The name Till Brönner might not be on every trumpet players list of great jazz musicians, but it should.
The first time I listened to this gifted musician, I was amazed by the deep background of his styling. Many times I thought I was listening to Miles, other times I heard Chet Baker and still others, Dizzy. For such diversity to be bound up into one performer as young as Mr. Bonner is a true gift.
To describe his effortless playing I am reminded of one of my all-time favorite musicians Jimmy Hendrix. What Hendrix was able to do so effortlessly on his guitar is how Till Bronner approaches his trumpet. Whatever each performer has in his head, is possible through his instrument and I repeat, effortlessly.
Mr. Bonner was born in Vierse, Germany and has been influenced by many styles of jazz, including Bop, Fusion, Pop and Country. His trumpet styling has also been influenced by such musicians as Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie and Chet Baker and his most influential teachers were Bobby Shew and Malte Burba.
Till was raised in Rome and received classical trumpet education at the Jesuit boarding school Aloisiuskolleg in Bonn followed by a study of the jazz trumpet at the music academy in Cologne under Jiggs Whigham and Jon Eardley.
All this talent coming from a very gifted man of only 42 years.
Many of the greats have past (Miles, Dizzy, Baker) but their legacy continues with such great talents as Till Bronner, Chris Botti and a few others.
If Mr Bronner is new to you, do yourself a favor and purchase his recordings for his talents are too great to be hidden under a bushel basket (Matthew 5:15).