Trevor is the Trombone Society’s trombonist of the year 2020. He is also an ex-CYM student having learnt with Malcolm Frammingham and Mike Hinton. Trevor visited CYM in January to give a virtual jazz trombone workshop.
Trevor began by demonstrating jazz improvisation on the trombone playing over a blue’s backing track. His performance was highly skilled and demonstrated the versatility and range of the instrument. Trevor then went on to show students a number of intricate trombone techniques. The first, is that you can actually make something quite interesting to listen to by playing different rhythms on the same note. This was a lot more challenging than it sounds! This was then then developed into using two notes with different rhythms, then adding more notes from a blues scale. Trevor suggested that all the students listened to different examples of jazz trombone playing. Trevor recommended some phenomenal trombonists for the students to listen to, such as; JJ Johnson, Curtis Fuller, Frank Rosolino, Urban Green, Mark Nightingale, Fred Wesley and Trombone Shorty.
It was really inspiring for the CYM trombonists to have the opportunity to work with Trevor. When he played, it was phenomenal to listen to yet at the same time he made the idea of playing jazz trombone accessible to all of the students, giving helpful strategies to get them started with the concept. Thank you Trevor!
Review by Julie Beaman