The Variable D Postulate Quartet Appears Monthly at the Gallery Cabaret
After a very successful first public performance, Nick Drozdoff and the Variable D Postulate Quartet will appear the FIRST MONDAY of EVERY month at the Gallery Cabaret from 7 PM to 9:15 PM.
The next performance will be on July 7.
The band plays trumpet drive funk and modern jazz with a dynamic trio of drums, upright bass and keyboards underpinning the trumpet work. The music is sure to lift your spirits. The early hour makes this uniquely accessible to working folks, as well. Grab and early dinner, swing by catch a set or two. You’ll be out around 9 PM which should not be too late for anyone.
If you can stay out a little later, the fine big band led my Matt Kern called Big Band Boom plays from 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM.
Folks it is extremely important that you come out and support live music. It is even more important that you support live LOCAL music. Don’t just go out to hear traveling acts from the east or west coast. You have a wealth of talent right here in Chicago that needs you. And whether or not you realize it, YOU NEED THEM, TOO!
We’re all in this together.
We are all looking forward to seeing you on July 7.
“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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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 SchwanRead more
“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.”Read more