Herbert L. Clarke On Jazz

Herbert Clarke

In 1921, 16-year-old trumpet student Elden E. Benge of Winterset, Iowa, wrote a letter to Herbert L. Clarke (pictured, right), asking advice. Clarke (1867-1945) was the most celebrated cornet soloist of his day, a veteran of John Phillip Sousa’s band and leader of his own concert bands. His recordings of marches and adaptations of classical pieces rang out in living rooms in the days when Victrolas were the iPods of the early twentieth century. Clarke’s method books of technical and … [Read more...]