Bone Appetit.….ITF Paris 2012

There’s nothing like an Inter­na­tional Trom­bone Fes­tival to get the cre­ative brass juices flowing. This years fes­tival at the Paris Con­ser­va­tory was no excep­tion. An all-star roster of guest artists and ensem­bles was assem­bled by esteemed host Jacques Mauger and I was hon­ored to be a part of it.

Among the many won­derful things the Inter­na­tional Trom­bone Asso­ci­a­tion does to pro­mote our glo­rious instru­ment is inspire and encourage young players. Over the past sev­eral years, the ITA has added a Junior ITF to the fes­tiv­i­ties. It includes work­shops, clinics, coach­ings and con­certs for young trom­bone players from age 8 to 18. I was thrilled to give a mas­ter­class and have the oppor­tu­nity to work with a young man named Anders who was cel­e­brating his 8th birthday. Hearing him play the alto trom­bone was sublime!

Junior ITF work­shop fea­turing Anders (yellow shirt) cel­e­brating his 8th birthday.

Michael Davis & Bill Reichen­bach (aka Bone­town) live at the ITF Paris 7.6.12

Need­less to say, any­time I have the oppor­tu­nity to play with the great Bill Reichen­bach, it is an inspi­ra­tion and a thrill. Such was the case at the ITF as we were joined by a won­derful Parisian rhythm sec­tion who per­formed our Bone­town mate­rial beau­ti­fully. Another high­light of Jazz Night was the per­for­mance of the vir­tu­osic Mar­shall Gilkes. I believe the term “bad ass” would be applic­able in describing his mon­strous set. For those who have yet to hear this young lion per­form, order one of his CDs today! You will not be disappointed.

Dinner w/Bill, Mike, Amy & Fran — Paris 7.5.12

A trip to Paris would not be com­plete without a little R & R. I was absolutely thrilled that my beau­tiful girl­friend Amy was able to join me on the trip. We enjoyed every minute of our 5 days in this incred­ible city and had an espe­cially good time on a night out with Bill and his lovely wife Fran. Bone Appetit to all!




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