February 13, 1987 |
Wednesday will be a big night for jazz with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard joining Joe Sudler's Swing Machine at the Chestnut Cabaret, 38th and Chestnut Streets, and alto saxophonist Jameel Moondoc leading a quintet at the Nite Owl inside Mitten Hall, Broad and Berks Streets, on the Temple University campus. There are two schools of thought concerning Hubbard. According to one, he's the reigning trumpet king, having succeeded Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis and having withstood a challenge from Wynton Marsalis.
July 31, 1987 |
I never met a man - or a woman, especially - who didn't like Wilbur Clayton. Wilbur's mother named him after one of the Wright brothers (the one who wasn't Orville) because, for reasons of her own, she didn't want him to be known by a nickname. Then she turned around and gave him the nickname of Buck, because he was pretty wild and wild little Indian boys were called bucks in Parsons, Kansas, around 1911, and Buck was part Cherokee on his father's side. No one ever called him Wilbur again.
January 11, 2016 |
For Philadelphia Orchestra principal trumpeter David Bilger, the chance to help arrived as a friend request. AhmadBaset Azizi approached Bilger on Facebook about a year and a half ago with an intriguing overture: Could he study with Bilger - via video, online, from Afghanistan? Bilger agreed. It turns out that the 17-year-old Kabul musician has been making contacts all over the world, and now his drive and winsome way are paying off. Azizi will spend his last year of high school in northwest Michigan, at the well-regarded Interlochen Arts Academy, starting this fall - if money can be found.
November 19, 2001 |
Dayshawn, 12, is looking forward to being in a family he will never have to leave. He enjoys many activities, and would like to continue them when he is adopted. Basketball is at the top of his list. He plays trumpet in a school band, sings and dances to music on the radio, and plays football and baseball. He also swims, bowls, rides a bike and roller-blades. Monopoly and Uno are favorite indoor games, and he also likes video games. Comedy shows on television hold his interest, and laughter is a big part of his personality.
August 28, 2015 |
Alexander R. Greene, 23, a promising Curtis Institute of Music trumpet student who made an impression as both charmer and role model, died Monday afternoon, Aug. 24, in an auto accident about 11 miles northwest of Farson, Wyo., along with his traveling companion, tuba player Benjamin K. Darneille, 21. The two were on their way to Jackson, Wyo., after spending eight weeks at the Aspen Music Festival, where their brass quintet, formed at Curtis, had...
April 21, 1998 |
Frank "Bud" Verna, 85, who played the trumpet with big bands, died Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Camden. A Gloucester City resident for the last 30 years, he was born and raised in Philadelphia. Mr. Verna, a third-generation musician, learned the trumpet from his father, who first put him on stage at the Ocean City Music Pier when he was 5, said his daughter, Frances Verna-Banmiller. Mr. Verna was a trumpet player for many of the area's big bands, including the Clarence Fuhrman Orchestra of Haddonfield and the Eddie Camden and Charles Gresch orchestras of Philadelphia.
June 19, 2002 |
George Everett Walton, 94, a trumpeter, bandleader and founder of the Philadelphia Post Office Band, died of complications from a stroke Saturday at the Silver Care Center in Cherry Hill. Mr. Walton, who resided in Lawnside, took his trumpet everywhere. He played it on the job at the post office, in the Navy with fellow servicemen, and with jazz great Clark Terry. "He said music calmed him," said his wife, Virgie. "He said it made him enjoy what the Good Lord put around him. " Mr. Walton's near-lifetime gig as a musician began with his family.
February 25, 2000 |
WILLIE CARR IN A CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY. With Stephen Baylock, Denise King and Bobby Watson. St. Charles Rectory, 902 S. 20th St., 8 p.m. today. Tickets: $20. Info: 215-735-0600, 215-733-0500, 215-732-4349. That accident back in Atlantic City changed everything for Willie Carr. It was around 1933 or '34, and he was on the Ambassador Hotel ballroom stage with his two partners, looking sharp and dancing up a storm when the heel of his right shoe jammed into a piece of gum on the floor.
August 13, 1991 |
In the basement of a Newark housing project, alone with his horn, Leslie Ford found refuge. It was no music studio, this dingy room he stole away to as a kid, but it was an escape from the crowded apartment. An escape from the streets. And for a time, it was his stage. Every day at dusk, he'd go there with his trumpet to play. Strains of jazz, soft and low, into the night. When the hour got late, one neighbor or another would call his mother and say, "That trumpet's sounding good, but it's 10 o'clock at night.
June 15, 2011 |
GENNARO MEOLI had two careers, both of which brought him recognition, one internationally and one local. As the trumpet player for Freddy and the Bellboys, an early rock 'n' roll band, he toured the world, playing with many of the stars of his era, wowing fans in Las Vegas, London, and Paris, and anywhere else where there was a stage and a dance floor. And back in his beloved Philadelphia, Gennaro Meoli was shirtmaker to the stars, recognized wherever he went in Center City as the man who dressed politicians and celebrities in the city.