Arturo Sandoval

Presidential Medal of Freedom
10 Grammy Awards
6 Billboard Awards
1 Emmy Award
>50 recordings published
Dizzy Gillespie was his mentor and friend

Jim Seeley

Featured soloist with Ray Charles, Louis Bellson, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson, Chucho Valdez, Chico O’Farrill, Greg Allman and many more.
Founding member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Conducting seminars and master classes all over the world.

Grammy winner

Rick Braun

Crafted his own distinctive sound and become a staple on contemporary jazz radio.
He has produced No. 1 hits for David Benoit, Marc Antoine, and former Rod Stewart band sidekick, Jeff Golub.
Braun achieved collaborative success on massive hits with Boney James, as a member of RnR with saxophonist Richard Elliot, and with BWB, a powerhouse trio completed by Grammy® winners Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown.
Collaborated with some of the biggest names in music, including Tina Turner, Tom Petty, Sade, Natalie Cole and REO Speedwagon.

Magnus Johansson

World-renowned trumpet player, Magnus Johansson, has featured on the biggest best-selling records of the last century, spanning everyone from Katy Perry to Ariana Grande, Kesha to Sam Smith, and Pitbull to Little Mix.

His latest success, ‘In Your Eyes’ by The Weeknd, was noted as a standout track for 2020 with over 400 million plays on Spotify. Similarly, ‘Only Human’ by Jonas Brothers which he featured on in 2019 was considered a highlight of their hit album ‘Happiness Begins’.

Johansson’s phenomenal talent as a trumpet player has helped him to move seamlessly across a variety of different genres.

Growing up in Askim, Sweden, Johansson fell in love with the trumpet at the age of 6. He then went on to attend the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in ninth grade, where he was celebrated as one of the youngest students ever to gain a place at this prestigious college.

Johansson has appeared on over 500 recorded records in his career and played live alongside stars such as Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Diana Ross, Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder, Mireille Mathieu, Paul Young, Michael Bolton, Ray Charles, Burt Bacharach, Elvis Presley’s band, and Michael Bublé.

Johnny Thirkell

In a long and varied career, Johnny has an impressive record of achievements and unparalleled experience as a trumpet player and producer. He perfomed in many genres of music at the highest level. From the B.B.C. Radio Orchestra through the Buddy Rich & Gil Evans Orchestras and on in to the Rock & Pop industry, Johnny established himself as a versatile and adaptable musician of the highest calibre.

A measure of his success lies in the fact that his trumpet playing featured on at least 1 album in the UK album chart, continuously, without a break for over 13 years and at one point he was playing on 11 of the top 50 albums in a single week. He has performed on over 6000 recordings, 40 top ten albums and 25 US & UK No.1 records, including the recent BTS global smash “Dynamite”. The list of Artists with whom he has recorded reads like a who’s who of the music industry and includes such illustrious names as:
Bruno Mars
David Bowie
Pet Shop Boys
George Michael
Tina Turner

As well as touring and playing live with Artists like Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Bon Jovi & Ray Charles, Johnny has been a regular member of 3 very successful groups:

Swing Out Sister (1985 – 1988)
Level 42 (1988 – 1994)
Jamiroquai (1993 – 2000)

In 2020 he scored his 25th No.1 record with “Dynamite” the global smash hit by BTS

Trombone Shorty

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews is the bandleader and frontman of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a hard-edged funk band that employs brass-band beats, rock dynamics and improvisation in a jazz tradition.

A 2011 GRAMMY Award nominee for his album Backatown (Verve), Andrews’ virtuosity and high-energy live shows have drawn unanimous raves worldwide with Rolling Stone calling him a “must-see act.”

Andrews is passing down his musical knowledge and keeping the New Orleans brass band tradition alive through his own Trombone Shorty Foundation and Music Academy, and since 2014 has worked as a “Turnaround Artist’” with the Turnaround Arts Initiative, a program that helps low-performing schools improve through intensive arts programs.


Giveton Gelin

Winner of the numerous top trumpet competitions in the US
Trumpeter, Bandleader and Composer in the New York City Scene
Giveton Gelin Quintet
Giveton is making a name for himself on the New York Scene. After only being in New York City for two years he has played with pioneers of the NY jazz scene – like Curtis Lundy, Harold Mabern, Winard Harper, George Coleman, Joe Farnsworth, Sullivan Fortner, Ben Wolfe, Jon Batiste and Roy Hargrove

Melvin Jones

Multiple Grammy-Award Winning Performer and Arranger (TLC, LeCrae, PJ Morton, etc)
Toured/ Performed/ Recorded with Tyler Perry, Patti LaBelle, Stevie Wonder, Young Jeezy, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, TLC, Ray Charles, Kirk Franklin, Jennifer Holiday, Erykah Badu, Arrested Development, Quincy Jones, and a host of other musical icons.
Award Winning, Published Educator; Former Director of Bands for Morehouse College and International Masterclass Clinician on various subjects.
Artist in Residence for the “Mentoring Through the Arts” Program sponsored by the US Virgin Islands Dept of Education and the United Jazz Foundation.
A favorite of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York and Doha, Current a Member of Grammy Award Winning Ensemble, Dion Parson and 21st Century Band, and a part of the House Band for Tyler Perry’s Touring Stage Plays.
Made numerous appearances as a member of the House Bands for various films and TV shows including BET’s Sunday Best, The Dove Awards, BET Awards, the Monique Show, The Trumpet Awards, VH1’s Dear Mama, and many more..

Greg Boyer

The well-known trombone player can be heard with,
George Clinton
Maceo Parker
Lalah Hathaway
Sheila E.
David Sanborn
Brian Culbertson
and many more

“I thought I was eternally connected to my former trombone. daCarbo has taught me better!”

Quentin Collins

London’s most wanted Jazz and commercial trumpeter
Worked in the commercial sphere with Beverley Knight, Prince, Alicia Keys, Boy George, Leona Lewis, US3, Duffy, Basement Jaxx, Omar MBE and many more
Worked in the Jazz sphere with Gregory Porter, Roy Hargrove, Fred Wesley, Tony Kofi, Jean Toussaint, Joel Frahm, Jason Rebello, Will Vinson, Liane Carroll, Transatlantic Collective to name but a few
Co-leader of the QC/BA quartet
Touring with Kyle Eastwood Band
Brass teacher at Dordogne Jazz Summer School since 2001, Teacher at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, plus many masterclasses across the world

Thomas Huder and Michael Enders, Palast Orchestra (Max Raabe)

The two trumpet players Thomas Huder and Michael Enders tested daCarbo trumpets intensively with and without the orchestra. From now on, they play daCarbo trumpets, allowing them to form the typical classic sound without effort.

Jörn Ranke, Palast Orchestra (Max Raabe)

Since 1987 at Palast Orchestra as trombone and viola player. He follows his trumpeter colleagues, Thomas Huder and Michael Enders, and plays from now on the daCarbo trombone.

Skip Martin

Grammy Award Winner (Let it Whip – Dazz Band)

MOBO Award Recipient (Kool & The Gang)

Platinum & Gold Records Recipient (Kool & The Gang and Dazz Band)
6 Top 100 Albums, 2 Top 100 Singles
14 Albums with the Dazz Band
7 Albums with Kool & The Gang
2 Solo Albums
2 Albums with United We Funk All Stars

Toni Maier

8 years principle trumpet of Vienna Symphonic Orchestra
35 years with “The Crazy Dollar Band”: 270 concerts a year
Worked with mit Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein, Karl Böhm und Carlo Maria Giulini
Former director of Johann-Joseph-Fux-Konservatorium Graz

Gil "XL" Defay

Trumpeter, Producer, Composer, Arranger and Teacher from the New York City Scene With various styles ranging from Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, Gospel and World Music

Worked with recorded, toured or has shared the stage with:
Wynton Marsalis, Mark Whitfield, Wyclef Jean, Melanie Fiona, Eric Benet, Al B. Sure, Norman Connors, Donnie McClurkin, Cece Winans, Bebe Winans, John P. Kee, The Late Rev. Timothy Wright and many more.

Philippe Litzler

Principle Trumpet of the Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich
Trumpet Professor at the Lucerne University of Arts
Founder member of the trumpet ensemble
“Die Basler Bachtrompeter”
Principle Trumpet of the Grand Ensemble de Cuivres d’Alsace

Roy Hargrove † (1969/10/16 - 2018/02/11)

2 Grammy Awards
Founder and Leader of the Formation The RH Factor
Roy Hargrove Quintett
> 25 recordings published

Concerts with Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Diana Ross, Shirley Horn and many more.

Duane Smith

Duane “Squire” Smith, Trumpeter/Arranger/Bandleader/Musical Director/Producer

attended LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.  Mentored by the late, great Weldon Irvine.
Played with legends as Roy Haynes, Wynton Marsalis and Roy Hargrove.
Writes and arranges pieces for traditional jazz and big band configurations.
Performed all over the world with his band, The Fuzz Band, including 3 USO Tours to Iraq, Europe, Africa, Italy, Spain, Kuwait, Portugal, and Turkey.
Penned and performed horn arrangements for Grammy winning and nominated producers and artists including Roosevelt “Bink” Harrell, Dominick “Nottz” Lamb, Masego, Eric Roberson, Dram, Surface, and Boyz II Men.
Supported jazz legends Jonathan Butler, Rick Braun, Nick Colionne, and Kirk Whalum on various intimate-sized tour dates.
Collaborations with pop duo Sunny & Gabe.

Rahmlee Michael Davis

Even if you are not a music freak you have heard Rahmlee’s trumpet on many recordings for sure. As a member of the legendary Phenix Horns Rahmlee played with an impressive number of famous musicians:
Earth, Wind & Fire, Phil Collins, The Jacksons, Tyrone Davis, Frida (of ABBA), Jackie Wilson, The Whispers, Michael Jackson, Stanley Turrentine, The Sylvers, Side Affect, Rodney Franklin, B.B. King, The Chi-Lites, Barbara Acklin, The Artistics, Gene Chandler, Tupac Shakur, Curtis Mayfield, Snoop Dogg, Donny Hathaway, Ramsey Lewis, Young-Holt Unlimited, Minnie Riperton, Philip Bailey, The Emotions, Klique, Charles Earland, Macy Gray, Bobby Womack, Al McKay & The L.A. All Stars/The Earth, Wind & Fire Experience and countless others.

Still active, he is working on his own albums.

類家心平 Shinpei Ruike

Gold Medal at National Convention Ensemble Contest 6 years trumpeter at the Japanese Marine

Bands: Urb, Shinpei Ruike Four Piece Band, Landcsape Jazz Orchestra, DADA (Electro Jazz), Naruyoshi Kikuchi Dub Sextett, Routine Jazz Sextett 7 albums released

Michael Stever

Concerts/Recordings with Dave Brubeck, Jonathan Butler, Bobby Caldwell, Lenny Castro, Brian Culbertson, Eric Darius, George Duke, Larry Dunn, Warren Hill, Dave Koz, Ramsey Lewis, Michael Lington, Tony Maiden, Eric Marienthal, Steve Miller, Ray Parker Jr., Mike Phillips, David Sanborn, Tamar, Stevie Wonder
On tour with Monica Mancini, ASoulful Christmas (Culbertson, Caldwell, Darius, Hill, Parker), Brian Culbertson, Brian Culbertson and the Funk Experience, ASoulful Christmas (Culbertson, Maiden, Phillips), Brian Culbertson [tpt, keys, arr], Rufus w/Sly Stone [tpt, keys]

Jon Barnes

Jon Barnes is a world-class musician who starred in the movie “Dirty Dancing” and works for “Earth Wind and Fire.” He is also a writer, composer, producer and educator.

“These instruments show you how to play more efficiently with less energy, which leads to more musicality.”

Claudio Roditi † (1946/05/28 - 2020/01/17)

Played with Herbie Mann, Charlie Rouse Paquito D’Rivera and many more.
Was a member of Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra.
Run his own Trio with Klaus Ignatzek and Jean-Louis Rassnfosse.
The Jazz legend Claudio Roditi played the daCarbo-Trumpet in various concerts:

Jackie Coleman

Latin Grammy Award Winner (Flor de Toloache – “Las Caras Lindas”).

NYC-based trumpeter/composer/arranger/teacher.

Trumpet with Antibalas, Durand Jones and the Indications, and many other artists.

Has performed with artists such as Solange, Wu-Tang lan, Holly Miranda, Zola Jesus, Flor de Toloache, Kali Uchis, Mon Laferte, Helado Negro, Cuco, H.E.R, Fantasia, Ledisi, Jazmine Sullivan, Yolanda Adams.

Gabriel "The Gun" Gonzales

Co-Founder of the Grammy Award winning group “No Doubt”
Trumpeter, Latin Percussionist, Producer and Arranger.
Played and worked with: No Doubt, The Skeletones, Bad Manners, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fishbone, Steel Pulse, The Roots Radics, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente (Sr & Jr), Lalo Rodriguez, Richie Ray, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, Mario Winans, Jeff Buckley, Bennie Maupin, Bob Mintzer, Peter White, David Sanborn and many other artists.
Actual Projects: Gabriel The Gun Quartet/Quintet; BackBeat Brawlers; The Lock ‘N Load Horns

Nikola Lutz

Prof. Nikola Lutz has made a name for herself as a saxophonist for new and experimental music. She has premiered numerous works by composers such as Alexander Grebtschenko, Maximilian Marcoll, Fernando Munizaga, Ying Wang, Remmy Canedo and many others. By commissioning compositions, she inspired many composers to create new literature for saxophone, thus actively contributing to the aesthetic development of the instrument. At the HMDK Stuttgart she holds a professorship for classical saxophone.

As an improviser, she elicits the most improbable sounds not only from the saxophone but also from exotic wind instruments such as the tárogató or sarrusophone. She has played with international greats of the improvisation scene such as Peter Kowald or Sainkho Namtchylak. Currently she improvises in the duo YonX with the Chilean double bass player César Bernal.

Tours have taken her as a soloist to North and South America, India, Korea, Russia, China and European countries, among others. Currently she can be heard on a portrait CD by Annesley Black (KAIROS).

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