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Top-Notch Trumpet Ensemble

I imagine most people have never heard a trumpet ensemble, and if you haven’t, this is a great introduction. These young dudes from Northwestern absolutely tear up Franz von Suppe’s Overture: Poet and Peasant. You’ll see a piccolo trumpet (far left), C and Bb trumpets, some work with mutes, and a flugelhorn. The faster/technical passage starts at 2:20 if you get bored. Nice stuff.

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Sucker for Soul

I can’t exactly explain why I’m such a sucker for R&B, especially old school or in the style of. Is it because I used to drive an ’83 Cadillac Coup DeVille? Is it the laid-back-but-in-the-pocket groove? My friends have always made fun of me for it and my wife still laughs when I put the smooth stuff on, but dammit, I loves it. Here’s some modern dudes covering a classic: D’Angelo & ?uestlove “Tell Me If You Still Care” (Live At Brooklyn Bowl March 4, 2013):

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The Landfill Harmonic

“People realize that we shouldn’t throw away trash carelessly. Well, we shouldn’t throw away people either.”

~Favio Chavez, Orchestra Director

Just saw this article on NPR about the Landfill Harmonic, a documentary on a community in Cateura, Paraguay that’s building instruments for its kids out of trash who then can play in the local orchestra led by Favio Chavez. Seriously brought tears to my eyes.

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