“Having real musicians and real orchestras is part of bringing the human experience to the theater. You want to go to a baseball game and see a pitching machine that can be turned up fast enough to strike everybody out? What kind of human experience is that?? It’s NOTHING!”
Broadway and Brass go together like green eggs and ham. Given the importance the Broadway medium has had on freelance brass players in New York over the past two to three decades, Hip‑Bone Music is proud to feature this month’s bone2pick interview, the Broadway Brass Rountable. Michael sits down with five of the finest and most successful brass players working today on Broadway to discuss everything from how to get started, holding down a full-time chair, working with contractors and conductors and most importantly, getting along with everyone else in the pit. Included in this insightful and candid discussion are legendary trumpeters Bob Millikan and Tony Kadleck, lead trombonist extraordinaire Keith O’Quinn, premier low brass doubler Randy Andos and Local 802 president Tino Gagliardi. Don’t miss this energizing roundtable discussion about Broadway past, present and future.
Endurance is one of the most important aspects of playing any brass instrument. Hip‑BoneU is proud to feature the most recorded trumpet player in the chamber music medium in this exceptional video. Chris Gekker spent 18 years with the American Brass Quintet, as well as serving as principal trumpet of the Orchestra of St. Lukes and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. One of the most sought after teachers anywhere in the world, Chris is currently professor of trumpet at the University of Maryland.
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Want to find out the keys to becoming a successful freelance brass player? The great Tony Kadleck sits down at Hip-Bone U to discuss the essential skills needed in all facets of quality ensemble playing. Whether it’s touring and recording with Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Steely Dan or Maria Schneider, Tony generously shares his insight into what has made him New York’s busiest brass player.
Hip-Bone Music is proud to release one of our best Hip‑BoneU video lessons yet. The great Conrad Herwig (Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Eddie Palmieri) takes us through a comprehensive and electrifying session on how to play modern using inside pentatonics. A must for all brass players young and old, jazz and classical, traditional and contemporary. Check it out today and get ready to launch your playing to the next level.
Michael Davis gives you the inside scoop on how to approach his cult classic Bone Man Walking. Everything from breathing, to time fundamentals, to the use of the slide, these musical tools will give you the resources to get the most out of your performance.
Hip-BoneU proudly presents this rare and invaluable lesson on the inner workings of a great brass quintet. Triton Brass takes us through the rehearsal and performance techniques they’ve used to help establish themselves as one of the preeminent quintets and ensembles in the world today. Prize winners at the prestigious Lyon and Fischoff International Chamber Music competitions and currently in residence at the Boston Conservatory, Triton Brass has just released their self-titled, debut CD.
The dynamic new Michael Davis composition for trombone quartet featuring three distinctive sections, including the Choral etude from Total Trombone. Aptly titled and written for the Pittsburgh Trombone Project.
Michael’s top 10 jazz radio composition from both the Trumpets Eleven and Absolute Trombone II CDs, masterfully arranged for big band and trombone soloist by arranger extraordinaire Eric Schmitz, Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at SUNY Oswego. Intense, latin flavored piece with a crowd pleasing full band soli.
Michael’s latest composition and arrangement is a funkified groover ideal for the flourishing high school or college ensemble. Commissioned by the Empire State Youth Orchestra Jazz Ensemble through a grant from the SaratogaArtsFest.
Hip-Bone Music is proud to announce the release of Triton Brass, the inaugural, self-titled CD from one of the world's premier brass quintets. Triton Brass has put together an eclectic and energizing blend of virtuosic playing and cutting edge compositions which promises to vault it's status to the vanguard of international brass performance. In residency at the Boston Conservatory, Triton has thrilled audiences worldwide over the past ten years with their live performances and have now brought that mastery to the recorded medium. Check it out today and hear why Triton is THE name on the tip of everyone's tongue.
An invaluable Hip-BoneU lesson from Michael Davis on one of the most important aspects of playing any brass instrument. Michael gives you a complete and comprehensive overview of flexibility through the use of 15 essential exercises from the 10 Minute
Hip-BoneU proudly features one of the most recorded and respected trumpet players of all-time in this invaluable instructional video. Whether it's recording with Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire, Al Jarreau, Frank Sinatra or Quincy Jones, Gary Grant has done it all at the highest level for over four decades. Check it out today and find out what has made him one of the best in the business.
Ballad playing is an integral part of being a trombone player. Whether we are in the classical world and called upon to play the Mozart Requiem or in the commercial/jazz world and asked to recreate the Dorsey classic Getting Sentimental Over You, the ability to successfully play a ballad is essential. Hip-BoneU is proud to feature this lesson with one of the great ballad players of all-time, the legendary Bill Watrous. Bill shares his tremendous insights on how he approaches the art of ballad playing, both from the musical and technical perspective.
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Hip-BoneU is honored to release this truly exceptional video lesson from one of the most prodigious and prolific trumpet artists of the past 50 years, the great Malcolm McNab. Having recorded on well over 2,000 motion picture soundtracks, Malcolm generously shares his invaluable knowledge and insight into making you the best trumpet player and brass player possible. His comprehensive approach to the fundamentals of brass playing are an invaluable and timeless resource for brass players of every level.
Check out this exceptionally informative and comprehensive Hip-BoneU video lesson from the maestro of agility, flexibility and dexterity, the great Bob McChesney. A true virtuoso of the trombone, Bob generously shares his extraordinary insight on how to play fast, focusing in detail on the importance of articulation and slide technique. Don't miss this invaluable and insightful lesson from one of the all-time greats.
Twelve all-new exercises and tracks with three variations per exercise. Take your playing and your warm-up to the next level with the latest new book in Michael’s groundbreaking warm-up series. Absolute efficiency and maximum results make the new 10 Minute Warm-Up a must have for all brass players. Available for trumpet or trombone.
“This is the ‘NYC street cart, egg and cheese on a roll’ of warm-up routines—quick, satisfying and efficient. These exercises reinforce the daily fundamental practice needed to be a successful and reliable musician.”
—David Krauss Principal Trumpet, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Hip-Bone Music proudly presents our latest Hip-BoneU video lesson featuring the czar of all things altissimo, the great Wayne Bergeron. Wayne discusses in detail how he approaches playing in the upper register and how it relates to overall, high quality brass playing. One of the most in demand and consistent trumpet players in the intense Hollywood studio scene, his recording credits include Green Day, Beyonce, Earth Wind & Fire, Michael Buble, Natalie Cole, Seal, Diana Krall, Gordon Goodwin, The Incredibles, Anchorman and Catch Me If You Can, to name just a few. A Yamaha recording artist, Wayne Bergeron is a Grammy nominated band leader and soloist.
Hip-Bone Music is proud to announce the release of our latest Hip-BoneU online lesson featuring internationally renowned recording artist and LA studio great Mr. Andy Martin. Whether it’s the importance of time and pitch, the ability to listen, quality of attacks, blending with the lead trumpet and lead alto, Andy covers all the aspects of what it takes to be a stellar lead trombone player. Take advantage of Andy’s insight and knowledge and find out what has made him one of the great lead trombone players anywhere in the world.
Crush your next recital with Michael Davis’ newest books Bone Kill and Trumpet Kill. Five suites for solo trombone or trumpet in the style of Bone Man Walking, Trombone Institute of Technology and Michael’s other acclaimed compositions. See product page for video/audio performances and more info.
“Bravo Michael! As a trumpet player and a trombone player, I have played everything you can imagine. Trumpet/Bone Kill will challenge the best of players and develop stamina, flexibility and technique. I highly recommend this book!”
—Chuck Findley LA Studio Virtuoso/International Recording Artist
Arguably the most recorded trumpet player of all time, the legendary and iconic Mr. Chuck Findley sits down with Michael to discuss his concept of sound and how he goes about achieving it on a daily basis. Chuck generously shares his insight and expertise on the use of air, proper breathing, maximizing your sound in all registers and how to deal with perfect pitch. Highlights of Chuck’s astounding career have included the legendary flugelhorn solo on the Carpenter’s mega hit Close To You, George Harrison’s Concert For Bangladesh, years with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno on the Tonight Show and recordings with Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Toto, Joni Mitchell, the Rolling Stones, Al Jarreau, Elton John, Tina Turner and Miles Davis to name just a few. Hip-BoneU is honored to present this lesson from one of the world’s greatest brass players.
Hip-Bone Music’s cutting edge educational video series continues with a dynamic lesson from one of the young lions of the ultra competitive New York jazz scene, Mr. Ryan Keberle. Ryan has achieved international acclaim as both a member of the grammy award winning Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra and as a solo recording artist. His three solo CDs have garnered critical and popular success, culminating in his latest release, Catharsis—Music Is Emotion. A graduate of both the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School, Ryan is currently the director of jazz studies at Hunter College in New York City. His immense talent as an educator are at the forefront in this Hip-BoneU video as Ryan gives a comprehensive overview of trombone playing with focus on physical and mental awareness, sound and articulation, focused listening and musical flow/vocabulary.
Hip-BoneU is proud to announce the release of our latest instructional video featuring the brilliant trombonist Marshall Gilkes. A true virtuoso by any measure, Marshall generously shares his approach to incorporating pedal tones into his playing and writing. He breaks down his approach in basic, fundamental exercises that will enable all of us to improve our use of pedal tones in any type of playing. Marshall demonstrates his technical prowess through his own compositions, as well as those by Michael Brecker and Joshua Redman. An energizing and inspiring lesson by one of the true greats.
A clear and comprehensive approach from one of today’s top jazz instrumentalists on how to approach the most important of all jazz progressions. Internationally renowned solo artist/Vanguard Jazz Orchestra trumpet soloist Scott Wendholt gives us his invaluable insight and approach on how he plays the blues. Scott touches on every aspect of the blues, from solid fundamentals and basics to more advanced harmonic subtleties. A tremendous resource for jazz players of every level.
A dynamic, informative lesson on the art of lead trumpet playing by the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra’s lead trumpet player extraordinaire, Nick Marchione. Nick shares his invaluable insight on the fundamentals and subtleties of great lead playing, as well as a comprehensive discussion on great lead players of the past. Currently on tour with Prince, Nick also delves into how this approach carries beyond big band playing and into the world pop/rock music. A must for any lead player on any instrument.
Ready to add the CHA to your brass playing arsenal? What’s a CHA you ask? Check out Nick Marchione’s enlightening instructional video on the Art of the CHA.