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(Boptism Music is phasing out our hard-copy books in the coming months.)
Jazz music for the jazz enthusiast —
Boptism Music is all about jazz music and jazz music-related materials for students, teachers and professionals alike. Founded on 9/24/2001 in New York, NY, Boptism Music is dedicated to integrity and intelligence. It is our aim to bring forth music and music-related materials that challenge, rather than pamper, the individual. If you enjoy listening to “thinking man’s jazz,” or if you want to learn to play jazz so that you will appeal to audiences who appreciate and understand what you’re playing, then Boptism Music just might have something for you.
A devoted bebopper with a decidedly lyrical style.
— Windplayer Magazine
Rich Willey is an inspiration. His lines bubble . . . his sound is smooth to the touch. Rich had me popping my fingers and begging for more!
— Byron Stripling
Rich’s arrangements are thoughtful and swinging. His bass trumpet sound and style really knocks me out.
— Ted Rosenthal
Rich is not only a prodigious trumpet talent but also a remarkable composer and arranger.
— Rick Simerly
Rich Willey’s trumpet playing and his use of bass trumpet is especially refreshing. A no-nonsense player.
— Michael Abene
I absolutely will endorse Rich and recommend him highly. He’s a consummate gentleman, a great player, an excellent instructor and has a wonderful sense of humor. I feel quite privileged to be able to know him and call him a friend.
— Bill Mirrielees
Rich Willey is a wonderful instrumentalist and jazz composer. Anything he puts on paper I trust 100%.
Tools to help you become a better jazz musician
“Is it true that I can achieve a form of self-transcendence by practicing demanding, in-depth materials and jump-start my musicianship by pushing myself beyond what I thought I was capable of achieving?” At Boptism Music we absolutely believe this is true. All of our Jazz Study Zone materials are designed to challenge you and help you grow as a creative, improvising musician. Boptism Music can definitely help you get the ball rolling!
But For The Grace Of God by Rich Willey arranged by Michael Abene
The legendary Michael Abene has arranged this beautiful tune by Rich Willey for full big band plus optional strings.
Used as a closer, this chart sends your audience home having had a serene, peaceful, emotional, and deeply meaningful experience.
Little Treasures by Rich Willey arranged by Wally Minko
Rich’s tribute to his baby daughters combined with Wally Minko’s virtuoso arranging ability has yielded this amazing chart that will excite and delight your listeners.
If you want to really push your band beyond their comfort zone, this chart will reward their hard work mightily.
Eyes All For You by Rich Willey arranged by Chris Walden
The great Chris Walden (Germany’s loss is America’s gain) arranged this bright jazz waltz for Rich with no guidance or suggestions from Rich whatsoever and knocked it clean out of the park.
This is a perfect feature for your jazz tenor player and jazz trumpet (or bass trumpet) player.
Trumpet & Trombone Lessons via Skype
Rich Willey, devoted student of Dr. Donald S. “Doc” Reinhardt, teaches trumpet and trombone students according to what he learned during his eight years of private, in-person study with “Doc” (including attendance at two of Reinhardt’s three-day teacher’s clinics) between 1978 and 1986. Thanks to Skype, online trumpet lessons and online trombone lessons are the perfect alternative to traveling great distances. Rich offers “chops” and/or “improv” lessons online.
Add Brass Tracks to Your Recording
Rich Willey offers virtual recording session services by providing brass tracks for composers and producers of many music and commercial media sound tracks (TV, film, video games & library). Rich composes, arranges, and records trumpet, flugelhorn, bass trumpet and tuba parts using a Royer R-122 ribbon mic, a Neumann TLM 193 large-diaphragm condenser mic as well as an Electro Voice RE20 dynamic cardioid mic for 100% guaranteed Pro Tools tracks that lay right into your project.