Emilio and Ernie Caceres Trio

I have long been fascinated with non-standard jazz band instrumentations. Historically speaking, this trio is one of the earliest I’ve enjoyed with violin, clarinet and guitar.

Brecker Brothers – Sponge

The Brecker Brothers was a band where some of the top jazz improvisers got together and played original funk tunes. Randy Brecker was the band’s trumpet player and his brother Michael was the tenor saxophonist. If you haven’t heard this band yet, you’ve been missing out.

Feya Faku – Severn

Whenever I do searches online for South African trumpet players, Feya Faku comes up as one of the top players.

Marcus Wyatt – Prayer for Nkosi

Marcus Wyatt is one of the top jazz trumpet players in South Africa. Here he is performing with the University of Cape Town Symphonic Jazz Orchestra. Beautiful writing and playing.

Mandla Mlangeni – Magasela

Not only do I love recordings of trumpet players performing without accompaniment, as a teacher I also regard them as some of the most important listening we can do. Here we have Mandla Mlangani in an interview and short solo performance.

Hugh Masekela with the Dave Matthews Band

Hugh Masekela is probably the most famous South African jazz trumpeter. Here he is performing with the Dave Matthews Band.

Barrie Lee Hall – The Shepherd

This is Barrie Lee Hall, someone I considered a friend and a mentor. He passed away a few years ago, and he is missed by those he left here to take up the torch and pass it on to the next generation.

December with Ambrose Akinmusire & Ben Wendel

Here is Ambrose Akinmusire performing a duet composed by and performed with Ben Wendel. This is duet number 12 in Wendel’s The Seasons series.