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Steve Becknell Horn Interview – Horn Signal #1

Steve Becknell Horn Interview

Welcome to the show notes for Episode #1 of Horn Signal! This episode features principal horn of the LA Opera as well as adjunct professor of horn at USC, Steve Becknell

About Steve Becknell

Steve Becknell has had an extensive and varied career as a horn player. In
1982, he moved to Southern California to study with famed studio player Vince
DeRosa at USC, but began working professionally while still in school. He has played
in orchestras throughout Southern California including the Los Angeles
Philharmonic, the San Diego Symphony, the Pacific Symphony, and was a member of
the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for 8 years. He is also in demand as a chamber
musician, and has performed with Santa Barbara-based Camerata Pacifica as well as
the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Mainly Mozart Festival. But the bulk of
Steven’s time was spent recording in the Hollywood studios. To date, he has played
on over 1,000 different motion pictures and numerous television series, as well as
playing on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Steve has played live for the Academy Awards, sat in the pit for Broadway shows,
and has had the honor of recording with such legendary artists as Frank Sinatra,
Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow and Josh Groban.

Steve has been playing principal horn with the Los Angeles Opera for over 25
years. In 2010 he performed all the offstage and pit solos of Wagner’s complete
Ring cycle, the first time it had ever been produced in Southern California. To date,
he has played over 1,500 performances with the Los Angeles Opera.
Steve is currently on the faculty at the University of Southern California.

Steve Becknell Links

Podcast Credits

  • “Haydn Symphony #31 “Horn Signal“, “Hornpipe” Water Music by Handel and “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” from Wagner’s Lohengrin
  • Audio Engineer – Preston Shepard
  • Cover Art – Meg Ryia
  • Podcast Hosts – John Snell and Preston Shepard

Brian Swartz Trumpet Interview – The Other Side of the Bell #119

Brian Swartz Trumpet Interview

Welcome to the show notes for Episode #119 of The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features  jazz trumpeter Brian Swartz. Listen to or download the episode below:

About Brian Swartz

Trumpeter Brian Swartz is a diverse musician with a wide range of influences. He has appeared on multiple Grammy® nominated and winning recordings with artists including The (Dixie) Chicks’ Double Platinum “Taking the Long Way” which won 5 Grammy® Awards, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year in February 2007, John Beasley’s Monk’estra which has garnered 6 Grammy® Nominations for it’s 3 albums and 1 Grammy® Win for Beasley’s arrangement of “Donna Lee,” The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Scott Healy’s Tentet and Kim Richmond’s Concert Jazz Orchestra. He has also performed or recorded with The Goo Goo Dolls, Michael Bublé, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, Robin Thicke, Smashmouth, Patti Labelle, Natalie Cole, Dianne Reeves, Ivan Lins, Tom Harrell, Chucho Valdés, Brad Mehldau, Dave Douglas, Rickie Lee Jones, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The O’Jays, The Temptations, The Four Tops,  Saint Motel, Azar Lawrence, Buddy Montgomery, Joe Henry, Keb’ Mo’, Jackie Greene, Josie Cotton, Lisa Loeb, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Gerry Gibbs, Connie Han, Taylor Eigsti, Raya Yarbrough, Bob Florence, The Luckman Jazz Orchestra, Francisco Aguabella, JazzAntiqua, The Los Angeles Jazz Collective, Jose Rizo’s Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars and many more.
Since 2005, Swartz has proudly held the trumpet chair in Oingo Boingo Former Members.

 

Brian Swartz has released five jazz albums as a leader: “There’s Only Me” (Noir Records 2000), “Live at the Jazz Bakery” (Summit Records 2005), “Three” (Summit Records 2006) and “Portraiture” (Summit Records 2014), “To Be With You” (DistroKid 2020). As an arranger, Brian has written for his own big band, Ruthie Foster’s 2021 Grammy® Nominated “Live at the Paramount,” Sussan Deyhim with the Pacific Symphony, the Ron Jones Influence Orchestra and has served as staff arranger for The Luckman Jazz Orchestra, John Beasley’s Monk’estra, Oingo Boingo Former Members and the ABC TV show, “Duets.” Brian‘s film credits include the 2012 Oscar® Winning Animated Feature “Rango,” Jennifer Anniston’s “The Break-Up,” “The Cooler” starring William H. Macy and “Let Them All Talk” with Meryl Streep. In 2021, Brian appeared with John Beasley’s Quintet on the Amazon Prime TV show ‘Bosch,” Season 7, Episode 1.

Born December 16, 1967, Brian is a second generation trumpeter. His father, CMSgt Lawrence Swartz (1937-1992), was a 30 year trumpeter in the United States AirForce. Brian’s early exposure to music made a profound influence on him and he started playing trumpet at the age of ten in Bellevue, Nebraska. As a teenager, his family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he attended Armijo High School. He played all through his high school years and won many honors and accolades. He graduated from Armijo in 1986 and began his music education at Solano Community College. In 1988, he moved to Los Angeles to attend California State University at Northridge and the University of Southern California where he could further hone his craft.

For five years, Brian studied with trumpet guru Bobby Shew. Bobby inspired Brian‘s passion for teaching and since 1997, Brian has maintained a very busy schedule of private students in the Los Angeles area and beyond. Brian also studied with John Coppola (SFO), Bill Bing (CSUN), John Thomas (USC) and LA studio legend Uan Rasey. Brian’s dedication to mastering his craft and continually building upon his knowledge has brought him to prominence in the global jazz scene.

Brian Swartz Links

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Podcast Credits

Anthony Plog Trumpet Interview – The Other Side of the Bell #117

Anthony Plog Trumpet Interview

Welcome to the show notes for Episode #117 of The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features  trumpeter and composer Anthony Plog. Listen to or download the episode below:

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Third Coast Trombone Retreat Podcast Interview – Trombone Corner #27

Third Coast Trombone Retreat Podcast Interview

Welcome to the show notes for Episode #27 of the Trombone Corner podcast. This episode features trombonists John Sebastian Vera and Nick Schwartz from the Third Coast Trombone Retreat Podcast. This is a special 2-part episode, so head on over to the Third Coast Trombone Retreat Podcast feed to catch the 2nd half of the interview

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Marc Caparone Trumpet Interview – The Other Side of the Bell #115

Marc Caparone Trumpet Interview

Welcome to the show notes for Episode #115 of The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features jazz trumpeter/cornetist, Marc Caparone. Listen to or download the episode below:

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