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Keep Cool and Carry a Trumpet

Every so often I like to re-visit my subjects from completed projects. Several years ago I did a story I called “Birth of the Cool” (sort of an ode to Miles Davis) about a young trumpet prodigy named Geoffrey Gallante.

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At the age of six, Geoff had perfect pitch and could read music. I found him to be a talented, precocious kid who conducted himself like he was six going on 35.

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He was one cool little dude. While he was playing a jazz brunch at the now defunct Market Inn in DC, with musicians ten times his age, a woman just stared at Geoff and said, “He has the soul of a jazz man.”

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Geoff has appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and played trumpet with, and for, well known musicians like Maynard Ferguson. When I visited Geoff at his home in Alexandria, Va. he showed me a book of music he had written, one piece he titled “Concerto for Maynard.”

Seven years later, I went to see Geoff perform with a jazz combo in Annapolis, Md. and I couldn’t believe how seasoned he had become, he was even singing.

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Still precocious but now a young man who could absolutely command the stage and hold the audience in the palm of his hand. Yep, still cool, actually, very cool.

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If any of you are in Northern Virginia November 2, 2014, I urge you to go hear Geoff play during a benefit concert for the Wounded Warrior Project that will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Arlington at 7 p.m. For more on future performances visit Geoff’s website.

 

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