Lloyd was such a dear friend of mine. Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews - For True [New Vinyl LP] $22.42. What I really like is black and white photography. It¹s your friends who will get you all of your jobs. I thought, if I'm going to play tenor trombone, I¹ve got a lot of work to do because I don't play like Urbie Green. [3], Learn how and when to remove this template message, About George Roberts on "Trombone page of the world", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=George_Roberts_(trombonist)&oldid=977970881, Articles needing additional references from March 2020, All articles needing additional references, Wikipedia articles with CANTIC identifiers, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 12 September 2020, at 02:40. Way to go! Everybody ­ we¹re all going over to Robert Isele¹s house. Roberts, der an Multipler Sklerose erkrankt war, starb Ende September 2014 im Alter von 86 Jahren an den Folgen einer Lungenentzündung. Helfer said, how long would it take you to get in your car with your bass trombone, your bag of mutes, and everything else that you carry and get down to Radio Recorder¹s Annex? Single triggers are light and I¹m an old man! I was 13 and he comes out on the stage and starts playing the most amazing intricate passage - high and low - all over the place and my thoughts were like, am I going to have to play like that on my trombone? I have always thought, what in the heck is the point of doing this? Upon showing George a photo of Bill Watrous, he noticed that Bill was carrying a plastic garbage bag. When did you make the switch to bass trombone? He used to come out and record Kenton ­ he was the money behind the Kenton recordings. Play a slow ballad, that¹s the greatest way to play long tones and slurs that you can find. I can tell you right now that, anyone who is honest with themselves, knows their own strengths and weaknesses better than anybody in the whole world. George Mortimer Roberts was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on March 22 1928, and first became fascinated with the trombone while watching his brother perform in the high school band. Are there any other adjustments that you have made over the years, in order to keep playing? I got about halfway up the alley and it was getting dark and spooky, so I thought that maybe I would put off this running away idea until the next morning. The manufacturers are all making great horns now ­ they all are. If it wasn¹t exposed, you¹re not going to get called. My parents were really proud of me (tongue-in-cheek) for making money with my trombone! His technical skills were so good that he just really startled me. You know, I probably shouldn¹t do this but you see that plastic garbage bag? What type of thing do you like to do away from the horn? What are your thoughts about embouchure shifts? George Roberts (trombonist) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia George Mor­timer Roberts (known as "Mr. Bass Trom­bone") (March 22, 1928 - Sep­tem­ber 28, 2014) was an Amer­i­can trombonist. That set into me like you wouldn¹t believe. Eddie Cusby: sound player. I want to have a love affair with the horn. George, what are your thoughts about breath support and breath control ­ airflow management? You can actually take your handslide and, with hardly any motion, replicate the truly great vocalists, completely in character. Nelson was a big benefactor of ours. We went to Washington Irving Junior High School in Des Moines, Iowa where the band was playing and my mother asked me if I would like to play one of those instruments on stage. I am really proud of Doug for getting in there and doing that. I was with the Ray Robbins Band in Milwaukee when I got a call from Gene Krupa's Band in Chicago. Music Minus One Trombone, Tuba or Bass Trombone: Big Band Ballads by George Roberts (1998-01-01) | | ISBN: | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon. Roberts opted to stay in Los Angeles rather than go with Kenton on his 1953 European tour. It¹s very subtle, smooth, and in character. Some of the players convinced Helfer to ³try the new kid² (me). His greatest asset has been this ability to play for and meet with the young people who attend, who are so vitally important to him. And he said, the single trigger Bach. And they will! For the last 45 years George has played in and around the studio scene in Los Angeles and has remained the most in-demand bass trombonist in town. All the jobs that you get in the music business are basically from friendsŠmy friend from the conservatory got me the job in Milwaukee. My first taste of politics came from my mother. Mark Lawrence, principal trombonist of the San Francisco Symphony, came out to a BonesWest rehearsal and the guys asked me to play something with the group after Mark¹s clinic was finished. The type of person you are is the way you are going to play. About eight years later, Nelson did The Joy of Living album. I¹m kidding but I just like the single trigger ­ it¹s light, more resonant. There¹s nothing like standing in front of a big band. This caused the business to really grow for us. Johnny Richards heard it (during this period, he wrote Stella By Starlight and all these other great tunes) and wasn¹t real impressed. I was such a fool but learned a lesson that I've never forgotten as long as I¹ve lived. There might be one opportunity in a lifetime and you are forced to stay with it. How do they get their vibrato? Besides my family, trombone has been the biggest thing for me since the age of twelve. I think that they¹ll take care of business. Get the greatest sound in the world and learn what to do with it. I started to tell Mr. Isele about myself and Jim Erdman broke in to inform me, George, he knows who you are ­ he knows everything that you have ever done and he is a great fan of yours. Not smart to do but we¹ve been doing that for years. Well, my mother, in Des Moines, Iowa asked if I wanted to go see my brother play baritone saxophone in the junior high school band. When I first came out to LA, I realized that every note I played was not going to be a solo. Buzzzzzz. If she doesn¹t close her eyes, I¹m not sure if she liked it, or not. George M Roberts - P 2014 He recorded for Nelson Riddle, Frank Sinatra, Stan Kenton and John Williams and can be heard on the soundtrack for 'Jaws' George M. Roberts, … That applies to anyone who¹s listening to you. I remember once telling Nelson that bass trombone is the best melody horn in the world and he said, you must have the heart of an elephant! It would be an understatement to say that George has an adoring audience. He was always a dream for me of what a trombone player should be. That is the bass trombone lyrical range. Urbie Green, Gene Mulluns, and myself. The Kanstul quality control is great. I¹ve got to find some way to be as good or equal to Urbie or I¹m out of this business. I worked for Bobby Helfer from that day forward. George has been interviewed innumerable times … Absolutely! Time. I like to put on the phones and listen to a lot of the Don Costa/Riddle stuff that they did for Sinatra and listen to the backgrounds and the way they interpreted things. Nelson, bless his heart, out of that meeting with Gillette and the thing with Helfer and Stravinsky and all that kind of stuff ­ if you put all of that stuff together, there¹s where your commercial business came from for all of us bass trombone players. Well, there are very few and it¹s just like with trombonists ­ masters of simplicity who have great sound and can control their instruments. There¹s always somebody around the corner waiting. Helfer was just frowning, furious, sitting against the wall. Okay, then, that¹s what you have to do. Really, it's like velvet. So, I'm sitting at home one morning. At the same time he as devoted his extra time to clinics, concerts and soloing with symphonic orchestras and trombone choirs across the country. I don¹t like ultra-dark sounds. Please take a moment to review my edit. It was Urbie's lyric tenor trombone playing that inspired George to be an "Urbie" one octave lower. If I saw a wide-open low B natural sitting there, a whole note, then I would pull to E. If I had to play it in E, then I would do so. I said to dad, you don¹t love me ­ I want to play trombone. Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, Roberts began his career after service in the U.S. Navy. Well, he saw me walk by and he got up and said, George, my office is back here. I¹m going to take you down to hear a real trombone player now. Oh, boy! How could that be? If I were to get a bass trombone like Bart Barcelona (who played powerfully, like a bull. How am I going to survive in this industry with all of the electronics taking over the field? The rest of the players would say, that little so-and-so! They were the players in motion pictures, television, radioŠall the recordings. But I know how to lie about it! I made the following changes: There¹s a lot of opinion on the different styles of horns that companies make. Any hobbies? I love all of you kids and just pray that there will still be a music business for you! Reg felt that if a name player would help him build a bass trombone, that he could break into the pro line. I know my weaknesses better than anybody. Play slowly and precisely with great accuracy and focused sound. I thought, at the time, that every young person should sit down by themselves and ask themselves, what the heck am I doing? That¹s been my whole act for so long and I love to do that with phones and get right inside the orchestra. But everything is played real soft. When I went down front, it was always "dah, dahdah, daaahhh, dahda" from some beautiful ballad. Nat Cole. Then he went with Woody Herman¹s band years ago and left the band. George Roberts, in the '50's early 60's I took all the steps at Great Lakes in order to get into the Navy music program which I thought would be a good thing to do. It¹s the only place they have to play any more. I said, what? Remember, I said that we are all the masters of our own strengths and weaknesses? I had to be able to bend because, when you play a date and have four trombones, they¹re going to rotate the lead parts amongst themselves. To sit night after night and listen to Urbie play was one of the highlights of my life. I love playing in Bb/F because that¹s easy to tune and leave set up that way. The hotel maid came in and said, there¹s a man on the phone named Stan Kenton who wants to talk to you. Anyway, when it came time to warm up, I started my soft, long tones and noticed that Lloyd was playing even softer and longer. I like a horn that projects. He said, that¹s right, George, and I gave him a big hug. Would you like to come on over and play trombone with Krupa's band? I said, Urbie, what the heck am I going to do with all of this photo equipment you sold me! I¹m very proud of that! As Paul Tanner observed, ³George played delicately and pretty on a clumsy instrument, he really opened up the bass trombone business². If you loved Kenton, you loved his band. If you know how to accommodate all of the various situations, you¹re in business. You can even work your slide hand, to get the right feel and especially the vibrato. What am I doing now? He is one of the dearest friends that I have. shipping: + $4.50 shipping . I¹m not Tommy Dorsey, so I don¹t need a feather-light slide. So, I started preparing myself by memorizing about six or seven of Kenton¹s tunes. He plays technically fantastic but he also is one of the greatest interpreters that I've ever heard in my life. The man whose sound we so easily recognize in movies, records and television, is also the man who virtually single-handedly brought the Bass Trombone from its last low trombone status, to the forefront as a solo instrument which could stand alone and sound wonderful. They will hear things that they really like and will need to work toward that type of sound, to grab hold of it. Starting from: £29.99 Add to cart We don¹t have the big names standing down in front of big bands any more. I finally went out one day and walked through the building, asking if Zig was there. Roberts began recording with Riddle, Don Costa, Billy May, Axel Stordahl, Gordon Jenkins, and Henry Mancini in sessions with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Sarah Vaughan, and Nat King Cole. It has to be that way. You can just scream - Mancini said, that¹s what I want! I looked for B naturals. I went out looking for a job one day and passed by Capitol Records. I asked the receptionist if I could see Lee Gillette and she said, let me call Mr. Gillette¹s office and see if he is available. We really do! It was about 8:30 in the morning and I get this phone call, and this is how Helfer was (in a very business-like voice), Mr. Roberts, what are you doing right now. One night, I saw a piece of paper on the floor and I threw it under his chair. If you think about it, an A & R man is always looking for new sounds. Absolutely! Really, it did. Well, that¹s right. I was about 18 or 19 years old at the time. I was just going to see my friend Lee, the Engineer. Put yourself into this and make some beautiful music. That Doug would have a family and a life, like every normal human being could have. That he recognized how closely the average person could identify with his sound? Anyway, I was told, get back there, sit down, and play. sponsored by For trombonists ages 20 and under (birth date of January 1, 2000 or later) First Prize – TBD. A friend of mine, a bass player (Don Simpson) from Des Moines said, George, the trombone player from Krupa's band is leaving. The reason he wanted my name on the horn was that Olds had a reputation, at the time, for only building the student model Ambassador. I am honored to have the opportunity to interview George Roberts, Mr. Bass Trombone, who has figured so prominently in many OTJ Forum conversations and topics. The neat thing for all the guys around here is that Zig is just up in Anaheim. What is your favorite aspect of the bass trombone ­ what do you like most about it? 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