, and Malcolm McNab at last years Camp McNab.

Camp McNab is a multi-day trumpet workshop where you can learn from Malcolm McNab the warm-ups and routines he uses to maintain the highest level of performance.

There will guest lecturers and master classes during the camp. Also, participants will participate in chamber ensembles.

Camp McNab culminates with a performance of all the participants.

For more information on Camp McNab, visit Camp McNab on Facebook.

Mouthpiece buzzing with Malcolm McNab at Camp McNab
Mouthpiece buzzing with Malcolm McNab at Camp McNab

Malcolm McNab’s Equipment

Malcolm plays on instruments of his design made by B & S Instruments. You can learn more about these instruments on the B&S website.

Previous Trumpet Podcast Episodes:

 

2013 International Trumpet Guild — Grand Rapids, MI

Next month we will be heading to Grand Rapids, MI for the 2013 International Trumpet Guild Conference. The conference runs from June 11th to the 15th, and will be full of great performances, clinics, and lectures. Be sure to swing by the Bob Reeves Brass booth to meet Bob, Brett, and John!

New 1C Classical Trumpet Mouthpiece Model!

Bob Reeves Prototype 1-1/2C
Bob Reeves Prototype 1-1/2C from the new Classical Series

Since our new Classical Series mouthpieces were released last year they have been quite popular with players from all over. This year at the ITG conference we will be releasing the 1C Classical Series mouthpiece. Be sure to swing by and try it!

Valve alignment

Have you always wanted a Bob Reeves Patented Valve Alignment but didn’t want to ship your trumpet to our shop? You’re in luck because we’ll be doing alignments at the ITG Conference. Just drop your horn off at our booth and you can pick it up the next day! Bob configured a travel lathe that we can take on the road allowing us to do most of the things that we can do in our shop.

We will be having a valve alignment special at the show in honor of our 45 years in business — all alignments will be $45 off! We are only doing a limited number of alignments and reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Book Early = Save More Money!

If you book your alignment and prepay for it now, you will save an additional $25 for a total savings of $70. If you want to secure your alignment slot now, you can click here to place a pre-order. Please note: there will be no refunds on pre-orders and your card will be charged when we receive the order. If for some reason you will be unable to be at the ITG conference, the credit from your pre-order can be used for any future work at out shop.

If you’re not sure you need an alignment, you can bring your trumpet by our booth and we will be happy to measure it to show you how far out of alignment it is free of charge.

Trumpet Consultations

Bob Reeves Consulting with a Customer
Bob Reeves consulting with a customer at a previous ITG conference

Our staff will be available during the entire conference for mouthpiece and equipment consultation. For those players who live far away from LA, this is a great opportunity to meet Bob Reeves and garner some of his knowledge and stories! Brett and John will also be available during the show for equipment consultations (although their stories are not nearly as entertaining as Bob’s!).

Podcasting on the road!

The Other Side of the Bell - A Trumpet PodcastFor the first time ever, we will be taking our podcast, The Other Side of the Bell, on the road with us to the ITG. We will have our recording equipment at our booth and will be recording

Mouthpieces, mouthpieces, and more mouthpieces

350 Trumpet Mouthpieces at the ITG Conference
350 Trumpet Mouthpieces at the ITG Conference

If you have never visited our booth at a trade show before, you are in for a real treat. We bring everything but the kitchen sink. Here’s a partial list of stuff we will have for you to try (and buy!) at the show:

Other Fun Stuff

Besides the vast mouthpiece selection, we will have the following accessories and products on disdplay:

The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast: Episode #3; John Clyman, Jay Daversa

The Other Side of the Bell - A Trumpet Podcast logo

Welcome to the show notes for Episode #3 of The Other Side Of The Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features Bob Reeves telling stories about famed trumpet player Bud Brisbois. Then, John Snell sits down for a trumpet talk with Jay Daversa.

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You can also subscribe to The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast in iTunes by clicking here.

Jay Daversa

Bob Reeves with Jay Daversa during a recent visit.
Bob Reeves with trumpet player Jay Daversa during a recent visit.

Jay Daversa sits down with our own John Snell to share his experiences over decades of playing the trumpet. Jay started out at a very young age performing on TV with dance bands. After serving time in the military, Jay joined Stan Kenton’s band as the jazz trumpeter. Since then, Jay has toured with some of the world’s largest artists (Elvis, Barbara Streisand), and has performed on hundreds of TV and Movie soundtracks.

Jay has an album out that is available from CDBaby and on iTunes. He is also available for internet trumpet lessons. Check out his web site – www.jaydaversa.com –  for more information.

 

Here’s a rare video of Jay in a 1957 television appearance that he discusses in his interview:

John Clyman

John Clyman was a virtuoso trumpet player. He was principal trumpet in the L.A. Philharmonic, then went on to a long career as first trumpet in the 20th Century Fox studio orchestra. His sound can be heard in thousands of movies, and was one of the first to record the famed 20th Century Fox fanfare.

Bob Reeves first met John as one of his trumpet students. John Clyman was instrumental in fostering Bob’s talents and was the one that got Bob’s machining career of the ground. Bob and John were close friends the rest of John’s life.

Previous Episodes

In case you missed them, here are links to our previous episodes:

Jazz Trumpet Solo Improvisation Etude #7 by Howie Shear: Up Jumped Spring

About The Jazz Trumpet Etudes

Howie Shear -- Jazz educator, improviser, and composer
Howie Shear — Jazz educator, improviser, and composer

Twice a month we will be posting a new Jazz Trumpet Improvisation Etude composed by Howie Shear. Each etude will be based on the chord changes of a different jazz standard and will comprise two complete solo choruses.

These etudes will focus on different aspects of trumpet playing and jazz improvisation techniques. They can be played as stand alone exercises but, for best results, we suggest playing along with an Aebersold or another play-along track, allowing you can hear how the melodic ideas work with the chord changes.

The concepts utilized in these solos are presented in Howie Shear’s books Jazz Improvisation – Simplified and Bebop Vocabulary, which are tools that help you develop your own jazz vocabulary that you can use during improvisation. The goal of these etudes is to show how the simple ideas Howie outlines in his books can be applied and developed in a jazz solo format.

Jazz Trumpet Solo Improvisation Etude #7: “Up Jumped Spring”

This etude features two choruses over “Up Jumped Spring”. This solo focuses on the following:

  • Diatonic & non-diatonic melodic ideas
  • Chordal & scalar melodic ideas
  • Chromaticism
  • Upper register melodic ideas
  • Compositional ideas
  • Technical dexterity

Click Here to Download Now!

If you would like to learn more about jazz improvisation we suggest you purchase Howie Shear’s books, Jazz Improvisation – Simplified and Bebop Vocabulary, which detail the concepts he is applying in these solos.

About Howie Shear

Howie Shear received a Bachelors in Education from Fredonia State University in 1975 and a Masters in Jazz Studies from the Eastman School of Music in 1977. He received his Doctorate in Music from the University of Southern California in 2002. He studied with James F. Burke and Raymond Crisara. Howie toured with the Woody Herman Band as lead trumpet player & featured soloist in 1980. After the tour he moved to Los Angeles and worked as a studio musician and soloist. Among the extensive list of artists he has worked with are: The Chuck Mangione Orchestra, Tony Bennett, George Benson, Mel Torme, The Temptations, and The Spinners. He was the musical arranger and lead trumpet player on the Joan Rivers Late Night Show. Howie has also played various shows at the Ahmanson Theater and many jazz festivals around the world where he has held trumpet clinics. Arranger and producer of various jazz albums, Howie currently has his own jazz quartet. His classical work includes playing with brass quintets and choirs, solo church work, and solo work in the studios.

Howie Shear is professor of Jazz Trumpet at California State University: Northridge.

Download Previous Free Jazz Trumpet Solos

#1 – There Will Never Be Another You

#2 – All The Things You Are

#3 – Joy Spring

#4 – Have You Met Miss Jones

#5 – Stella by Starlight

#6 – Ceora