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Walter White Trumpet Player

Walter White Trumpet Player

Walter White Trumpet Player





Highlights of Walter White & Small, Medium @ Large Band
performing at The Detroit Jazz Festival





Walter White & Small, Medium @ Large Band
perform at The Detroit Jazz Festival





Highlights from Walter White & Small Medium @LARGE's CD Release
show at Cliff Bell's Jazz Club in Detroit (November 2012)









Walter White

trumpet player, grew up in a musical family near Detroit, Michigan which inspired him to begin his musical career. Walter White learned to play the baritone horn and tuba before settling on trumpet by the age of nine. Walter has been educated at the Interlochen Center For the Arts, The Juilliard School, the University of Miami, and The Banff Centre, Walter’s former trumpet teachers include William Vacchiano, John Lindenau, Vincent Cichowicz, Mel Broiles, Leon Rapier, Carmine Caruso, Jerome Amend, and Kenny Wheeler.

Walter's expressive trumpet-playing led him to collaborate with many of the top names in music including: Bob James, Dave Holland, the Mingus Big Band, the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Gunther Schuller, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, The Jaco Pastorius Big Band, and Arturo Sandoval. This list also includes David Matthew's Manhattan Jazz Orchestra with whom Walter recorded seven award-winning records for the Japanese market. During the early 1990's, Walter toured and recorded with his boyhood hero, trumpet player Maynard Ferguson, and is featured on the CD, Live from London, playing "The Fox Hunt," a sizzling duet with Maynard recorded at the world-famous jazz club, Ronnie Scott's, in London's Soho district.

Presently, Walter serves as leader of the Walter White Jazz Quartet, and his 11-piece big band, Walter White & Small Medium @ Large, who recently released the recording, Breaking Good, which received substantial national radio play and reached into the top 20 on the Jazz Week charts. The band opened for Pat Metheny at the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival and was featured performers at the 2013 International Trumpet Guild Conference, playing their own set and backing up trumpet great, Arturo Sandoval.

Walter's playing has enhanced the sound tracks of records, movies, and television, including network sitcoms, TAXI and The Cosby Show. As a recording studio owner, Walter produces music for records, television, and film. In 1994, Walter produced the Walter White Long-tone Accompaniment, a play-along CD for music practice, now in its third printing. Walter is active as an educator. He teaches privately and holds master classes at music schools across the country and abroad. Walter is a frequent guest soloist with leading university jazz ensembles and has been an artist-in-residence at Rutgers University, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Tulsa University.




Walter White's Trumpet Gear:



Walter performs on the Yamaha YTR 8310Z Bobby Shew Custom Series Professional Model Bb Trumpet and the Yamaha 8310Z Bobby Shew Custom Series Professional Model Flugelhorn. Walter's main lead trumpet mouthpiece has been a modified Yamaha Bobby Shew lead mouthpiece. The modifications were done at the Yamaha Ginza shop by Hidechi Aoyagi. They include deepening the cup slightly, opening the throat, and taking weight off the mass (skeleton-izing). As Walter prefers narrower mouthpieces, he has also been using a recently acquired Bach Mt. Vernon 10.5 C, and the latest versions of Joe Shepley's patented 4D mouthpieces, in brass and Delryn.









Walter White's Advice On High Range For The Trumpet



*** NOTE: Thank you to Trumpet Player Augie Haas for permission to use the following information. ***




Walter White Jazz Recording

Walter White and Small, Medium @ Large
Recording available at CD Universe, Amazon & CD Baby






Walter White Discography At CD Universe



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