Phil Hanson
Phil Hanson
I have been playing cornet and more recently trumpet for over 30 years. During the late 1990’s with Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band, I recorded albums at Abbey Road, played to packed out audiences in the Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall, did recordings for the BBC and toured across America, Canada and Europe.

In 2009 I changed my musical focus to Jazz, and am now busy making my own Free Jazz music with my band H2 (www.h2-music.co.uk). I am working on my first album and a whole host of other music related activities and put simply, my musical ambition is to become one of the next great Jazz Innovators. I am working to achieve this through the creation of original, improvised, contemporary sounding Jazz music that the mainstream of people will (hopefully!) enjoy listening to and watching live.

I look forward to posting articles on Brassmusician.com that relate to the various elements of Brass music which interest me.

www.philhanson.co.uk
Articles by Phil Hanson
The Lost Art of Improvisation
By Phil Hanson
Origins Musicians have been improvising for as long as there has been music. When prehistoric man first banged on a makeshift drum, or blew down a hollowed out bone with holes in it, he had [...]

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An Interview with Richard Marshall
By Phil Hanson
Quoted at the Black Dyke Brass Arts Festival, the internationally acclaimed maestro Elgar Howarth described Richard as “the most outstanding cornet player this country has ever produced.” Richard is currently Principal Cornet of the world [...]

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How to fit practice into a busy day
By Phil Hanson
The quandary This is a very straight forward tip but it has taken me years to grasp that it is essential if I am to keep playing to the level I want to! Like many [...]

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How to get into a world class Brass Band
By Phil Hanson
1. Are you good enough? This might be a daft question, but it is probably the most important one to ask before we go any further. There are hundreds, maybe thousands of brass bands all [...]

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How to get your children started in British Brass Bands
By Phil Hanson
1. You’ll need an instrument! First things first, there are lots of Brass Bands all around the world playing at all levels of musical proficiency. Only the very top bands have their own really decent [...]

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Time to look at jazz with a fresh pair of eyes: Part 2
By Phil Hanson
6. The controversial bit! Clearly there are a large number of very, very talented Jazz musicians out there today, releasing innovative albums, doing gigs, making money and making their fans very happy. I love listening [...]

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Time to look at jazz with a fresh pair of eyes: Part 1
By Phil Hanson
1. The facts of life! As a Project Manager I’ve always found that the best way to get a proper view of what state a project is in, is by getting a fresh pair of [...]

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Phil Hanson: A brass musician with ambition
By Phil Hanson
Phil Hanson is not a musician you will have heard of, well at least not yet anyway! This is surprising when you consider that Phil has been playing Cornet and more recently Trumpet for over [...]

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