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Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:10 pm
by talentedtrombone
Hey Y'all,

My jazz teacher told me I should have an arsenal of favorite improv jazz musicians so that I could copy their style and actually be good, but I'm too lazy to find them on my own. If you can, can you provide me with some names of improv musicians so that I could develop my arsenal and prepare for a world war of social interaction?

Yes,
talentedtrombone

Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:37 am
by afugate
We can't tell you what you will like... :idk:

https://www.google.com/search?q=top+jaz ... yer+videos

It will be far more meaningful to you, if you make time to look and listen.

--Andy in OKC

Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:38 pm
by greenbean
First, let me say this: lazy and jazz don't really go together.

In any case, there are countless dozens of players that will amaze you. Here are five that I particularly like.

JJ Johnson
Steve Turre
Frank Rosolino
Al Grey
Wayne Wallace

Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:55 pm
by pompatus
Listen, lots! By all means, take some of the suggestions here as a jumping off point, but it’s up to you to put the work in. Listen to everything you can get your hands on, in this age of YouTube and digital music that should be very easy. It’s surprising how quickly you can lose track of an afternoon following “rabbit holes” of one video after another of great jazz trombonists on YouTube and other video sites.

Once you have a good feel for some artists whose sound you appreciate, pick your favorite tune of theirs and transcribe the improvisations. Once you’ve got that solo transcribed note for note, then transpose it into the other 11 keys. By that time you should have the tune and the solo memorized, and knowing it in any key will make you a stronger player. Then, choose another tune and repeat. You’ll be surprised how some of those licks start to creep into your own improvisations.

My answer to the original question? Urbie Green and George Roberts, for improv and style/sound

Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:54 pm
by AndrewMeronek
Some of my favorites, specific to jazz improv:

Jack Teagarden
Carl Fontana
Frank Rosolino
John Allred
Scott Whitfield
John Fedchock

Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:15 am
by hyperbolica
Tons of different styles. Harry Waters, Wycliffe Gordon, JJ Johnson, Kai Winding, Teagarden, Urbie Green, Bill Watrous.

Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:30 am
by Doug Elliott
Start with ONE big name you like. It's easy to get overwhelmed and too spread out trying to listen and copy too many different styles.

Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:40 am
by talentedtrombone
hyperbolica wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:15 am
Tons of different styles. Harry Waters, Wycliffe Gordon, JJ Johnson, Kai Winding, Teagarden, Urbie Green, Bill Watrous.
Man, Wycliffe Gordon is great!

Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:19 pm
by Doug Elliott
Yes, but Wycliffe is not necessarily the best choice as a first one to listen and copy. It's a good idea to go back and listen to who HE listened to. And others.

Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:26 pm
by Neo Bri
Start with JJ Johnson. Go in either direction (earlier/later) from there.

Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:03 pm
by talentedtrombone
Doug Elliott wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:19 pm
Yes, but Wycliffe is not necessarily the best choice as a first one to listen and copy. It's a good idea to go back and listen to who HE listened to. And others.
Interesting suggestion :good:

Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:24 am
by brtnats
For newly approaching the craft? Andy Martin. It's easy to listen to, easily approachable, and you can watch videos of him playing to help with the transcriptions.

Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Posted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:50 pm
by BflatBass
JJ Johnson
Scott Whitfield
Carl Fontana
Frank Rosolino

You Tube is your friend if you have a way to use it. Even if its on your phone. It's also a good idea to listen to their best solos over and over. Get in their mind and try to understand what they were trying to accomplish. Transcribed solos are good to look at while your listening as well as just the chord changes when trying to understand the technical aspects of each solo.

Jazz improv has a language and that language is unique for every player. Develop your own language.

Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:55 am
by RustBeltBass
All names mentioned before, plus Jim Pugh.

If you are on Facebook, check out the WDR Big Band’s website. Their bass trombonist, Mattis Cederberb is laying down the most insane bass trombone improvisation I ever heard.