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Interview with Alan Hood

One of our best and brightest, Ginny, Interviews Alan Hood on his amazing event, The Clifford Brown Jazz Trumpet Consortium!

Ginny Coleman: You have an amazing event coming up, the Clifford Brown Jazz Trumpet Consortium. I see that you’ve been passionate about Clifford Brown and his music throughout most of your life. How did the idea for a consortium dedicated to him come about?

Alan Hood: Well, it’s been a project idea in my head ever since I hosted the International Trumpet Guild conference in Denver in 2004. I kept thinking, wouldn’t it be nice to do a trumpet-specific seminar on Clifford Brown, IN his hometown of Wilmington, and spend some quality time on his music and history and further the art of jazz and trumpet playing both? He and his music have been a passion of mine ever since my high school years in the early 80s and it is SO deserving of wider recognition and passing onward to new generations of players and educators! And I think I have devised a really spectacular outing for this first-ever consortium; Brad Goode, Terell Stafford, Greg Gisbert and myself on the trumpet faculty, presenters Don Glanden (UArts and “Brownie Speaks” filmmaker), Wilmington trumpeter Tony Smith, Howard High historian Kenyon Camper, a great rhythm section from UArts in Philly and very special guest, Clifford Brown, Jr., son of the great trumpeter. And it will all take place in the Clifford Brown Performance Space of the Christina Cultural Arts Center in downtown Wilmington.

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Interview with Kate Amrine

Ginny Coleman: In the two years since you graduated from NYU, you’ve worked in a wide variety of roles throughout the music business, from playing to coordinating to teaching. Is there one job you’ve held in particular that you believe helped to jump-start your career? Kate Amrine: I can think of three transformative experiences that […]

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Interview with Tessa Ellis

James Moore: You’re currently a student at the Curtis Institute. What is it like attending such a small conservatory? Tessa Ellis: I transferred twice before entering Curtis, so I feel I have a unique perspective on the environment at Curtis. It’s by far the smallest school I’ve attended, and for the most part that’s a […]

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Interview with Stacy Simpson

James Moore: As many might know you are first auxiliary trumpet with the Louisville Orchestra and are the lead trumpet player for the Derby Dinner Playhouse, a somewhat stark contrast. How did you come to hold both of these positions? Do you ever find it difficult to “switch gears” when it comes to altering your […]

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Interview with Linda Landis

James Moore: Like most musicians you started playing at a very young age. Why did you choose to play the trombone, and where did your passion for music begin? Linda Landis: I started playing trombone in the fifth grade. When I was in fourth grade, we had a high school girl who helped out with […]

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