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Steve Waterman is one of the top British jazz trumpet players: Video

08.09. – Happy Birthday !!! Steve Waterman is one of the top British jazz trumpet players both at home and on the international scene. He has toured Europe playing at many of the major Jazz Festivals with the Carla Bley Big Band and has recorded over ten CDs including two for the famous ECM label. Steve is professor of Jazz Trumpet at Trinity College of Music in London.

Steve has toured Europe playing at many of the major Jazz Festivals with the Carla Bley Big Band Other performers that Steve has regularly worked and recorded with include:
ANDY SHEPPARD, TONY COE, VICTOR MENDOZA, MAL WALDRON, GRAHAM COLLIER, MIKE GARRICK, DON WELLER, JOHN WARREN,COLIN TOWNS & ROBIN JONES, JEFF HOOPER.

He is professor of Jazz Trumpet at Trinity College of Music in London and visiting Jazz Trumpet specialist at The Royal Northern College Of Music and The Welsh College Of Music And Drama. Steve runs his own Annual Contemporary Big Band Jazz Weekend with Alan Barnes, and also teaches on many summer jazz courses and has conducted numerous Trumpet master classes and workshops ranging in size from small groups to big bands throughout the Jazznights Steve Waterman   Jazznights Trio 030116 (138A)UK and in Spain, Finland, Latvia, South Africa and Cuba. Steve has won numerous jazz awards over the years, and was again this year placed in the BBC British Jazz Awards once again.

British Trumpeter Steve Waterman leads his own 18-piece jazz orchestra, playing his own original compositions. Steve is London based, but he spends a great deal of time playing and teaching throughout the UK. As well as being a Professor of Jazz trumpet at the Royal Academy of Music, The Trinity College of Music, London and The Royal Northern College of Music, Steve is also a visiting Professor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. This project was consequently born from a mutual respect between musicians, and the desire to play the superb Steve Waterman compositions to the highest possible standard.

teve Waterman, the tradition-steeped UK trumpeter and flugelhornist, has devoted two recent CDs to repertory-band recoveries of jazz classics, comparing the compositions of jazz innovators of different generations : those of Benny Golson and Wayne Shorter, and Tadd Dameron and Herbie Hancock. This third set mingles the repertoires of the late Cool School saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and Chick Corea, one of post-bop, fusion and Latin-jazz’s most imaginative creators. Waterman’s moody trumpet over Anthony Kerr’s vibes precede a soft shuffle on Corea’s 500 Miles High. And if Birth of the Cool’s Jeru is a bit bright and brash compared to the softly swaying original, the band warmly embrace its sharp turns and melodic ingenuity. But the sound that leaps out of the elegant melee is Omar Puente’s rapturous violin on the cool groover of Armando’s Rhumba. Despite the slick and expert arrangements, there’s no convincing reason why you wouldn’t stick with the originals, but devotees of the UK regulars here (the great Alan Barnes is also in the sax section) might welcome hearing them anew on such a rich repertoire.

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