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Horowitz Reviews Taylor

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Joe Horowitz’s review of Dave Taylor’s performance of “Schubert Uncorked” with the PostClassical Ensemble is an entertaining read. Here are some of our favorite lines:

“Following a wayward trombonist at the piano is a lot simpler than chasing him with an ensemble in tow.”

“The sheer virtuosity of Taylor’s command of Schubert acrobatic showpiece was never in doubt – he can play it, and beautifully. But Taylor’s virtuosity is divinely wed to an idiosyncratic musical personality wholly his own. A lot of head-shaking and head-scratching followed that dress rehearsal.”

“None of us had anticipated the shock of “Doppelganger” in this context – it was Taylor’s first opportunity to open up and blast us full force. In the audience, bodies bobbed as if electrocuted. Watching the response of the musicians onstage was a rare pleasure: I have never seen members of an orchestra react as vividly, or visibly, to a soloist’s entrance as on this occasion.”

Not that we need extra incentive to hear Dave play, but Joe’s writing really makes us wish we had been in the audience.

Marshall Gilkes Releases Sound Stories

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Marshall Gilkes’ Sound Stories will be available on March 6. In addition to Marshall, the CD features Donny McCaslin, tenor saxophone; Adam Birnbaum, piano; Yasushi Nakamura, bass; and Eric Doob, drums. Let’s all buy the CD and support Marshall so he’ll keep recording great music!

Upcoming Dave Taylor Performances

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Dave Taylor will be performing two upcoming concerts in Washington, DC. First up is a performance with Kenny Drew, Jr. and Daniel Schnyder:

Saturday, February 18, 2012 @ 8:00 & 10:00pm
Bohemian Caverns Nightclub
11th & U Street, NW
Washington, DC
Tickets: $20 addvance, $25 door
More info »

In March, Dave returns to DC to perform Schubert Uncorked with the PostClassical Ensemble. The group has commissioned a bass trombone and chamber orchestra version of Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata.

Saturday, March 31, 2012 @ 8:00 pm
Georgetown University – Gaston Hall
37th and O St. NW
Washington, DC
Tickets $25 ($5 with student ID)
More info »

These promise to be fantastic performances. I’m sure Dave would appreciate a venue packed with receptive brass players!

Pagano Talks About the B502-D

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Dave Taylor, Gerry Pagano and Mark Hoelscher are helping Christan develop a fixed bass trombone. Watch the video below to see what Gerry Pagano has to say about it. And stay for the credits.

Haim Avitsur’s Challenge

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Do you know the tenor trombone solo rep? If so, you could get some free stuff from Haim Avitsur. In an effort to entertain and educate, he’s created a video of himself performing 33 excerpts from 25 solo works. If you know them all, then listen to the video below and email the pieces (in performance order) to Prizes include a $200 iTunes gifts card and eight other gift certificates to places like Sam Ash and Dillon Music.

And if you don’t know all of the pieces in the video, learn them!

Paul Tynan Fitting, Part 2

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

We recently posted the first video in a series featuring Christan and Paul Tynan in a fitting session. In part two, they work on matching the tuning slide to the valves and leadpipe. Part three is coming soon.

Gerry Pagano and the B502-D

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

We’re thrilled to announce that Gerry Pagano, bass trombonist of the St. Louis Symphony, has recently joined the Edwards team as an artist. Gerry, along with Dave Taylor and Mark Hoelscher, has been working with Christan on the development of the B502-D, a dependent bass trombone with technology similar to the Alessi T396-A. An independent model — the B502 — is currently being developed with James Markey.

Gerry recently presented a series of recitals and masterclasses on the prototype at TCU, Baylor and the University of Texas. He sounds great and we’re happy to have him playing an Edwards!

Gerry Pagano

Brian Allen Solo Concerts

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Dear Friends,

Recent solo concerts and teaching have been great. Thanks to Mark Weaver and The Roost in Albuquerque, Steve Paxton at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Stephen Jones at Texas Tech, Richard Birk at Brazosport College and JD Guzman at Spring HS.

Big thanks to Edwards Instrument Company for sponsoring these events, making this tour possible and supporting my art wherever it takes me.

Below are a few videos from the concert at The Roost.

Duo with Mark Weaver

Solo excerpt with rain

Solo improvisation excerpt

For updates, future events, releases, more videos and sound, visit For my related solo project (music, books, art, writing, etc.), visit and

Brian Allen

Superbrass CD Now Available

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Superbrass has just released Under the Spell of Spain, a CD of Spanish-inspired music for brass and percussion. Roger Argente is the executive producer and also the group’s bass/contrabass trombonist. Other musicians include Mike Allen, Philip Cobb, Roby Coles, Mike Lovatt, Jim Lynch, Paul Mayes, Brian Thompson, Adam Wright, Chris Parkes, Matthew Gee, Mike Hext, Phil White, Andy Wood, Kevin Morgan, Andy Barclay, Paul Clarvis, Michael Doran, Matt Perry, Frank Riccott and Mike Smith.

We’ve heard the CD, and our unbiased, objective opinion is that you need to own it. The brass (and percussion) playing is phenomenal! Watch the video below and we’ll think you’ll agree. And be sure to follow Superbrass on Facebook.

Graham Ashton Travels, Records

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Trumpet artist Graham Ashton just returned from France where he performed and recorded with
Michäel Matthes, organist at Troyes Cathedral. The resulting CD – In Recital – features the following works:

  • Musique pour Le Vent du Nord
    Josquin des Prez, arr. Ashton
  • Parts Upon a Ground
    Henry Purcell, arr. Ashton
  • Toccata and Fugue in D minor
    J.S. Bach
  • Sonata in F
    G.F. Handel, arr. Ashton
  • Carillon de Westminster
    Louis Vierne
  • Sonata for trumpet and organ
    Roger Steptoe (premiere recording)
  • Toccatas in g minor and e minor
    Johann Pachelbel
  • Fantasia Upon a Ground after Purcell
    Graham Ashton (premiere recording)

Matthes and Ashton

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