Adjusting to the Virtual Life
John Pittman is a Toronto-based trumpeter and educator who has had to move his classes online. He's trying to make the best out of the current situation for his students -- from setting up online improv sessions to having virtual one-on-ones, Pittman is making sure the beat stays alive. Find out what it takes to foster the next batch of local musicians.
John Pittman's Journey from Tot to Talent to Teacher
John Pittman clearly remembers how his journey in jazz began. His sister suggested he take a music class in middle school since he had already taken piano lessons. What started as an easy “A” became a lifelong passion. Pittman began playing the trumpet and fell in love with it. Find out how his love for the instrument led him to perform across the country, starting a band and teaching students at Sterling Music Hall.
The Story Behind the Song
Our last feature as part of Thur's Bachman + Bachman concert is @HeavyweightsBB. Their exciting take on the brass band tradition has earned them legions of fans & spots on stage with Trombone Shorty, The Soul Rebels & The Roots. https://t.co/YOswzznLmOhttps://t.co/XYTLhSJOHe
— Toronto Jazz Fest (@TorontoJazzFest) December 15, 2020
John Pittman's band, The Heavyweights Brass Band, have performed several times at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, aiming each time to generate energy through their infectious live shows.
Music and Connection in a Virtual Landscape
John Pittman is trying to go beyond just typical zoom classes. He's trying to break through the screen and teach students how to improv. Is that possible in the digital age? Or are students too tired on Zoom calls to feel the energy?