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Trumpetology EPK


TRUMPETOLOGY is an ensemble of 5 trumpets and rhythm section led by emerging jazz trumpet player, arranger, and composer, Walter Simonsen.  Trumpetology’s exploration of landmark jazz recordings are as accessible as they are recognizable, but progressive in their unconventional ensemble configuration and sound. 

Jazz enthusiasts can expect to hear tunes from well-known recordings, melodies they recognize from famous improvised solos all notable in the jazz repertoire. On their debut album, This is Trumpetology, released October 2015, the trumpets perform harmonized passages of legendary trumpet solos, such as Kenny Dorham: Prince Albert, Chet Baker: Autumn Leaves, Miles Davis: So What & Milestones, Lee Morgan:  Sidewinder.  Trumpetology also finds new ways to make jazz accessible and engage audiences by incorporating popular sounds.  Walt’s childhood listening inspired the crossover and mix between jazz, groove, and old school hip-hop, so arrangements of hip-hop standards are infused throughout sets of well-known jazz.  The group regularly performs with trumpets: Walter SimonsenJames BlackwellBrian OwenTim Gill, and Brian Mantz with rhythm section: Kait Dunton (p), Cooper Appelt (b), and Jake Reed (d).  Also known as trioKAIT.  The two ensembles plan on playing out on th east coast in early 2016, and in Germany fall 2016.  They can both be heard on the west coast playing throughout the Los Angeles area. 

Walt was recently featured on the Jazz Access Podcast, sponsored by, prior to the release of the album. He is an active freelance lead, and commercial/jazz trumpet player in the Los Angeles area.  Recent notable jazz performances include Playboy Jazz Festival with Gerald Wilson Big Band and the Sinatra 100 celebration with George Benson, Renee Olstead, and Jane Monheit.  Walt can also be heard on the recently released single Nobody but me from Michael Buble.