-specific exercises for improving endurance, range, mobility, various tonguing techniques and sound.
-intervallic studies, scales, modes, rhythmic exercises.
-exploration of various jazz and trumpet styles (swing, bebop, post-bop, free jazz, etc.).
-analysis and transcriptions of master trumpet solos.
-learning tunes using recordings, fake books and the Abersold series.
-creating melodic lines and phrases over chord changes.
-creating lines and phrases without chord changes.
-translating concepts and ideas into concise music expression.
Having studied at a conservatory of music, I believe in teaching fundamentals for a strong foundation, enabling students to play various styles of music including Western European music, Balkan Brass Bands, Latin and Jazz. It is my objective to instill students with the knowledge and inspiration to succeed in their creative pursuits. Of particular interest to me is exploring improvisation with students in a fun, challenging and creative environment. Creating music is ultimately an exploration of self-expression. It has always been my privilege to participate in the joy of helping students express their individuality through music.
Jazz trumpet soloist and clinician John Carlson has achieved international recognition through tours and recordings with Friendly Fires, Grammy-nominated Either Orchestra, the Charlie Kohlhase Quintet, the Machito Orchestra, the Palladium Orchestra (Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Machito), the Ken Shaphorst Ensemble and Slavic Soul Party. Co-leader of Dharma Nau, Perfumed Scorpion and Free Range Rat, Carlson is also a member of the Frank Carlberg / Nicholas Urie City Band, William Gagliardi Quintet, Rob Reddy Quintet and Slavic Soul Party. He has played with a wide assortment of jazz artists including Bob Brookmeyer, Julius Hemphill, Sam Rivers, Chocolate Armeteros, John Tchicai, Dave Liebman, George Garzone, Tito Puente, Mike Stern, Cab Calloway, Andrew D’Angelo, Butch Morris, Warren Smith, Billy Hart, Jay Rosen, Douglas Yates, Joanne Brackeen, Matt Wilson, Armen Donelian and John Medeski.
A founding member of Red Piano Records (RPR), Carlson can be heard on Nicholas Urie’s CDs, Excerpts from an Online Dating Service and My Garden. Along with the Friendly Fires Live in L.A. recording (Japanese release), 2012 recordings include Slavic Soul Party! New York Underground Tapes and Andrew D’Angelo’s Brain Music.
“John Carlson is a magnificent trumpeter, able to move with equal grace in the realms of both Clifford Brown and Michael Ray….he displays a great improvisational command.”
– Robert Spencer, Cadence Magazine, January 2000