Wynton Marsalis. Terence Blanchard. Dave Douglas. Jon Faddis. Ralph Alessi. What do these people have in common? Well, they’re all jazz trumpeters, of course. But beyond that, each currently plays a significant role in the realm of jazz education, and in the development of the music’s young talent. Lately I have come to wonder whether those two things-the choice of instrument and the pedagogical inclination-bear some mysterious correlation. What is it about the trumpet that cultivates the cultivators?
It’s no secret that the trumpet has been an emblem of leadership since time immemorial.