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Jazz trumpet maestro even practices in his car

Please allow me to introduce myself — I am a man of no wealth and little fame.

I am a vocalist/guitarist, who is supported by the Gibson Guitar Co., so I suppose that makes me a pretty good guitar player. So far, I have not received any support from microphone companies.

That being said, I do have four albums, or CDs, to my credit. Two of them went national and threw me onto the worldwide stage. Last November, JazzTimes reviewed me and my CD "Ed Taylor and TaylorMade," and the CD was added to 15 radio stations in the USA.

My current CD, is titled "Songs From A Taylor" featuring Peter White, smooth jazz icon, on the guitar. For additional information regarding me, please visit my Web sites www.edtaylormusic.com and www.songsfromataylor.com.

Enough about me. Let's visit with my first guest, Mr. Kevin England.

Ed: Kevin, just who are you?

Kevin England: I am just happy to be alive and part of God's great creation. I have always experienced God's creation most profoundly through music.

Ed: Just how do you do this?

Kevin: I do this primarily throught jazz trumpet. Not only trumpet, but the flugelhorn as well.

Ed: I understand that you went through some medical proceedures just before before we met?

Kevin: I am a cancer survivor. I believe my healing was miraculous in nature.

Ed: Kevin, where and how did you learn to play as well as you do?

Kevin: I studied music and music education at Washington State University where I was an award-winning jazz soloist and also was principle trumpet player in the WSU orchestra for a short time. In addition, I studied with the world renowned trumpet artist Bobby Shew. Playing the trumpet is a demanding physical endeavor. I have a thorough set of musical exercises I try to do daily at home, and I'll even sneak in a practice session in my car, not while driving though.

Ed: How do you prepare for a performance?

Kevin: I try to be well rested. I'll usually not practice that day except I might warm up for about 20 minutes before I head out to a gig.

Ed: Kevin, is there anything you would like to add?

Kevin: Spiritually, I try to focus on spreading God's love through the music medium. I would like to reiterate how blessed I am to get paid fo do what I love. I thank God that he has kept me around this planet and hope I live up to what ever purposes he has in store for me.

Thank you, Kevin England. We appreciate your comments. Federal Way, you can find Kevin performing at your local venues. Also, RIP Max Roach and Joe Zawinul. Until next time...

Ed Taylor is a vocalist/guitarist in the Puget Sound region. Visit www.edtaylormusic.com to learn more.

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