Jim Manley and I talk trumpet!
This Month I was featured on the Trumpet Dynamics Podcast http://trumpetdynamics.com/ hosted by James Newcomb along with one of my friends and fantastic trumpet player Jim Manley from St. Louis. James talked to me about Chop problems I have encountered over the past 20 years on the road and Jim let loose talking all things trumpet from chop issues to using less air to play with a bigger sound and more range. I love talking to Jim about trumpet playing. He is so passionate about it and has such great info. He always inspires me to play better and I always pick something up from him that helps me learn to play this crazy instrument a little bit better. I hope you enjoy the podcast. Here are a few photos I found from a trip to St. Louis. Karl Hunter and I went Jim’s Gig and sat in with him and our friend Luppy on piano.
Bob Reeves and The Other side of the Bell podcast with John Snell
new year 2017
Christmas Time saw us touring all over the country and we rang in the New Year on Stage at Disneyland. We played on an outdoor stage over the water just across from Pirates of the Caribbean Ride. It was great to be close to home for New Years Eve and have our families come out to the gig.
We played a few nights just before New Years Eve in Las Vegas at one of our favorite spots The Orleans. I love the old classic signage out front
Montana! In our 20 plus years of traveling we have performed in all 50 states but sadly we have only performed in Montana a few times. Montana is a Beautiful place and the people here are very friendly. I have been looking forward to this trip for quite some time ever since I saw that these shows were added to our tour schedule. The first show was in Bozeman.
Getting to Bozeman
To get to Bozeman was no small feat. We had to fly from LA to Denver then to Billings, Montana. We arrived at around 10 pm and then drove about 2 hours to Bozeman which put us in at around 12:30am. Basically a 12 hour journey from the time I left my house in LA until I arrived in Bozeman. Bozeman is a small town and is very cool. We found a great Breakfast spot The Feed Cafe. We actually tried to go to the Stockyard Cafe. A little tiny building on a farm that looked awesome. Unfortunately after arriving there was a sign that said closed for the season.
The Feed Cafe
That’s when we headed to the Feed Cafe and were not disappointed. After Bozeman we played in Hamilton and Billings. Both shows were sold out and had great energy and Vibe. One of my good Jazz trombone/piano player friends John Roberts was at the Billings show. He has moved to Montana and is now a professor at Montana State University Billings. It was great to catch up with him after the show at the Alberta Bair Theatre. Here are some photos from the trip. Enjoy!
We spent 22 days traveling this month. Wow….I’m tired…..we performed in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Texas, California, Nevada, Connecticut, and Iowa. A few highlights: The Trapp family lodge outdoor summer concert series in Stowe, Vermont. It is just absolutely beautiful out on the meadow……exactly what you would expect Vermont to look like.