The History Of Jazz Trumpet- January- February 2021

The History Of Jazz Trumpet

with Michael Varekamp Trumpet Player& Vocalist

from Amsterdam

To all our dear friends,

We invite you to a series of 4 musical lectures with the amazing Trumpet player& Vocalist Michael Varekamp from Amsterdam!

Trumpet player Michael Varekamp has toured around the world with a variety of projects for thirty years. He worked with David Murray and Branford Marsalis, was part of the quintet of Miles’ saxplayer of the seventies,
Sonny Fortune. Michael performed in Jazz at Lincoln Center and received the Kobe Award for outstanding talent in Japan. He worked with New Cool Collective and won an Edison last year with his album Blue.

‘A dazzling lexicon of Jazz Trumpet playing. It would be interesting to  watch his road to the Jazzhall of Fame’ Wales Evening Post

“My story begins at ten, when I found a record at home of Louis Armstrong: The Town Hall Concert. He would be my main inspiration for a long time as a young trumpet player. When I started my study at the conservatory in The Hague in 1990, I would develop chronologically up to my second big love in jazz: Miles Davis. People often asked me, who do you like better, but that would be a choice like saying who do like best. Your mom or dad? As a result and because I have always been interested in history, I studied and performed all of the styles in between and after. I have been lucky to work with groups and people of different areas, such as Scott Hamilton, Dutch Swing College Band, Fra Fra Sound, Willem Breuker, David Murray, Lester Bowie  and many more. It’s a big pleasure to combine my experiences in this lecture.

In these lectures we will talk about the great innovative players, the bandleaders (who were responsible for the business(gigs!), famous tunes & recordings, development of trumpet technique, the use of mutes and much more!”



Roy Eldridge

Wynton Marsalis

Louis Armstrong

Musical Lecture No. 1

Thursday, January 21st at 5 p.m. (Israel Time)

 Louis Armstrong to Young Dizzy Gillespie

The Beginning-Swing

Part one is about early jazz and early jazz trumpet playing. It starts in the slums of New Orleans around 1910 and follows the development of Louis Armstrong and many others against the background of prohibition, life in the French Quarter and more. By the end of the twenties, Louis would be the first black music star ever but the beginning of the swing era had already presented itself.

Buddy Bolden, Original Dixieland Jazz Band, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington


Musical Lecture No. 2

Thursday, January 28th at 5 p.m. (Israel Time)

Roy Eldridge to Freddie Hubbard

Swing- Be Bop-Soul Jazz

By the end of the twenties, jazz was heading in a new direction. Due to all kind of developments in technology, art and music the music was becoming faster, different in rythm and even more exciting. Jazz was also evolving as the perfect music to dance to. All this would change with the arrival of bebop.

Bebop was a reaction to a lot of things. The fact that jazz was mainly used as music for amusement (not for intellectual purposes), the fact that jazz was also based on minstrel music plus the fact that the young stars in jazz needed to prove that the music was intellectual. Not a force of nature for black people.

Bebop made a big change on the scene. Also due to WWII a lot of jazz clubs were closed, and people stopped dancing to jazz. (this would open the door for Rock and Roll, but that’s another story) To try to get something back from this Art Blakey and Horace Silver started to work with more earthy aspects in their music. Borrowing from gospel, latin and blues. This would lead to hard bop and later soul jazz. This period is also basically accepted as the mainstream jazz of today.

Roy Eldrige, Art Blakey, Count Basie, Horace Silver, Benny Goodman, Miles Davis


Musical Lecture No. 3

Thursday, February 4th at 5 p.m. (Israel Time)

Miles Davis: The Picasso of Jazz

Like no one before Miles Davis changed his direction in music every so and so years. It’s interesting to compare his personal development with the development of jazz. To begin in the forties, all the way up to the late 80’es. He changed the direction of jazz (and music for that matter) but was also very keen to use the sounds of the time around him and used it for the better in his own voice and playing. He was the first jazz musician who (successfully) related himself to flamenco music, rock music, collage techniques, rap music, electronic beats and so on. Until today he’s an inspiration for almost all of us.

Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Kind of Blue, Porgy and Bess


Musical Lecture No. 4

Thursday, February 11th at 5 p.m. (Israel Time)

Wynton Marsalis to Christian Scott

The launch of the career of Wynton Marsalis when he debuted in the band of Art Blakey early eighties was the beginning of a new period in the history of Jazz. The art world was heading to the new millennium and what started at first was the revival of acoustic jazz, after years of fusion. Some called it a renaissance. It gave room to a whole new generation that started to interpret the history and simultaneously bent it their own way. In the early nineties people like Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard and Nicolas Payton started to put back the history of jazz together again. From the African Roots, Hot Five all the way to the vamps of John Coltrane and create another new style of jazz. Due to the fact that jazz has become a niche market there’s a lot of room for personal vision in 2020. In Part IV we have a look at the historical lines in the work of the young players of today.

Lester Bowie ,Terence Blanchard ,Nicolas Payton, Ambrose Akinmusire

*The lectures will be held on Thuersdays at 5PM (Israel Time)

*The link will be sent to you by email, about two hours before the start of each lecture.

*The link is to the Zoom waiting room, following new security regulations from the Zoom company and 10 minutes before the start of the lecture you will be entered automaticly into lecture.

*At the end of each lecture there will be an opportunity for questions

*Each lecture lasts about an hour

*If there is any difficulty in connecting, you can write on WhatsApp to mobile number +972546560787 or email

*A link to  the recorded lecture can be obtained on request to this email

– valid for two weeks after the lecture

*Price 150 NIS  or 39€ for the four lectures

We would love to see you with us!

Dates: January 21st, 28th+ February 4th, 11th Thursdays at 5pm

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