No Jazz at Juilliard, Getting a Gig While Working at a Print Shop, Becoming Prolific While Scratching One's Own Itch and More with Chris Gekker!

What can we say about Chris Gekker?

-Terrific trumpet player and teacher

-Prolific writer of method and exercise books

-Pioneer in the realm of brass chamber music

We could go on and on. But some things are best left unsaid - or unwritten in the show notes until you hear them said ;)

Enjoy this episode!

In my chat with Chris Gekker, you'll discover:-How he got along during the pandemic...-Chris' start and early career on trumpet...-Getting the call for the American Brass Quintet working at the print shop...-The most difficult skill on trumpet...-Creating exercises to scratch his own itch, which become multiple method books...-How the physicality of playing has changed over the years and decades...-Why Julliard once forbade the playing of jazz in its hallways...-When Chris will know it's time to hang up the spurs...-The process of recording and releasing a new recording...-How pop music supports more obscure, niche compositions...-The easy things are often the hardest things...-And much more!

Music at Emmanuel featuring Chris Gekker

Credits:

Trumpet Dynamics: The Story of the Trumpet, In the Words of Those Who Play It

Host: James Newcomb

Guest: Chris Gekker

Opening and closing music: "Serenade to a Bus Seat" performed by Mike Vax and Clark Terry

Audio editing by: James Newcomb

Show notes prepared by: James Newcomb

Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/trumpet-dynamics.


See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

More from Trumpet Dynamics

  1. 44:56That's One Happy Orchestra! Why the Utah Symphony is Excelling, How Effective Leadership Affects An Ensemble's Sound and Morale, What It's Like Going Home as a Quasi-Celebrity and Much More with Travis Peterson.Nov 24, 2021
  2. 46:16Jeff Luke Shares Earning His Bones on the Road With the Atlantic Brass, Finding Home in the Symphony, Mimicking Audition Conditions, and Much More!Nov 23, 2021
  3. 43:15How a Shy, Nerdy Sarah Herbert Found Her Calling With the Trumpet and Is Now Blazing New Trails for Future Generations of MusiciansNov 23, 2021
  4. 01:07:53Manny Laureano Explains the Attributes of a Successful Musician, Why Too Many Orchestras are Playing It Safe, Advice for Creatives Getting Their Start in Today's Market and Much More!Nov 08, 2021
  5. 47:16No Jazz at Juilliard, Getting a Gig While Working at a Print Shop, Becoming Prolific While Scratching One's Own Itch and More with Chris Gekker!Oct 25, 2021
  6. 39:44Playing Lead Trumpet with Intention, and Dealing with Neurological Fatigue Brought on By Waaaay Too Much Trumpet Playing with James BlackwellOct 20, 2021
  7. 51:24Pictures on Acid, The 3 Simple Truths of Trumpet Playing, and Why Success Can be Terrifying with Tom HootenOct 11, 2021
  8. 35:20Why There Aren't Superstar Trumpeters Today, How to Profit from Writing a Book In a Tiny Niche, Tongue Placement Relative to Range and Endurance and More with Jeff PurtleSep 30, 2021
  9. 37:08How Sławomir Cichor Survived a Culture of Perpetual Fear to Find the Song in His Heart and Blaze a New Trail for Young Polish TrumpetersSep 24, 2021
  10. 31:52How to Practice Without Actually Practicing, Unplanned Diversions from “The Plan”, and Why The Grass is Sometimes Greener Right Where You Are with Michael HengstSep 17, 2021