Michael Meckna is Professor of Music History at Texas Christian University. In recent years he has skimped on practice time to write Twentieth-Century Brass Soloists (Greenwood Press) and numerous articles in a wide variety of publications, including four of the Grove Dictionaries. Dr. Meckna’s current project is a book about Louis Armstrong.
"'It Has to Mean Something Every Time You Play': Advice from Some Trombone Masters" looks into the secrets of success as told by twelve professional trombone players. Their advice is both surprising and predictable, and a wonderful blend of what to do and what not to do. Beyond scales, lip slurs, and mouthpieces, they also have much to say about the mental and spiritual aspects of musical performance. Trombonists featured are J.J. Johnson, Stuart Dempster, Carl Fontana, Vinko Globokar, Urbie Green, Christian Lindberg, Albert Mangelsdorf, Arthur Pryor, Frank Rosolino, Ralph Sauer, Jack Teagarden, and Kai Winding.