Craig Tweddell

Trumpeter - Composer - Educator

 
 

Craig started playing the trumpet at age 12. Through out high school he excelled in music, earning positions in several honor bands and winning many music awards. After high school he attended Morehead State University where two major events happened: 1) He met his hero and mentor, Mr. Greg Wing, who he credits with instilling within him a work ethic and passion for music that continues to inspire him to this day. 2) Craig discovered and fell in love with jazz music and improvising. While at Morehead Craig received the Musicians Union Performance Scholarship, The Jamey Aebersold Jazz Scholarship and received Outstanding Soloist Awards at the University of Louisville Jazz Festival. He was also selected to be a member of the annual KMEA Intercollegiate Jazz Band three times.

After graduating from Morehead State Craig moved to Louisville, Kentucky where he quickly became a regular member of the cities big band scene as well as doing other freelance work.  He has since become one of the busiest trumpeters in the area and can be heard performing regularly with his own groups and as a sideman.  Craig also the host of Louisville’s longest running   jazz  jam session at the historic Rudyard Kipling.

In addition to playing Craig is also very passionate about music education. For the past 6 years he has been the trumpet instructor at the Don Wilson Music store, he is the co-director of the Don Wilson Music Jazz Academy, he has directed numerous high school jazz bands in the Louisville area and most recently he became the newest member on the trumpet faculty of the prestigious Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops.

Craig has played with numerous recognized groups/artists including The Temptations, The Jack Wilkins Blue & Green Project, Tierra Cali , Jamey Aebersold, Dick Oats, Lee Konitz, Dave Samuels, Bennett Higgins, Anderson Pessoa, Alim Nastaev, Bobby Falk and Mixolegion to name a few.  In 2008 and 2009 he was selected as a semi-finalist in the jazz division of the National Trumpet Competition.

In 2007 Craig  received a full scholarship to attend the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program at the University of Louisville. There he studied trumpet with Dr. Ansyn Banks and arranging with the great John Labarbera.  Since the completion of his masters degree Craig has worked as a freelance trumpet player and teacher in the Louisville area.

Craig plays Powell Trumpets and Flugelhorns exclusively

Craig’s Trumpet always travels safely in his TorpedoBag Classic


Random Bits....


Desert Island CD’s:


Miles Davis

Four & More


Joe Henderson

In n’ Out


John Coltrane

Blue Train


Clifford Brown

& Max Roach


Larry Young

Unity


- Playing Extreme Tempos (fast & slow)

- Improvising in 5/4 & 7/4

  1. -Sound and Articulation (my never ending battle)

  2. - Triad Pairs (as prescribed by Alex Sipiagin)


  1. -Currentlt Listening To:


Alex Sipiagin

Mirages


Clifford Brown

Live at the Bee Hive


- As A Man Thinketh by James Allen

- Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz

"Run towards your problems, not from them"






 

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