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History of Jazz Trumpet

The trumpet is one of the staple sounds in jazz music. The trumpet’s history spans thousands of years, from an Afro-Asiatic origin, passed on through the Middle Ages in Europe, to what we now widely associate with American jazz music. Early jazz trumpeters started off playing the cornet until the mainstreaming of the trumpet deemed it obsolete. The use of trumpet in early jazz big bands, has a direct connection to the earlier usage in marching bands in New Orleans as a ceremonial instrument, which is most likely what it was used for before being imported into the U.S. The styles of jazz trumpet have changed greatly throughout the years.

Early jazz music styles, such as ragtime and boogie-woogie, featured mostly the piano and a few other key instruments. The introduction of Dixieland-style jazz helped bring the trumpet to the forefront of jazz, especially when played by legends such as Louis Armstrong. From there, the trumpet went on to become a staple of the jazz orchestras of the 1920s and ’30s. The trumpet’s prominence faded slightly in the 1940s and ’50s with the advent of bebop, a style that was popularized more by the saxophone – but the trumpet was far from forgotten. It saw a resurgence in the “cool jazz” styles, and although it again experienced something of a decline in the fusion era of the 1970s, by the end of the 20th century, it was again being played by prominent musicians.

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Art Farmer/ Idrees Sulieman- trumpet
Nat Peck/ Åke Persson- trombone
Ronnie Scott/ Billy Mitchell/Tony Cole/Sahib Shihab- saxes
Francy Boland-piano
Jimmy Woode-bass
Kenny Clare/ Kenny Clarke- drums


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