On Friday 27th June, 2014 there was a special concert at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall. Finlay Hetherington’s trumpet students had the opportunity to hear and meet with some of the finest living jazz musicians from the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra, with their trumpeter and director, Wynton Marsalis.
There was even a surprise guest appearance of the Scottish violin virtuoso, Nicola Benedetti. It was fascinating to watch Wynton direct Nicola on some of the jazz nuances in his violin piece. Not only did this inspire us as musicians, but demonstrated that no matter your level of artistry, you can still learn and be open to lessons from others.
Following the rehearsal, which were kindly invited to observe, our students were able to have a Q&A session with the drummer and pianist of the orchestra, who explained that they were in charge in keeping the melody and rhythm together within the orchestra.
That evening, a busy Usher Hall, were able to enjoy and be, quite literally, blown away by the musicianship and virtuosity of the Lincoln Centre band, who performed a selection of arrangements of the best Blue Note Records. A very memorable performance that was topped by a very generous and breath taking encore given by Wynton and his rhythm section.