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The Trumpet Gurus Hang

The Trumpet Gurus Hang

By Jose Johnson
Your chance to hang with some of the gurus of trumpet performance, education, repair, and manufacturing. Real people. Real talk. Real fun. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and join in on the hang.

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Episode 77: Hanging With Walt Johnson
My guest for this episode is Walt Johnson.   In the world of lead trumpet players, Walt is a true Superman. His stellar career has spanned six decades and has given him the opportunity to lend his prodigious talents to two of the biggest names in the history of modern music, The Chairman of the Board Frank Sinatra, and The King. His method book, Double High C in 10 Minutes, still tops sales charts, and his newest book Low Gear High Gear is destined to be another classic.    Check out what Walt has to say about his beginnings, being a good team player, why he started making horn cases, his love for creativity, starting his professional career, getting sent to Vietnam, opportunities, adjusting to the personality of superstars, Sinatra and Elvis, dealing with the demands of high profile gigs, Double High C in 10 minutes, the importance of throat size, learning from other trumpet players, mindfulness and mortality, new musical projects, Low Gear High Gear, the true meaning of music, his daily approach to the trumpet, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ---------------------------------------------------  Do you want a Double High C in 10 Minutes? Look no further: https://qpress.ca/product-category/trumpet/?filter_author-composer=johnson-walt Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/  Let Vennture take the guesswork out of your mouthpiece search. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your order: https://www.vennture.mp/  Show your tired chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove   Master your mindful mindset with Jose: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets   00:00:00 Intro  00:03:36 His beginnings  00:06:51 Being a good team player  00:11:14 Why he started making horn cases  00:14:19 His love for creativity  00:16:36 Starting his professional career  00:19:40 Getting sent to Vietnam  00:26:29 Opportunities  00:29:20 Adjusting to the personality of superstars  00:32:36 Sinatra  00:36:53 Dealing with the demands of high profile gigs  00:39:46 Double High C in 10 minutes  00:45:28 The importance of throat size  00:48:15 Learning from other trumpet players  00:52:14 Mindfulness and mortality  00:54:32 New musical projects  00:57:07 Low Gear High Gear  01:01:16 The true meaning of music  01:06:58 His daily approach to trumpet  01:13:01 Sound Off  01:17:05 Geared Up  01:23:12 Rapid Fire
01:42:12
October 5, 2021
Episode 76: Hanging With Ashley Killam and Carrie Blosser
My guests for this episode are Ashley Killam and Carrie Blosser. Ashley and Carrie are on a mission. As the co-founders of Diversify The Stand, they have taken on the monumental task of upgrading the state of music education by giving voice to composers that represent groups that have historically been overlooked. Their first major project, Winds Of Change, offers a progressive approach to trumpet solo literature. But it’s their mindset and teamwork that make them a force to be reckoned with. Check out what Ashley and Carrie have to say about Ashley’s inspiration, Carrie’s journey, their target demographic, working as a team, the impact of their work, dealing with the haters, where change needs to start, Rising Tide Music Press, the power of seeing someone you identify with, being the role model, and so much more! So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! ---------------------------------------------------------- Support Diversify The Stand: https://www.diversifythestand.org/ Connect with Ashley: https://www.ashleykillam.com/ Keep up with Carrie: https://www.carrieblosser.com/ Master your mindful mindset with Jose: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank: http://barkleymic.com/ Get geared up with Vennture Mouthpieces. Save 10% with the code “TRUMPETGURUS21”: https://www.vennture.mp/ Show your chops some love with Robinson’s Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove 00:00:00 Intro 00:03:55 Ashley’s inspiration 00:06:16 Carrie’s journey 00:10:24 Their target demographic 00:15:58 Working as a team 00:21:32 The impact of their work 00:23:10 Dealing with the haters 00:31:58 Where change needs to start 00:43:37 Rising Tide Music Press 00:48:36 The power of seeing someone you identify with 00:52:53 Being the role model 00:56:29 Sound Off! With Ashley and Carrie 01:01:18 Geared up! With Ashley and Carrie 01:08:06 Robinson’s Remedies Rapid Fire Round
01:21:26
September 28, 2021
Episode 75: Hanging With James Tyler Jaeger
My guest for this episode is James Tyler Jaeger.   If you haven’t heard Tyler play yet, just give it a little while, and I guarantee you will. After 10-years of honing his craft in military bands, Tyler has returned to civilian life in Nashville and has rapidly become a highly sought-after player for sessions and road gigs alike. And as part of the new supergroup, Vinnie and the Hitmen, Tyler’s high-caliber style of playing will be lighting up stages and blowing up on social media before you can even blink.  Check out what Tyler has to say about why he chose the military route, breaking into the Nashville music scene, the advantages of living in Nashville, his early musical influences, his relationship with Vinnie Ciesielski, the Nashville talent pool, what makes the Nashville sound so unique, being a multi-faceted player, being a team player, Vinnie and the Hitmen, finding balance, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/  Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you find the mouthpiece of your dreams: https://www.vennture.mp/ Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to save 10%.    Giging hard? Show your chops some love with Robison's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove   Get your mind right with Mindfulness Secrets: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets   00:00:00 Intro  00:02:40 Why he chose the military   00:05:47 Breaking into the Nashville music scene  00:15:07 The advantages of living in Nashville   00:17:44 His early musical influences   00:25:54 His relationship with Vinnie Ciesielski   00:28:28 The Nashville talent pool  00:35:16 What makes the Nashville sound so different  00:38:30 Being a multi-faceted player  00:42:15 Being a team player  00:45:36 Vinnie and the Hitmen  00:52:23 Finding a balance  00:57:42 Sound Off! With Tyler Jaeger   01:00:27 Geared Up! With Tyler Jaeger   01:09:50 Robinson's Remedies Rapid Fire Round
01:19:32
September 21, 2021
Episode 74: Hanging With Melvin Jones
My guest for this episode is Melvin Jones.   Melvin is an inspirational man. As the trumpet professor at the historic Morehouse College, Melvin is dedicated to using his keen analytical mind and practical world experience to not only help his students become better trumpet players but also fulfill the Morehouse motto and live a life of distinction. Plus, dude can flat-out play!   Check out what Melvin has to say about the rich history of Morehouse College, living up to a historic legacy, the impact of Tyler Perry, why every gig is important, his approach to teaching trumpet, separating instinct from control, the impact of heritage and culture on playing the trumpet, mouthpiece size, the most common problem for trumpet players, teaching players to become more consistent, the Black Gold Orchestra, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ---------------------------------------------------------------  The homepage of Melvin Jones: https://www.melvinjones.net Support the Black Gold Orchestra: https://www.gofundme.com/f/blackgoldorchestra Sound like a million dollars without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Still searching for the perfect mouthpiece? Let Vennture Mouthpieces help. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" for 10% off your order!: https://www.vennture.mp/ Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Let Jose help you get your mindset right: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets   00:00:00 Intro  00:02:33 The rich history of Morehouse College  00:12:59 Living up to a historic legacy  00:19:37 The impact of Tyler Perry  00:22:13 Why every gig is important  00:26:16 His approach to teaching trumpet  00:34:23 Separating instinct from control  00:40:36 The impact of heritage and culture on playing the trumpet  00:44:12 Mouthpiece size  00:48:51 The most common problem for trumpet players  00:53:04 Teaching players to become more consistent  01:03:51 The Black Gold Orchestra  01:15:13 Sound Off! With Melvin Jones  01:18:37 Geared Up! With Melvin Jones  01:23:06 Robinson's Remedies Rapid Fire Round
01:31:11
September 14, 2021
Episode 73: Hanging With David Dash
My guest for this episode is David Dash.   David is a busy man. In addition to his teaching position at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, David is also a member of the Grammy-winning Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, the Principal Cornetest of the North Carolina Brass Band, and Principal Trumpet of the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. He is also half of The Dash Duo, performing alongside his wife Mary Elizabeth Bowden, and co-founder of the APEX Trumpet Symposium. And he’s just getting warmed up.   Check out what David has to say about building his career, feeling the weight of history, the difference between playing in an orchestra and an opera company, making music with his wife Mary Elizabeth Bowden, being willing to listen to advice, ways to keep track of your progress, setting goals, awareness and perception, the goal of APEX, learning to be a great teacher, and so much more!  So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  --------------------------------------  What's the APEX Trumpet Symposium? Find out here: https://apextrumpet.com  Who are the Dash Duo? Find out here: http://www.dashduo.com  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Sound like a million buck without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/  Still searching for the perfect mouthpiece? Let Vennture help. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" for 10% off your order: https://www.vennture.mp/  Master your mental game with Jose: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets   00:00:00 Intro  00:03:08 Building his career  00:06:47 Feeling the weight of history  00:08:27 The difference between playing in an orchestra and an opera company  00:11:17 Making music with his wife Mary Elizabeth Bowden  00:19:27 Being willing to listen to advice  00:24:27 Ways to keep track of your progress  00:27:05 Setting goals 00:31:08 Awareness and perception  00:33:51 The goal of APEX  00:45:06 Learning to be a great teacher  00:58:14 Sound Off! With David Dash  01:04:19 Geared Up! With David Dash  01:10:39 The Robinson's Remedies Rapid Fire Round
01:19:31
September 7, 2021
Episode 72:Hanging With Raul Agraz
My guest for this episode is Raul Agraz.   Raul is a trumpet player’s trumpet player. Classically trained in Venezuela, Raul moved to New York to suddenly find himself as the first-call player for the cream de la creme of Latin music. But it’s Raul’s brilliant trumpet work on the Tony and Grammy award-winning Broadway smash productions of In The Heights and The Book Of Mormon that has helped cement Raul’s reputation as a truly multi-faceted artist. Plus he’s a super down-to-earth guy.   Check out what Raul has to say about his early years in Venezuela, training to become a well-rounded player, his relationship with Victor Paz, getting back into the Broadway pits, the mindset of a Broadway trumpet player, removing stress and obstacles, the importance of being early, being willing to change, working with Lin-Manuel Miranda, and so much more!    So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ------------------------------------------------------------  The homepage of Raul Agraz: https://raulagraz.com/ Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Let Jose help you master your mindful mindset: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Sound like a million dollars without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/
01:31:23
August 31, 2021
Episode 71: The State Of Music Education
Welcome to this "best-of" episode of the Trumpet Gurus’ Hang podcast.    The topic of this special episode is the state of music education and features highlights from my hangs with Ronald Romm, Scott Belck, Jose Sibaja, Aaron Romm, James Morrison, Lexie Signor, Mary Elizabeth Bowden, and Matt White.   Check out what my guests had to say about what makes music work, why college is not real life, how your decisions have consequences, the power of asking the right questions, creating a new model, the need for a paradigm shift,  providing students a practical education, ditching the dogma, and so much more! I guarantee that this will be a textbook example of a highly educational hang.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  Special thanks to Robinson's Remedies and Barkley Microphones for their support.  ----------------------------------------------------------------------  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove   Sound like a million dollars without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/   Learn how to master your mindful mindset with Jose: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets
01:20:31
August 24, 2021
Episode 70: Hanging With Ryan Quigley
My guest for this episode is Ryan Quigley. Ryan is the perfect representative of the amazing London trumpet scene. Equally at home blowing through complex changes with his jazz chops or blowing down the walls with his powerful lead chops, Ryan is a beast on the bandstand and your best mate at the pub. He’s thoughtful, funny, and one of the finest all-around trumpet players around. Check out what Ryan has to say about the London music scene, his frustration with jazz festivals, his early influences, the need for passion and mentors, getting his mindset right, making a fool of himself, learning from his mistakes, his biggest influence, and so much more. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Master your mental game with Mindfulness Secrets: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies Products: bit.ly/ChopLove Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/
01:40:54
August 17, 2021
Episode 69: Hanging With Joshua Kauffman
My guest for this episode is Joshua Kaufmann.   Josh is an old soul. While still in his 20’s, Josh has already established himself as one of the finest young trumpet players in the elite world of US military bands. Besides crushing the lead trumpet book in The US Army Blues, Josh is also a regular with The National Symphony Orchestra. Josh is an avid student of the old masters and his wisdom and talent goes way beyond his years.   Check out what Josh has to say about his experiences at UNT, why you need to be a “normal” person, growing into his position with The Army Blues, learning to play like himself, what it takes to be a great lead player, becoming a versatile player, advise on keeping your head on straight, being willing to sound bad in the practice room, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!   --------------------------------------------------------------------  The U.S. Army Blues homepage: https://www.usarmyband.com/ensembles/the-u-s-army-blues Follow Josh on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joshtpt Master your mindful mindset with Jose: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson’s Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove  Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/
01:43:05
August 10, 2021
Episode 68: Hanging With Philip Lassiter
My guest for this episode is Philip Lassiter.   Philip is a man of diverse influences. From gospel to jazz, to some Philtyfunk, Phillip has established himself as a talented performer, composer, arranger, and producer. His growing resume includes winning the 2000 ITG jazz soloist competition, 11 Grammy awards, and a stint as the horn section leader and arranger for the legendary Prince. And there is much more to come.   Check out what Philip has to say about moving to Europe, growing up the son of a preacher man, navigating local music scenes, using his new music to feature new voices, his experiences as Prince's horn arranger and section leader, his approach to arranging, Philthy Funk, the freedom of gospel music, being a preservationist, why he needs to care about what he is playing, and so much more!  So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  -------------------------------------------------------------------------  Get Philty with Philip Lassiter: https://philthyfunk.com/  Philip's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/PhilipLassiterMusic  Get your mindfulness on with Jose: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove  Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/
01:24:23
August 3, 2021
Episode 67: Hanging With Harry Kim (Part 2)
My guest for this episode is Harry Kim.   Harry Kim has such an extensive career that our hang needed two full episodes. In part one Harry talked about his musical relationship with Phil Collins, playing on some of the world's biggest stages, why you don't always have to try to fit in, and how sour grapes have helped him make it through the tough times, and so much more! In part two, we’ll dive even deeper into the heart and mind of this soulful musician.  Check out what Harry has to say about learning to let go of mistakes, the problems with music notation, fear and nervousness on the big stage, what it takes to play high profile gigs, the power of being authentic, his ability to survive, the importance of real-life experience, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ---------------------------------------------------------------------  All things Harry Kim: http://harrykimtrumpet.com/  All things Jose Johnson: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/
01:07:60
July 27, 2021
Episode 66: Hanging With Harry Kim (Part 1)
My guest for this episode is Harry Kim.   Harry Kim is a legend in the world of commercial horn sections. As a former member of The Phenix Horns and the founder of the Vine Street horns, Harry has played and toured with some of the top names in pop music. Harry has played to sold-out arenas with Phil Collins and French megastar Johnny Halliday, and he has the distinction of playing with two of the most iconic horn bands of all time - Chicago and Tower of Power. Harry’s career is so extensive, that this hang has to be broken down into two full episodes!   Check out what Harry has to say about why he belongs on the big stage, how his relationship with Phil Collins started, the genesis of the Phil Collins Big Band, playing with Johnny Hallyday, why horn sections need to be larger than life on stage, feeling what the music calls for and selling it, how having fun on stage enhances the music, rebelling against Asian stereotypes, why you don't always have to try to fit in, the feeling he gets after a gig, why live music is a visual art, why you need to be able to turn heads when given the opportunity, how he's made it through the tough times, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! (And make sure you come back for the conclusion of my hang with Harry Kim!) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The official website of Harry Kim: http://harrykimtrumpet.com/  Tap into the power of mindfulness with Jose: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove  When you need to sound your best trust Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/
59:06
July 20, 2021
Episode 65: Hanging With David Cookie Koch
My guest for this episode is David “Cookie” Koch.   Cookie is a man of many talents. An accomplished orchestral player, Cookie has also developed a reputation for his creative covers of video game music and as the co-founder of the Trumpeter’s Multi-Track Competition. But life for Cookie has not always been a piece of cake. And in this episode Cookie gets real about his struggles and how he found a way to develop a fresh attitude about the trumpet and life.    Check out what Cookie has to say about changing career plans, the multi-media bug, the backstory on the Trumpet Multi-track Competition, how technology can help to create a stronger trumpet community, the challenges of creating multi-track videos, a fascination for video game music, Interlochen and auditions, the importance of figuring out what is really important to you, feeling like you want to quit, dealing with mental and emotional costs of auditioning, why it's important to be open about what you are going through, the world of brass bands, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ---------------------------------------------------------------------  Learn more about The Trumpet Multi-Track Competition: https://www.trumpetmtc.org/ Check out Cookie's tasty videos here: https://www.youtube.com/c/Trumpetking93/featured Looking for ways to calm your mind? bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:50:13
July 13, 2021
Episode 64: Hanging With Allen Vizzutti
My guest for this episode is Allen Vizzutti.   Allen’s skills on the trumpet are off the charts, and his sense of humor is a bit off the wall. Allen is the definition of a world-class artist. His technical mastery of the trumpet continues to amaze audiences across the globe. He is also a prolific composer, an avid educator, the author of the Allen Vizzutti Trumpet Method books, and the occasional creator of outrageous videos.   Check out what Allen has to say about life in the Pacific Northwest, the decision to leave the Los Angeles music scene, goals and motivations, the benefits of versatility, reverse engineering his skills to become a better teacher, why you don't need to practice 5 hours a day, the importance of an organized practice routine, the need to just back off, the value of extremes and making mistakes, the impact of Chick Corea, the role of honesty and kindness in teaching, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ------------------------------------------------------------------  All things Allen: https://vizzutti.com/ All things Jose: https://josejohnson.com/ Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:34:06
July 6, 2021
Episode 63: Hanging With Matt White
My guest for this episode is Matt White.   Matt walks the road less traveled. His creative approach to harmony and mastery of the entire range of the trumpet makes Matt a consummate improviser. His arranging and compositional skills have earned him numerous accolades, including Matt being named a Guggenheim Fellow in Music Composition. And his willingness to question the status quo of trumpet pedagogy makes him an educational maverick.    Check out what Mike has to say about the Augie Hass years, using technology as a tool for creativity, pushing the creative envelope, non-trumpet influences, the one thing he wants his students to learn, the biggest changes needed in music education, updating collegiate trumpet curriculum, tips on improvising, the importance of space, an anecdote from Ron Carter, working with Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten, and so much more!  So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  -----------------------------------------------------------------------  The official website of Matt White: https://www.mattwhitejazz.com/  Master your mindful mindset with Jose: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:00:37
June 29, 2021
Episode 62: Hanging With Nick Marchione
My guest for this episode is Nick Marchione.    Nick Marchione is a bad man. Nick can swing hard or funk it out with the best of them. He’s made a name for himself on Broadway, in the studio, and on the stage with acts as diverse as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and his 4-year stint with the legendary Prince. Nick has killer chops, a huge sound, and an off-the-wall sense of humor. For he is the master of the CHA!   Check out what Nick has to say about pronunciation problems, the advantages and disadvantages of growing up in a musical household, creating a sense of connection on the bandstand, the responsibilities of a lead trumpet player, playing trumpet with Prince, the key to becoming a versatile trumpeter player, high notes and articulation, learning to laugh at yourself, the importance of the hang, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ------------------------------------------------------------------------  The official site of Nick Marchione: https://www.nickmarchionetrumpet.com/  Discover the art of the CHA: https://youtu.be/xPE6-jsSG4M  Learn how to Master Your Mindful Mindset with Jose: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:46:04
June 22, 2021
Episode 61: Hanging With Chris Jaudes
My guest for this episode is Chris Jaudes.   Chris is a powerhouse. From bebop to broadway. From brass bands to big bands, Chris is one of New York's go-to guys. And when he’s not lighting up the stage or crushing it in the pit, Chris is helping to mold the next generation of trumpet players as part of the Jazz Faculty at the prestigious Julliard School of Music. And his love for the trumpet is only matched by his love for life.   Check out what Chris has to say about pandemic practice, how not being a natural player has helped him, the importance of having a mentor, his goals for his trumpet students at Julliard, finding new sources of inspiration, the key to establishing your unique voice on the trumpet, the challenges of playing in a Broadway pit, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Unlock the power of mindfulness with Jose: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:11:23
June 15, 2021
Episode 60: Hanging With Mary Elizabeth Bowden
My guest for this episode is Mary Elizabeth Bowden.   Mary is a multiple threat. She’s an internationally acclaimed soloist, a passionate educator, and also performs regularly as part of the Dash Duo, with her husband David Dash. Mary is also the founding member of the Seraph Brass, an all-woman brass ensemble. Mary is committed to giving voice to new composers and believes in teaching her students practical skills that go far beyond playing the trumpet.     Check out what Mary has to say about establishing her trumpet studio at Shenandoah University, the vision behind the Apex Trumpet Symposium, the need for diversity in the trumpet world, building a positive community, brainstorming your dreams,  the need to teach practical skills to younger students,  being married to a trumpet player, the identity of Seraph Brass, the future vision for the Apex Trumpet Summit, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!   ------------------------------------------------------------------   The Homepage of Mary Elizabeth Bowden: http://www.marybowden.com/  Follow Mary on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marytrpt/ Seraph Brass: http://www.seraphbrass.com/  The Dash Duo: http://www.dashduo.com/  Apex Trumpet Symposium: https://apextrumpet.com/  Unlock the secrets of mindfulness with Jose: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:13:29
June 8, 2021
Episode 59: Jerry Hey Retrospective
This is a special retrospective episode on the legendary Jerry Hey.   Jerry Hey is without a doubt, one of the most impactful trumpet players of modern times. He has contributed his dazzling trumpet playing and arranging wizardry to a monumental number of recordings over his 45 plus years in the LA studio scene. And in this episode, I’ll be pulling some clips from my hangs with Jerry as well as from some of the other Trumpet Gurus that have felt his influence.   In this episode, you will hear about Jerry getting the call from Quincy Jones, how he developed his studio skills, what it takes to cut it as a studio musician, the Hawaii years, Jerry's impact on the music world, the people who had the greatest influence on Jerry, praise for Tom Walsh, and advice for overcoming adversity.  So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  -----------------------------------------------------  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Be a more mindful musician: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets
59:34
June 1, 2021
Episode 58: Hanging With Jim Manley
My guest for this episode is Jim Manley.   Jim Manley is a trendsetter. Jim has been teaching virtual lessons and cranking out home studio projects long before it was en vogue. Since 1992 Jim has released a staggering 22 projects that keep the trumpet exactly where it should be, upfront and center, and often in the stratosphere. But it’s his insightful approach to efficiency that really separates him from the rest of the pack.   Check out what Jim has to say about his discography, the connection between music and memories, why the '70s were the heyday for trumpets, the uniqueness of Bill Chase and Don Ellis, Maynard Furguson and pop music, home recording and teaching online, learning to play efficiently, why you will never completely figure the trumpet out, keeping it simple, how the wrong mindset keeps you from playing in the upper register, being called the worst trumpet student ever, keeping music fun, his one piece of advice for trumpet players, and so much more.  So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! -------------------------------------------------------  All things Jim Manley: https://jimmanleymusic.com/home  Get your mindset right with Jose: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies Products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:28:57
May 25, 2021
Episode 57: Hanging With Bria Skonberg
My guest for this episode is Bria Skonberg.    Bria is a trailblazer. A gifted trumpet player, vocalist, songwriter, and bandleader, Bria traverses a wide spectrum of musical influences. She’s been called the shining hope of hot jazz but can also go straight heavy metal bebop with her use of electronics. She’s an award-winning player and vocalist and a champion of music for all people.   Check out what Bria has to say about the foundation for her approach to music, her early experiences as a female trumpet player, creating opportunities for others, community and not competition, creating a positive space, the sounds of unique individuals, the impetus for hosting an all-female summit, and so much more. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bria Skonberg's official website: https://www.briaskonberg.com  Get your mind right with Jose's Mindfulness Secrets: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
44:54
May 18, 2021
Episode 56: Hanging With Tom "Bones" Malone
My guest for this episode is Tom Bones Malone. Tom is a legend in the music business. Since his early days at North Texas, Tom has made a name for himself as a talented multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and producer. He’s been a late-night TV staple with his decade-long runs on Saturday Night Live and The Late Show With David Letterman. And has lent his talents to everyone from Aretha to Zappa. And man, does he have some great stories to tell! Check out what Tom has to say about his Rock and Roll beginnings, his legendary North Texas State experiences, contracting work and playing trumpet for Little Stevie Wonder, the importance of not turning down gigs, advice on attitude and relationships, using both sides of the brain, why people have problems improvising, playing on live TV, being a part of music and cultural history, avoiding the dark side of fame, why every gig is a great gig, advice for multi-instrumentalists, and so much more! So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! ----------------------------------------------------------- The homepage of Tom “Bones” Malone: http://www.tombonesmalone.net/ Get your mind right with Mindfulness Secrets: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets Show your chops some love with Robinson’s Remedies Products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:38:53
May 11, 2021
Episode 55: Hanging With Michael Barkley
My guest for this episode is Michael Barkley.   Michael is one of Ireland’s finest talents. He's an amazing lead player, soloist, arranger, and educator. And now Michael is making a name for himself in the world of microphone design with his Infinity Ribbon microphones. Microphones built by a trumpet player and designed with a trumpet player's needs, and budgets in mind.   Check out what Michael has to say about his motivation to build a better microphone, finding solutions to recording problems, how not to fry your ribbon mic with a Harmon mute, his discovery process, the importance of minimizing change, his approach to multi-tracking trumpet parts, gathering resources on recording trumpet, his affinity for bass, developing your listening, and so much more! So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ----------------------------------------------------------------  Learn all about the Infinity Ribbon Microphone: http://barkleymic.com/index.html  Learn Jose's Mindfulness Secrets: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:51:51
May 4, 2021
Episode 54: Hanging With Doug McVey
My guest for this episode is Doug McVey.   You may not know the name Doug McVey, but you will. Doug is a trumpet player with a degree in Engineering Physics and is the founder of the revolutionary new company Vennture Mouthpieces which Doug started to bring together his passions for trumpet, automation, and software. Doug's new software VennCAD is an absolute game-changer in the way players will be able to take precise control over their gear, making the mouthpiece safari so much more productive and affordable.     Check out what Doug has to say about starting Vennture Mouthpieces, mixing his engineering degree with his love for the trumpet, what sparked his fascination with mouthpieces, the pain of buying a new mouthpiece the old way, the questions you need to answer when buying new gear, why he and Peter Picket won't be having a steel-cage match, the most important things to understand about mouthpiece design (you may want to go to the video version for this segment), what the pop frequency of a mouthpiece is and why it's so important, why changing equipment is not a bad thing, his approach to practicing and playing trumpet, the one thing he would like to see more of from educators, and so much more!  So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Learn all about Vennture Mouthpieces and download your FREE version of VennCAD here: https://www.vennture.mp/ Get the Fundamentals of Musical Acoustics: https://amzn.to/3sUCpSE Decode the secrets to living a more mindful life with Jose here: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Chops need a little extra love? Try Robinson's Remedies products for rapid results: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:47:23
April 27, 2021
Episode 53: Hanging With James Morrison
My guest for this episode is James Morrison.   James is a true renaissance man. A  virtuoso trumpet player, he can play blazing jazz and burning lead. But he is also equally at home on trombone, saxophone, piano, and bass. Never one to do things in a small way, James has also founded a university program, designed a studio, and is a pilot, sailor, and professional driver as well. And his approach to music and life is at a whole nother level.   Check out what James has to say about why he doesn't play the drums, his practical approach to teaching music, the power of passion, making an ally with your instrument, his mental approach on how to play high notes, how he chooses what instrument to play, the James Morrison Academy of Music, a great life lesson, you don't need to know how to do it to do it, music comes through you, polishing the diamond, being completely in the moment, how to choose the right gear, and so much more! So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  All things James Morrison: http://www.jamesmorrison.com/  Mindfulness Secrets with Jose Johnson: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:13:26
April 20, 2021
Episode 52: Hanging With Jay Webb
My guest for this episode is Jay Webb. Jay is the epitome of a well-rounded player. As equally at home on the stage with the National Symphony Orchestra as he is throwing down the funk with Cory Wong, Jay’s trumpet playing made him a mainstay in New Orleans, Phili, and New York, but it’s his viral work on TikTok and his upcoming Doc Severinson Tribute Band that will lead Jay’s to global trumpet domination. Check out what Jay has to say about finding new outlets during the pandemic, home isolation booths, recording from home, reinventing himself on TikTok, emotion in music, The Doc Severinsen Tribute Band, ways to make money on TikTok, playing with Cory Wong, using electronics effects, his unique approach to arranging, his favorite gigs, advise to trumpet players about technology, and so much more! So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  All things Jay Webb: https://www.jwebbjazz.com/  Get funky with HornFX: http://www.horn-fx.com/  Get organized with Pedal Pads: https://www.pedalpad.com/  Keep your neighbors happy with Whisper Rooms: https://whisperroom.com/  The secret to calm and focus: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:26:24
April 13, 2021
Episode 51: Hanging With Kevin Burns
My guest for this episode is Kevin Burns Kevin Burns is a man of many talents. A Chief Master Sergeant in the US Air Force, Kevin has held down the split lead chair in the Airmen of Note since 2002. But Kevin’s contribution to the military doesn’t stop there. He’s also an award-winning photographer and the creative force behind the US Air Force Bands media presence. Plus he makes great margaritas. Check out what Kevin has to say about being the old guy in the band, why playing in a military band fits his personality, what it means to be a great split-lead player, why he doesn't always need to be "the guy," advise on pursuing a career with a military band, helping the United States Air Force Bands join the social media revolution, expressing his creativity through photography, and so much more! So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The official home of The Airmen Of Note: https://www.music.af.mil/Bands/The-United-States-Air-Force-Band/Ensembles/Airmen-of-Note/ Get more mindful with Jose and Mindfulness Secrets: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:36:35
April 6, 2021
Episode 50: Hanging With Roger Ingram
My guest for this episode is Roger Ingram.   Roger has been called one of the hardest swinging lead trumpet players of modern times. Roger has played with some of the past legends of Big Band, like Louis Belson, Woody Herman, and Maynard Ferguson. And Roger’s high-octane playing was a huge part of the unique sound of Harry Conick, Jr’s band for 20 years. But Roger is more than a player, he’s also an author, a passionate educator, and of course, the Mute Meister.   Check out what Roger has to say about how it's a privilege to make living playing music, his daily routine, becoming an educator, learning from everyone you can, why you are your own best teacher, creating the best environment for a student's education, why you shouldn't care who's the best,   not doing things to draw attention to yourself, the demands of playing with Harry Conick, Jr., becoming a more conservative as a player, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Roger Ingram's homepage: http://www.rogeringram.com/ Get your mindfulness on with Jose: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets Show your chops some love with Robinsons REmedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:33:45
March 30, 2021
Episode 49: Hanging With Kiku Collins
My guest for this episode is Kiku Collins.   Kiku is an unstoppable force of nature and has made her unique mark in the entertainment industry. She’s toured the world with legendary performers like Beyonce and Gloria Gaynor, performed twice at The White House, and is as equally at home playing jazz as is she is throwing down the funk. Kiku is also a passionate advocate for those affected by cancer, lymphedema, and autism. And is without a doubt, the one and only Ninja Princess.   Check out what Kiku has to say about growing up in New Jersey, finding success despite the stereotypes, learning to move while playing, why you should always audition your outfits before a gig, becoming an actress, being comfortable on big stages, important lessons from playing trumpet for Beyonce, the secret origin of the Ninja Princess, learning to live with cancer, being an advocate, advice for female trumpet players, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  The not so secret lair of The Ninja Princess: https://kikucollins.com  Find your Zen with Mindfulness Secrets: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:26:55
March 23, 2021
Episode 48: Hanging With Mike Cichowicz
My guest for this episode is Mike Cichowicz.   Mike is a man on a mission. The son of the legendary Vincent Cichowicz, Mike has committed himself to ensure that the legacy of his father not only survives but thrives. But Mike is much more than just his father’s son. Chic has had a successful career in the world of rock and R&B and has played with the likes of Tower of Power, Rod Stewart, and Huey Lewis and the News. And his new World Trumpet Society is bringing an upgrade to the world of trumpet conventions.   Check out what Mike has to say about keeping his father's legacy alive, the importance of listening, being influenced by Jerry Hey, the World Trumpet Society, father and son dynamics, baseball and cultural diversity, music as a form of communication, tips on mixing horn sections for live performances, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Join The World Trumpet Society: https://worldtrumpetsociety.com/  Check out Tributosaurus: https://www.tributosaurus.com/home  Learn about Vincent Cichowicz's methods: https://www.studio259productions.com/  Get your mindset right with Mindfulness Secrets: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:33:02
March 16, 2021
Episode 47: Hanging With Michael Bogart
My guest for this episode is Michael Bogart.    Michael Bogart is a master of the pivot. Michael’s life has navigated a number of twists and turns that took him from the military to the road with Maynard Ferguson. After a 9 year stint as the lead trumpet for the legendary Tower of Power, Michael found himself on a journey back to the Navy, back to school, and back to his deeper spiritual calling. And now he’s preparing for a new chapter that has him heading back to Cali.   Check out what Michael has to say about attending Interlochen, his path to playing with Maynard Ferguson, the road to addiction and his path out, musical lessons from nine years of playing lead trumpet in Tower of Power, bringing his life full circle, returning to a life in service of others, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael's music website: https://frumtrumpet.com/ Rabbi Shais Taub on abuse and addiction: https://youtu.be/IQDAu9-Y4pk  Jose's teachings on mindfulness: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:34:40
March 9, 2021
Episode 46: Hanging With Bobby Shew (Part 2)
This is part two of my epic hang with the great Bobby Shew. Bobby is such a fascinating man and has so much talent and insight that it’s impossible to fit everything into a single episode.  In part 1, Bobby gave us a brief glimpse into some of the early experiences that shaped his approach to learning. In this episode, Bobby takes off the kid’s gloves and explains the science of teaching and trumpet. Prepare to have your mind blown.   Check out what Bobby has to say about why his students need to read and study, the dangers of false data, trumpet teachers ego trips, the importance of the truth and science, new insights into breathing, sticking with science, the three-step process for developing musicians, the difference between being a trumpet player and being an artist, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Learn directly from Bobby: https://www.bobbyshew.com/home.html  Recommended reading: http://bit.ly/ShewBreath Get Jose's book on mindfulness: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:22:20
March 2, 2021
Episode 45: Hanging With Bobby Shew (Part 1)
My guest for this special two-part episode is Bobby Shew.   Bobby Shew is the real OG (that’s Original Guru!) Bobby is an exceptionally creative improviser and a powerhouse lead trumpet player. But where his stellar talents truly shine is in his role as a problem solver. Bobby’s the guy the pros turn to when they run into chop problems or want to take their playing to the next level. Simply put, Bobby Shew is the man.   Check out what Bobby has to say about his insatiable desire to learn, how breathing has always been a problem since childhood, developing along the pathway of creativity, learning to play the trumpet, why he has a library full of anatomy and psychology books, what talent really means, what the main talents a musician needs, fear of making mistakes, the importance of air, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Want to study with Bobby? Here's your chance: https://www.bobbyshew.com/home.html More about the science of talent: https://amzn.to/3qGiAyi Get Jose's book on mindfulness: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove
53:39
February 23, 2021
Episode 44: Hanging With Ryan Chapman
My guest for this episode is Ryan Chapman.   Ryan is a Miami-based trumpet player, arranger, composer, and educator. Known for his amazing power and control of the upper register of the trumpet, Ryan is more than a high-note jockey. Ryan is also a very insightful and intuitive teacher. Ryan has used his years of troubleshooting his own playing and equipment problems to create an effective approach that helps players of all levels make breakthroughs in their playing.    Check out what Ryan has to say about staying busy during the pandemic, working on his arranging chops, writing his dissertation on the role of the glottis in trumpet playing, why relaxing your throat doesn't work, the importance of boiling a problem down to the essentials, finding the right equipment for the job, and so much more!  So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Ryan's homepage: https://ryanchapmantrumpet.com/ Ryan's dissertation: http://bit.ly/glottis Get Jose's book"Mindfulness Secrets": http://bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:03:26
February 16, 2021
Episode 43: Hanging With Paul Baron
My guest for this episode is Paul Baron   In the world of commercial trumpet playing, Paul is an A-lister. Paul has built a highly successful career as the go-to lead trumpet for the national touring shows of some of Broadway’s top hits. Paul has also authored two books that showcase his unique approach to creating consistency as well as his new book on Broadway trumpet excerpts. The first book of its kind.     Check out what Paul has to say about how martial arts training has impacted his life, the need to become more efficient, creating consistency, keeping things fresh, the benefits and difficulties of working with local musicians on a national tour, his approach to warm-ups, why he wrote The Broadway Trumpeter, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! Show Notes 0:00 Intro  1:49 The benefits of martial arts training  10:20 The need to become more efficient  16:02 Creating consistency  22:51 How to not get bored  30:09 Working with local musicians  35:09 Paul's three warm-ups  45:26 The backstory on writing The Broadway Trumpeter  58:03 Gear up!  1:14:41 Robinson's Remedies Rapid Fire Round! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- All things Paul: http://www.paulbaron.net/ Buy Paul's books here: https://qpress.ca/shop/?filter_author-composer=baron-paul Get Jose's book "Mindfulness Secrets": https://josejohnson.com/mindfulness-secrets/ Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove  
01:21:14
February 9, 2021
Episode 42: Hanging With Kate Amrine
My guest for this episode is Kate Amrine.   Kate is a New York-based performer and educator. Besides being a gifted trumpeter, Kate is on a mission to give voice to those who are often overlooked. And whether it’s in her quest to commission and perform new music or her involvement with Brass Out Loud, Kate is a musical and social force to be reckoned with.   Check out what Kate has to say about discovering a new love for the trumpet, technology challenges,  the mission of Brass Out Loud, the need for diversity in music, breaking through restrictions, bringing people together, her love for Broadway music, creating a platform for new and diverse composers, finding the right equipment, developing sound concepts, musical influences, the need for young musicians to learn real-world skills, and so much more.  So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  All things Kate: https://www.kateamrine.com/  Find out more about Brass Out Loud: https://www.brassoutloud.com/  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Find your focus with mindfulness: https://josejohnson.com/mindfulness-secrets/
01:00:57
February 2, 2021
Episode 41: Hanging With Eric Miyashiro
This episode takes us all the way to Tokyo for a hang with a player who soars so high that he is StratospERIC - the great Eric Miyashiro.   Eric is a true force of nature. While Eric is an all-around talent on the horn, he is in a rare league of players when it comes to his control and power in the upper register of the trumpet. A top-call player and educator in Tokyo, Eric is a worldwide celebrity, particularly notated for his tributes to the music of Maynard Ferguson and Bill Chase. Plus he has some great stories!   So check out what Eric has to say about growing up in Hawaii, being a self-taught player, the dream of being the world's greatest lead trumpet player, playing lead trumpet with Buddy Rich, rediscovering his chops, playing with injuries, what you should never do when you cut your lips, dialing in his equipment, how to pick the right horn and mouthpiece, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Eric Miyashiro's homepage: http://www.ericmiyashiro.com/ Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove Master the mental game of life: https://josejohnson.com/mindfulness-secrets/
01:33:51
January 26, 2021
Episode 40: Hanging With Sean Billings
My guest for this episode is Sean Billings.  Sean is an LA-based trumpet player who has a love for music from all cultures. Sean has toured the world as a long time member of the Brian Setzer Orchestra and is a founding member of the genre-bending band Jungle Fire. Sean also plays a vital role in the future of music education as part of the faculty of the Musicians Institute.    Check out what Sean has to say about the formation of Jungle Fire, trying not to be too busy, being clear on your purpose for playing, playing in the Brian Setzer Orchestra, the importance of being yourself, writing the trumpet curriculum for the Musicians Institute, creating a new approach to educating commercial players, the importance of networking and building relationships, sound concepts, musical influences, listening to lead trumpet players, being patient, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Interested in a music degree? Check out the Musician's Institute: https://www.mi.edu/  For some red hot tunes, check out Jungle Fire: http://junglefiremusic.com/  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Get your Zen on with Mindfulness Secrets: https://josejohnson.com/mindfulness-secrets/
01:24:38
January 19, 2021
Episode 39: Hanging With Josh Rzepka
When you need to find the perfect mute for the perfect sound, there's only one place to go. And that's to my guest for this episode, Josh Rzepka.  Josh is a man of many talents. Trumpet player, content creator, photographer, author, and mute expert extraordinaire. A moderator of Positive Trumpeters Worldwide, Josh is all about education, growth, opportunity, and encouragement. His wildly popular Mute Monday video series on YouTube is slick, fun, and entertaining, and after spending a few minutes with him, you’ll understand why. Check out what Josh has to say about Mute Monday, building a successful YouTube channel, the search for the perfect Harmon mute, collaborating with Roger Ingram, his music and media mentors, developing his photography chops, why gear is not so important, writing the Versatile Trumpeter, the start of Positive Trumpeter Worldwide, the need for change in music education curriculums, and so much more.  So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Check out all things Josh: https://www.joshrzepka.com/ Follow Mute Monday and more: https://www.youtube.com/user/JoshRzepka Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove Become a more mindful musician: https://josejohnson.com/mindfulness-secrets/
01:18:39
January 12, 2021
Episode 38: Rapid Fire Rewind: "What Do You Wish You Knew?"
This is another special edition of the hang where we’ll be taking a look back at some more highlights from 2020.  This episode is the brain-child of the unsung hero of The Hang, my producer Mitch Bowers. Mitch has always loved the Robinson’s Remedies Rapid Fire Round responses to the questions, "what advice would you give your younger self about music and about life?" Even though Mitch is a drummer, he’s always found the responses insightful and enlightening, and so will you. So stick around and hear what guests The guests? Wayne Bergeron, Trent Austin, Aaron Romm, Chris Cromer, Adam Rapa, Mike Vax, Mike Williams, Charles Hargett, Rob Qualich, Danny Falcone, Jerry Hey, Mike Del Quadro, Tom Walsh, Jeff Curnow, Scott Belck, Augie Haas, Kenny Robinson, Richard Mukamal, Frank Greene, Vinnie Ciesielski, Mark Zauss, Terry Warburton, Kenny Rampton, Jose Sibaja, Willie Murillo, Walter White, Gary Grant, Keith Fiala, Ronald Romm, Dan Fornero, Serafin Aguilar, Aaron Washington, and Lexie Signor have to say to their younger selves. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove Become a more mindful musician: https://josejohnson.com/mindfulness-secrets/
01:12:33
January 5, 2021
Episode 37: Rapid Fire Rewind - "What's the Over and Under?"
This is a special year-end edition of the hang where we’ll be taking a look back at some of the highlights of 2020.  In this episode, I’ll be bringing you all of my guest’s responses to a very important set of questions from the "Robinson’s Remedies Rapid Fire Round." The questions? What are the most underrated and overrated aspects of trumpet playing? The answers? Tune in and you’ll find out So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove Less stress = better playing. Learn the secrets to getting your mind right: https://josejohnson.com/mindfulness-secrets/
01:00:09
December 29, 2020
Episode 36: Hanging With Wayne Bergeron and Friends (Part 2)
Welcome to Part 2 of my epic Super Hang with Wayne Bergeron and Friends In Part 1 Wayne talked about his battle with cancer. We were later joined by surprise guests Jerry Hey, Frank Greene, Walter White, Dan Fornero, and Gordon Goodwin. And when we left off, the party kicked into high gear with the arrival of Gary Grant. And trust me, things get a little bit nuts. So check out what Gordon Goodwin has to say about writing for Wayne, Frank accusing Wayne of putting fingerings on his charts,  Wayne learning to play "Years of Therapy," a roundtable discussion of dealing with the demands of playing live, making your nerves work for you, an example of why you should never be the first person to leave a hang, and a very special episode of the "Robinson's Remedies Rapid Fire Round" that's all about Wayne. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ All things Wayne: https://www.waynebergeron.com/ Get Walter White's newest release "BbXL" here: https://www.walterwhitemusic.net/ Stay Phat and happy with Gordon Goodwin: http://www.bigphatband.com/ Dan Fornero's "Not So Old School" and more: http://www.danfornero.com/ Get Frank Greene's book "I Knew That!": Buy on Amazon here! Let Robinson's Remedies show your chops the love they deserve: bit.ly/ChopLove Looking for a little mindfulness? Jose has you covered: https://josejohnson.com/mindfulness-secrets/
01:24:13
December 22, 2020
Episode 35: Hanging With Wayne Bergeron and Friends (Part 1)
Welcome to the first Trumpet Gurus Super-Hang! My featured guest for this super hang is Wayne Bergeron. They call him Mr. Incredible, and it's a title that he has earned in so many ways. Wayne is one of the world’s most highly respected trumpet players. He’s a great player and a great guy. And despite all of his success, he has had his fair share of hardships. Wayne returns to The Hang to share his recent experience of battling cancer. Oh, and we are joined by some very special guests that make this a super-sized hang you won’t believe. So join us for Part 1 as Wayne talks about his battle with cancer, dealing with issues that negatively impact his playing, overcoming fear, and the importance of being there for others. And then stay around for surprise guests Jerry Hey, Frank Greene, Walter White, Dan Fornero, and Gordon Goodwin. This one's a hang for the history book! So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Stay up to date with all things Wayne at:  https://www.waynebergeron.com/ Check out Walter White's newest release (with special guest, Wayne Bergeron) at: https://www.walterwhitemusic.net/ Visit Dan Fornero at: http://www.danfornero.com/ Everything you ever wanted to know about Gordon Goodwin and his Big Phat Band can be found at: http://www.bigphatband.com/ Got quarantine chops? Show them some love with Robinson's Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove  Learn more about your host at: https://josejohnson.com/
01:12:37
December 15, 2020
Episode 34: Hanging With Lexie Signor
Who's an educator, performing artist, TedX presenter, and TikTok star? My guest for this week's episode, Lexie Signor.    Lexie is truly one of a kind. She’s bold and brash both on and off the stage. But she is also highly intelligent and introspective. Lexie is a champion for equal rights on the bandstand and in the halls of higher education. Lexie is a passionate educator and a gifted player and composer. In fact, you’re listening to her work right now. And one thing’s for sure, when Lexie is around, the laughs abound.   So check out what Lexie has to say about her recent autism diagnosis, making sense of past experiences, how Aspberger's is her super-power, being a woman in a traditionally man's world, the importance of routine, the correlation between music and movement, how to build endurance, and so much more!  So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Ted Women 2020: https://tedwomen2020.ted.com/  Lexie's homepage: https://www.theladytrumpeter.com/  Give your chops the love they need: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:28:33
December 8, 2020
Episode 33: Hanging With Aaron Washington
Whether you are a beginning trumpet player wanting to learn how to play the blues, or an experienced player wanting to learn how to make more green, you need to check out my guest for this episode, Aaron Washington   Aaron is a young man who has discovered a passion for the trumpet, jazz, and education.  Like so many others, Aaron started down the road of traditional music education only to realize it’s limitations in reach. So Aaron hit the shed to develop his social media chops. Now his tutorials have racked up millions of views and which allows Aaron to help thousands of young players every week.   Check out what Aaron has to say about how being lazy led to a love for teaching, growing up around great music but not great musicians, building a social media presence, finding an audience, practicing the basics, the importance of finding a good teacher in music and marketing, the best platforms for musicians to explore, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Check out Aaron's YouTube channel here: http://bit.ly/2bVuwYS  Learn more about your host here: https://josejohnson.com/ Got COVID chops? Show them some love with Robinson's Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:13:38
December 1, 2020
Episode 32: Hanging With Serafin Aguilar (Part 2)
What happens when you hang with a talent that is so huge that the interview couldn't fit into one episode? Well, you split it into two so you don't miss out on anything! This episode is Part 2 of my epic hang with Serafin Aguilar.  In the first half of our hang, Serafin gave you an in-depth look into his approach to the trumpet. In this, the second half, Serafin talks about how he put those skills to work to fulfill his childhood dream of touring with his trumpet hero Maynard Ferguson, his first time trading solos with The Boss, not backing down, being a cheerleader for other players, his involvement in the smash hit Havana, why he prefers playing live to playing in the studio, and so much more. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Are your chops in need of a little TLC? Check out my friends at Robinson's Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove Find out more about your host: https://josejohnson.com/
01:01:32
November 24, 2020
Episode 31: Hanging With Serafin Aguilar (Part 1)
When you need a heavyweight trumpet player, who do you call? My guest for this special two-part episode, Serafin Aguilar Serafin is a bull of a player. That’s why he’s called El Toro. His sound is big, his chops are strong and when he cuts loose you best get out of his way. But Serafin is also a very thoughtful and insightful man who is on a mission to be a positive force in the world. Serafin has played with the legendary Pancho Sanchez, the Zac Brown Band, and was able to fulfill his childhood dream of touring with trumpet giant Maynard Ferguson and forming a special relationship with The Boss. In Part 1 of this hang, Serafin goes deep into paying attention to detail, taking care of business during the pandemic, why metal always wins, why trumpet playing is not for the faint of heart, working intuitively, learning how to problem-solve, the science of playing high notes, troubleshooting range problems, powerlifting, the carnivore diet,  and so much more. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Is the metal winning the battle? Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove Find out more about your host here: https://josejohnson.com/
55:50
November 17, 2020
Episode 30: Hanging With Dan Fornero
Who's hard-hitting, humble, and has an aerodynamic haircut. None other than my guest for this episode, Dan Fornero.   From studios to stadiums, Dan always brings the heat. Dan is a founding member of the Vine Street Horns and since 2003 has also been an integral part of the powerhouse trumpet section of the Big Phat Band. Dan has toured the world with Phil Collins, Neil Diamond, Tom Jones, and Brian Setzer and has carved out a name for himself as one of the top-flight players in the LA recording scene.    Check out what Dan has to say about being comfortable as the support guy, practicing on the "right side" of the horn, growing up in the drum corp world, missed opportunities at North Texas, why he recorded "Not So Old School," his special relationship with Gary Grant, still being blown away by the people he gets to work with, playing to 400, 000 people with the Vine Street Horns, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Interested in Dan's release "Not So Old School" or his signature line of GR mouthpieces? Look no further: http://www.danfornero.com/  Check out the Vine Street Horns feature on the Johnny Hallyday Tour Eiffel concert: https://youtu.be/_6nyes335Dc  Do your chops need some Rapid Fire Relief? Visit my good friends at Robinson's Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove   Want to get to know me a little better? https://josejohnson.com/
01:18:45
November 10, 2020
Episode 29: Hanging With Ronald Romm
In this episode, you’ll get to know the man behind the mustache that’s behind the horn as I interview my special guest Ronald Romm. As a founding member of the world-famous Canadian Brass, Ron is without a doubt, one of the most influential players of our generation. For decades, Ron has combined his technical wizardry with his unique sense of humor to bring the joys of music to audiences around the world. Ron is also a passionate educator who is committed to putting the fun back in fundamentals through his Romm Trumpet Academy. Join us as Ron talks about the formative years of the Canadian Brass, being part of a brass movement, how we are all children, the importance of communication, keeping the audience first, demystifying the trumpet, his approach to teaching, the importance of being exposed to a variety of styles, growing up in a musical family, how the trumpet spoke to him, the eternal search for innocence, how he manages fear, the fundamentals of the Romm Trumpet Academy, performing with family, the power of facial hair, and so much more! So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Join the Romm Trumpet Academy with the code "GURU100" and save $100! : https://rommtrumpetacademy.com/ Learn more about your host and his Mindfulness Secrets method:  https://josejohnson.com/ Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:12:50
November 3, 2020
Episode 28: Hanging With Keith Fiala
My guest for this episode, Keith Fiala, might be the most fortunate trumpet player I know.   Keith is a talented player who is not afraid of change. From honing his chops on the Austin music scene to touring with the legendary Maynard Ferguson, Keith's career was already a striking success. But thanks to his mentor, boss, and practice partner Arturo Sandoval, Keith has started a fresh approach to the trumpet and life.    Check out what Keith has to say about the changes in the Austin music scene, touring with Maynard Ferguson, why you should never change gear when touring, going from student to personal assistant for Arturo Sandoval, becoming Arturo's practice partner, the importance of having a safe space for practice, being willing to reinvent yourself, learning to get out of your own way, the effects of weight loss on his chops, his personal evolution, paying it forward, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!   --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Find Keith at: http://www.keithfiala.com/  Learn more about Jose at: https://josejohnson.com/  Show your chops some love at: https://www.robinsonsremedies.com/?ref=60
01:07:35
October 27, 2020
Episode 27: Hanging With Gary Grant
What would you get if you gave your favorite uncle that always wore Hawaiian shirts and loved to tell stories a blistering double high C?  You would get my guest for this episode, the legendary Gary Grant.   Gary is an iconic trumpet player who’s career has spanned over 5 decades of playing on chart-toppers and blockbusters. As part of the genre-defining Jerry Hey Horns, Gary has played and recorded with a who-who list of iconic artists. And as a producer, Gary is lending his ears as well as his chops to the musicians you know and love. Plus, he’s one hell of a storyteller.   Check out what Gary has to say about the music scene in Hawaii, working with Jerry Hey, growing up in a musical family, why he became a studio player, Bud Brisbois, being a "musical prostitute", the studio musicians manual, being a renegade, being part of the Earth, Wind & Fire family, changes in the LA studio scene, producing Arturo Sandoval, and so much more!  So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Read The Studio Musician's Manual here: https://www.everythingtrumpet.com/the-studio-musician-s-manual  Learn more about your host here: https://josejohnson.com/  Need to keep your chops fresh? Show them some love:  http://bit.ly/ChopLove
01:25:26
October 20, 2020
Episode 26: Hanging With Walter White
If you don’t know who my next guest is, then maybe your best course would be to tread lightly. My guest for this episode is the real Walter White. Walter is an amazing trumpet player, composer, and arranger. From his early days at Interlochen and Julliard to traveling the globe with Maynard Ferguson to recording in his home studio, Walter’s love for music pours out of his every note. Sometimes sweet, sometimes fiery, but always genuine, Walter has established himself as a unique voice both on and off the horn. Check out what Walter has to say about keeping busy during the pandemic, working with Conrad Herwig and Wayne Bergeron on his new release, long tones, intelligent practice, the essentials of building a home recording studio, growing up in a musical family, lessons from Interlochen, his major influences, being the brand ambassador for Robinson's Remedies, and so much more! So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Learn more about Walter and get his new release "BB XL" at: https://www.walterwhitemusic.net/ Check out the Making Of BB XL: https://youtu.be/txE-Dw0rH9s Learn more about Jose : https://josejohnson.com/
01:04:60
October 13, 2020
Episode 25:Hanging With Willie Murillo
What do you get when you mix world-class trumpet chops, silky smooth vocals, and impeccable style? You get my guest for this episode, Willie Murillo.    Willie is a man of many talents. Besides being a top-flight session player, Willie is also an arranger, songwriter, producer, and vocalist. But his talents don't stop there. Willie is also an entrepreneur whose passion for education lead him to co-develop The Practice App, a web-based way to practice with the pros. Willie is passionate, driven, and perhaps the best-dressed trumpet player in LA.   Check put what Willie has to say about staying on the grind during the pandemic, the joy in slowing down, the power of social media to increase connection, the reality of the politics of the music business, accepting the fact that we are all human, navigating the studio hierarchy, the power of Jon Lewis' High C, lessons from James Morrison, being comfortable in his own skin, why it's important to be vulnerable, why Wayne Bergeron is Mr. Incredible, important lessons from Uan Rasey's memorial, the power of consistency, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------  Find out more about Willie at: http://www.williemurillo.com/   Check out the Practice App at: https://thepracticeapp.io/   Find out more about Jose at: https://josejohnson.com/
01:22:01
October 6, 2020
Episode 24: Hanging With Jose Sibaja
If any trumpet player has been Livin' La Vida Loca, it's my guest for this episode- Jose Sibaja    Jose is an amazing talent. Since his first performance as a featured soloist at the age of 17, Jose has built a varied and successful career for himself. Whether it was playing in front of thousands while on world-tour with Ricky Martin, performing classical repertoire in Concert halls with the Boston Brass, or teaching one-on-one in his position at Vanderbilt University, José's love for music rings out in everything he does.    Check out what Jose has to say about becoming a trumpet professor, the importance of making a name for himself, music and life lessons from Ricky Martin, the importance of remaining humble, making hard decisions, seeing the bigger picture, making the most out of your practice and your life, having a beautiful heart, why he loves playing the trumpet, his approach to performing with joy, the importance of being willing to make mistakes, and so much more!  So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Want to find out more about Jose Sibaja?  https://www.josesibaja.com/   Want to find out more about Jose Johnson? https://josejohnson.com/
01:02:51
September 29, 2020
Episode 23: Hanging With Kenny Rampton
Who's part entrepreneur, part philanthropist, part educator, but a total bad-ass on the horn? My guest for this episode, Kenny Rampton.   As a featured member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Mingus Big Band as well as numerous Broadway shows, Kenny has established himself as a versatile player and passionate educator. Through his non-profit, the Jazz Outreach Initiative, Kenny is keeping jazz alive for young Las Vegas musicians. But it’s his gig as the trumpet voice on Sesame Street that might make Kenny the most popular trumpet player with kid’s around the world.   Check out what Kenny has to say about growing up in a musical family in Las Vegas, his first experience trying out instruments, starting the Jazz Outreach Initiative, developing the KR Indigo mute, focusing on the positives, music as a healing art, working with Wynton Marsalis, being part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, growing into the role of being an educator, touring with Ray Charles, the impact of Sesame Street, the importance of building relationships, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------  Learn about the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra here: https://jazzatlincolncenter.squarespace.com/  Help support the Jazz Outreach Initiative here: https://www.jazzoutreachinitiative.org/  Check out the KR Indigo mute here: https://www.hirschmanmutes.com/  Learn more about your host here: https://josejohnson.com/
01:14:14
September 22, 2020
Episode 22: Hanging With Terry Warburton
My guest for this episode is the hardest working man in the trumpet business, Terry Warburton.   Terry is a mainstay in the trumpet world. From his early days at Giardinellis in New York to his current shop in Florida, Terry has been the go-to-guy for professionals around the world. In recent years Terry has expanded his product line to include mutes, horns, and of course, the gadgets that so many trumpet players can’t do without. Known as The Godfather, Terry is never without an opinion and seldom sitting still, but is always willing to share his knowledge with others.    So check out what Terry has to say about staying busy during the COVID-19 pandemic, the next 50 years of Warburton Music Products, why life always goes on, making the best of the shift in the global marketplace, his take on the biggest changes that have taken place in the instrument design industry in the past few decades, what US manufacturers need to change to regain dominance, his relentless work effort, balancing modern technology with old-world craftsmanship, why dealing with cancer didn't change his approach to life, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!   --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Interested in Warburton products? http://www.warburton-usa.com/  Want to learn more about your host?  https://josejohnson.com/
01:07:15
September 15, 2020
Episode 21: Hanging With Mark Zauss
What would you get if you gave Sigmund Freud world-class lead trumpet chops? You would get this week's guest on The Trumpet Gurus Hang Podcast, Mark Zauss. Mark is an internationally acclaimed soloist, who for decades entertained audiences at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Videos of Mark’s performances have amazed and frustrated trumpet players around the globe. His seemingly effortless command of the extreme upper register of the trumpet puts him in elite company. But what sets Mark apart from other trumpet players is not his knowledge of the horn, it’s his knowledge of the brain. This episode is guaranteed to blow your mind. Check out what Mark has to say about the most important aspect of trumpet playing, how to relax to access the air more efficiently, using the breath to reduce stress and anxiety, understanding the nature of stage fright and how to deal with it, his years with Disney, natural players, the two methods that he used to improve his range, learning to play in a relaxed manner, and so much more! So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! ______________________________________________ Check out Mark's website for some great blog posts and video tips: https://www.markzauss.net/ Learn more about your host and his approach to mindfulness here: https://josejohnson.com/
58:03
September 8, 2020
Episode 20: Hanging With Vinnie Ciesielski
What would you get if you crossed a beastly trumpet player with Tony Robbins and then stuck them in the Tour de France? You'd get my guest for this episode, Vinnie Ciesielski. Since the mid-90s, Vinnie has been one of the most in-demand session players in Nashville having well over 5000 sessions under his belt. He’s played all types of music and toured and recorded with the legends of the past and the giants of the future. But what makes Vinnie so special is not his blistering high chops, it’s his awesome approach to life and his ability to overcome adversity. Check out what Vinnie has to say about the state of the Nashville music scene, why the music industry needs to become more creative in COVID times, the skill sets that you need to be a successful session player, musical influences, some of his favorite Nashville horn players, playing with The Loudhorns, how and why he lost almost 100 pounds, his advise to anyone trying to lose weight, how he started being awesome, and at the 40-minute mark, Vinnie shares what is perhaps one of the most awesome and inspiring stories that you will ever hear. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Check out Vinnie on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trumpetvinnie Follow Vinnie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trumpetvinnie Get a copy of The Loudhorn's "One For Maynard": https://bit.ly/3jptoga Learn more about your host: https://josejohnson.com/
01:25:15
September 1, 2020
Episode 19: Hanging With Frank Greene
From the home office in Lancaster, Pennsylvania comes this episode's Top Ten List of "The Top 10 Things To Never Say To A Lead Trumpet Player." Number 1, "You're good, but you're no Frank Greene" And my guest for this episode IS Frank Greene. Frank is one of the most in-demand lead trumpet players on the East Coast as well as a published author and coach. After attending North Texas State, Frank got his big start with Woody Herman, followed by a 5 year run playing lead with Maynard Ferguson. Frank has played with a who’s who list of artists including The Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, and the Roy Hargrove and Christian McBride big bands. But it’s his time working with Paul Shaffer on the David Letterman show that officially makes Frank "The World’s Most Dangerous Trumpet Player." Join Frank as he talks about how he is managing the changes caused by COVID1-19, being part of a historically significant period, playing with Vinyl Hampdin, how he developed his unique approach to trumpet pedagogy, the importance of knowing what you want your life to look like, breaking down the obstacles of forward motion,  the importance of starting with fun, paying your dues, learning other player's processes while on the road, reprogramming your autopilot, the reasoning behind his latest book, the joy of embouchure changes, and so much more. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair and let the hang begin! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Buy a copy of Frank's book "I Knew That!" here: https://www.amazon.com/Knew-That-Thoughts-Already-Change/dp/1980433534/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=frank+david+greene&qid=1598324591&sr=8-1 Find out more about your host here:  https://josejohnson.com/
01:24:60
August 25, 2020
Episode 18: Hanging With Kenny Robinson and Richard Mukamal
What do you get when you mix Maurice Andre, Jonas Salk, and Bill Gates? You get my guests for this episode, Kenny Robinson and Richard Mukamal. Kenny is a world-class trumpet player who toured with Maynard Ferguson and whose career was almost cut short by chronic cold sores. Richard is a trumpet and euphonium player and is also a mover and shaker in the world of the arts and education. Together they form the dynamic duo behind Robinson’s Remedies, a growing company that has developed a number of natural products that help brass players around the world keep their chops feeling repaired and renewed. So check out what they have to say about making the best out of a bad situation, the importance of relationships, how Robinson's Remedies got started, life lessons from Maynard Ferguson, the forming of a partnership, the desire to be of service to the brass playing community, the importance of music in public schools, a lesson on Mahler 5 from Bud Herseth, the fraternity of MF alumni, the changing face of education during the COVID crisis, Kenny's piccolo trumpet collection, snickerdoodles, and so much more. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!
01:28:33
August 18, 2020
Episode 17: Hanging With Augie Haas
Looking for a recipe for sizzling high chops? Then you need to check out my guest for this episode, Augie Haas. Augie is a New York-based trumpet player, composer, and educator.  Augie toured and recorded with Harry Connick, Jr., and has been a member of The Maria Schneider, Vanguard Jazz, and Radio City Orchestras as well as The Gil Evans Project and Birdland Big Band.  Augie is also the author of the play-along method book, Build Your Range.  While Augie certainly knows how to get things cooking on stage, he is also known for his ability to get things cooking in the kitchen. Join Augie as he talks about the importance of finding a creative outlet during COVID-19 shutdowns, finding his "voice" as a vocalist, the challenge of playing multiple-roles with Harry Connick, Jr., the Haas 2 Scream, what he personally got out of his dissertation on how to play high notes and why it wasn't his first choice for a topic, writing his book "Build Your Range", the state of music education,  and so much more. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair and let the hang begin! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For more about Augie's book, dissertation, and recordings go to http://www.augiehaas.com/ For more about your host Jose Johnson, go to https://josejohnson.com/
01:10:53
August 11, 2020
Episode 16: Hanging With Scott Belck
What do you get when you cross an insightful teacher with a deep thinker and then throw in a liberal dose of sarcasm? You get my guest for this episode, the Lord of the Lip Slur, Scott Belk.   Scott is the director of Jazz Studies at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.  Scott is a versatile player who is as comfortable in his role with the trumpet ensemble Tromba Mundi as he is playing lead with Bootsy Collins.  Scott is also the slightly twisted mind behind Lip Slur World Headquarters and his two books Modern Lip Flexibilities for Brass and Progressive Lip Flexibilities for Brass which have frustrated brass players around the world.   Join Scott as he talks about the creation of Lip Slur World Headquarters, the power of social media, publishing his first book, the creative process for writing lip slurs, the importance of practicing technical studies musically, why being in "flow" doesn't make you get better, maintaining balance, the importance of routine and problem-solving skills, what he learned at North Texas State, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair and let the hang begin!   -----------------------------------------------------------------------   Find out more about Scott here: https://scottbelck.com/   Find out more about your host here: https://josejohnson.com/
01:15:24
August 4, 2020
Episode 15: Hanging With Jeff Curnow
What would you get if you mixed Bud Herseth with Gary Trudeau? You would probably end up with my guest for this episode,  Jeff Curnow. Jeff is a bit of a dichotomy. He’s a world-class orchestral player currently with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He’s recorded and performed around the world as a member of internationally acclaimed Empire Brass. But Jeff is also a regularly published satirical cartoonist and a video creator with an absurd sense of humor.  So join us and check out what Jeff has to say about balancing being a serious classical musician and a satirical artist, the one thing that drives him crazy about classical music, the importance of being a team player, growing up in a musical family, being a musical rebel by playing Ravel, the process of going from horrible practice to expert performance, the challenge of playing orchestral music, lessons learned while playing with the Empire Brass, understanding the various roles in the trumpet section, surreal gigs, and so much more. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair and let the hang begin!
01:18:15
July 28, 2020
Episode 14: Hanging With Tom Walsh
This episode of The Trumpet Gurus Hang takes us across the pond as I hang with a right proper chap,  Tom Walsh. Tom is one of the young lions on the London music scene. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Tom has gone on to forge a name for himself in the studio and on the stage on both sides of the pond. And Tom’s hip work as an arranger has started to catch the attention of artists and fans worldwide. Tom is a sweetheart of a guy and a mother of a player. So check out what Tom has to say about how his approach to arranging, the importance of learning studio skills, his biggest influences, going from just getting by on the horn to becoming a serious player, studying at the Royal Academy of Music, staying moldable as a musician, working with Vince Mendoza, a chance gig with Al Jarreau,  the Jerry Hey influence, the difference between home and studio recording, and so much more. So pour yourself a pint, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!
01:08:08
July 21, 2020
Episode 13: Hanging With Mike Del Quadro
Typically, this podcast is about getting to know the person behind the horn. This week is all about the man behind the beard. Mike Del Quadro is a Las Vegas-based trumpet builder and craftsman. Mike has become the go-to guy for his world-class repairs, restorations, and customizations. When you visit his shop, you never know who might be dropping their horn off for a little TLC. The Del Quadro line of custom-built trumpets are creating a buzz for their versatile sound, quality craftsmanship, and smooth appearance.  Join Mike and me as we discuss keeping business going during the COVID era, creating a horn that looks as good as it plays, building equipment for the artist and not the manufacturer, helping young players find the right gear, casinos and trumpet conferences, life in Vegas, real talk about social injustice and why people need to pick a side of the tracks to stand on, why people need to be willing to fail, and so much more. This episode has a lot of laughs, some serious social commentary, and more than a few F-bombs. So in other words, a typical day with DQ. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair and let the hang begin!
01:14:45
July 14, 2020
Episode 12: Hanging With Jerry Hey
There are only a handful of artists that you can say have elevated the role of the trumpet into the public spotlight. Pops, Miles, Dizzy, and my special guest for this episode, Jerry Hey. Trumpet players around the world have been inspired by his brilliant playing and arranging. Non-musicians may not know his name, but they can probably whistle his memorable licks.  Since the 1970's Jerry has been a mainstay in the LA studio scene.  He has worked on countless projects as a player, arranger, and conductor. From his early days with Seawind to his chart-topping work with Quincy Jones, David Foster, and Maurice White, Jerry and his band of brothers set the new standard for studio excellence. A six-time Grammy Award winner, Jerry has become the gold (and multi-platinum) standard for horn sections worldwide.  In this episode, you can hear Jerry talk about the importance of being prepared and being a decent person,  how his sections are like family, what it takes to be a part of a Jerry Hey horn section, working with his son,  old school vs Pro-Tools,  playing with intensity in the studio,  the importance of having core to your sound, life lessons from Mr. Adam, more life lessons from Quincy Jones, the joys of wine, surviving cancer, which was the greatest Lakers team of all time, Wild Women of Wongo, and so much more. So pull up a chair, pour yourself a big glass (of wine), and let the hang begin!
01:19:23
July 7, 2020
Episode 11: Hanging With Danny Falcone
What happens in Vegas shouldn't always stay in Vegas. 'Cause Vegas got it goin' on! In this week's episode join me for a hang with Danny Falcone, Las Vegas trumpeter extraordinaire.  Among his numerous accomplishments, Danny has most recently played lead trumpet and toured with Celine Dion and is playing lead for Lady Gaga’s new Jazz & Piano show. Danny also a member of Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns, a collection of some of Sin City’s nastiest players. And I say nasty in the best way possible. Growing up hanging around some of Las Vegas’ top performers, Danny has some great stories to share about music and life. Check out what Danny has to say about growing up in the Las Vegas music scene, the music of Frank Sinatra, Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns, taking advantage of being around the best of the best, the changes in the Las Vegas music scene, the craziest show production, being blown away by Lady Gaga, dialing in equipment, making mouthpieces, and so much more. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair and let the hang begin!
01:03:45
June 30, 2020
Episode 10: Hanging With Rob Quallich
My guest for this episode is Rob Quallich Rob is an extremely talented young trumpet player who gained notoriety during his stint as lead trumpet with the band No BS! Brass, and for his viral videos that highlight his impressive range and power, as well as his off the wall sense of humor. Rob is the author of the book Taming the Stratosphere, a recent transplant to the Nashville music scene, and a connoisseur of fine crafts brews. Check out what Rob has to say about recording an unmusical video, how he adjusted to life on a cruise ship, why America has the best beers, the importance of the arts, the importance of playing musically in the upper register,  how weight changes affect your playing, what it takes to be a lead player, why he likes to show up to gigs early, his biggest influences, how your mental state is too often based on your last gig, and so much more. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair and let the hang begin!
01:04:51
June 23, 2020
Episode 9: Hanging With Charles Hargett
If you love good stories, then you will love hanging with Charles Hargett.   Charles started out as a full-time player, but life led him down a different path. After several years away from music, the road brought Charles back to the trumpet, but in a new capacity. After accepting a position as sales manager for Kanstul Musical Instruments, Charles had the opportunity to work directly with industry legend Zig Kanstul and quickly developed a reputation for being a sort of “trumpet guru”, as well as being a friendly, modern face for the company. Charles has also worked for Eastman / Shires, served as an industry consultant, and is currently the Director of Sales for BAC - Best American Craftsmen where he still considers himself fortunate to have a day job in the music industry. Charles is a storehouse of knowledge and never at a loss for words, or drinks! So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!
01:21:04
June 16, 2020
Episode 8: Hanging With Mike Williams
Road dog. Old Dog. Swamp dog.  Partner of Tommy The High Note Police. What else can be said about the great Mike Williams? Mike is an outstanding lead trumpet player and educator. After playing in the world-famous North Texas State 1:00 Band, Mike held down the lead trumpet chair in the Count Basie Orchestra for an incredible 31-year run, giving Mike the opportunity to play and hang with some of the legends of jazz. In this week's episode, Mike talks about life after Basie, jazz hangs in Europe, Blazing Saddles on the bus, learning from the "old-timers," virtual education, life at North Texas State, down-home cooking, and much more. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!
01:17:36
June 9, 2020
Episode 7: Hanging With Mike Vax
Have you ever listened to the iconic lead trumpet solo in Stan Kenton's version of Here's That Rainy Day? Have you ever played on a 13A4A or a Schilke S model? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have been touched by the genius of Mike Vax. Mike is an iconic trumpet player and educator. His discography of 75 albums includes 20 under his own name. And in the past 50 years, Mike has presented over 3000 workshops around the globe. In this hang, Mike shares stories about how Willie Maiden "transcribed" on the tour bus, the backstory on the famous Live At Redlands album, breakfast with Stan and Dick Shearer, working with Ren Schilke, how oral surgery helped him become a better teacher, why he didn't wind up in LA, the importance of dialog, and so much more. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!
01:19:10
June 2, 2020
Episode 6: Hanging With Adam Rapa
What do you get when you mix killer chops, deep philosophy, and outspoken candor? You get Adam Rapa.  Adam is truly a Trumpet Guru, and in this episode, we cover a lot of ground. Check out what Adam has to say about the state of trumpet design and what he's doing to make a difference, the cult of pedagogy, the impact of cultural diversity on his music and world view, being in a prime state on and off the stage, and why he doesn't have a favorite anything. This is one hang you don't want to miss. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!
01:15:60
May 26, 2020
Episode 5: Hanging With Chris Cromer
When you've got a horn. And your valves are stuck. Who you gonna' call? Chris Cromer. That's right, this weeks episode features the skills and wit of Chris Cromer. Chris is a master repairman, an expert in brass technology, and connoisseur of fine beer and bad movies. Check out what Chris has to say about how he turned a hobby into a business, horn cheese,  yeast infection, why size doesn't matter, and why asking the right questions is so important. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!
01:08:25
May 19, 2020
Episode 4: Hanging with Aaron Romm
Welcome to the world of Aaron Romm. The son of famed Candian Brass legend Ronald Romm, Aaron has performed around the world as a soloist as well as alongside his father and mother in the Romm Family Trio. Aaron is also a passionate educator, martial artist, and voice actor. In this episode, you will get an insight into what it was like to grow up as the son of an international trumpet star, why humor plays a big part in his music and life, the importance of keeping your ego in check, being dumb enough to say yes to The Brandenburg, being the "fundamentals guy," neurolinguistic programming and teaching, and how Sly Stallone has helped him get invited to weddings. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!
01:00:31
May 12, 2020
Episode 3: Hanging With Lexie Signor & Jay Webb
Move over Jay-Z and Beyonce, it's time for a new music industry power couple! Lexie and Jay are each working hard to make their unique mark on the trumpet world. Lexie is a bit of a rebel and seeks to challenge the status quo in the worlds of both performance and education.  Jay is a true cross-over player and has taken on the ambitious goal of documenting and duplicating the works of the great Doc Severinsen.  In this hang, you'll hear why trumpet was the instrument of choice, why it's so difficult to be a female lead trumpet player, why different isn't always bad, why we all love Chris Botti, what Jay and Miles Davis have in common, how to deal with the pressure of being a lead trumpet, the importance of being "un-F-withable," the role of gender in music, and so much more. This episode is full of laughs, one-liners, truth bombs, and F-bombs. So in other words, a typical trumpet hang. So pour yourself a big glass. Pull up a chair. And let the hang begin!
01:16:13
May 5, 2020
Episode 2: Hanging with Trent Austin
In this episode, you get a chance to hang with Trent Austin. Trent is an extremely talented trumpet player, mouthpiece designer and purveyor of fine brass instruments. Trent has a huge smile and a huge heart, and his love for all things trumpet shines through in everything he does. Hear Trent talk about how he manages to keep his spirit and chops up during social distancing,  getting in shape for the zombie apocalypse, the importance of public service, life lessons from dogs, how Clark Terry helped shape him as a player and a person, tales from the tour bus, making the transition from New England to the Midwest, lobster vs BBQ, becoming a trumpet gear head, how he opened his first shop, the importance of being trustworthy, and so much more. Catch the video version of this hang on the Trumpet Gurus YouTube channel. Opening theme song composed and performed by Lexie Signor. Closing theme by The Greatest Funeral Ever. All music used by permission of the artists.
01:09:37
April 28, 2020
Episode 1: Hanging with Wayne Bergeron
If you ask any trumpet player to create a Top 10 list of people to hang with, you can be certain that the name Wayne Bergeron will be there. Wayne is an amazing trumpet player and an absolute blast to be around. His experiences as one of the LA studio scenes first-call players and as an in-demand clinician and solo artists give Wayne a great depth of experience and no shortage of stories. In this hang, Wayne shares his thoughts on the downfalls of being a "natural," why he hates being called a "high-note player," the importance of staying humble and relaxed in the world of session work, working with his personal trumpet heroes, the importance of playing with good time, coming back from chop problems, confidence vs ego, expanding on lessons from his years with Maynard Ferguson,  how hangs can create life-long friendships, and his thoughts on the most under-rated and over-rated aspects of trumpet playing.  For the video version of this hang, go to the Trumpet Gurus Hang YouTube channel.  Opening theme song composed and performed by Lexie Signor. Closing theme by The Greatest Funeral Ever. All music used by permission of the artists.
01:12:57
April 21, 2020
Episode 0: Trailer
What is the Trumpet Gurus Hang? If you are a trumpet player, it is the place to be.
01:28
April 14, 2020