Terell Stafford — Sneaking Into Jazz

When trumpeter Terell Stafford was nearing the completion of his classical trumpet studies in college, he was also developing an interest in jazz. Since jazz was frowned upon by his classical mentors, Terell had to meet covertly with the school’s jazz studies professor, pianist Kenny Barron. Barron agreed to help Stafford, but only if they could keep it a secret from the classical professor. So Terell began going to jam sessions.

One night — well, no, we’ll stop here. Terell tells the story much better in this performance/interview with KPLU’s Abe Beeson.

Give it a listen. You’ll enjoy it. (The three songs the trio plays are pretty enjoyable, as well.)