October 25, 1997
Thanks to Timothy Mangan for crediting me with outstanding participation as a soloist in the recent L.A. Philharmonic-Salonen Mahler Third concert review ("Salonen's Passion, Control Uplift Mahler's Third," Oct. 18). But Donald Green played the trumpet solo in the Mahler and, since he did so exceedingly well, it's a shame he did not receive the accolade. THOMAS STEVENS Los Angeles
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May 7, 2011 |
David Mason, a classical musician best known for his distinctive piccolo trumpet solo on the Beatles' recording of "Penny Lane," has died. He was 85. Mason died April 29 after a brief battle with leukemia, according to the All Music online database . The Beatles' Paul McCartney was looking to embellish "Penny Lane" when he saw Mason on television playing the trumpet on Bach's "Brandenburg" Concerto No. 2 in F Major , Mason often...
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June 28, 2008 |
Mickey McMahan, 77, a trumpet player with big-band leaders Lawrence Welk, Les Brown and others, died June 11 at his home in Van Nuys of neuropathy and an unrelated blood disease, his stepson Steve Land said. McMahan played trumpet on "The Lawrence Welk Show" from 1967 to 1982. He also played with Les Brown's Band of Renown on "The Steve Allen Show" in the 1950s and '60s and toured with Brown's band when it accompanied comedian Bob Hope on USO tours entertaining the military overseas.
June 19, 1987
Kid Thomas, the long-time leader of the Preservation Hall band and one of the few trumpet players who played traditional jazz uninfluenced by Louis Armstrong, is dead at age 91. He died Tuesday in New Orleans. His last performance was at Preservation Hall in September, when, too frail to perform a full set, he played second trumpet. Musicians described his music as "rough house"--loud, exuberant jazz that was fashioned in the dance halls on the Mississippi River banks across from New Orleans.
March 19, 2001 |
Conte Candoli and Pete Candoli, trumpet-playing brothers, have been jazz stars since the '40s. But there was no sign of musical wear and tear in their set at Charlie O's Friday night, delivered to an enthusiastic, packed-house crowd. Over the years, Conte--at 73, four years younger than his brother--has been primarily identified as an improvising artist, while Pete has been much admired for his dependable work as a lead trumpeter.
July 3, 2011 |
Carmen Fanzone always led a double life. Sufficiently skilled with bat and glove to reach the major leagues, the former utility infielder also was talented enough with a trumpet to spend time with a popular recording group. His extraordinary multitasking ability was never more evident than during his stint with the Chicago Cubs in the early 1970s, when a schedule full of day games at Wrigley Field afforded him a preponderance of free time to prowl the city's nightclubs after dark — not to chase women, but to pursue gigs.