Developing the Young Jazz Trombone Player - with John Fedchock, KHS America Artist - Nottelmann Music Company
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Developing the Young Jazz Trombone Player – with John Fedchock, KHS America Artist

Developing the Young Jazz Trombone Player – with John Fedchock, KHS America Artist

About this Webinar – From the NPD Webinar Jazz Series –

John Fedchock, one of the finest jazz trombonists around, presents a complete plan on how to develop your young trombone player into a successful jazz trombone player.  All of the important topics are addressed – tone, intonation, flexibility, slide technique, articulation, equipment, range, listening and style, playing in a big band section, the bass trombone, improvisation, and programing.  It’s all here.  An INCREDIBLE webinar!

Our Presenter –

John Fedchock’s illustrious career in jazz has spanned over four decades. Since his emergence on the scene in 1980, Fedchock has established himself as a world-class trombone soloist, a heralded bandleader, and a Grammy-nominated arranger. An in-demand performer and writer in New York City, his multifaceted talents have led him to become one of NYC’s premier jazz artists. His critically acclaimed John Fedchock New York Big Band has become a marquee group, showcasing Fedchock’s trombone and arranging as well as the band’s all-star soloists. The JFNYBB’s five CDs on the MAMA and Reservoir Music labels have all received high praise from critics and extraordinary success on national jazz radio charts. The early success of the band resulted in Fedchock’s name appearing in DOWNBEAT’s Readers Poll under the categories of Trombone, Arranger and Big Band, simultaneously for several consecutive years. In recognition of his formidable arranging skills, Fedchock is a two-time GRAMMY Award nominee for “Best Instrumental Arrangement”. The JFNYBB’s recordings have appeared in jazz radio’s Top Ten, and the New York Times has applauded the band’s “Cheerful Syncopation, Served With Spit-and-Polish Precision.” Small group projects with his quartet and NY Sextet showcase A-list sidemen along with Fedchock’s “incomparable trombone playing, which seems to have no limit, technically or musically” (

Fedchock began his career as a jazz trombonist when he joined the legendary Woody Herman Orchestra in 1980. He toured with Woody’s “Thundering Herd” for seven years, during which time he was musical director and a featured soloist. He served as musical coordinator and chief arranger in the production of Herman’s last two Grammy Award nominated albums “50th Anniversary Tour” and “Woody’s Gold Star”, and received accolades from jazz journalists worldwide. Famed jazz critic Leonard Feather called him the “unsung hero” of Woody’s “50th Anniversary Tour” album and Woody said of Fedchock, “He’s my right hand man. Everything I ask of John he accomplishes, and I ask a lot. He’s a major talent.” DOWNBEAT magazine stated that, “it was the young blood of musicians like Fedchock that helped keep Woody Herman’s last years musically healthy and growing”. Fedchock still maintains a close association with the Herman orchestra, performing with the group on occasion and continuing to add his own compositions and arrangements to the band’s library.  MORE…

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The following are found at NPD Webinars:

The following are from The Nottelmann Blog:

Listening Guide – Trombone Soloists – a sampling from hundreds of quality available recordings

Urbie Green – Lullaby Of Birdland Trombone – Solo Transcription

J. J. Johnson – Like Someone In Love – Live Video

Bill Watrous – Unforgettable

Carl Fontana – A Beautiful Friendship – Transcription

Listening Guide – Trombone Sections – a sampling from hundreds of quality available recordings

Urbie Green ‎– Urbie Green’s Big Beautiful Band ( Full Album )

Woody Herman – Fanfare for the Common Man – Live Video

Woody Herman – La Fiesta – Live Video

Count Basie Orchestra – The Heat’s On – Live in Tokyo 1985

Stan Kenton Orchestra – Here’s That Rainy Day – Live Recording

Suggested Materials Links

  The Remington Warm-Up Studies is a classic book for all trombone players. Arranged by Donald Hunsberge for trombone, the primary purpose underlying this collection of warm-up studies by Emory Remington is the desire to perpetuate the teachings and philosophies of Mr. Remington developed during his forty-nine years of teaching trombone at the Eastman School of Music.

  Lip Flexibilities for All Brass Instruments – Bai Lin – This Professor of Trumpet at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, China has composed an extraordinarily well organized 40-pagebook of flexibility studies which spans the elementary to advanced levels. A new standard text for brass embouchure flexibility whichdeservedly joins the pantheon of other such studies by Schlossberg, Irons, Colin, Smith, etc.