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Cuong Vu

Cuong Vu

Cuong Vu hates the trumpet. “There are so many things characteristic of the trumpet that sound bad or goofy to me,” he says. Thing is, Vu is a trumpeter, and a budding, noteworthy talent, as he displays on Bound (OmniTone), his debut as a leader. Saying that trumpet is incredibly hard to play, Vu struggles with his instrument of “choice”-the truth is, his mother misunderstood him when he said he wanted to play the “horn” like his saxophonist father

“I have to work within the bounds of the trumpet and my ability to play it. More specifically, the endurance factor, especially when going for new sounds or playing in the most in-the-moment improvs where you have no idea what’s coming and can’t pace or prepare yourself. [Plus,] the damage it does to my chops when I have to play extremely loud for an extended amount of time. The list goes on and on. One of my teachers told me that I’m not built right to play the trumpet and that he’s amazed that I can play it the way that I can play it.”

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