Artist Information




WILLIE BRADLEY

Willie Bradley is a graduate of South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC where he earned a BS Degree in Music Education and Performance. Over the course of his career, Willie has played with jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Max Roach, Betty Carter and Nat Adderley. Willie came from the funk band Big Bertha and eventually formed the Willie Bradley Trio. Bradley and two other members: Cornell Young (drums) and Ted Ash (keyboards) went on to form Essential Elements and produce a successful, upscale event the first Saturday of every month in the ballroom of the Holiday Inn Bordeaux in Fayetteville, NC.

Bradley had originally met Ted years earlier when the two were part of another group called The Package Band. Cornell had played in numerous rock groups. Collectively, the trio has opened for or played with various smooth jazz and blues artists such as FOURPLAY, Eric Darius, Pamela Williams, Terry Cummings, Mike Phillips, Joey Sommerville, Junior Wells, Bobby Blue Bland, Gordon James, Marcus Anderson and Ryan Kilgore.

Now, Willie Bradley adds to his musical timeline, a burgeoning solo career and is working on a new album, Another Day & Time. The set, which includes ten lively horn tracks, is being co-written by Bradley and keyboardist Nicholas Cole, who also handles production on the album.

Mr. Bradley plays and endorses PHAETON TRUMPET PHT-FX-1100 exclusively.

Contact: www.williebradley.net/smoothjazz.html


MELVIN M. MILLER

"He is as charismatic as his music is captivating. Critics have aptly named him a composer, educator, musician, conductor and performing artist. His name, Melvin Maurice Miller. Born and raised in one of the largest cities historically known for great jazz and jazz greats, Chicago, Illinois - it's no small wonder that music would become his life's passion.

The sound of his horn and the style with which he performs comes from a variety of influences. He has learned from listening to many of the great masters. His sound: Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Doc Severinsen, Freddie Hubbard, Wynton Marsalis. His phrasing: the vocals of Sarah Vaughn , Nancy Wilson and Ella Fitzgerald to name a few.

Just as music has no boundaries, Melvin's talent has made him a world-renowned musician and musical director. From classical to pop and jazz the music has no limits. Melvin has been the musical director for international recording artist Gloria Gaynor, The Original "Dream Girl" Jennifer Holliday and The Trumpet Awards. He is also a member of the unique group called Five Men On A Stool. He has performed in cities across the U.S from; Orlando, Florida for the opening of Epcot Center to California with The UniverSoul Circus. Melvin has performed in various countries; Tokyo, Japan for the Mirage Bowl; clubs in Osaka, Japan; Switzerland for the Montreaux Jazz Festival; Negril, Jamaica; Hong Kong, Mexico, Copenhagen Denmark, Frankfurt Germany and Rio De Jenerio, Sao Paulo, Salvador, Receife, Manus Brazil for 65,000 people at one concert. He has traveled and/or performed with artists such as Kim Waters, Kirk Whalum, Eric Essix, The Temptations, Lou Rawls, The Dells, The O'jays, James Brown, Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Hargrove, Miles Davis, Dr. Clark Terry and Pamela Anderson of "Incognito". Melvin has opened for Richard Elliot, Roy Ayers, Everette Harp, Bob James, Alex Bugnon, Norman Brown, Kim Waters and Bobby Lyle. He has recorded with Alex Bugnon, the Tennessee State University Jazz Ensemble, Carol Albert, rapper Malik, The Florida Mass Choir, blues singer Sandra Hall, Speech of Arrested Development and Ann Nesby. He also performed in the Curtis Mayfield/Repercussion music video of "Let's Do It Again."

Choosing Atlanta, Georgia as his place of residence, Melvin’s preference is Adult Contemporary Jazz, He is a well-rounded musician, with the training to perform both classical and jazz. Melvin also held the position of principal trumpet with the African American Philharmonic Orchestra of Atlanta.

Melvin regularly performs the National Anthem for the Atlanta Falcons football games at The Georgia Dome and the Atlanta Hawks basketball games at Phillips Arena. Melvin wrote and performs the opening fanfare for the Trumpet Awards which airs on TV 1. He can be heard on releases by Alex Bugnon “Southern Living” and “Free.” Melvin has also appeared in Jet Magazine. The sound of Melvin’s trumpet can be heard in hit motion picture “Madea’s Family Reunion.” His first release was "A Christmas Gift” followed by “Innocent Bystander”, "Here's To Life" "In The Moment" and his newest release "I Hope You Dance" which have all received rave reviews. Friends and fans celebrate him as a man of unimaginable creativity. He is affectionately called "young man with a horn," a title bestowed on him by his mother."

Melvin Miller exclusively plays and endorses PHAETON TRUMPET PHT-2045 and PHAETON FLUGELHORN PHTF-2600. Both models in Matte Black Onyx with 18K Gold Trim.


MATTHEW SIMON

Matt Simon is a major trumpet artist residing in Barcelona, Spain with numerous credits to his outstanding career in both Spain and the USA.

MATT'S EDUCATION INCLUDES:
Two years at the University of California at Santa Cruz. One year as an exchange student at the Central University in Barcelona, Spain followed by one year at the Berklee College of Music, with a full scholarship as well as a Bachelors degree in Jazz Music at the ESMuC.

He has studied with Kenny Haar, Joan LaRue, James Stamp, John Clyman-USA, Roger Jean-Marie, Orquestra Nacional de Francia, Rob Roy McGregor, L. A. Philharmonic Orch. Roger Voisen, Boston Symphony, Bobby Shew-USA, Jeff Stout and Greg Hopkins at Berklee College of Music.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
MATT has performed with many outstanding musicians including Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Guy Laffite, Al Cohn, Tete Montoliu, Jerry Lewis, Natalie Cole, Dianne Warwick, Dave Liebman, John Abercrombie (under the direction of Vince Mendoza), Louis Bellson, Frank Wess, Dennis Rowland (Count Basie´s singer for 7 years), Michel Camilo, Ibrahim Ferrer and the BUENAVISTA SOCIAL CLUB, Bart Van Lier, Jack McDuff, Lucrecia and Gato Pérez.

His extensive tour travels include a tour of Spain and south America with the show El gusto es nuestro with Ana Belén, Miguel Ríos, Víctor Manuel and Joan Manuel Serrat (1996-1997).
A Tour of Spain and South America with Ana Belén y Víctor Manuel (1997-1999).
Trumpet soloist with the Miguel Ríos Big Band Tour of Spain (1997-1999).
And Trumpet soloist in the Benidorm Pop Festival (1997).

The "Operación Triunfo" Tour of Spain and The "Rosa de España" tour of Spain in 2002. An extensive Tour of USA with Ibrahim Ferrer and The Buena Vista Social Club in 2003 along with a Live recording of CD y DVD with Ismael Serrano at the Teatro Lope de Vega, Madrid.

His major Recordings include artists: Javier Gurruchaga, La Trinca, Azúcar Moreno, J. M. Serrat, Los Toreros Muertos, Marcos Llunas, Paloma Berganza, Pedro Ruy Blas, Ana Belén, Miguel Ríos, Víctor Manuel, Lucrecia, Música Urbana, Lluís Llach, Moncho, Carlos Cano, Peret, Jarabe de Palo, Marina Rossell, Dyango, Juan Perro, Nina, Lolita, Estopa and Ismael Serrano.

MATT'S EXPERIENCE IN JAZZ HAS ALSO BEEN EXTENSIVE...as founder of the group Transatlantic, which won the "Best jazz group in Spain Award in 1989", given by the TV show Jazz entre amigos, also winning the “Best jazz CD award”, given by the cultural department of the Catalonian government.

He was voted the best jazz trumpet soloist by his colleagues of the Jazz Musicians Association of Catalonia in 1993. He is the Founding member of funk group Princes of Time, recording 2 CD´s and played concerts and recorded 2 CD´s with Bebo Valdés.

He was also honored as Trumpet soloist for the prize ceremonies for jazz composition for the SGAE (1992, 1993, 1994 y 1996).

He was chosen to play in the 1st Tete Montoliu young jazz artist awards in 1999, performed next to Carles Benavent, Jorge Pardo, Chano Domínguez, Horacio Fumero, Peer Wyboris and Salvador Niebla.

He continues to perform with the Big-Band Terrassa and artists Michael Mossman, Slide Hampton, John Mosca, Dennis Rowland, Dick Oatts, Carmen Mundy, Judy Niemack, Bobby Shew and Ann Hampton.

HIS EXPERIENCE CLASSICAL MUSIC includes him as the founding member of the Orquesta de Cámara del Teatre Lliure. Twelve years and twelve CD´s on the market (Harmonía Mundi), under the direction of Josep Pons. He continues to perform and record with artists such as Victoria de los Angeles, Josep Carreras and Plácido Domingo.

He has collaborated with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and soloist with the Orchestra of Sant Cugat, including concerts of the Concerto for Piano y Trumpet by Shostakovich, The Trumpet Overture by Purcell, the Septet for Piano, Trumpet y String Quintet by Saint Sants and Pictures at an Exhibition.

His performances include the Tenerife Symphony, with Simon Estes and the Orquestra Nacional de Cámara de Andorra. He was also invited to perform the Concerto for trumpet, piano and string orchestra, by Dmitri Shostakovich in 2000.

Matthew Simon has recorded hundreds of radio and TV commercials, as well as many movie sound tracks with over 20 years of experience working on live television shows, as well as New Years’ specials and weekly TV shows.

HIS TEACHING EXPERIENCE includes numerous jazz schools in Barcelona since 1982 while creating his own jazz and improvision programs for children. He taught a Master Class during the jazz festival in San Sebastián and one at the jazz festival in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Currently he is professor of trumpet and improvisation in the jazz department at the Escuela Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC), or the Superior Music Conservatory of Catalonia, and in the LICEU SUPERIOR MUSIC CONSERVATORY in Barcelona. He also gives specialized jazz improvisation courses for trumpet players all over Spain.

Matthew Simon exclusively performs and endorses his custom Phaeton Trumpet model PHT-FX 1100 at all venues and events.

Mr. Simon may be contacted at email: trumpetsimon@hotmail.com


YAMUEL MARCANO RODRÍGUEZ

Yamuel Marcano Rodríguez was born in San Juan Puerto Rico in 1983. He started in music in 1995 when he entered to “Escuela Libre de Musical” (school of Music). After high school he went to the Conservatory of Music in Puerto Rico doing studies in classical music for a year. Then he went to Universidad Interamericana Metro (University) to the Popular Music program were he learned about different styles and opened his mind and playing skills so that he could play almost every style of music.

Yamuel has recorded with groups from Puerto Rico as well as from USA in POP, reggae, merengue, salsa, rock and contemporary music. He has played with groups like Roberto Rohena y Apollo Sound (salsa), Luis “Perico” Ortiz Big Band (latin jazz), Los Febles (salsa), Siglo 21 (salsa), Elvis Crespo (merengue), Zone de Tambora (merengue), Karis (merengue), Mayombe (merengue), Los Rufianes (latin rock), Los Rabanes ( rock, from Panama), La Hermana de Miguel (rock), Fifty Stone (contemporary / jazz / reggae), Boyz Collective ( jazz), Yerba Bruja (reggae), La Musa (reggae), Cultura Profética (reggae, as a substitute), Fidel Nadal (reggae, from Argentine), Quique Neira (reggae, from Chile), Soja (reggae, as a substitute), IDA (reggae), Don Carlo (reggae, from Jamaica), Apple Gabriel (reggae) and more.

He has been in the house band of the of TV Shows “De Tal Palo” and “Estoy Aquí”. He also has done musicals such as “Hair Spray”, “Barrio Arriba, Barrio Abajo” and “Cabaret”.

Yamuel is playing right now as steady musician in the groups, Yerba Bruja (reggae), Velcro y Lado V (hip hop / jazz), Mima (rock contemporary), IDA (reggae) and very soon will be taking out his own project “PWA” (funk / hip hop / reggae)

Yamuel Marcano Rodríguez exclusively plays the Phaeton Trumpet model PHT-2040

Contact Yamuel: yamueltrumpet@gmail.com



CHARLES BARTLETT
Educator & Performer

Mr. Charles Bartlett is the leader of The Charles Bartlett Jazz Ensemble and co-founder of the very popular Bartlett Contemporaries (Remix) Band. He is a seasoned trumpeter and music educator in his area. And as a veteran musician in the New York area, his accomplishments span over 30 years of successful live venue performances. He also holds a Masters Degree in Applied Music from NYU. He was an acclaimed Professor of Jazz Studies at York.

The Charles Bartlett Jazz Ensemble and Bartlett Contemporaries have performed throughout the Tri-State area of N.Y./ N.J & PA., as well as extensive performances in North America for the past 30 years. The Bartlett Contemporaries have performed from New York to the Caribbean, Montreal to South Beach Florida for such notables as Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee and Essence Communications.

In addition, Charles and his group have performed with such jazz giants as Onaje Allen Gumbs, Omar Hakim, Jennifer Holiday and the late greats Stanley Turrentine and Dizzy Gillespie.

Charles, who continues to enjoy high visibility among his peers, is passionate about his ability to be an ideal ambassador for Phaeton's FX-1100 Custom designed flagship model trumpet.

He's also the recent recipient of the Legends of Queens Music Award, the NAACP Community Involvement Award and a New York State Proclamation, which list Charles as one of Queens living legends along with Roy Haynes and Jimmy Heath.

Several years ago he launched "The Bartlett Foundation", which assists promising students in their quest to obtain music scholarships as they move ahead with their graduate studies.

He continues to remain a Staff musician at the iconic St. Albans Congregational Church. This church has established itself as the premier Jazz Mecca of Queens, N.Y.

He earned and still holds first chair and Solo and lead trumpet with the York College Big Band, performing throughout the tri-state area while currently working on a solo jazz/hip-hop project he has named as "Nu-Bop."

Charles exclusively plays his Phaeton PHT-FX 1100 Brush Brass custom artist trumpet on all venues and recording


STEVE HALL

MR. STEVE HALL is a Los Angeles born trumpet player/multi-instrumentalist, composer and now educator living in Australia. He has played professionally in the US, Australia, Brazil and Europe and grew up in the music-rich Bay Area playing alongside musicians:  Santana, Tower of Power, Huey Lewis, Ray Charles, Buddy Rich and The Rolling Stones. Steve studied trumpet with Carl Leach (Stan Kenton Band )  and “Music at San Jose State University” with Greg Yasinitsky, Frank Tusa, (Jazz, Composition), Allen Strange (Electronic Music), Dan Sabanovich (Percussion),  Dan Wyman (Film Music, Recording) and was influenced  by close friend and trumpet educator Eric Bolvin.

Steve performed with “Bay Area” musicians such as Chris Cain, Andy Just & John Wedemeyer (Ford Blues Band), Tom Politzer (Tower of Power), and a season with the infamous “Marriott’s Great America Big Band”. He then moved to San Diego during the early 80’s playing Cool Jazz in bands with his brother and sax player BOB HALL, as well as sharing the stage with landmark bands such as Fattburger before making his way to Australia.  

In Australia, Steve quickly became a featured soloist playing in bands supporting for UB40, Angelique Kidjo, Lucky Dube as well as numerous Jazz and Blues Festivals  such as Byron Bluesfest, Noosa Jazz, Broadbeach Blues and Jazz, Sunshine Coast Blues, Halls Gap and Dingo Creek Jazz, Devonport Jazz, Clarence Jazz, Hobart (10 Days), Caloundra Jazz and Woodford Folk festival.

He has played with notables such as Galapagos Duck, Bob Barnard, John Morrison, Dan Barnett, Doug De Vries, Ruby Carter, Pugsley Buzzard, Phil Emmanuel, Wiley Reed, Jo-Jo Smith, numerous funk, latin & big bands and international acts such as Bob Malone, Chris Jagger.

His Education qualifications include a B.A., Grad Diploma, Masters, Certified IV/Trainer and is now completing a Diploma Ed in Music and IT.

Steve is featured on the latest album “Totem” from guitar legend Kevin Borich with reviews at http://www.kevinborich1.com/reviews.html

Mr. Hall will also be featured in a new 12-piece band touring Australia from award winning Australian Jazz pianist Tom Vincent featured on ABC Jazz - http://www.tomvincent.com.au/cv

To quote Steve, “My Phaeton horns are versatile and reliable with great character and flexibility. These horns help me get through gigs with range and endurance challenges more than any of the many other trumpets I’ve tried over the years. I’m proud to endorse and play these horns.”

Steve plays exclusively on his PHT-2040 & PHT 2020 TRUMPET plus his PHTF-2700 FLUGEL

You can listen to Steve playing a fusion jazz solo using one of his Phaeton trumpets - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9N5R1Ci454


NUNO SANTOS SILVA

Nuno Santos Silva was born in Porto, Portugal on November 30, 1980, coming from a family of musicians. Nuno started his music studies at the age of 9 with his grandfather, also a trumpeter. He continued study with the Foz do Douro Philharmonic Band at 10 years of age where he still performs as soloist. At the age of 12, he went to the Conservatory of Music in Porto City. Starting in 2009, he began his study of jazz, joining the School of Music “Valentim de Carvalho”, under the tutoring of Prof. and musician João Pedro Brandão. In 2010, he represented this music school in the 8th edition of S. Luis Portuguese Jazz Festival in Lisbon. He had theoretical indications with the musician Paulo Perfeito and trumpet practical indications with Gileno Santana. In 2009, he participated in the Masterclass with Chris Cheek & in 2010 with Jorge Rossy and Bill McHenry. In 2012 attended the lecture series by James Morrison, one of the most respected multi-instrumentalists of the world. Nuno is now a respected Trumpet Professor in the BMG Music Academy since 2011 till 2012 and in particular students classes since 2000. Today, he is an eclectic and versatile musician, participating in several noted music groups.

PHILHARMONIC: Trumpet Soloist in Foz do Douro Philharmonic Band, Trumpeter in Forum Philharmonic Band, Gondomar Philharmonic Band, S. Martinho do Campo Philharmonic Band, Moreira da Maia Philharmonic Band and also Carregosa Philharmonic Band. He has performed with several Philharmonic Bands: S. Martinho da Gandra, Vila Boa de Quires, Leverense, São Paio de Oleiro.

JAZZ: His forte currently is lead trumpet in Melres Jazz Band, lead trumpet in OLVS BIG BAND, Invicta Big Band in Orquestra de Jazz de Matosinhos Junior and Valentim de Carvalho Jazz Orchestra. He occasionally collaborates with several orchestras namely: Paulo Perfeito NU Jazz Orchestra, Let's Groove Big Band, Ritmos Ligeiros Orchestra, Gondomar Orchestra, OLB3m Orchestra, Graciano Saga Orchestra, Taxxis Orchestra, Metro Big Band (American band), Black Coffee and the Sould Business Band.

ENSEMBLES: He is lead trumpet and founder of the group "NuDia Duo" (piano + trumpet + cajon, trumpeter in "Litos e Quinhas e os Bandalhos", founder and trumpeter in "MOMENTUS - musical group for events & weddings". In 2013 Nuno Santos Silva and Miguel Bandeirinha (Fado soul contest winner) develop a new music group, "FADO DIFERENTE" featuring his trumpet styling. SOLO: in 2012 he develops a solo project: "LIVE ACT" - Trumpet improvisation and when invited, he performs in nightclubs & discos.

CURRENT ACTIVITIES: Since 1993 he has performed at many venues: Special Events, Exhibitions, Jazz festivals, Theaters, Churches, cultural centers, FNAC, Sala Tejo in Pavilhão Atlântico, Cruises, Hotel Cascais Miragem, B-flat, Breyner 85, HotFive Jazz Club, Back Splash Bar, Maus Hábitos, Hard Club, Downtown Lounge, Café Cultural, Tertúlia Castelense, Havana Club, Tribeca, Casa do Infante, Clube Fenianos Portuenses.

To his credit, he was solo trumpet in “ERUDITOS”, 1st trumpet in “La Belle Époque orchestra”, “Let's Groove Big Band”, was the founder member and trumpeter of the "Foz do Douro Brass Quartet", trumpeter in "La Belle Époque" and in “Mancelos Orchestra Festival” under the artistic direction Afonso Alves. In 2007 participated in "Orchestra of the day" at the Oporto House of Music.

In 2010, he performed for the “Valentim de Carvalho” music school, and plays with the EMVC Jazz Quintet in the 8th Festival of Jazz St. Louis Jazz Festival, The Portuguese Lisbon. In 2011, with “Valentim de Carvalho Jazz Orchestra”, the 15th edition of Matosinhos Jazz Festival and played with METRO BIG BAND (American jazz orchestra) in a mini-tour around Porto City. In July of 2011 was selected to perform with the Gois Wind Orchestra and participated in the 3rd edition of the largest Jam Session in Porto city. In 2012, he was invited to play in the musical project "Fado à Porto", an event with more than 60 musicians, singers and composers who bring the "FADO" to the streets of Porto.

He was one of the directors of Foz do Douro Philharmonic Band, with functions related to marketing as well as trumpet professor of talented young trumpet players.

Nuno Santos Silva has been supported by KOSER -International Business Consultancy and promoted by “Sons of the Empire” (Enterprise Marketing Organization and Pianos & Event Production).

Nuno plays and endorses Phaeton Flugelhorns exclusively and is currently performing on his Phaeton Flugelhorn PHTF-2060 Black Onyx.

http://www.youtube.com/user/designernuno
http://www.facebook.com/Nuno.Santos.Silva
http://sites.google.com/site/nunosantostrompete
http://www.koser.biz




DAVID SHELBY

Somewhere along the interstates and freeways between Nashville and Detroit, David Shelby mapped out his musical direction with the final destination to “arrive” at country radio with a sound that was “in waiting.”  Capturing the salt-of-the-earth and grit of Motor City, Michigan, the rock n’ roll history the culture is known for, and melding it with Nashville’s signature musicianship and storylines, Shelby created a sound he proudly identifies as “Rust Belt Country.”

Like a finely manufactured automobile, David Shelby “delivers” with lyrical precision, production polish and a finely-tuned talent to hold his own as an American-made independent with magnetic suspension who is poised to make a long lasting impression. He is a performer wired for sound whose talents are branded by his roots—the heart of America, built on hope and tenacity for the future.

“I really am a product of my upbringing. We’ve [Detroit] suffered a life threatening and paralyzing heart attack, rebuilt and restructured, and we’re a community that has learned to live and thrive. Detroit is a melting pot of cultures and mechanics and I’m the porridge! We like our beer cold and our cars hot; we’re Blue Collar workers who play hard and have a soft spot in our big industrial heart for country music. My surroundings have helped me to relate to, and understand, an international spectrum of personalities and depth of emotions that, in turn, enable me to perform on a level seated right next to the listener. My job, now, is to get them up and outta those seats!”

David’s introduction to music was as ordinary and customary as a serving of peanut butter and jelly on Wonder Bread, and his creative palate refined over time.  A simply elementary pastime became a teenage essential; the art of performing became more than “child play,” it was a “life calling.” "When you're born into a proud Polish-Russian family, you’re given two things as ‘standard issue,’ an accordion and a bowling ball...and I’ve put them both to good use. (It’s easier to pick up a split with an accordion!)”

David played the squeezebox along with his favorite Garth Brooks and Toby Keith hits that echoed from the radio airwaves of his favorite country station.  He graduated from bedroom and backyard performances to garner a degree in Jazz.  An obvious prodigy, David was contracted to form an entire horn section for The Wolfman Jack Fabulous 50s Tour at age 17. His talents on the horn were also recognized by global performers of Motown and heritage acts who tapped Shelby to play trumpet as a full-time band member.

“My teenage age years were not ‘the usual;’ while all of my buddies were playing video games, going to sports events or pining after girls, I was entrenched in a life enriching experience—one I wouldn’t trade for anything.”

The ace trumpeter toured internationally with award-winning recording artists such as The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Turtles, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Stevie Wonder, Davy Jones (The Monkees), opening for Styx and Foreigner, and playing before sold-out crowds at some of the world’s largest venues such as DTE Entergy Concert Venue and First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre  (formerly The World Music Theater) in Chicago.

A scholar of music and a well-rounded instrumentalist, David is proficient on accordion, trumpet, piano and guitar and it’s a good bet he’ll perform one or more at his shows. His stage experience and theatrical training have offered him invaluable insight and perspective, and the skillful ability to be an effective music translator—a skill that is not necessarily better learned but a craft that is the result of being “lived in.”

“My road experience has enabled me an optimum education and priceless perspective of the music and entertainment world. I have a genuine understanding of structure and mechanics, song construction, and what it means to be an ‘entertainer’—to welcome the audience and emote an expressive reaction whether it’s a love song, about a break-up, or a “hell-yeah” party song, I want to invite the listeners to join me in an emotional rollercoaster ride!  Am I going to out-sing Andrea Bocelli or Keith Whitley, ‘no,’ but I can hang my hat on my musicianship and my end-all-be-all desire to entertain.”

A formidable entertainer in his own right, David Shelby’s show is filled with heart and conviction. His songs reflect his admiration for Nashville and the history of country music, the evolution of rock ‘n roll, and the rhythm and groove that shout-out: “Detroit!”  

In the words of Cash:  “I got it one piece at a time and it didn’t cost me a dime / You’ll know it’s me when I come through your town / I’m gonna ride around in style / I’m going to drive everybody wild / ‘Cause I’ll have the only one there is around”

David Shelby’s music stands apart making it clear his artistry is not a standard-manufactured product, but an American-made, self-designed machine and custom built as an assembly of the past…a model of the future…in a class of its own.

In 2013, Shelby celebrated the success of his debut CD with two singles released from the project (“Kick A Little Dirt Around” peaked at #62 on the Country Breakout Chart and his second release, “Moonshine,” landed at the #37 position before the holiday chart freeze) and most recently a 2014 Detroit Music Awards Outstanding Country Vocalist nomination. 

The momentum of Shelby’s debut album RUST BELT COWBOY garnered attention from the revered Music Brothers Production. Shelby currently joins celebrated producers Teddy Gentry (a founding member of the multi award-winning band Alabama) and Charles English (Grammy-nominated composer, acclaimed producer, and session musician) of Music Brothers Productions in the studio recording his sophomore album. 

“It’s a dream come true to have the opportunity to work with such talented people,” exclaims Shelby.  “We will be recording over the next several weeks in Music City with new music to ‘hear’ in the coming months.  I’m super excited to share it, so stay tuned!”

Present - Maintains a robust touring schedule throughout America’s Rust Belt

March/April 2014 - In the studio recording sophomore album with Teddy Gentry (a founding member of the multi award-winning band Alabama) and Charles English (Grammy-nominated composer, acclaimed producer and session musician)

Management
505 Artist Management | 586.202.3380 | Email

Booking
505 Artist Management | Kenny Bott | 586.202.3380 | Email

Public Relations
Music City Media | Kat Atwood | 615.770.2994 | KATwood@musiccitynews.com
Download Online Press Kit | Visit David's PPK

Web Management / Fan Relations
Jaimie Ward | JW Digital Studios | Email


WAYNE COBHAM

After more than 35 years as an entertainer, Wayne Cobham still derives the utmost of pleasure from performing. Wayne has been playing trumpet since his early childhood. His career began in the drum and bugle corps of New York. He was hooked on the trumpet for life.

In his teenage years, it seemed a natural progression for Wayne to move on to his own bands. He gathered around himself some of the finest young musicians available. All the while, Wayne was building a strong following and solid reputation as a highly respected trumpet player throughout the flourishing New York music scene.

In the late 70's Wayne found a new love that would bring him parallel acclaim to his prowess with his horn. Computer programming was in its infancy and Wayne became one of its pioneers. Wayne was a major part of the MIDI revolution, and fostered a productive business as, consultant, clinician, producer, and educator. Using his new-found computer skills, he provided consultation to many well known musicians who wished to incorporate the cutting edge tools of the trade. His computer skills were utilized over many different genres of music including but not limited to hip hop, R&B, rock and roll, jazz, pop and gospel garnering him 2 Grammys along the way. These acknowledgements led to his membership and voting status with NARAS.

Additionally, he was also in high demand as a performer and has toured the world playing trumpet with such notable entertainers as Ben E. King, Cameo, The Temptations, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Four Tops, Ray Charles, Billy Cobham, Taylor Dane, Loredana Berté, Lou Reed, Kool and the Gang, Brass Construction, Nancy Wilson, and Denise Williams to name a few. However,it does not stop there! His studio credits include Michael Jackson, Pieces of a Dream, Nancy Wilson, Denise Williams, Patti Austin, and Billy Cobham. His production credits include Gwen McRae, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Dane, Billy Cobham, and Guy with Teddy Reilly among others.

Over the past five years and until the death of Wilson Pickett in 2006, Wayne was on the road touring with and served as the Musical Director for Wilson Pickett and his band, The Midnight Movers. Now he has partnered with brotha.deep to collaborate on some new music currently leading sales on iTunes.

Currently, Wayne is working on his own CD, The Best is Yet 2 Come, scheduled for release in 2011.

Wayne Cobham endorses and plays PHTFX-1100 Bb TRUMPET, PHTF-25OO FLUGELHORN & PHT-3000 POCKET TRUMPET exclusively at all performance venues and clinics.



RANDY KARON

A freelance trumpet player from the Chicago metro area, Randy is currently the trumpet player and arranger for the popular 6-piece Chicago jazz and swing combo, "Bopology", as well as trumpet for the popular Chicago area band, The Roy Vombrack Orchestra. Versatile on both the jazz and classical side, Randy is currently a member or adjunct member of the Crystal Brass Quintet, The Northbrook Brass Quintet, Old Dominion Brass, the Dana Legg Stage Band, the Bobby Sanders Big Band, and the Vito Buffalo Orchestra serving as soloist and split lead. Performance credits include Steve Houghton, Terry Gibbs, Rob McConnell, Pete Christlieb, Bobby Shew, Phil Wilson, Ilene Graff, Myron Floren, and Joanne Castle. Randy has performed for various Variety Club telethons, backing a number of outstanding performers from throughout the U.S. and Canada. Professional affiliations include MENC, IMEA, IEA, NEA, and AF of M.

Randy is currently the Director of Bands at Barrington High School in Barrington, Illinois since 1992, and received both bachelors and masters degrees in Music Education and Performance from the University of Iowa. Randy currently plays the Phaeton model 2020 "Anniversary" model (bright silver finish with gold plated slides), the Phaeton FX (custom model), and the Phaeton pocket trumpet.


MAC GOLLEHON

Mac Gollehon is a musician that defies categorization. His distinctive musical personality drew the attention of many prominent record producers early on in his career, such as Nile Rodgers, Arthur Baker, Patrick Adams ,Wycleef Jean and Arif Mardin. These producers combined Mac's outstanding abilities with great powerhouse acts. The result was important and memorable and some times the result was truly groundbreaking.

While he was in the studio recording with rock and pop legends David Bowie, Duran Duran, Mick Jagger, Al Jarreau, Blondie, and Hector Lavoe as well as TV and movie soundtrack work, Gollehon continued to take gigs and tours which stretched his musical conception. The sonic landscapes of his work were so diverse that he developed his own style as a genre bender.

One players sound Mac was particularly drawn to was that of the late Lester Bowie, whose group, Brass Fantasy he joined for 9 years. Bowie inspired and encouraged and participated in Mac becoming a leader. His unique mix of jazz, blues and funk was very well received in clubs as well as his recordings.

Mac Gollehon can evoke tradition and still create a sound all his own partly due to all his vast experience working with so many different types of musicians. In his live and recorded work he takes advantage of what he has done with other artists, playing trumpet, trombone and euphonium all on a single composition. That way he can provide more versatility of sound to the audience.

Mac still continues today to play on commercial, network promotions and tours playing concert dates, and clubs with a who’s who list of world famous top acts. Mac has been putting more and more emphasis on working his own bands and making appearances as a guest soloist.

Mac Gollehon a Berklee School of music Graduate, is also an educator, author and clinician. He his is presently an endorsing artist for Phaeton Trumpets. Mac gets great pleasure sharing his musical knowledge with students and is working with Phaeton Co. to present his clinics nation wide.

Critically acclaimed as a Tour de Force his latest CD Mac Straight Ahead is presently charting on Jazz Radio 2011.

Email: Mac@newbrasscollective.com    Phone: 917-412-5917

Mac Gollehon endorses and plays PHT-2070 PHAETON CLASSIC TRUMPET and PHTF-2600 BLACK ONYX FLUGELHORN exclusively at all performance venues and clinics.



RAY MONTEIRO

Trumpet player Raymond C. Monteiro joined "The Tonight Show Band" horn section in 2010 under the musical direction of Rickey Minor.

A native of Long Beach, Calif., Monteiro credits his culturally diverse family (his mother is of African-American descent and his father is from Goa, India) for his enriched musicality. As a youth he demonstrated an aptitude for and an interest in music and the trumpet was the instrument that spoke to him the loudest.

Monteiro received a degree in music from the acclaimed Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA in 2003 and went on to turn his dream of playing the trumpet professionally into a reality.

Monteiro, has recorded and toured with some of biggest names in the music business including Christina Aguilera, Prince, the Jonas Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Sting; James Brown, The Black Eyed Peas, Earth, Wind and Fire, James Taylor; Babyface, Whitney Houston, B.B.King, Diana Ross, Justin Timberlake, Jamie Foxx, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, John Mayer, Jennifer Hudson, Patti Labelle, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, and Shakira. Ray has a sound that is unmistakable, one that has afforded him the opportunity to travel the world and become a history maker by honoring America's first African-American President, Barack Obama during the 2008 Democratic Convention and Inaugural Ball.

Ray Monteiro is currently playing and endorsing Phaeton Trumpets & Fluglehorns exclusively and currently resides in Los Angeles.



CARLE VICKERS

Carle Wayne Vickers was born in Portland, in 1947. Carle began piano lessons at the age of four with his grandmother, Alice Vickers (an accomplished pianist) who set the bar very high. She was so incredible she could sight read preludes and fugues from Bach’s Well Tempered Clavichord and transpose them at the same time. But Carle hated the piano.

When Carle was nine, the school system launched a program teaching wind instruments. Once a week a music teacher instructed volunteers from the 5th grade and Carle saw this as an opportunity to escape from piano lessons. Influenced by a neighbor who played the trumpet, Carle chose that instrument. His grandmother agreed but held his feet to the fire, making him play exercises over and over. Carle learned there was no escape from a diligent work ethic.

When Carle reached High School, he was a promising young musician. Enter Leander Kirksey, a professor of music at Florida A&M University. There he taught Julian “Cannonball” Adderley and Nat Adderley. Realizing the undeniable importance of the piano in music, Carle asked his grandmother to resume his study of the piano. Foregoing music scholarships, Carle went to Howard University to study Medicine. There, in Washington DC, he ventured out with his trumpet. Before long Carle was playing in the pit band at the Howard Theatre, part of the circuit which included the Uptown, Regal, and Apollo Theaters.

Choosing the "roar of the crowd and smell of the greasepaint" over blood and suffering, Carle left to go on the road with "Sam and Dave", the popular Stax 60's recording duo. About one year later, the horn section and the bass player left to form their own band. They moved to Greensboro North Carolina where a new keyboardist and arranger, James Davis lived with their new drummer, Dannie Richmond. Dannie had been a staple in the Charles Mingus group for many years. This would ultimately become the "Pop-Funk act LTD" of the 70's and 80's.

Following the success of LTD, Carle concentrated on writing/ arranging. However, Carle soon began to miss performing. He began doubling as a hobby to stay musically motivated. He would ask a flute, saxophone, bassoon player, etc., if he could borrow their instrument for the weekend. He purchased a Conn Soprano Sax in C and a flute from a pawn shop and taught himself the art of doubling.

Doubling has been Carle’s life ever since. His heroes were Benny Carter, Doc Cheatham, Ira Sullivan, and Claude Lakey, all of whom played Trumpet and Sax equally well. Doubling means playing more than one instrument in the same family of brass or woodwind, however, Carle plays both, including trumpet, flugelhorn, french horn, soprano, alto, and tenor saxes, C flute, G flute, bass flute, and piccolo.

At the University of California , Irvine , his degree program was jazz performance and composition. Though Carle was a sax major, he played trumpet in the jazz band and other ensembles. Carle studied with great instructors and players including James Newton(flute), Charlie Owens (saxophone), Hugh Regan (trumpet), Kai Akagi (theory and composition), Dr. Art Taylor ( jazz history ). He took master classes with Billy Childs, Yo Yo Ma, David Baker, Take 6, Hemiett Bluette and Jeff Hamilton to mention a few. He also juggled school and work for six years playing in the USA and Europe.

After attending UCI, Carle continued to study, teach, and perform different genres of music. He played major jazz, blues, and pop festivals in America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. A long awaited reunion with his group LTD has become a reality and Carle is excited and looking forward to those performances.

2000 to present – long awaited reunion with L.T.D. including recording and touring. Recording sessions with Phoenix Horns, Gospel Artist Elaine Norwood and Blues Pianist Floyd Dixon. World tours with Little Milton, The Phillip Walker Big Band, Bobby Womack, Solomon Burke, Bobby Womack, Solomon Burke and Tina Marie.

Carle Vickers plays the PHTF-2500 Phaeton Flugelhorn and Dakota Straight Tenor exclusively.


EDDIE ALLEN

Trumpeter, composer, arranger, author...Eddie Allen is one of the more versatile musicians on the New York scene. He's called upon to play everything from jazz (big band as well as small ensembles) to R&B/Pop to latin to symphonic to Broadway, and everything in between.

He studied music, theory and arranging at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay before moving to the east coast. He then attended the William Paterson University of New Jersey where he received a Bachelor of Music degree. Since his arrival on the New York scene he's worked with such jazz greats as; Art Blakey, Billy Harper, Randy Weston, Dizzy Gillespie, Henry Threadgill, Bobby Watson, Jon Faddis, Benny Carter, Panama Francis, Joe Henderson and Steve Turre.

He has recorded and performed with, as well as composed for: Louis Hayes, Lester Bowie, Jack McDuff, Etta Jones & Houston Person, Mongo Santamaria, Chico Freeman, Charli Persip, Vanessa Rubin and Muhal Richard Abrams.

He's performed in the orchestras of such Broadway hits as: Ain't Misbehavin', Black & Blue, Side Show, Jelly's Last Jam, Five Guys Named Mo' and Rollin' On the T.O.B.A.

As an author, he's written the instructional method book, "An Introduction To The Bb Concert Blues," which is published by Charles Colin Publishing - N.Y.C.

He's currently leading a quartet, a quintet, a Latin/Brasilian project and a large ensemble which brings together acoustic and electric/electronic instruments. He also leads a big band which not only plays his compositions and arrangements, but also the music of such jazz greats as Jimmy Heath, Bobby Watson, Muhal Richard Abrams and Rufus Reid as they come to lead the band. Eddie Allen continues to work as a freelance musician and clinician.

Eddie Allen performs and records on Shure microphones, ZOOM Electronics and is a Phaeton Trumpet Performing Artist.

Eddie is playing a PHT-2030 PHAETON TRUMPET

eallenjazz@aol.com

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:

April 14 at the Zinc Bar in NYC with the Eddie Allen Aggregation (big band)
April 17 at UMASS - Amherst with the Marty Ehrlich big band.
April 21 at the Albert Lepage Center for the Arts in Maine with the Makanda big band Project
April 22 at the Bingham Auditorium in Maine with the Makanda big band Project
May 3 Jazz Vespers with Eddie Allen's "Push" at St. Albans Congregational Church in Queens, NY
May 10 at the BCMM (College in Manhattan) TriBeCa All-Star Jam Session
May 12 at the Zinc Bar in NYC with the Eddie Allen Aggregation (big band)
May 13 guest Artist with the City College of San Francisco big band in San Francisco
June 13 Eddie Allen's "PUSH" at the Alfa Jazz Festival in Lviv, Ukraine
**In July I'll be doing a Jazz Camp in the Bay area for a week, then a Jazz Camp in Utah for a week.







YAE JOONG KIM

Yae Joong Kim was born in a small village in Chuncheon, Korea in 1975. He started studying trumpet at the age of 14 and was quickly taken up with the instrument. He studied at school as well as with several professional Korean trumpet artists including Mr Hee Chan An who is recognized as the #1 leading classical trumpet artist throughout the country.

Yae's family was unable to afford continuing private lessons while in his senior year at college, so he struck out on his own playing with a number of Jazz combos learning his trade as a solid on-stage performer.

He also began writing and composing music for himself and those groups he was performing with and when he met Mr Jung Sic Lee, the most famous Jazz Saxophonist of Korea, he was able to make a big step into live Jazz performances at Jazz Clubs in Seoul. From that point on, his reputation as an outstanding Trumpet and Flugelhorn artist captured the attention of many audiences as well as other prominent performers in Korea.

He is currently heading up a large Big Band group that emulates the styles of many American big band sounds as he continues to compose new/innovative works for the entire group. His unique sound and style has made him a much sought after brass artist for major Jazz events throughout Korea.




DENNIS NAJOOM

Dennis Najoom is a co-chair principal trumpet player with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Dennis Najoom endorses and plays PHT-3000 PHAETON POCKET TRUMPET exclusively at all performance venues and clinics.






MITCH CUSS

Who is Mitch Cuss?

Trumpeter, composer and educator, Mitch Cuss graduated from Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland with an Honors degree in jazz trumpet performance and composition. He was a member of WIT's 'New Music Big Band' under the direction of composer, trombonist and educator Paul Frost. Mitch studied 'Composition' under Dr. Eric Sweeney & Dr. Marian Ingoldsby and 'Arranging & Orchestration' under Dr. David Rhodes, 'Jazz Theory' and 'Improvisational Skills' under Phil Collins, and 'History & Pedagogy' under Dr. Hazel Farrell and was recently nominated for WIT’s prestigious Bridget Doolan award.

Mitch, his wife & 2 daughters currently reside in County Waterford && Mitch performs regularly with Brass & Co., Opus Pocus Big Band, Savoy Swing Orchestra, his own quintet and smaller ensembles including 'Les Deux' where he appears alongside jazz pianist Patrick O'Connor.

Why is Mitch a Phaeton Artist?

He freelances as a composer and performer and in addition to composing for big band & orchestra, Mitch also writes & arranges for brass sections, brass quintet and fanfare team settings.

Mitch is a highly experienced trumpet player in studio, live broadcast and TV show work with experience both on stage and in the orchestra pit. Over the past 25 years as a professional player he has worked with various TV, radio and live West End productions including Starlight Express and South Pacific as well as recording for films. He has played alongside many personalities such as Lulu, Freddie Starr, The Three Degrees, Joe Dolan, Sharon Shannon, The Corrs and Brendan Bowyer.

Mitch Cuss' Trumpet:

“I play a Phaeton FX1100 trumpet. This is the big boy of the Phaeton range. Its antique brush brass finish, body braces and HEX shape heavy weight caps and finger buttons give it a distinctive look that turns heads while the large 128mm bell and ML bore provide a rich, powerful sound that is usually synonymous with heavier instruments. The 3 custom bracing sets, machined from Stainless Steel, Bronze and Brass, allow for a personalized set-up and can change the sound from a dark, jazzy set up to a bright, lead instrument in minutes.”

“The Phaeton FX1100 has a big, dark sound; capable of tremendous volume and extreme subtlety as well. Blow it hard and the sound just gets bigger and bigger, never really introducing much cut. It just gets louder and louder. There is no shut off point either. It will just keep increasing in volume until you physically can't give it any more air, but it also has a softer side”

Mitch's Current Credits:

Having travelled extensively, he has performed at most major venues throughout the world from The Royal Albert Hall to the Sydney Opera House. He has performed with the London Concert Chorus and the London Concert Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic and BBC Concert Orchestras, and even the US Navy 7th Fleet Big Band and 'The President's Own' US Marine Corps Big Band.

He has built his reputation as a big band player has toured the UK, USA, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan & Korea as well as the Persian Gulf. He specializes in big band, a genre in which he enjoys the challenge of extreme high register playing as Lead Trumpet. Influences include Maynard Ferguson, James Morrison, Chet Baker, Clark Terry and Clifford Brown, Tower of Power and Blood Sweat & Tears.

Mitch plays his PHT-FX IIOO Exclusively at all venues/events and can be contacted at: http://mitchcuss.musicaneo.com/


FARNELL NEWTON

Farnell Newton, Composer/Trumpeter, was born on March 21, 1977, in Miami, Florida, where he was exposed to many forms of music, including jazz, salsa, funk, and hip-hop. Moving to Philadelphia in 1992, he attended the High School of Creative and Performing Arts (C.A.P.A.) and gained more exposure to and experience with the music he truly loves — jazz. While in Philadelphia, Farnell also learned a lot from his uncles, saxophonist/arranger Conny Murray, and Sunny Murray, “the father of avant-garde drumming.”

Re-locating to Denver in 1994, Farnell graduated from the Denver School of the Arts and then moved to Ohio to study at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. At Oberlin, Farnell studied Music Performance with an emphasis in jazz with Wendell Logan and trumpeter Kenny Davis. Farnell Performed with many musicians, including Aretha Franklin, James Moody, Marvin Santiago, and Muhal Richard Abrams, during his time at Oberlin.

After graduating from Oberlin, Farnell moved to Portland, Oregon, where he has performed regularly with musicians such as Mel Brown, Thara Memory, Bobby Torres, Johnny Polanco, Ricardo Lemvo, and Darrell Grant, to name a few. In 2006, Farnell released his first album, ”Sense of Direction,” co-led by pianist Marcus Reynolds on Diatic Records. From 2007-2009, he served as Graduate Assistant of Music Performance at Portland State University

Farnell plays a Phaeton PHTF-2600 BLACK ONYX Flugelhorn exclusively

farnellnewton@gmail.com


RICCARDO FORESI
Voice/Trumpet/Piano/Composer

Riccardo's early beginnings as a Music student in Italy, has evolved into a charismatic and, at times, a self-effacing performer. While his contemporaries played Soccer and other outdoor sports, Riccardo began studying music theory at the age 12. Some people are born to entertain while others are cultivated like a rare jewel. Riccardo straddles both.

His passion for music became his creative outlet. He started experimenting with Pop, Jazz, Swing and classical styles. In his journey of creativity, he had the privilege to work with some well noted mentors such as Jorgen Eloffson and Michael Whalen who shared their insight and creative texture all of which helped Riccardo develop his talents as a multifaceted vocalist and musician.

His other musical home was In the United States, studying voice with Miriam J. Arman at the International Academy of voice and Stage. Riccardo has also Performed all around the World singing classics and originals while nuzzling his Phaeton trumpet to his ear pleasing solos.

Riccardo's last major tour sold out 45 cities in Italy. In addition, he has also performed at major International European venues as well.

Riccardo Foressi endorses and plays his Phaeton PHT-2040 BLACK ONYX Trumpet exclusively at all venues and recordings.

Riccardo can be contacted at: riccardoforesi1@yahoo.it or http://www.top40musicgroup.com



EDMUNDO ROMERO HERNANDEZ

Master Edmundo Romero Hernandez is Co-principal Trumpet chair of the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, a member of the brass quintet Macuilli Mexica and first trumpet of the Chamber Orchestra of the National School.

Mr. Hernandez studied at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico, under the direction of 2 of the most prominent Brass instructors in that country: Srs. Juan Manuel Arpero and Felipe León.

In addition he often visited to study with international Trumpet artists such as: Matias Hoffs, Francisco Flores, Maurice Benterfa, Bernard Soustrot, Pierre Dutot, Wolfgang Gugenberger, Ralph Sauer and Enrique Crespo, and recently took the Directing Workshop Course taught by Mr. Guillermo Salvador. These outstanding performers added considerable skills to Edmund’s repertoire of classical trumpet styles over the years.

He was a prominent artist at the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bajio in Guanajuato, Philharmonic Orchestra of Jalisco and soloist for two years in the symphonic band of Jalisco in addition to a soloist for five and a half years at the symphonic band Secretary of Navy.

His successful career included teaching at the Free School of Music, National School of Music to the UNAM and taught courses in the states of Oaxaca, Puebla, Edo. of Mexico, Hidalgo and Michoacán. He is also the founder and director of the symphonic band Sn. Fco Tlaltenco with which he has performed at various cultural events in several communities with outstanding critical reviews.

As a soloist he has performed with the Symphony Orchestra of Coyoacán, the Orchestra of Puebla State Conservatory and the Chamber Orchestra of the National School (NS) just to name a few of his achievements.

He has performed in concerts in the city of Guadalajara, at the National School of Music (UNAM), Mesina Coral Room in the Manuel M. Ponce hall in Palace of Fine Arts, among others. He participated in the tributes that have been made in honor of the internationally known and respected trumpet player, Mr. Rafael Mendez, in Jiquilpan Michoacán.

He also continues to teach trumpet courses in different states of the Mexican Republic as his ongoing contribution to the performing arts. Edmundo Hernandez currently performs exclusively and endorses the Phaeton Trumpet model PHT-FX 1100 and Phaeton Flugelhorn Model PHTF-2700.

You can contact Mr. Hernandez at: trompeteromero@hotmail.com


KIM IL HWANG
Korean Trumpet Jazz Artist

Kim was born in small seaport, Po-Hang, Korea in 1979. His father loved music and trumpet and was a major influence in the young life of Kim Hwang during his early years in public school.

Kim tells us he liked the music and trumpet artistry of Arturo Sandoval and spent many hours listening to recordings, DVDs and CDs produced by Arturo.

When Kim turned sixteen years of age, he began a rigorous program studying trumpet at his father's request. Again, his father continued to work closely with his son helping him with his goal to become an exceptional trumpet player in school as well as outside of school with small combos playing in local jazz clubs in his home town.

While attending a prominent KOREAN University, he majored in classical and orchestral trumpet stylings in order to develop a strong foundation in professional trumpet performance. When Kim reach 22 years of age, he went to Japan to study jazz under the direction of many outstanding Japanese Jazz Artists.

His current career in Korea is exceptionally busy as he continues to perform at the most famous Jazz Clubs and is an “in demand” Trumpet Jazz artist throughout the country.

Kim Il Hwang plays and endorses his Phaeton PHT-2030 brush brass trumpet and Phaeton Flugelhorn model PHTF-2600 exclusively.

You can see and hear Kim perform at any one of the links listed below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhkgfyJo7MA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGIwvBU4JKg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9YtqXX4RsA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN6Tg6LbHU8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtbuafEAF7U



MAX RIBNER

MAX RIBNER, premier Artist Flugelhorn performer in Portland, Oregon was born in 1985 in Westerly, Rhode Island. Later on, after his family relocated to Connecticut, he started his musical career in 4th grade in Stonington, Connecticut. He was fortunate to have a brother, Tim, who played Piano and together they found a perfect working relationship playing together for many years.

Max attended Berklee College of Music where he earned his BA degree. He also was awarded Top Brass Scholarship at Berklee in 2005. While at Berklee, he closely followed his favorite artists: Roy Hargrove, Erykah Badu, D’angelo, Freddie Hubbard & Chet Baker. Teachers who influenced him during those years were: Tiger Okashi, Joe Lovano, Gary Burton and members of the Buddy Rich band.

He's traveled extensively in Canada, Hawaii, Northeast Funk Bands and numerous tours in the Northwest with prominent local bands. To his credit, Max performed with The Yellow Jackets, Patrick Lamb, Tower of Power members, Prince, Rihanna and the Buddy Rich Orchestra. Liv Warfield of Prince once wrote a glowing review of Max in "Here in Spirit".

Outside of the music industry, Max was hired by Emeril Lagasse to perform and write for his new show, "Emeril's Table". Recently, he organized and produced his first CD, "HERE IN SPIRIT" with The Max Ribner Band. Max also stepped out of the his performing career with high regards for Nahko Bear of "Medicine for People" who promotes music as a tool for healing among indigenous people under the aegis of www.medicine4thepeople.org.

Max is a deeply committed person in his life style personal philosophy. He feels strongly about using music as a binding tool to bring all cultures together and come together as one. As a good role model, he espouses good health, community participation in his musical journey on and off the stage.

He supports community groups with activities like "Harpers Playground" promotion to outfit their facility in Portland with disability gear for handicapped people. He and his band raised money to aid in this program. Max’s personal goals are to "plant seeds of inspiration with young people in the arts so they can carry their creativity in the next generation...and to be the first musician to bring Native American "Tribe & Gospel" choir on stage….performing with his own group.

Max performs and endorses the Phaeton PHF-2500 Flugelhorn at all public venues and events.




MELVIN M. JONES, M. M.
Trumpeter / Composer / Arranger

Melvin Jones shines as a modern, consummate, and multi-faceted artist. Whether performing simmering ballads in an intimate setting or screaming a solo over a professional horn section in front of thousands, Jones' trumpet delivers for fans and critics alike. His unique style, combined with his superb technical facility, crafts an almost hypnotic sound for audiences, seamlessly creating jazz-oriented compositions drawn from diverse musical genres.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Jones began his musical journey as a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta. While studying at Morehouse, he made an appearance on TLC's triple platinum hit album "Fanmail," and co-founded a latin jazz ensemble called Rio Negro. Highly successful, this distinctive group performed nationally to wide acclaim while recording three group albums. Jones then pursued a master's degree in music at the Mason Gross School of the Arts where he received intense instruction from the world-renowned trumpeter and educator, the late William "Prof" Fielder. "Prof's" illustrious student roster includes greats like Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, David Sanchez, Kenny Garrett, and classmate Sean Jones. After graduation, Jones enjoyed a boisterous career, performing extensively throughout the United States and abroad while also teaching and lecturing at various universities and schools.

Many industry giants have graced the stage with Jones throughout his career, and he relishes these artistic collaborations. He has played and partnered with Don Braden, Clark Terry, Victor Goines, Carmen Lundy, Terence Blanchard, Antonio Hart, and Freddy Cole. Jones is especially proud to have been a member of the late Illinois Jacquet's last band which captured his final recording at the Lincoln Center. Recently, Jones had the extraordinary opportunity to team with Tyler Perry's company appearing and performing in the motion picture, "I Can Do Bad All By Myself" and in his latest stage and film production, "Madea's Big Happy Family." Other performance credits include being co-founder for the esteemed pre-ensemble horn section named "Solid State," which has recorded and/or performed with The Anointed Pace Sisters, The Pussycat Dolls, Fergie, Nicole Scherzinger, Missy Elliott, Keri Hilson, The Penthouse Players (house band for the Mo'Nique Show on B.E.T.), and most recently the "Original Dreamgirl" herself, Jennifer Holiday.

While Jones' performance career is remarkable, his instructional accomplishments are equally impressive. For nearly six years, he served as the Director of Bands and Instrumental Studies at Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he had the opportunity to direct the world-renowned Morehouse College Jazz Ensemble and Marching Band. Dubbed the "House of Funk," the marching band has received wide acclaim playing for both local and international events, including a Super Bowl and multiple nationally televised appearances.

Currently, Jones is most excited about the release of his self-produced, solo debut album "Pivot" on Turnaround Records (released April 5th, 2011).

Email: info@melvinjones.net    Website: www.melvinjones.net

Melvin Jones endorses and plays PHT-2060 PHAETON MATTE SILVER Bb TRUMPET exclusively at all performance venues and clinics.



PRESTON SMITH

Trumpeter Preston Smith, a resident of Houston, teaches band and music at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School. He was also the host of the Straight Ahead Jazz Night at the famous Red Cat Jazz Café in downtown Houston which has a long history of showcasing jazz artists of various genres. Smith is also making a name for himself as a premier performer in the area thanks to many performances with his quintet, and additional freelance gigs in the region. His Recent CD "Beneath the Surface" has sold throughout the US, and Internationally.

Preston started his college career as a scholarship musician at Texas Wesleyan University in Dallas, Texas. He continued his study of trumpet performance at Western State College of Colorado where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance in 2000. While studying jazz and classical music in college, Preston performed professionally with multiple groups throughout Colorado and collaborated with several on a variety of recording projects. He played with Dixieland, jazz, funk, rock, and Latin groups throughout the state and performed in several notable venues including One World Festival, UNC Jazz festival, and the Montana Traditional Jazz Festival.

Afterwards Smith took a full assistantship to pursue his Masters of Music at Southeastern Louisiana University. While there, Smith was a member of the faculty brass quintet and played lead trumpet in the top big band. Smith then started his teaching career, and played professionally throughout Southern Louisiana. In 2002, he was invited by Tom Benson (Saint’s Owner) to play the national anthem before the Dallas Cowboy’s vs New Orleans Saint’s NFL Game in the Louisiana Superdome.

While in Louisiana Preston began to record and play professionally there and throughout Texas, Alabama, and Florida. He recorded his first solo album, “One Night Stand,” at Word of Mouth Studio in New Orleans. Smith also recorded and toured with Jive Train, a funk R&B group, as well as appearing with the R&B band, Coffee, featuring Ernest Scott on the TV show, Louisiana Jukebox. "In the Cool," his second solo album was released in 2003, and several of his originals were featured on the “Hammond Toast to the Arts” CD, and on the Strawberry Jam Toast to the Arts Festival compilation album.

After brief stint as co-owner of SugaCane's Jazz 'n Blues restaurant and club in Hammond, Louisiana, Smith moved to Houston to become a high school administrator. In 2012, Smith again turned to his horn and music in earnest. He recorded a 3 song CD called "In the Pocket", and started performing throughout the Houston area. In 2015, Preston released his newest Album "Beneath the Surface" is selling on all major markets including itunes, amazon, Spotify, cdbaby, and many more. It has been showcased on radio across the US and internationally in over 15 countries, as well as Sirius XM Radio.

Mr. Smith is now the host of the Saturday Jazz Brunch at the Houston House of Blues, and the host of Sunday Evening Jazz at the Cellar Door Winery in Katy, Texas. He is also working on releasing two new recording projects in the fall of 2016.

Preston is an endorsing artist for Phaeton Trumpets. Smith plays on a Phaeton BLACK/COPPER ANTIQUE finish PHT-2060 Bb trumpet, and a Phaeton BLACK/COPPER ANTIQUE finish PHTF-2800 flugelhorn.

www.prestonsmithjazz.com – This site provides audio clips and videos of Mr. Smith.
Contact email - baldcoach@hotmail.com



OMAR PERALTA

Mr. Peralta studied many years with professors Sr. Francisco Betancourt and Sr. Angel Mercado as well as at the prestigious Amadeo Roldan Music Conservatory of Havana, Cuba, graduating as a Music Professor and Master.

His elementary studies including playing from the age of 10 in the Municipal Conservatory, Guillermo Tomas, Havana, Cuba. He also participated in the local school band as well as the Cultural house (casa cultural) of Guanabacoa, Cuba at the early age of 7.

Omar has Played the trumpet in over 3 continents at festivals, shows, clubs, and cruise lines with the Costa Cruise Lines of Italy He continues to teach trumpet and piano classes in Cuba, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Miami while playing a wide range of music including, Latin, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Classical and is comfortable with all genres.

He is currently Co-Instructor of the Miami-Dade Latin Jazz ensemble with Rafael Valencia and Matt Bonelli and participated in Latin Jazz and trumpet classes at the Prestigious University La Salle in Cuernavaca, Mexico under the direction of professor Sr.Andrea Fjcarr.

His professional experience includes recordings with a wide range of Cuban/Latin artists and Latin Jazz artists.

Mr Peralta has performed live with a wide range of popular artists including Rey Ruiz, DLG (Dark Latin Groove), La India, La Orquesta Ruina Nueva, Julio Flores, Jose Alberto “El Canario”, Chana, La Apollo of Puerto Rico, Adalberto Santiago, Zenglen, Roberto Faz, as well as top of the line Cuban artists Manolin “el Medico de la salsa,” Albita Rodriguez, Bamboleo, Paulo FG, Pachito y Su Kini Kini, Carlos Manuel, Danny Lozada, Orquestra La Imensidad, Br@ily, Pepito Gomez, Anthony Cruz, Lalo Rodriguez, Paquito Guzman, Las Estrellas de Niche, Johnny Ventura, Marlon and the youth symphony in Cuba.

Plays with the Jazz Ensemble at Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus & is currently working with the renowned Celia Cruz Musical in Miami under the direction of the esteemed producer Isidro Infante. He is also newly working with Sonora Carruseles. He most recently performed with Victor Manuel at the James L. Knight Center in Miami.

Omar has toured with a tribute band for “Jose” , the multi gold record singer from Mexico and recently launched that tour at the United Palace Theater in NYC with new collaboration with Mexican Pop star and singing sensation Adrianna Foster.

He also recently recorded a Sixties tribute to Cuban artists including the great pianist Paquito Echevarria and participated in Latin Jazz and trumpet classes at the Prestigious University La Salle in Cuernavaca, Mexico under the direction of professor Andrea Fjcarr

His personal ICON trumpet artists are:

Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Harry Jamens, Freddie Hubbard, Felix Chapottin, Luis Escalante, Rafael Mendez, Arturo Sandoval, Wynton Marsalis, James Morrison, Manuel “el guajiro” Mirabal, Luis Perico Ortiz, Maynard Ferguson and Clark Terry.

PLEASE NOTE: MR PERALTA JOINED THE "EARTH WIND AND FIRE EXPERIENCE" recently and plays jazz trumpet next to Mr Al McKay at all performances of this globally noted band.

Omar Peralta performs exclusively on Phaeton Trumpet Model PHT-FX 1100 and Phaeton Flugelhorn Model PHTF-2500.

Mr Peralta’s website is: www.omarperalta.com

Email: omarolosunde@yahoo.com.mx

His professional contact is:

Direct From Cuba

Cellular: 917-439-4331

Email: directfromcuba@yahoo.com

www.directfromcuba.com








SAM HANKINS

Sam Hankins had the great fortune to be born into a musical family that would help cultivate his own talent and ambitions. Encouraged by his father, Samuel Hankins Sr., young “Hank”” began with the guitar, then switched to his trademark trumpet in middle school and began playing in churches, professional bands and orchestras.

After earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Hankins joined the Air Force Jazz Band, The Pacesetters, stationed at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois. He remained with the Pacesetters as a trumpeter until the Air Force Base closed in 1991. Sam, then returned to school, earning both a second Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Sam Hankins, an Olympia Fields resident and Rich East High School Band Director, won 9 independent artist awards at the Indie Music Channel Awards (IMC) ceremony in Hollywood on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017.

HEADLINES READ: “Rich East High School Band Director wins 9 independent artist music awards in Hollywood”

Thousands of independent musicians from all over the world (Australia, Europe, UK, Canada & Nigeria, to name a few) submit their music in the different genres to be judged by music industry professionals: producers, managers, radio DJs and songwriters. The list of nominees was released in March and the awards show was held in April in West Hollywood as in every year. This year it was held at the famous Troubadour, which has seen performers such as Miles Davis, Elton John & Bob Dylan, amongst others.

Sam Hankins walked away with the below awards:
      Best Instrumental Demo for “El Matador”
      Best Live Jazz Performance for “So What”
      Best Male R & B Artist for “Reach For Me”
      Best Soundtrack Song for “Land Of Freedom”
      Best Soundtrack Recording for “El Matador”
      Best World Music Artist for “Balli For My Galli”
      Best World Music Recording for Balli For My Galli”
      Recording of The Year for “El Matador”
      Demo of The Year for “El Matador”

Offering up a fresh and exhilarating vibe with his full length debut “Nothing Between Us”, trumpeter and composer Sam Hankins draws on a powerhouse resume as a music educator and R&B/jazz sideman that includes multiple awards as a middle school Band Director and performances with numerous legendary artists, including Al Jarreau, Clark Terry, The O’Jays, The Temptations, The Dells, The Impressions, Aretha Franklin and the Glenn Miller Big Band.

As a prolific composer, Hankins has composed over 150 pieces before he took his wife’s advice and began pursuing the next phase of his diverse career, as a solo recording artist. He laid the groundwork for Nothing Between Us (May 2012) by releasing Dream Catcher (July 2011), a compilation of his catalog of music in every genre from smooth jazz and dance to techno. He released his third CD, Joyous Celebration, a Christmas CD which is a collaboration with David Mc Lorren in November 2015 and his latest CD Do That Thang in March 2016.

All 4 CD’s have received lots of radio play around the world and in the US. Sam is also an Adjunct Music Professor at South Suburban College where he is the Director & Conductor of the Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensemble.

SAM HANKINS is an endorsing artist of PHAETON TRUMPET COMPANY and plays exclusively on his Trumpet Model PHT-FX-1100 and Flugelhorn Model PHTF-LV 2800.

You can contact Sam at: http://www.samhankinsmusic.com and get your FREE download of "Nothing Between Us"