Well, I've been playing around with editing some videos I recorded using my iPhone, and I have posted them to the recordings page. Hope you enjoy them! More to follow, including some ensemble stuff.
I really hope you enjoyed the videos I posted on Facebook for my "SlideBoneDave Video A Day". In case there were any that you missed or want to watch again then here is a full list:
1 In the first of my video posts here Mnozil Brass are some of the most innovative and entertaining musicians around, and some of their routines have become legendary. I’m looking forward very much to seeing them this week in Birmingham. Here’s one of their numbers that puts the trombonist right at centre stage!
2 We’ve all had that fear of what to do if your trombone comes apart during a performance. Here is funk and jazz trombonist Nils Landgren showing how to do it with style, humour and brilliant music!
3 American trombonist Christopher Bill has produced some great fun videos playing his own arrangements, here is a great one of his to make you feel Happy!
4 Bob McChesney is famous as an exponent of jazz doodle tongueing, and in this recording of Intrada by the Dave Slonaker Big Band he shows off the technique to good effect in his solo.
5 Here is another video from Christopher Bill, this time his arrangement of Let It Go, where he shows how to clone yourself and create a trombone ensemble!
6 I’m a great fan of funky New Orleans Jazz brass bands, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band are one of the best. They don’t have a trombone player in this clip (they do have an awesome sousaphone player though!) but even so this is one of my favourites.
7 A bass trombonist would probably tell you that valve and extra tubing is for playing low notes. Ask the ‘Wizard of Oz’ James Morrison, and he might say it’s so you can play a flashy jazz solo with one hand whilst the other is holding the trumpet you are using to duet with! Some incredible playing from James here.
8 Here’s a great old TV recording of the wonderful Maynard Ferguson big band from the 1970’s playing Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, featuring the great trombone playing of Randy Purcell.
9 The incredible playing of Bill Watrous has always thrilled me, and here is a vintage recording of his Refuge West Big Band playing The Slauson Cutoff which features one of his solos.
10 I’ve spent lots of time trying to replicate the wa-wa playing of Joe “Tricky Sam” Nanton using a plunger and pixie mute, I like to think with some degree of success! (The audience may disagree though). Here he shows how it should be done on a film recording of It Don’t Mean a Thing (if it Ain’t Got That Swing) with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in the 1940’s.
11 I love this recording of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps playing their piece Space Chords. It sounds great in headphones where the stereo effect of the sustained notes moving round the circle of players is brilliant!
12 I love this piece by The Frank Macchia Big Band called Buckin’ Bronko - some very tricky syncopation here! It features some of my favourite players including Alex Iles (trombone), Wayne Bergeron (trumpet) and Bill Reichenbach (on tuba here not bass trombone).
13 I am I big fan of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band from California featuring some of the very best session players in the US. This performance of Gordon Goodwin’s arrangement of Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock has a solo by the fantastic trombonist Andy Martin. Enjoy!
14 Whilst the trombone is obviously my favourite brass instrument, I do sometimes wish I had learned the trumpet instead, as I love the lead screaming high notes that players such as Maynard Ferguson, Wayne Bergeron, James Morrison and Erik Miyashiro excel at. Here’s a compilation of trumpet screaming to scare your dog with!
15 Everyone knows that trombonists have a great sense of humour (comes from all the jokes made about them…) but here the trumpet section of The Big Phat Band prove that so do they. Guess what happens when the flute starts to play??
16 Alex Iles is a fantastic american trombonist who has recorded with many greats and on the soundtracks of some of everyone’s favourite films, and on this rendition of Sentimental Journey he proves that a trombone is all you need to play both the tune and accompaniment! (sorry the video quality isn’t better)
17 The legendary Derek Watkins played lead trumpet on all the James Bond film soundtracks from Dr No to Skyfall, and he is sadly missed since passing away in 2013. Here is a clip of him in the brass section recording some music for Casino Royale.
18 The Future Corps played at Disney’s Epcot theme park until 2000. Not only was their playing amazing, but so was the choreography! Here they play Bill Holman’s Stan Kenton band arrangement of Malaguena.
19 In a very interesting insight into the recording studio process, here Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band are recording the piece Race to the Bridge, with some phenomenal playing all round (sorry, the rhythm section are in a booth and can’t be heard very well!)
20 A pop video featuring a trombone, trumpet and helicon? It must be the one and only Bellowhead of course! My favourite band and (probably) the best live band in the UK. Their Justin Thurgur is probably the trombonist I envy the most! This is their video for Roll Alabama.
21 Trombonist Marshall Gilkes demonstrates both the range of the trombone and his amazing flexibility here in a solo trombone performance. Wish I could pick out the pedals like he does!
22 Hornheads are a jazz/funk/pop horn ensemble who toured with Prince and the New Power Generation in the 90’s, and have a great back catalogue of arrangements that you can buy. Here trombonist Michael B Nelson really stretches what can be achieved on trombone in his solo performance of their tune Fat Lip.
23 Frank Rosolino was one of the most exciting jazz trombonists, and his incredible talent is showcased here on a TV recording from 1962. Such amazing playing!
24 There are only relatively few trombonists who have made a name playing jazz solos on a bass trombone. George Roberts played with many great performers including Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, and on the soundtracks for movies including Jaws. Here is an archive TV show of George promoting his solo record (and Dodge cars too!)
25 Louis Prima was a legendary performer and trumpeter, and his trombonist on this video, Lou Sino, gives a great performance full of energy and fun in their rendition of Waiting for the Robert E. Lee (with Keely Smith looking on with disdain - know the feeling!)
26 I do much of my playing in brass bands, and of course the famous Black Dyke Band are one of the best. Here is their winning performance at Delph during the 2012 Whit Friday march contest (one the the musical wonders of the world!) playing one of my favourite marches Knight Templar.
27 We take a break from trombones today, but still great horn playing here from one of my favourite funk bands Tower of Power from the David Letterman show in the 80’s
28 What happens when you mix trombones and motorbikes? Here’s what! Probably not to everyone’s taste, but Christian Lindberg excels at contemporary repertoire (and is a phenominal player in any style) and this performance of Jan Sandström’ Motorbike Concerto (Trombone Concerto No. 1) has everything from howling bike engines and aboriginal didgeridoos to Harley Davidson, leathers and kilt!
29 Can you play modern pop on the trombone? Course you can! Comes in handy when you have a herd of cows to gather too, as demonstrated by farmer Derek performing Lorde’s hit Royals to his cattle! (cows have good taste in instruments)
30 This video features two famous american jazz trombonists. Wycliffe Gordon here is playing sousaphone, and Trombone Shorty aged 13 is being featured with the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Wynton Marsalis. Wow!