The Variable D Postulate Demo Is On The Way!

I just approved the mixes for the two tunes I wrote and recorded with my band, “The Variable D Postulate Quartet. I have forwarded the wav files to the video director who will now embroil himself the in the editing and syncing process.

We recorded two full length tunes LIVE in the studio, so this will be concert video. However, the studio engineer ran a great mix, so the audio will transcend anything I could have done with a Zoom recorder in a night club. We had to cameramen climbing all over the place while we were playing getting some excellent video. I am not going to lie. It was INCREDIBLY distracting. However, in the the end, this will be an honest live performance captured professionally!

I am very excited about the possibilities for the band. These two videos will, of course, be interwoven here. I’ll have the web designer sort out how to do that. They’ll be on Youtube and all over Facebook as well. The next step will be to edit together (the same video director will do this with me) a mini documentary about the band which will be used as a sales tool for some crowdfunding ideas I’m developing.

Stay tuned!!! I’ll let you all know when and where to see and hear the project.


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Nick Drozdoff and the Variable D Postulate Ensemble Clinics

Nick Drozdoff is available as a lecturer/clinician on many topics in music. He does clinics on brass techniques and jazz studies. In addition he does lectures on everything from brass-wind acoustics to the physics of music, music technology and even musical survival skills for the newer professional musicians. He is well know as a mentor for young musicians in the Chicago area.

In addition to Drozdoff working in a solo context, his band, A Variable D Postulate Ensemble, is also ready to travel to any institution to perform and conduct master classes. The quartet can deliver panel type discussions on jazz studies and musical survival skills with a multi-generational point of view.

In either a solo or ensemble context, Drozdoff has the literature available in his library to perform with any big band.

Be sure to explore the press kit and credential information here on this website for more information. Use the contact tab to open a dialog.

The group is ready and willing to travel anywhere in the country or the world.

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Facebook and SoundCloud Links to Like Nick Drozdoff and the Variable D Postulate Ensemble

Here is a the link to the Facebook page where you can follow the work of of my composing and performing with my new group(s), The Variable D Postulate Ensemble.

Nick Drozdoff and the Variable D Postulate Ensemble

Please like us and encourage all of your friends to do so as well. For the time being, this is where our performances and releases of any recordings or videos will be posted, in addition to news announcements here.

Here is the SoundCloud link, also.
Nick Drozdoff and the Variable D Ensemble on SoundCloud


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The Variable D Postulate Ensemble on Facebook and SoundCloud

Folks, the best way to follow the Variable D Postulate Ensemble, in addition to bookmarking THIS page, like us on FaceBook and Soundcloud.

Just look up “Nick Drozdoff and the Variable D Ensemble” Facebook page under Musicians/Bands and like us. You get our events and announcements as well as various and sundry posts of a more clinical nature. Also, find us on SoundCloud and like us. These is an hour’s worth of musical samples of the Variable D Ensemble and my work as a trumpet soloist.To find us on SopundCloud, you’ll need to search Nick Drozdoff.

Like us, please!

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“How To Practice” Is Now Available As An iBook!

My book, “How To Practice” is now available in interactive form as an iBook at the iBook Store at Apple. In addition to the text, it includes over 40 minutes of embedded video, a couple of media files and four fully functional Keynote/Powerpoint Files. This version of the book is a bit like having a master class in the palm of your hand on your iPad.

Be sure to read the description and look at the sample file when you go to the iBook Store. If it looks like somehting you’d be interested in, be sure to start the DL to your iPad at night and it will be waiting for you in the AM. The file size is quite big – a little over 1.7 Gb.

I sincerely hope this version of the book will you you find your own better way to a richer trumpeting experience.


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Ad Hoc Clinics-No Upfront Expenditure

This post is a reminder about my ad hoc clinics. These are still available to ANYONE and there is NO UPFRONT CHARGE to anyone. I take the risk. All I ask of anyone who would like me to come to their location to do one is that they talk it up with EVERYONE they can so that we can expect reasonably good attendance. That’s it!

Here is how it works. If we arrange to do one of these, I will arrive a day before if the location is remote and too far for me to drive. I’ll make all the arrangements for my accommodations and pay out of my pocket. You will need to help me find a location at which I can DO the clinic. It would be preferable if I didn’t have to pay a room rental, if possible. Possibilities would be school band rooms, a rec room at a church or a community center or a music store (as an aside, the music store will draw some more customers that day!). We’ll arrange the time and promote the heck out it on the internet.

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Nick Drozdoff Is Now A Getzen Artist

Folks, as of now I am officially a Getzen artist. While I still have a great deal of affection for the New York Trumpet Company, I am now supporting the work of a fine multigenarational family corporation right here in the Midwest.

The NYTC horns are fine instruments and my switching to Getzen is to in no way imply that I think the NYTC horns are bad. They are excellent, and I’ll continue to say so to all who would ask. My videos in which I use the NYTC horns will stay up. It would be dishonest to imply that I didn’t play them. I did. However, I am moving onto Getzen now and for some important reasons.

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Drozdoff Signature Series Mouthpieces by Wedge

Well, they were at the Midwest Band and Orchestra clinic, but the series is now complete.

This is the Drozdoff Signature series of trumpet mouthpieces by Dave Harrison of the Wedge Mouthpiece Company in Van Couver, British Columbia. Here is a list of what is available.

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What Some Folks Are Saying About Drozdoff Clinic/Concerts:

Here are comments from folks wh have recently had Drozdoff as a soloist/clinician:

From Patrick Schwan of Minot, North Dakota:

Yes, we had a great time at the “Magic City Jazz Festival”. Nick was outstanding working with our students. He was very patient and kind with them, yet shared many ideas for improvement. He is obviously very knowledgeable about jazz styles and the trumpet, but he is also exceptional at conveying that knowledge to others. What a treat for me to play in “the Swing Band of Minot” that backed up Nick on his feature tunes. He received a standing ovation for his rendition of “Birdland”, and again for ‘Bugle Call Rag”. If any of you are in a position to hire clinicians for your festival, you won’t go wrong hiring Nick. I highly recommend him! –>Pat Schwan

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“A Curious Yellow” Picked as the Best Jazz Piece of 2007 by WAMIA

Australian composer, Adrian Kelly, wrote “A Curious Yellow” for his CD, “Intercontinental Drift.” It is composed for string quartet and specifically Nick Drozdoff’s flugelhorn work.

Recently this piece won the Western Australian Music Industry Association Award as the best jazz piece of 2007. This is truly an intercontinental project. The original CD tracks were recorded in Perth and the trumpet parts were recorded in Saratoga, New York. However, Drozdoff recorded his part on Curious Yellow upon returning to Chicago.

You can hear the entire piece by going to the little media player at the top of the page and using the little pull down window to the right side of it to select “Curious Yellow.”

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