To The Darkside
After playing trumpet for 62 years and teaching trumpet and jazz for 42 years, I have switched to valve trombone. My friends in the trumpet world refer to my move to trombone as "moving to the darkside". Some, certainly not all, of my trombone playing friends, think of my move to valve trombone as falling into a "black hole" , as is found in outer space. Maybe one day I'll learn slide technique and be legitimately acceptable. All I can say is that playing valve trombone, especially one that has been reconditioned and offered for sale through valvetrombonesrus.com is a joy. My new instrument is a reconditioned and relaquered CONN 5G with triggers, made in 1958. It is a beautiful instrument both visually and musically __ a real sweet horn.
My horn is a 1958 "Triple C" CONN 5G and my band is Sweet Basil, a Jazz Nonet. Check us out in the following pages.