Anyway, I had always thought Lee was an Engineer because he was always sitting at the controls, playing with knobs. Helfer was just frowning, furious, sitting against the wall. By playing long tones and slurs! From that moment on, I decided that it¹s got to be the greatest song horn in the world. I said, wait a minute! Vern said, if George can play a song, I¹ll put him in. I thought, my low notes are pretty good and my pedal tones are better than Urbie¹s. I still think that we should place more emphasis on the music and less on technical and mechanical processes. How do you approach the tune? What the heck does that mean? All the jobs that you get in the music business are basically from friendsŠmy friend from the conservatory got me the job in Milwaukee. Joe Howard, Lloyd Ulyate, Dick Nash, Eddie Cusby, Dick Noel, I can go on down the line of guys that I worked with when I first came out to LA. You know, I¹ve never heard a "downer" play a beautiful ballad in my life. Nobody knew that before and they should know about it because he¹s got a great product. What are your thoughts about embouchure shifts? Put some headphones on and really get into listening to the good vocalists sing and the way they phrase. That means that you should be able to sing and whack notes just like a tenor trombone. Those opportunities have pretty much dried up. Time. I feel that now, physically. (Let¹s Play Bass Trombone). If it was in eighth notes, I would lip it down because you¹ll feel the note but you won¹t hear it. There¹s nothing like standing in front of a big band. || Lighter, singingŠthat type of a thing. My parents were really proud of me (tongue-in-cheek) for making money with my trombone! You know, the audience used to stand around the band, right up front. This accessibility has "charged" many a young player into aiming right at the top of musical career. Always. We only had two at the beginning. Zig had asked me to go to the ITF and just sit at the Kanstul table. Do you remember the album Bottom¹s Up? After playing this very nice, soft piece, the very last note of the whole piece is an Eb pedal tone. Like, somebody would write something really hard for bass trombone, which meant they were going to have to hire a bass trombone player, not just a doubler. When Krupa¹s band broke up in Chicago, I went to Reno. It¹s a matter of opinion, you know, whether you like dark sounds or light sounds or what sound you¹re being paid to produce. Oh, he thought that a jazzer couldn¹t play legitimate or semi-legit, like they do on motion pictures. What should I be doing? It¹s important that they all make horns for us. You know, Jerry Cimera, Arban, all those people. And those that still played but chose other lines of work still fondly look back at the influence and affect of George had on them. I was just going to see my friend Lee, the Engineer. That was the first time I had ever been in front of a big band audience. Free shipping . If nobody knows what it does, then, where are you? The incredible vocalists. You kind of feel, in your chair, that something is about to happen. The book starts off as simple as possible but gradually gets more involved. I already knew that the sound delay was going to be a son-of-a-gun but Stravinsky began to conduct and we got a little way in and he stopped and said, he (George) is right and you¹re wrong (harpist) ­ play with him! When I pick up a double trigger, I fall over on my side. From Milwaukee, I got the offer from Krupa. So, I started preparing myself by memorizing about six or seven of Kenton¹s tunes. So, I went into Capitol to see Lee. That means being a singer. It should be a trombone. What a bunch of skinny, little brats! Single triggers are light and I¹m an old man! Lee said, come in, I¹ve got somebody I want you to meet: Nelson (Riddle), this is George Roberts. I said, he's a fan of mine? I think they¹re writing a lot more for double trigger bass trombone, whatever that means. You never know when that¹s coming but if you¹re a master of simplicity, you will do just fine. I want to be Urbie Green, just an octave lower. GEORGE ROBERTS - March 22, 1928 - Sept. 28, 2014 And I looked at that horn and had just made the biggest fool of myselfŠever! That¹s been my whole act for so long and I love to do that with phones and get right inside the orchestra. So I left the conservatory and went on the road with a hotel band. Play a slow ballad, that¹s the greatest way to play long tones and slurs that you can find. Nelson Riddle had the guts to expose the horn. Some slurs. So, I played and he came up afterward and asked to try my horn. Should I be doing this more? That's my feeling about long tones and the importance of a musical, song-like approach to playing the bass trombone. That, I'll never forget. It shouldn¹t sound like a baritone or a tuba. Never anything beautiful like a ballad. You can even work your slide hand, to get the right feel and especially the vibrato. Like, all these big pictures had Alfred Newman and Elmer Bernstein, and all that. So we marched out there and my hands were just freezing to death. You can enlarge a negative and get eight or nine different pictures from that blow-up, especially if you have good negatives. There¹s always somebody around the corner waiting. That was a lot of fun! This is insanity, you just don¹t do that! The type of person you are is the way you are going to play. Well, I¹ll tell you, the Navy was interesting. Well, when I first started, I played a 70H Conn with the tuning-in-the-slide. What type of thing do you like to do away from the horn? This explanation really works with kids because, if they exhale before playing, they have nothing. I went back, looked at what I had to play and I thought, well, all I can do is look at the part and count like heck. From whom did you learn the most about commercial playing and the commercial music industry? If you play an Eb pedal tone like velvet, they¹ll eat you alive! You¹ll know if you are playing it right or wrong. I thank Urbie in so many different directions for that time I came back after playing my solo, for telling me that I'm the only one who plays the bass trombone like a trombone. There was a time, when I first went out to LA's one of the big contractors who did most of the hiring, he worked for Bobby Helfer. I was screaming, YES!!! I finally went out one day and walked through the building, asking if Zig was there. Yes, John wrote all the arrangements, too. And he said, the single trigger Bach. All of a sudden, things started changing. Well, I love photography! So, all day long I kept thinking, boy, I can't wait to get home. Conn made a copy of Burt¹s oversized 1.5G, which I liked. Go down front and play something. I love all of you trombone players and wish you the best of luck. I played the Herrick for a long time, then went with Conn for awhile. If I had known what I was walking into, I might not have been able to pull it off. Smile and be a happy individual ­ that¹s the way I feel about it. I'd love to do that! $7.00 . That¹s how he¹s going to learn how to be what we¹re talking about. Not all over the mouthpiece but I can play a single embouchure down to about a G pedal tone. I¹ve got four CD¹s from Irv Kratka (Music Minus One). It¹s the male voice) in Kenton¹s band, that might be the answer. In fact, many of the questions that I have asked came from OTJ Forum members in Australia, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Scotland, and Sweden. You know, Watrous, Marcellus and I are the best garbage players in the whole world! But everything is played real soft. Make money with my trombone? Where the heck can you go to play in front of a big band? That applies to anyone who¹s listening to you. So, I began to play and when we were finished a lot of people really started to applaud wildly. I¹ve got to find some way to be as good or equal to Urbie or I¹m out of this business. George Roberts, "Mr. Bass Trombone" is one of the most beloved personalities in the music world. The bass trombonist had gotten up and walked out on Helfer and Igor Stravinsky. Kenton was always a thrill because that first ensemble sound was always so powerful; it could really just knock you out! I want to have a love affair with the horn. I am now playing a Kanstul GR. Office? He is one of the dearest friends that I have. General Requirements. Eddie Cusby: sound player. Times have changed. There¹s a sort of escalation in trombone size going on ­ they keep getting bigger and bigger. The neat thing for all the guys around here is that Zig is just up in Anaheim. I said, well, Sue is having a baby and I didn¹t want to be on the road with the band with a baby on the way, so I came home to see if I could make it in LA. When did you make the switch to bass trombone? His humor - everything about him is exactly why he plays the way he does. The bass trombone, by the way, is the most beautiful ballad instrument in the world. You really would! Well, I wanted to get out, so I could go on the road with a big name band. He also had multiple sclerosis. You know, the song things were the key, even with Kenton. I mentioned to some of them that all my life, I had wanted to meet Robert Isele. You know ­ just kidding! George, you once mentioned to me the importance of ³placing² pedal tones into a tune such that they are musically tasteful and not in a manner that blows everyone¹s hair off. I said, are you serious ­ I've been wanting to meet you for 60 years! After the Krupa band broke up in 1949, Roberts was a freelance musician in Reno, Nevada, for a year before being hired by Stan Kenton to replace Bart Varsalona, who had left the band during its 1949–50 hiatus. Doug and I are very dear friends. I thought, hey, this is really great! Sony bought the rights from Columbia. Otherwise, there won¹t be anything there and you start shaking. It was Urbie's lyric tenor trombone playing that inspired George to be an "Urbie" one octave lower. I replied, I'm having an unemployed cup of coffee. Along that line, can you give us your thoughts about the importance of sound? $5.25. Of all the sound tracks on which you¹ve played, what is your favorite? Coronado Ferry Landing I miss the feeling of the big band and the camaraderie I had with the players and personalities. That¹s what I worked toward for a long time. Anyway, when it came time to warm up, I started my soft, long tones and noticed that Lloyd was playing even softer and longer. George Roberts Trombone - Star Wars Suite - 100 Trombones Concert (video) - Duration: 10:29. frankenbone1 104,995 views. Bass trombone shouldn¹t have a sound like a baritone or a tuba, or anything. Just extremely soft with a decrescendo, until it simply disappeared. I called Doug when he accepted that job; to tell him how pleased I was that one of the young guys had taken over a John Coffee tradition. That just shook me up. I immediately wanted to meet Robert Isele because when somebody plays that way, it is a reflection of their personality. The teacher informed my mother that I would never play trombone because my arms were not long enough. I have some very strong, intimate memories of playing this music and I can really get a good feeling from these recordings. So, I'm sitting at home one morning. Given your experience with commercial music, is there a danger in this? I¹m going to take you down to hear a real trombone player now. I made the following changes: It wasn¹t my egotism that caused the Roberts Model Olds. I tried to examine my own playing and find something that I did better. A friend of mine, a bass player (Don Simpson) from Des Moines said, George, the trombone player from Krupa's band is leaving. George Roberts, who died last month, was possibly the most influential bass trombonist in popular music, and was widely admired by classical instrumentalists as well. Lee used to come out and record us on the road and he liked me. Roberts also was … It didn¹t really hit me because it happened so fast. People want to start families and have normal livesŠ. Not the original, maybe the second one ­ thanks a lot! I dropped my slide and the band marched over it! I wanted to learn faster, rather than spending another four or five years learning this stuff in college, which is sometimes okay and sometimes not. George Roberts, " Mr. Bass Trombone" was one of the most beloved personalities in the music world. You know, John Williams is a very dear friend ­ used to be a trombone player. The high embouchure thing is what I¹m talking about. Just one note to lay the foundation for the entire orchestra. The movie Jaws is my favorite. With Kenton, later Johnny Richards; I played Stella By Starlight, Yesterdays, Alone Together, and some other things like that. Double valves are just too heavy. Jack was a baritone player, too, and had the greatest baritone sound that you ever heard in your life! I thought, with dad doing this, I've got to learn to play this trombone now! George has been interviewed innumerable times … Where you¹re talking. The receptionist sent me up to see Lee and I was petrified. George Mortimer Roberts (known as "Mr. Bass Trombone") (March 22, 1928 - September 28, 2014) was an American trombonist. He has truly reached an international audience. 12 August 2004. Like Sinatra - I want to play like Frank sang. What I really like is black and white photography. sponsored by For trombonists ages 20 and under (birth date of January 1, 2000 or later) First Prize – TBD. Why don¹t I play a single trigger horn like I¹ve always played and not bother with this? The direction I went was to put that trombone sound together with songs. Put yourself into this and make some beautiful music. Are there any other adjustments that you have made over the years, in order to keep playing? Doug Yeo, with the Boston Symphony, plays a Yamaha and sounds fabulous. They will hear things that they really like and will need to work toward that type of sound, to grab hold of it. At this point, several of George¹s many friends and fans in Coronado recognized him and stopped by to say hello. Zig said, I¹ve copied everything else for you, so I might as well make the mouthpiece, too! That was Reg Olds. I don¹t know where that¹s going to come from. That¹s where much of this came from. I said, that¹s what I thought! So, I went back inside and informed my father that I was still running away but was putting it off until morning. At the conservatory, I met a guy who got me my first paying job and I was actually making money playing the trombone. I asked the receptionist if I could see Lee Gillette and she said, let me call Mr. Gillette¹s office and see if he is available. Anyway, I was told, get back there, sit down, and play. I walked in the door and there¹s the LA Philharmonic sitting there. If I didn¹t have this trombone thing, I¹d probably find some way to be involved with photography, you know, because it provides an opportunity for self-expression. Don said, I know you¹re over in Milwaukee and it's close. I thought Lee would just be in a back room fiddling with electronics. Long tones and slurs. Everything. We¹d hang out once in awhile. You know, that¹s really true ­ you didn¹t really hear that B but you felt it. You know, kids often ask me, how do you do that? I started working with different companies. If they hear one thing and one thing only, such as legitimate symphony music, then that¹s what they¹ll end up playing. Copyright 2020 René Laanen - Trombone Page of the World You could play for four hours from those CD¹s. I wanted to meet Robert Isele to find out what kind of a guy he was that enabled him to play that way. There again: a sound player. A studio veteran with more than 6000 movie and recording credits, George is single-handedly responsible for bringing the bass trombone from "last chair" to solo voice with his lyrical and expressive playing. The teacher put me on clarinet. Zig Kanstul was there and we built a prototype, with a copy of the old Conn Schmidt bell, a copied Remington leadpipe, and various other copied parts. He also had multiple sclerosis George Roberts, " Mr. Bass Trombone" was one of the most beloved personalities in the music world. I love playing in Bb/F because that¹s easy to tune and leave set up that way. 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