Al Hermann
Carl Fontana proclaimed “nobody gets around the horn any better than Al Hermann.” Joe Alessi, Principal Trombonist of the New York Philharmonic, says he was “dazzled when I heard him. I highly recommend him to you.” The New York Times calls him “a great trombonist with traditional roots.” And Fred Wesley, the jazz/blues trombonist of James Brown fame, says that Al Hermann is “the trombonist I most enjoy since [Frank] Rosolino. He plays the wheels off the trombone.”
            Hermann has performed with the Dukes of Dixieland, the New Orleans Symphony, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Julie London, Peggy Lee, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Lionel Hampton, Buddy Morrow, Wild Bill Davidson, Doc Cheatham, Ellis Marsalis, Spike Robinson, Warren Vache, Dave Grusin, and Eddie Daniels. His CD “The Jazz Trombone” (Sea Breeze) featured Fontana in one of Carl’s last recorded appearances, called “an amazing, happy, swinging, butt-kicking CD” by clarinetist Eddie Daniels. Al’s tours include Australia, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Mexico, India, and across the U.S.
            Al, who lives in the Denver area, has served in two unique roles at the University of Colorado at Boulder: as Professor of Physics and as Adjunct Professor of Jazz Trombone. When President Bill Clinton visited Vail, Colorado in August of 1993, he described Al as “one of America’s foremost physicists—and an even better trombonist.” During his time at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Al received NASA's Outstanding Achievements Awards for the discovery of the Li-iodine battery used in today's cardiac pacemakers. While at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), he was member of the team which received an IR100 Award for the copper indium diselenide Solar Cell. As Professor and Chairman of the Physics Department at the University of Arkansas, he received the American Association of Physics Teachers Distinguished Scientist Award. In addition, he discovered the thallium cuprate superconductors and was featured in the Wall Street Journal and on CNN. Visit his web site at <>; e-mail him at <allen.hermann@Colorado.EDU>.

Antonio García
Tony is Director of Jazz Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. An alumnus of the Eastman School of Music and of Loyola University of the South, he has received commissions for jazz, symphonic, chamber, and solo works from Meet The Composer, The Commission Project, The Thelonious Monk Institute, and regional arts councils; composition/arrangement honors include IAJE (jazz band), ASCAP (orchestral), and Billboard Magazine (pop songwriting); and his music has aired over National Public Radio and CBS-TV. A Bach/Selmer clinician, he has freelanced as trombonist, bass trombonist, or pianist with over 70 nationally renowned artists, including Ella Fitzgerald, George Shearing, Mel Tormé, Billy Eckstine, Doc Severinsen, Louie Bellson, Dave Brubeck, and Phil Collins—and has performed at the Montreux, Nice, North Sea, Pori (Finland), New Orleans, and Chicago Jazz Festivals. An avid scat-singer, he has performed vocally with jazz ensembles around the world. He has produced recordings or broadcasts of such artists as Wynton Marsalis, Gene Bertoncini, Jim Pugh, Dave Taylor, Susannah McCorkle, Sir Roland Hanna, and the JazzTech Big Band.
            Tony is International Trombone Association Journal Associate Jazz Editor, IAJE Jazz Education Journal Past Editor, serves as a Network Expert (for Improvisation Materials) for the Jazz Education Network, and is a board member of The Midwest Clinic. His book, Cutting the Changes: Jazz Improvisation via Key Centers (Kjos Music) offers musicians of all ages the opportunity to improvise over standard tunes using just their major scales. Widely published in more than a dozen education and jazz periodicals, he is Co-Editor and Contributing Author of MENC’s Teaching Jazz: A Course of Study and has taught and guest-conducted in Canada, Europe, South Africa, Australia, The Middle East, and across the U.S. García is also the subject of an extensive interview within Bonanza: Insights and Wisdom from Professional Jazz Trombonists (Advance Music). Previous to VCU, he served as Associate Professor and Coordinator of Combos at Northwestern University, where he taught jazz and integrated arts, was Jazz Coordinator for the National High School Music Institute, and for four years directed the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Formerly the Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University, he was selected by students and faculty there as the recipient of a 1992 “Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching” award and nominated as its candidate for 1992 CASE “U.S. Professor of the Year” (one of 434 nominees nationwide). Visit his web site at <>; e-mail him at <>.

Track 1 mp3 Track 2 mp3 Track 3 mp3 Track 7 mp3 Track 8 mp3 Track 9 mp3 Track 4 mp3 Track 5 mp3 Track 6 mp3

Home Joy Spring CD Bio/Tunes Gallery Downloads Links Contact/Bookings Joy Spring CD disc