The Italians sem to take a more practical attitude to the trombone than do the Spanish: “Rossini’s father played trombone in a company of travelling comedians, in which his mother sang. At 10 Rossini deputised for his father; later he sang in the choruses until he lost his voice; and at 21 he was the famous author of the opera Tancred.” (José Martí, La Edad de Oro : publicación mensual … dedicada a los niños (1874)) I don’t know if Luciano Berio knew this when he wrote Sequenza V, during which the solo trombonist is called on to impersonate the Swiss clown, Grock.
- Another distinguished amateur trombonist
I’ve been on planet Mars, writing some arrangements and checking out the deeper side of big band theory, so I’ve only
- Live trombone news
Seven year itch has kicked in: I’m playing funk trombone at Harlem Jazz Club February 1 and 8 (extra date: March
- The Calathumpian Band and its horse-fiddle, great trombone and gyastacutas
Slightly off-topic, but irresistible, from Henry Hiram Riley‘s pseudo-ethnography, Puddleford and its people (New York, 1854): Another amusement, frequent in the country,
- Cease and desist
Re the Abramovich boat post: I’ve been contacted now by three British newspapers, one gentleman who sounded suspiciously like a Russian
- A bowling we will go
Hats are to join the wig collection.