At the same time he as devoted his extra time to clinics, concerts and soloing with symphonic orchestras and trombone choirs across the country. Very, very soft. I just didn¹t want to bother worrying about a physical thing with my hand because I¹m not King Kong, you know! My first taste of politics came from my mother. George, what are your thoughts about breath support and breath control ­ airflow management? This relationship was one of the most important things that could have happened for all of us bass trombone players because when I got out to LA there were only two or three guys and some doublers who just played a note every once in awhile. You can be so expressive in the black and white medium. Well, I love photography! My own feeling is that bass trombone is still just a trombone and it should sound like a trombone. You listen to all that stuff and realize that their vibrato is not distorted like ³WAH, WAH, WAH, WAH, WAH² or ultra fast like ³bababababa². Smile and be a happy individual ­ that¹s the way I feel about it. He took me to Drake University, which was only six blocks from where we lived, and got Jack Dalby, who was a kid getting his trombone credentials at Drake, and asked Jack if he could teach me to play trombone. Times have changed. We sat down to talk and became inseparable friends for a million years, Nelson and I. Although they are ³canned², you still get the same feeling as if the performance were really live. I thought, if you can sing to what Irv¹s got, you can play to it. That just shook me up. It¹s your friends who will get you all of your jobs. 12 August 2004. A lot of the playing on a single trigger horn is physical. The teacher informed my mother that I would never play trombone because my arms were not long enough. If they hear one thing and one thing only, such as legitimate symphony music, then that¹s what they¹ll end up playing. It should be a trombone. There isn¹t much chance of moving from one band to another like there used to be. Daaaahhhh, daaaahhhh, you know. It was a Super Olds. From the G pedal tone and down below, with a single embouchure, I would start to disappear. I thought that was just great. Go down front and play something. George Robert's new trombone: also see: Kanstul Musical Instruments. One of the guys asked Doug to try the Kanstul bass trombone. I have a mouthpiece that Burt Herrick made for me years and years ago. Any hobbies? Well, when I first started, I played a 70H Conn with the tuning-in-the-slide. Besides my family, trombone has been the biggest thing for me since the age of twelve. It really would have blown me if I had known what I was walking into. George Roberts Meet Mr. Roberts LP Columbia 6 Eye Mono White label promo CL 1384. And, then there was his melodic brilliance. I ran and got my stuff and put it in the car and I was there in 30 minutes! That was Reg Olds. A friend of mine, a bass player (Don Simpson) from Des Moines said, George, the trombone player from Krupa's band is leaving. Dick Nash: sound player. One of the most important things that I could say to kids is to be absolute masters of simplicity. That means being a singer. When I was a little kid, I sang in the choir and I learned to sing words and notes and melodies. It was just some dipsy hotel music but I was making money with my trombone. You know, Jerry Cimera, Arban, all those people. Roberts died from pneumonia on September 28, 2014, at the age of 86 in Fallbrook, California. You can see that developing from the first pages of the book, where there¹s nothing but long tones: whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes. He said, that¹s right, George, and I gave him a big hug. I mentioned to some of them that all my life, I had wanted to meet Robert Isele. Anyway, I got mad and stormed up to my bedroom and noticed that it was starting to get dark outside. We are not limited by the space constraints typically found in printed media, so this interview can be presented to you in its entirety, giving you some real insight into the man behind the horn. We went into the house and talked for three hours. I thought, Mr. Gillette? That¹s the way I played for fifty years. Long tones and slurs. What sort of warm-up routine do you use to get ready for a performance? That was the first time I had ever been in front of a big band audience. Bob Fitzpatrick and Mel Burne were the two friends who got me into that band. I¹m throwing that in because Zig waited nearly two years for me to come out and say hello and I thought that was pretty nice. I¹ve got to find some way to be as good or equal to Urbie or I¹m out of this business. I went to boot camp at Great Lakes at age 17. The rest of the players would say, that little so-and-so! They will hear things that they really like and will need to work toward that type of sound, to grab hold of it. I¹m not Tommy Dorsey, so I don¹t need a feather-light slide. I tried to examine my own playing and find something that I did better. It shouldn¹t sound like a baritone or a tuba. Lloyd looked at me and said, George, you know that you and I have to get a new warm-up. The hotel maid came in and said, there¹s a man on the phone named Stan Kenton who wants to talk to you. That one of the young players took over one of the old-timer¹s, stronghold chairs. The first order is that bass trombone should still have a trombone sound ­ to me, that¹s the important thing. I started playing trombone when I was twelve. Then he went with Woody Herman¹s band years ago and left the band. I was 13 and he comes out on the stage and starts playing the most amazing intricate passage - high and low - all over the place and my thoughts were like, am I going to have to play like that on my trombone? Well, the Marines informed me that Robert Isele lived around Penn State somewhere. Unsung Hero: The Artistry of George Roberts - Music Minus One Trombone | Roberts, George | ISBN: 9781596154643 | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon. What am I doing now? Everybody else does, why not bass trombone? George Roberts (trombonist) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia George Mor­timer Roberts (known as "Mr. Bass Trom­bone") (March 22, 1928 - Sep­tem­ber 28, 2014) was an Amer­i­can trombonist. What skills should young bass trombonists be focusing on? I have just modified one external link on George Roberts (trombonist). November 6, 2020 10:08 AM, George Roberts That¹s where you are going to start asking so many questions. Oh, boy ­ I almost flipped! 10:29. I have always felt and thought that Frank Sinatra was one of the greatest trombone teachers who ever lived. Play a slow ballad, that¹s the greatest way to play long tones and slurs that you can find. We¹d hang out once in awhile. I studied composition and such and had a friend ­ a bass player who asked me if I wanted to go on the road? Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews - For True [New Vinyl LP] $22.42. It¹s pathetic that such a large part of our culture has simply disappeared. $11.95. Well, I wanted to get out, so I could go on the road with a big name band. George M Roberts - P 2014 He recorded for Nelson Riddle, Frank Sinatra, Stan Kenton and John Williams and can be heard on the soundtrack for 'Jaws' George M. Roberts, … Well, John Williams was the piano player on that album. Starting from: £29.99 Add to cart Playing long tones and slurs - that is the way I am going to leave the business. I started working with different companies. Like Sinatra - I want to play like Frank sang. So, I would go outside and practice long tones and stuff. You don¹t get up and walk out, no matter how good you think you are. General Requirements. From Milwaukee, I got the offer from Krupa. So, I played and he came up afterward and asked to try my horn. Sing, sing, sing! If you loved the leader, you loved their band. George Roberts' nickname is "Mr. Bass Trombone" and so he is. If you can play like those two guys, with a great sound, with their conception of playing the song, you¹d be a heck of a trombone player. Nelson Riddle had the guts to expose the horn. If you know how to accommodate all of the various situations, you¹re in business. I haven¹t really had time to get totally involved with it very much any more but, boy, I really love photography ­ it¹s a great art form. This enhanced visibility for the bass trombone generated increased interest among composers and arrangers, once they understood the capabilities of the instrument. George Roberts. Or, you won¹t work! I had to play a solo with the harp, which was all the way across the room. I¹m going to take you down to hear a real trombone player now. You know, Watrous, Marcellus and I are the best garbage players in the whole world! The next morning, I was in the draft for Guam, so I spent two years on Guam! Anyway, when it came time to warm up, I started my soft, long tones and noticed that Lloyd was playing even softer and longer. His unique abilities were soon recognized by legendary arranger Nelson Riddle, himself a trombonist. The bass trombone had to be exposed in the right way. After the Krupa band broke up in 1949, Roberts was a freelance musician in Reno, Nevada, for a year before being hired by Stan Kenton to replace Bart Varsalona, who had left the band during its 1949–50 hiatus. So, all day long I kept thinking, boy, I can't wait to get home. The audience always loved my ballads. Well, there are very few and it¹s just like with trombonists ­ masters of simplicity who have great sound and can control their instruments. That¹s the book that Paul Tanner and I did together. Never. I've been saying that all of my life. I think that really is true. That means that you should be able to sing and whack notes just like a tenor trombone. George, you mentioned, that as you have ³matured², it has become more difficult to hold up heavy horns. Now, I have to explain that we really didn't have a heck of a lot of money when we were kids (1939-1940). Kids come up to me all the time and ask these questions. He has truly reached an international audience. I was with Sinatra for so long. (Let¹s Play Bass Trombone). With Kenton, later Johnny Richards; I played Stella By Starlight, Yesterdays, Alone Together, and some other things like that. My leadpipe wasn¹t that different but I didn¹t want to feel alienated with a new leadpipe. He also had multiple sclerosis George Roberts, " Mr. Bass Trombone" was one of the most beloved personalities in the music world. Sound. He thought, George couldn¹t possibly do that. Talk about astounded! It wasn¹t my egotism that caused the Roberts Model Olds. Now my brother and I, when we wanted new bikes, would go down to the Western Auto Store and get used bikes out of the back, take them home and paint them. Play slowly and precisely with great accuracy and focused sound. Interview with George Roberts I finally went out one day and walked through the building, asking if Zig was there. My dream bands were Woody Herman and Kenton. Kenton called me while I was in Reno. When did you make the switch to bass trombone? You know, kids often ask me, how do you do that? Put yourself into this and make some beautiful music. After a year in Reno playing show bands, I got the call from Kenton to see if I would come out to LA. I thanked Nelson for the compliment and repeated that bass trombone really is the best melody horn in the world. I think they¹re writing a lot more for double trigger bass trombone, whatever that means. You¹ll know if you are playing it right or wrong. 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