Union Music in the News "Music right note for horn players" by Ken Garcia, San Francisco Chronicle Much of the musical royalty that has passed through San Francisco in the past 80 years have found themselves in the same court -- a place so small it could barely contain a quintet. But somehow the Union Music Co. Most of the music specialty shops that once flourished in the Bay Area are gone, victims of chain conglomerates and mall-derivative tastes that have sent independent stores the way of eight-track tapes. During the heyday of jazz nightclubs in San Francisco, you could find music stores across the city. Now there are but a few, although Union Music has stood out from the beginning. Akright is considered a brass customizing wizard who has built specialized instruments for a number of leading jazz players, at one time forming a partnership with trumpeter Doc Severinson of "The Tonight Show" fame.
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I could probably clean it myself and get it pretty decent, but I'm thinking total pro clean job.. So does anyone know if Akright is still located in Oakland? I did a Google search and all I found was a shop in Washington. And would anyone know how to get in touch with him? Mic Gillette was my model, mentor and friend. Yamaha , Yamaha , Custom Marcinkiewicz mpc.
Severinsen-Akright B-Flat Trumpet, used by Doc Cheatham
It is a B-flat trumpet, 54 Bel Canto model, serial , made of brass with 3 piston valves. This trumpet is engraved:. Cheatham performed with several jazz musicians including Benny Carter, Fletcher Henderson, and Benny Goodman throughout the s to the s. In the s, Cheatham worked to improve his playing by recording and listening to himself. Do you have something to share that would enrich our knowledge about this object?
Dick Akright has provided essential support to the Bay Area and national brass player community for over 42 years at the thriving Best Instrument Repair Company in Oakland. Dick has been the foremost primary-care brass instrument doctor when repairs are needed, often on an urgent basis, helping his musical patients to achieve high-level performances whether in the local schools, symphony orchestras or jazz and rock bands. His basement shop, with its subterranean charm, soldering torches ablaze and instruments stacked high, has been the nexus of Bay Area brass life and Dick has been the paragon of warmth and understanding to all who enter. His generosity to those in need has been legendary and The Bay Brass joins the wider community in our best wishes to Dick on his health challenges. Released in March , the album features premiere recordings of recent American works for brass and was released on the Harmonia-Mundi label.