“For the record, if anyone on Broadway or in LA says it’s going to be easy, you have to assume it’s going to be the hardest thing in the world!”
Hip-Bone Music kicks the spring bone2pick season into high gear with a dynamic and insightful sit down with one of New York’s most creative and inventive trumpeters / composers / arrangers / conductors / band leaders, the incomparable Michael Leonhart. Michael graciously shares his thoughts and memories on growing up in a very musical NYC household, winning a Grammy at 17, being named ABC’s Person of the Week, anchoring Steely Dan’s incredible horn section for over 20 years, performing and recording with a who’s who of music legends including James Brown, Ringo Starr, Brian Eno, Henry Mancini, Yoko Ono, Lenny Kravitz, Bobby McFerrin, and leading the critically & popularly acclaimed Michael Leonhart Orchestra. Enjoy this interview with one of the most complete 21st century musicians working today.
Hip-Bone Music’s best selling flagship book is now available for Tuba! 12 exercises, 12 play-along tracks, 12 killer demonstration tracks featuring the great Gene Pokorny. Comes with book and CD.
“This is a GREAT book! From long tones to range exercises, from articulation to flexibility, from musicianship to ear training, this book provides a hot launching pad propelling you to advanced tuba playing!”
—Mike Roylance, Principal Tuba, Boston Symphony Orchestra
No better way to get the new year started off right than with some invaluable insight from Professor Iles. One of the most successful and versatile trombonists anywhere on the planet, LA studio great Alex Iles shares his thoughts and knowledge on the importance of playing by ear and how to develop our ears. Supremely helpful tips for all musicians, no matter what your stylistic focus might be. Enjoy!
Show Up (for big band)
CRB’s 76 Trombones (for big band)
Trombone Institute of Technology (for big band)
Southwest Territory (8 trombones with 2 percussion)
One of the most recorded brass players of all-time, tubaist Jim Self has lent his trademark sound to over 1500 motion picture soundtracks. Whether it’s his iconic solo on Close Encounters of the Third Kind, his work with John Williams on Jurassic Park, Jerry Goldsmith’s Dennis the Menace, James Horner’s Casper or Marc Shaiman’s Sleepless In Seattle, Jim knows a thing or two about thriving and surviving in the intense atmosphere of a recording studio. A must for all brass players who aspire to work in the studios.
A practical approach on building range and endurance by Harry Connick Jr. lead trumpet player and New York recording artist Augie Haas.
“Augie Haas has compiled some great, challenging exercises that not only build your range but also build your consistency and stamina. As a trombone player it is great to see range building though the eyes of a lead trumpet player. I’m excited to incorporate these exercises into my own practice regiment.”
—Marshall Gilkes, Trombone Soloist/Composer
New York trombonist/composer Michael Davis marks the release of his 11th CD with his most dynamic and energizing offering to date. Hip‑Bone Big Band showcases the electricity and energy of the modern big band and features an elite roster of New York legends and young lions. The 12 original compositions and arrangements feature a handful of internationally renowned trombone virtuosi, including Davis, Michael Dease, Marshall Gilkes, Conrad Herwig, Andy Martin, Bob McChesney and Bill Reichenbach.
Saxophones Dick Oatts, David Mann, Bob Malach, Andy Snitzer, Charles Pillow, Roger Rosenberg
Trumpets/Flugelhorns Nick Marchione, Jim Hynes, Tony Kadleck, Scott Wendholt, Kent Smith, Zaq Davis
Trombones Michael Davis, Marshall Gilkes, Nick Finzer, Keith O’Quinn, Conrad Herwig, Bob McChesney, Andy Martin, Birch Johnson, Michael Dease, Amy Salo, Jeff Nelson, George Flynn, Bill Reichenbach
Rhythm Andy Ezrin piano, David Finck bass, Will Kennedy drums, Jared Schonig drums
No better way to head back to school than checking in with the pre-eminent jazz artist of the bass trombone, professor Bill Reichenbach. Bill breaks down his extraordinary improvisational skills and explains in digestible detail how he applies them to the bass trombone. Exceptional insight that's a must for all trombonists and students of improvisation.
Following the success and positive feedback of Alex's first lesson, Stylistic Flexibility, HBU proudly presents this super informative session from the virtuosic master of versatility. As principal trombone of the Long Beach Symphony, and also having performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Alex knows a thing or two about auditions. Hear his inspiring and refreshing insights on how to approach these challenging events. Invaluable info from one of the most in demand trombone players anywhere in the world.
One of the most virtuosic and versatile trombonists anywhere in the world, Alex Iles joins us at Hip-Bone U to discuss the fine art of being flexible in all styles of music. Whether he’s playing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, recording motion picture soundtracks, leading a big band section or lending his trademark sound to a rock horn section, Alex is a master at fitting into any and every musical situation that presents itself. Don’t miss this exceptional lesson from one of LA’s most in demand musicians.
Who better to learn the art of doubling from than the master doubler himself, the great Bill Reichenbach. Hip-Bone U proudly showcases Bill’s virtuosic talents as he takes us through the art of switching from tenor trombone to bass trombone to tuba to alto trombone to bass trumpet to cimbasso. With an extraordinary ability to adapt to any musical situation or instrument, Bill Reichenbach has crafted one of the most successful and respected careers in the history of low brass artistry. Check it out today!
Hip-Bone U proudly announces the release of Legato Playing, a dynamic new lesson from the great Scott Hartman. Scott is widely regarded as one of the finest brass teachers in the world today and is currently plying his craft at the esteemed Yale University. One of the most revered chamber musicians in the history of brass playing, Scott was a decade long member of the Empire Brass Quintet and has been a featured soloist with a myriad of orchestras worldwide. Hear Scott’s insights on what has helped him become one of the most respected instrumentalists and teachers working today.
Hip-Bone U proudly presents another home run of a lesson, Improv Decision Making with the brilliant Michael Dease. Michael shares his thought process and insights to improvisation and demonstrates why he has vaulted to the apex of the international jazz scene as a solo artist and featured sideman. Michael’s impressive credentials include touring and recording with the likes of Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Alicia Keys, Paul Simon, Fred Wesley and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Expand your improvisational palette today with the help of one of the all-time great jazz trombone virtuosos.
Hip-Bone U is thrilled to present one of our best lessons to date, Chromaticism with Tim Hagans. A virtuosic improviser and genius master of chromatic harmony, Tim gives an insightful and digestible break down of how to add chromaticism to your playing. Tim’s innovative and distinct approach has made him one of the most in demand jazz artists anywhere in the world, called upon regularly by the likes of Joe Lovano, Maria Schneider, the Yellowjackets, Dexter Gordon, Steps Ahead and Stan Kenton, to name just a few. Enjoy!
In an effort to give our viewers the best possible experience, HBU has upgraded to Vimeo On Demand. All our previous HBU lessons are now available on this improved format. We’ve got some killer lessons set for release in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to the U!
In addition to HBU, all bone2pick interviews will also be available on Vimeo, giving you an opportunity to check out lessons and interviews in a one stop shop. The only interviews not available on the new Vimeo format are three early text interviews with Jerry Hey, Denis Wick and Dick Nash. We want you to still be able enjoy those, so here are the links:
Hip-Bone Music announces the release of Bone Alone, the brand new CD from trombonist/composer Michael Davis. A dynamic collection of eleven original compositions, Bone Alone features various size trombone ensembles, from duets to tentets, written, performed and produced by Michael Davis using his Michael Davis and Michael Davis+ signature trombones by S.E. Shires. Fans of the slide horn…this CD is guaranteed to make your socks roll up and down!
Ready to add the CHA to your brass playing arsenal? What’s a CHA you ask? Check out Nick Marchione’s enlightening instructional video on the Art of the CHA.