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Cozy Cole

About a million years ago, when I was a young teenager, I heard Topsy Part II on my new gift transistor radio. It was a kind of music I had not previously heard, but I liked it in a way I did not understand. Today I know more about the music and why I love it. Regardless, here is the recording that struck me then, and that I still enjoy today. http://www.teddunlap.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Cozy-Cole-Topsy-II-LoudTronix.me-HQ.mp3 And a relative of it that tickles my fancy. http://www.teddunlap.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Cozy-Cole-Ol-man-mose-LoudTronix.me-HQ.mp3

Montana Trombone Chorale

The evening of August 3rd had an event that was BIG and BOLD on my calendar. The Montana Trombone Chorale came to the Hamilton Band Shell to perform for an enthusiastic, discerning audience. High on my list of musical dreams would be to play in such a group. Listening and watching them play is almost as good… and very much a delight. I apologize for the quality of my videos. I am using my much-loved Canon SX710 a bit beyond its capability for taking great still photos and making short video clips by recording these tunes. But you can certainly see and hear what these folks brought to our community. Now if I can just get something like this going […]

trombone trio

After four years of wishing I could find, and looking for someone to play trombone with, I began growing my own trombone trio. I found a couple of lads interested in learning, gave them each a trombone and began giving lessons near weekly. As with nearly everything else I do, I am underqualified, but the best I can find who will actually get the job done. In this case, both are in homeschooled families, so I am The Music Department of their school. I bought other instruments, and gave a few lessons, but the trombonists are the only ones who have stuck with it, now going on five months. We recently got into the more enjoyable phase where we can […]

making music for your health

You know you like it. You run your electronic music-producing electronics A LOT. Those of you who play a musical instrument, or sing feel good while you are doing it, as well as afterwards. Numerous studies show increased health, learning ability, brain capacity and more in those who make music – in any way… that includes the didgeredoo, the love of one co-author in the article below. The two of them studied and quantified the effects. Add this as one more research article supporting musicianship as a positive for humans. Click the links to the article for the whole thing. I admit to cutting out the didgeredoo-centric part as that is not my thing. The website has A LOT about […]

trombone humor

this is a bass

Jacqueline du Pré

Shortly after the turn of the century, I went searching for an affordable turntable. I had a modest-sized, high-quality collection of vinyl LPs, many of which I longed to hear. I purchased a BIG old-school stereo system from a retired couple who “upgraded” to a modern surround sound … for less than the price of a turntable! It included four two-and-a-half-foot-tall speakers, two of which were HEAVY Yamahas, a 400-watt amplifier capable of driving all four, twin-cassette recorder/player, 5-CD changer, AM/FM receiver, 5-channel equalizer and the all important Pioneer direct-drive turntable. Just before our 2013 move to The Bitterroot was the last time I heard the big stereo play. Tuesday a friend helped me get it going, but pointed out […]

winning trombone bid

I “won” an eBay auction on a horn I just had to hold. It is probably around a 1950 build from Elkhart, Indiana – a time and place some famously good playing horns came from. For $68 + $38 shipping, I HAD TO take the chance I would score another nice playing horn … I’ve been pretty lucky at buying and restoring lately. It is an American Triumph made by Harry Pedler … the production line and artisans that became Conn, that produced my Conn 6H, among other vintage desirables. My initial straightening of quite badly bent inner slides along with a serious session for upper and lower parts in the bathtub was happily rewarded, but that merely took it […]