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Doug, musician, NYC

August 23, 2010

I truly loved this brilliant article. Please continue this awesome work. Regards, Doug

Henry Feemer, trumpet/piano, Florida

July 30, 2010

I find myself coming to your website more and more often to the point where my visits are almost daily now! Love your music and photos.

Gary Stutzman, Director Northwest Academy, MI

July 14, 2010

Hey Dan, I continue to be inmpressed with your wisdom and insight.

Sam Jones, NYC

July 4, 2010

HEY nice site very informative with lots of depth. Love the articles.

Danny McNeal, trumpet, CA

June 22, 2010

Great thoughts, Dan. Your article gave me some things to ponder.

Michael Huddlestun, Account Exec at ABC, MI

June 21, 2010

What a great way to begin the new week! My philosphy has always been that if you get Monday off to a great start the remainder of the week will be great as well. It's already a great Monday! Great writing and thanks for sharing, Dan.

Bobby Medina, trumpet, WA

June 21, 2010

Great piece Dan! You're a fine writer and made my day. Keep it up. Hope we cross paths again sometime. - Bobby

Paul Lesinski, piano, MI

June 14, 2010

It was really inspiring playing with you at the What Not Inn. Can't wait to do it again! - Paul

Eddy Curtis, flugelhorn, MI

June 13, 2010

It was great to come out and see you again... It never ceases to amaze me how great you sound!
Paul, Tom, and Mike also make it very effortless and a lot of fun to perform. Thanks for your continuing friendship and a terrific evening of inspiring music! - Eddy

Scott Sutton, fine artist, TX

June 4, 2010

Cool, I checked out your web sight and I think it is very impressive. Let's stay in touch and say hi to your wife.

Fred Fairchild, NV

June 4, 2010

The sane day (yesterday) I e-mailed you - I got home from work, and there it was. And of course listened to it right away. You are really good!! 

I played 2nd trumpet in high school, and needless to say there is a bit of difference in the quality. :-)



June 2, 2010

Really nice article as for me. It'd be just great to read something more about that matter. Thank you for sharing this material.

Dean Ritola, Alabama

May 26, 2010

Dan, I received the CD today, in the mail. Thanks! I've already listened to it. One word describes it all, and that is: "Smooth"

I really did enjoy it Dan. Nice music!

John Gilbert, writer, CA

May 23, 2010

If I could play a trumpet like you I'd give up the writing game. Itis a tough instrument to master and you have...jg


Bob Doherty

May 19, 2010

I'm listening to "Summertime" from your CD, "Jazz Standard Time" on your website. Really nice sound. So fat and fully yet you seem to get a nice bright clear upper register too. Really nice. What mouthpiece and horn do you play?

Oh, a website question. Who is the woman on the first page and the woman in the bikini? It just caught my attention as there was no explanation of who they are.


Bob Doherty

J., writer, L.A.

May 18, 2010

Your reccording of "Like Someone In Love" is the best tone I've ever
heard recorded...It really is stellar.

The accuracy is ridiculous...Just valves, breath, embaucher and your ear...You nailed that whole take...It's sick...That song outshines the rest...It's impeccable.

After listening to a cut by Enrico RavaI I put on your cut of "Like Someone In Love" and I breathed a deep sigh and said to myself, " there we go..."
Keep it up. J

Bryce Cobb, Attorney, MI

May 12, 2010

Dan We got *the BLUE AFTER HOURS and JAZZ STANDARD TIME. Played them this morning. They are perfect in two ways, the music and the CDs which , in my view, rank with the best in the science of recording . We have an audio system (It contains Carver equipment with a vacuum tube) that will punish a CD if it is not perfect. These will be my test recordings for all my audio tryouts. Monny sends her thanks to you for great music. We have been dancing to this stuff for 65 years and this keeps us dancing. The best to you. BRYCE

Mark Soden

May 11, 2010

Wow, that was some truly great trumpet playing with the OCC band last night! Your playing was an inspiration! Thanks for the music!

Arturo Sandoval, trumpet, Los Angeles

May 7, 2010

Thank you very much for your kind words,I appreciate it very much. About the lesson,of course,any time.
all the best
stay in touch
God bless
my email

Richard Lopez, trombone/alto flute, WA

April 30, 2010

Dan, YOU are an inspiration to me. Thank you so much!

Bob, owner Westside Inn, Muskegon, MI

April 28, 2010

You know we will always have a place for you at the Westside Inn. Have fun in the City of the Angels."

John Gilbert (Johnny Jazz), jazz writer, CA

April 19, 2010

Dan you play the hardest instrument in the biz and make it work to perfection.

Dr. Paul Brewer, trombone, MI

April 18, 2010


Thank you! Your compliment means so much, especially when I think about what a fabulous musician you are. Thanks again, Paul

Dr. Paul Brewer, Associate Professor and Director of Instrumental Music at Aquinas College

Jack Pezanelli, guitar, MA

April 18, 2010

Danny, Your trumpet playing on "Blue After Hours" is exquisite. You also sound great on your website. (Stella, Well, you needn't). - J. Pezanelli

Guitar Instructor: Berklee School of Music

Richard Lopez, trombone/flute, WA

April 6, 2010

Dan, the flute recording of Summertime sounds great man! Ya've got some great flute chops!

Tony Gambaro, trumpet, NYC

April 1, 2010

Dan, your CD is tremendous! I finally had a chance to listen to it last week in my car. Thank you!

John Gilbert

March 30, 2010

Dan, I was checking out yout trumpet exercise and man, The trumpet has got to be the hardest instrument to master..Makes me ashemed to have been a drummer LOL

Tracy, student, CO

March 20, 2010

Dan, thank you again for taking the time to answer my questions. Your advice was spot on. - Tracy

Ann Dorman, actress/teacher, TN

March 19, 2010

Dan, You continue to be a wonderful friend in our lives. It's always great to get your professional take on things, especially survival skills! - Ann

Mark Carter, guitar, Los Angeles

March 11, 2010

Dan...I love your recording of "Blue" - just Downloaded it from iTunes.....Its Just Beautiful !!!!

Donna, NH

March 11, 2010

I'm impressed by the content onyour site. Lots of good reading and photos. I just needed to let you know that I've been enjoying what I've see so far. Donna

Geoff Winstead, trumpet, Palm Desert

March 3, 2010

Dan, it is an honor to know you. You are not only a great player who made me want to go home and practice more after listening to you try horns (and flutes!) out at NAMM, you are an intellectual, rational thinker who's blogs are fascinating. Thank you so much for the comments about, and posting a link to, my book!

Arnaldo Acevedo, trumpet, MI

February 15, 2010

Dan...I am honored to have shared stage with such acomplished musician and human being!!!"

Roger Ingram, trumpet, NYC

February 7, 2010

Hi Dan, It was SO great to see you at the NAMM. I'm very pleased you finally had the chance to meet Vicky. ;-) You look great, you sound great, and it was really fun to jam with you for 60 seconds there at the Jupiter booth. Thank you for helping me finally getting onto the right path in life. I am eternally grateful for that. - Roger

Michael Gooch Gurciullo, trumpet, NB

January 23, 2010

Thanks again for the support and offer to be there. You're a great cat, and that's where it's at! I will take you up on your offer of insight in promoting, distributing, etc The stuff you said you also liked doing. - Gooch

Terry Slocum, guitar, FL

January 23, 2010

thanks Dano, you are a very gifted musician; fantastic is a better word. Terry


January 23, 2010

Trumpet glides trough the air *****
"Blue" (from "Blue After Hours")is a haunting piece. Fields of Gold was an unexpected surprise. Hey, I'm still "Looking for the Silver Lining." It is just so nice having a piece of today. This CD will bring you straight to a comfort zone! Salerino

Mark Carter, guitar, So. CA

January 23, 2010

Beautiful! *****
I just heard "Blue". . . incredible! One of the best trumpet solos ever. Only next to Greg Adams playing on my record,"Smooth As Silk."
- Mark Carter

Ugene, London

January 19, 2010

Your site has a lot of creativity and originality keep it up!

Joe Hesse, bass/vocal, CA

January 18, 2010

Dan, Is there anything else you can do on planet earth? Art keeps us young. Love the mock up. You are a true artist and live every part of life as an artist.
Great seeing you again at NAMM.
All the best to you and your family Dan,

Peter Olstad, trumpet, Denver, CO

January 18, 2010

Great to finally meet you in person at NAMM, I hope our paths will cross again soon, Peter

Jan Regan

January 17, 2010

Auld Lang Syne with Dan on piano and Myrna's photo montage:

That was truly awesome Dan. Nothing I love more than great music and great photos combined.
Beautiful touch!

Cary Kilner, piano, NH

January 17, 2010

Re: the Auld Lang Syne piano piece with photo montage:

Absolutely tender and touching and marvelous!Good work, you two!
Why not make a business out of this concept?
Dan, great piano playing! Nice intro --
M, outstanding shots, well integrated!

Richy Segarra, trumpet

January 17, 2010

Dan you look like a Movie Star in those NAMM photos, broo, cool!!!

Mike Vax, trumpet, CA

January 17, 2010

Dan, great to hang with you at NAMM the other day. Mike

Greg, trumpet, L.A.

January 17, 2010

Hey Dan, I heard you playing at the NAMM show yesterday, very impressed, you sounded great. -Greg

Heinz Didier, trumpet, Zürich

January 11, 2010

Hello from Zürich

i just want to say that i like your website very much, especially the writings and the music.

I will soon return.

Karen Anderson Hall, vocal, MI

January 10, 2010

Wow Dan! I REALLY enjoyed this video montage, beautiful piano arrangement on Auld Lang Syne! Thanks and Happy New Year. Karen

Sue Hawley, physical therapist, NY

January 6, 2010

I just sat to listen your piano version of "Auld Lang Syne" and....ahhhh.....I am now sooo calm.....what a wonderful piece between your calm, thoughtful music and Myrna's great pics montage! Thank you for that very aesthetic experience,......resonated so well with me!

Gary Wattman, drums, CA

December 29, 2009

You PLAY like no other, SHEW Look out, the "MAN" is in town!!

Andrea Tofanelli, trumpet, Italy

December 22, 2009

Respect to you, my friend! I like your playing! Thank you!- Andrea

Kristine, sax, TX

December 22, 2009

Love the site, excellent photos too. K.

Arzo Tureaud, trumpet, FL

December 22, 2009

You're a great player! Hopefully we will get a chance to stand next to each other again in a band situation sometime soon. - Arzo

S. Yallo, musician, NJ

December 21, 2009

The listening pleasure I continue to get from "Blue After Hours" is paramount to the unforgettable experience of my becoming aware of music for the very first time!

Who would ever have imagined that sounds waves could make such an emotional impression on one. You have created a fantastically moving collection of moods and sounds.

Keep them coming Mr. Jacobs. - Scott

Ross Boissoneau, trumpet, MI

December 21, 2009

I’ve been keeping up on your appearances and schedule – thanks for the updates!

I continue to play my trumpet, though I’m still trying to figure out exactly how these silly horns work, and I still want to play flute someday. In short, I want to be just like you when I grow up. :-)

Hope all is well with you. I’ll look forward to hearing and seeing you when schedules coincide.
- Ross

Richy Segarra, trumpet

December 20, 2009

Dan in spanish, te lo mereces eres de los mejores del mundo una historia musical sin final, get a person who traslate spanish, allways respect to you my friend.- Richy

(note: this roughly translates as "you deserve it to you are one of best of the world, a musical history without end")

Vern Wittcolm, trumpet, Chicago

December 19, 2009

Thanks for posting that article about "sideslipping" - I've been doing that all my life in my playing but never knew what to call it. Very informative. - V.

Fred Gray, journalist, MI

December 15, 2009

You are not only a great musician but a wonderful writer as well.
- Fred

Marty Buttwinick

December 13, 2009

Cool site--cool playing!

Eddie Curtis, reviewer, MI

December 12, 2009

Review excerpt from "SWINGIN' & SINGIN'
Featuring Ellen Murray, vocalist.

Particularly outstanding is the masterful trumpet solo performed by Dan Jacobs, who wittingly weaves in and out of the traditional harmonic structure of the song and has created some witty playfulness and mischief here. His solo is quite vibrant, breathing freshness, yet keeping true to the the fun and ''cool'' tradition of this timeless 1926 Ray Henderson classic.

John Christianson, trumpet, CA

December 12, 2009

Dan, good articles and great photos by your wife! John

Al Albaitis, firefighter/artist/drummer, Las Vegas

December 5, 2009

Wow. As musicians we enjoy compliments, naturally but when it is from one who is a master, well it is a different story. You will be able to appreciate this analogy.

Long ago and far away at the KoKo bar in E. Lansing when we were both playing with Severe Hands, we were visited by a few members of a band who had just finished a gig on campus. The premo timekeeper of the group introduced himself over a warm handshake and later uttered a phrase that still is and always will be a treasured recollection of mine. I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t feel up to it, but if he caught me on a good night ... anyway, the highest compliment in all of my years on stage was from this man. “Stay with it, he said. Stay with it, cause I’m tellin’ you (here it comes) you – are a contendin’ drumma”.

The band who had just left the MSU Student Union was Weather Report and, as God is my witness, this was from the lips of musician, percussionist and drummer par excel lance, Eric Kamau Gravatt as I sat at a table with him and Wayne Shorter. They said that Miroslav had been there but had something else going and Zawinul had gone straight to bed. They actually only caught the last set as it was. Drunkard that I was, I always closed the joint down but the rest of the guys had already left and never knew they were there. It was a brief moment but man, I had a hell of a time getting a hat to fit me for quite a while. Of course the next day when I attempted to tell the story they instantly dismissed it as bullshit so I never brought it up again. I mean it’s not like he offered me a gig or anything, it was just a really meaningful compliment from an authentic cat.

Which brings me to the point: I went to your website and read several of the writings there. Excellent. Do more!!!

The analogy holds for writing and any skilled discipline, I’m sure. Coming from one whose writing chops are as refined as yours means that this compliment “will be a treasured recollection” also. Thank you.

Be well,


(editors note: Al Albaitis is a gifted drummer - we played together 30 years ago - he now is a celebrated firefighter a veteran of 25 years in Las Vegas. He is also a successful artist and an accomplished author of many short stories. Check out his website at:

JOÃO DA PENHA, jazz radio host/journalist, Brazil

December 4, 2009

To Dan Jacobs, a superb musical artist with an innate sense of timing and phrasing. A great, blissful, bright, delightful 2010. - JOÃO DA PENHA

John C. Hardaker, trumpet, MI

December 3, 2009

Dan, the gig you guys played at Grand Valley State was the best!!!

You, Vince DiMartino, Allan Vizzutti, and Rex Richardson ROCKED the house!!!

I Will remember it for a long time!!! - John

Joel, Spain

December 2, 2009

I've been really impressed with this site. I love all the trumpet articles. - Joel

John Christianson, trumpet, CA

November 28, 2009

It was great meeting you last night! I have been checking out your website and boy what a wealth of information.
Looking forward to playing with you again soon.
Happy holidays,

Brett, trumpet, Chicago

November 24, 2009

Thank you very much for that enlightening article. Brett

Greg Gisbert, trumpet, FL

November 14, 2009

Dan! I am looking foward to talking and playing with you again. I will call you in the next couple of weeks. GG

Rich Wetzel, trumpet, Seattle

November 13, 2009

Dan, I love your solo on Spanish March, holy shit!, awesome chops and passion bro! I have always been a huge fan of your playing. Happy Thanksgiving bro! - Rich


November 13, 2009

just wanted to say hi to everybody ,ive been doing this... for a while and i've been reading alot from so i decided to join the forum ,hope to find more good stuff and good friends here.

Tony Gambaro

November 12, 2009

Nice Roger Article Dan! Brings back memeories of my one-on-one with him... Keep up the good work Man!


Bill Green

November 9, 2009

Great article . Will definitely apply it to my list for reading. G

jason peters, trumpet, FL

November 5, 2009

Good day. Excellent articles, love the music, thanks! Your site is super!

Fred Gray, MI

October 31, 2009

Hi Dan... Wow, love your writing, which is always first class. - Fred

Barry Miller, Drums

October 22, 2009

By the way, did you work with Joe Jaggi with Sonny Bono? Jaggi & I played together for years...

Barry Miller

October 22, 2009

Nice website, Dan. I'm a lifelong jazz drummer from Philly settled in New Orleans. I'm actually looking for a sax player named Jerry George from FL, who wrote to you in here. He was a member of the Navy Show Band and we're having a 40th reunion in November. Can you help? Thanks ~~ Barry

Rich Wetzel, trumpet, Seattle, WA

October 8, 2009

Dan, I just listened to St. Louis Blues again, holy smokes that is an AWESOME solo Dan!!! Thanks again for coming up, you wailed bro! - Rich

Rex Richardson, trumpet, Richmond, VA

October 8, 2009

Hey Dan- it was great to meet you and to play with you!
best, Rex

Jerry G., sax, Florida

October 7, 2009

Really helpful site . . . keep it up. I love the photos. Jerry G.

Tony Backon, bass, FL

September 24, 2009

Tony Brown, Bass, FL
Excellent site, keep up the good work. I read a lot of sites on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but yours is content-rich! A definite great read..Tony Backon

Terry Warburton

September 4, 2009

Hi Dan,

Thanks again for your endorsement of our P.E.T.E.

I look forward to meeting up sometime!


Paul Baron, trumpet, Washington

August 23, 2009

Hi Dan. Hope you're doing great. Keep writing those fantastic articles. -Paul

Jan Qupert, NYC

August 14, 2009

one of these days I want to hear you play in person. I love your music. Jan

Rich Wetzel, trumpet, WA

August 12, 2009

That is awesome about concert you did with Al Vizzutti. I have always held your playing in that regard and top tier with anyone! - Rich

Ray, trumpet, NYC

August 1, 2009

I saw you playing with Allen Vizzutti at the INATERNATIONAL TRUMPET SEMINAR at GVSU last wekk. You were awesome! Holding your own up there with some heavyweights. Congrats man. Where are you playing next? - Ray

Fred Gray, journalist, MI

July 31, 2009

Dan, look forward to catching you in September. You're my favorite trumpet idol - Fred

Billy Brown, Professor, MS

July 23, 2009


I read every word of your interview in Jazz Improv magazine. Absolutely incredible! I can't believe the continuity of your thought process.

I am saving this article for some of my musically talented friends.

You reminded me that it is more important how you feel about something than what you think about it.

Great article! - Billy

Jim Manley, trumpet, St. Louis

July 21, 2009

I checked out a couple of your tunes - you sound great - beautiful tone - Jim

Jack Kimmell, ph.d, piano/comp/arr, MI

July 7, 2009


Your website of pictures is outstanding and astounding! And you certainly have been around the jazz block!


Margaret, piano, London

June 25, 2009

Wow! This site is mind blowing. Thank you for doing this, I know it must have been a lot of work.

You have a treasure trove of valuable information here, I'm happy I found this site. I want to tell you thanks. You have done something really awesome! - Margaret

Harry Goldson, clarinet, MI

June 21, 2009

Hey Dan, I was listening to radio yesterday and heard what I thought was the most beautiful playing ever . . . and it was you! - Harry

John Trudell, trumpet, Detroit

June 17, 2009

Hey Dan, I love your playing, you sound great. You should write a book on what you practice to be able to do that stuff. - Johnny

Walt Folwer, trumpet, L.A.

June 17, 2009

Sounding good, man! - Walt Fowler

Mike Huddlestun, ABC-TV Detroit, National Anthem vocalist

June 10, 2009

Hoping to se you at the Scottville program in July with Edgar. I really enjoy your stuff!! Had the opportunity to sing with Edgar and Tony Galla in their church Praise and Worship Team recently. He's a great guy. Looking forward to your show - Mike

Dave, CA

April 10, 2009

I just rolled through the DJ photos. Quite a resume indeed!

Paul Baron, trumpet, Washington

April 4, 2009

Hi Dan,
I've been spending some more time on your site reading and just wanted to stop in and say hi, and thank you again for the wonderful wealth of material you have there. Just fantastic.
Hope you're doing great!!


cell: 360-739-3130

Pat Buel, drums, Miami

March 30, 2009

Great posts dude,

Thanks alot......for sharing.

You are so helpful...... pat

Paul Baron, trumpet, Washington

March 8, 2009

Dan, Listened to all your cuts and you sound fantastic!! Can't wait to hear more. - Paul Baron

Tim Skully, producer, MI

February 22, 2009

Hi, Dan Jacobs - trumpet player extraordinaire,

Glad to here your working on a new CD .....can't wait to hear your new music....good luck. Tim Skully

Trumpeter, Roger Ingram, three new articles

February 17, 2009

Roger Ingram, new articles on trumpet
World-renoun trumpeter, Roger Ingram has posted three new articles on this website at the "writing" section.

These have not been published anywhere else on the web and are definitely worth checking out.
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