5 Trumpets & Rhythm Section, What more do you need?

Website of the Los Angeles Based Jazz Group Trumpetology.

5 Trumpets and Rhythm Section Led By Walter Simonsen

5 Trumpets and Rhythm Section, What more do you need?
— Walter Simonsen, TRUMPETOLOGY leader, arranger, composer

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Join us this week, Thursday, August 4th for Cooks Chapel, Jazz in the Chapel!  We're excited to be in Orange County sharing this music with the jazz community!

TRUMPETOLOGY is an ensemble of 5 trumpets and rhythm section led by emerging jazz trumpet player, arranger, and composer, Walter Simonsen.

Trumpetology’s exploration of landmark jazz recordings are as accessible as they are recognizable, but progressive in their unconventional ensemble configuration and sound.  This is Trumpetology, offers a fresh perspective on the way American jazz is presented.  The group’s debut album release features tracks with 5 trumpets: Walter Simonsen, James Blackwell, Brian Owen, Tim Gill, and Brian Mantz or Cameron Summers and 2 rhythm sections: Adam Bravo (p), Alex Frank (b), Adam Alesi (d) & Kait Dunton (p), Cooper Appelt (b), and Jake Reed (d).

Jazz enthusiasts will hear tunes from well-known recordings, melodies they recognize from famous improvised solos all notable in the jazz repertoire. The trumpets perform harmonized passages of legendary trumpet solos, such as Kenny Dorham: Prince Albert, Chet Baker: Autumn Leaves, Miles Davis: So What & Milestones, Lee Morgan:  Sidewinder.  This is Trumpetology is more than an anthology of famous solos; the arrangements are carefully crafted to feature each trumpeter’s individual voice as well as the powerful rhythm section.   

Some of the tracks incorporate the original arrangement from landmark recordings.  Others were reimagined in a way that highlights individual musicians and the unique Trumpetology instrumentation while staying true to the original song form. Trumpetology finds new ways to make jazz accessible and engage audiences by incorporating popular sounds.  Walt’s childhood listening inspired the crossover and mix between jazz and old school hip-hop, so an arrangement of I Wish also landed on the album.

Trumpetology always leaves their audience with a smile by taking them back to something they know.  For Walt Simonsen, a few laughs take the audience anywhere.  For straight-ahead jazz lovers, groove and old school hip-hop rap lovers alike, be ready to be introduced to Trumpetology.  We promise This Is Trumpetology: the study of great music, and the study of great trumpet players everywhere.

Walt Simonsen has come up with a clever and swinging rendition of jazz classics orchestrated for a trumpet section and rhythm that sounds terrific! The playing and writing are first rate.
— Bob Mintzer, Saxophonist, Composer, Educator
Walter Simonsen’s Trumpetology is a very fun jazz listen. 5 trumpeters with an acoustic rhythm section play jazz standards (and 1 rapper). This is not another “Chase” style group. Arranged by Walter, the emphasis is on great trumpet ensemble and jazz solos by all the members of the group. In addition to a few “Supersax” style treatments of some classic trumpet solos, the cd features many new treatments of compositions written by great jazz trumpeters. I find Simonsen’s arrangement of Freddie Hubbard’s Sky Dive to be a better fit for the tune than the chart on Freddie’s album. If you like jazz trumpet playing, you’re going to love this cd.
— Jay Saunders, Lead Trumpet - Stan Kenton, DFW Studio Trumpet, UNT Professor of Trumpet, Director - 1 O'Clock Lab Band
The trumpet world should be especially grateful that Walter Simonsen had the vision to put together a recording project of this magnitude. The arrangements are wonderful, the playing tight, and the solos beautifully shaped and executed. Seems a group like this would be a natural at jazz festivals and brass conferences.
— Bill Bing, Trumpet Player, Educator, Director of Bands, CalTech
Love the way it was written... a great tribute.
— Jazz Access Podcast, sponsored by
Trumpetology is a shining example about what is good about music. A beautiful marriage of technique and soul.
— Maxwell Dartey, host Due Diligence, KPFK 90.7FM

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Names under each track indicate order of solos.


Walter Simonsen, Trumpet, Leader, Arranger, Emcee

James Blackwell, Trumpet

Brian Mantz, Trumpet (Tracks: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10)

Cameron Summers, Trumpet (Tracks: 1, 2, 9)

Tim Gill, Trumpet (vocals on 10)

Brian Owen, Trumpet


Kait Dunton, Piano (Tracks: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11)

Adam Bravo, Piano (Tracks: 1, 2, 9)

Alex Frank, Bass (1, 2, 9)

Cooper Appelt, Bass (Tracks: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11)

Adam Alesi, Drums (Tracks: 1, 2, 9)

Jake Reed, Drums (Tracks: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11)

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