The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast; Episode #6: Carroll Purviance, Harry Kim

Episode #6 – Carroll Purviance, Harry Kim

The Other Side of the Bell - A Trumpet PodcastWelcome to the show notes for Episode #6 of The Other Side Of The Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features an interview with Harry Kim, founder of the Vine Street Horns, and Bob Reeves sharing stories about one of his mentors, Carroll Purviance.

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About Trumpet Mouthpiece Maker Carroll Purviance

Carroll Purviance in his shop in Los Angeles, CA.
Carroll Purviance in his shop in Los Angeles, CA.

Carroll Purviance was a prominent brass mouthpiece maker in Los Angeles, CA starting in the mid- to late-1930s. He worked in his shop on Sunset Boulevard right up to his death in 1969.

While Purviance is most known for his trumpet mouthpiece line, he also made mouthpieces for bass trombone, trombone, cornet, and french horn.

Before settling in Los Angeles, Purviance played cornet with Dunbar’s White Hussars band that traveled on the Chautauqua Circuit.

Purviance learned his craft from some great local craftsman. Among them were: Roe Plimpton, Earl Strickler, and Earl Williams.

Particular Performers Prefer Purviance

An original Purviance Mouthpiece catalog.
An original Purviance Mouthpiece catalog.

Purviance trumpet and cornet mouthpieces are still made today by Bob Reeves Brass using the same tooling and methods used decades ago.

You can find out more about the particular mouthpiece models on the Purviance Mouthpiece page on our website.

 

 

About Trumpet Player Harry Kim

Harry Kim with Bob Reeves
Harry Kim with Bob Reeves

Harry’s bio courtesy of HarryKimTrumpet.com: “Harry Kim is one of the most visible musicians of our time, with numerous appearances on awards shows, international television specials, and world tours with global superstars. His stage presence, versatility, and leadership qualities both on and off stage make him stand-out, whether in the roll as a sideman or frontman. His writing and arranging for his Vine Street Horns and others are an example of creativity.

Harry’s experience is extremely diverse from playing with the legendary Harry James to some of the most contemporary artists such as Lady Gaga. HIs long list of credits and discography reveals his extending outside the USA with artists in Latin America, France, and other parts of the world. Harry is fluent in Spanish, and also speaks French.

The albums, television, and movies that Harry has been associated with have receive numerous awards such as gold records, platinum records, multi-platinum records, Grammys, Latin Grammys, Emmys, and Oscars. Extraordinary events  and things such as concerts to 500,000 people, being on stage when Michael Jackson debuted the Moon Walk, or opening the Grammys with over 25 million people watching.

Through all of this he maintains a unique outlook on life that is inspiring for any listener. Often there is a mystique about how people achieve success. But, this is not the case with Harry as he shares his life lessons. He is able to connect with any audience with a genuine openness that doesn’t hide anything.

Listeners receive practical lessons from one of the most experienced musicians of our time. These presentations are engaging, incorporate multimedia, and are appropriate for business conferences, church leadership conferences, and music conventions.”

Be sure to check out Harry Kim’s website at www.harrykimtrumpet.com.

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Credits

A huge thank you for the following people for their help in creating this podcast:

  • Howie Shear – Our theme music is from Howie’s wonderful album “Bobpliography”. Check out his website at www.howieshear.com
  • Preston Shephard, SC Soundlabs – Preston takes whatever sound files we record and makes us sound good!
  • Phil Jordan – Phil did our amazing, original cover art for our podcast. He’s also a great trumpet player! You can check out more of his work at www.philjordan.us

Shop Visits

Roy Poper, long time friend/client and Trumpet Professor at Oberlin Conservatory, visited the shop last week to be interviewed for our trumpet podcast. Here is a pic with Keith Snell, Roy Poper, Bob Reeves, Howie Shear, John Snell, and Brett Kendall. Stay tuned for the release of his interview.
Roy Poper, long time friend/client and Trumpet Professor at Oberlin Conservatory, visited the shop last week to be interviewed for our trumpet podcast. Here is a pic with Keith Snell, Roy Poper, Bob Reeves, Howie Shear, John Snell, and Brett Kendall. Stay tuned for the release of his interview.

Jazz Trumpet Solo Improvisation Etude #11 by Howie Shear: Emily

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 #11: “Emily”

This etude features two choruses over “Emily”. This solo focuses on the following:

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

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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

#8 – It Could Happen to You

#9 – Ladybird

#10 – Cherokee