Legendary Trumpet Story

I was reading Crispian Steele-Perkins’ wonderful book, ‘TRUMPET.’ It is a great read and very informative. It is part of the Yehudi Menuhin Music Guides series, published by Kahn & Averill, London. Amongst, the very entertaining anecdotes was the following lovely story…

“In 1956 the great British ‘Big Band’ conducted by Ted Heath toured the USA. One of the features of their concerts was the duetting of trumpeters Bobby Pratt and Bert Ezzard, of both of whom I was a huge fan. It was after their performance in Pasadena near Los Angeles that Bobby Pratt was making his way out of the stage door of the theatre (he was a well built, but rather shy man) when he was accosted by a diminutive figure, who grasped his hand energetically and effused: ‘Mr Pratt, that was just marvellous playing: I truly believe that you must be the greatest trumpet player in the world’. Somewhat overwhelmed, Pratt replied with customary modesty: ‘Oh no, you’re very kind, but the greatest player, I believe, is a man called Conrad Gozzo.’ The other, in his turn, was overcome with confusion. ‘Why, thank you’ said he, ‘I am Conrad Gozzo’.”

A Trumpeter’s Prayer – Conrad Gozzo

Bobby Pratt

About brendanball

Professional Trumpeter: Soloist, Orchestra Player, Chamber Music, Contemporary Music & Education.
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One Response to Legendary Trumpet Story

  1. peter feltham says:

    Such a lovely story,and such modesty by two great musicians.

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