Roger Ingram at the Kentucky Museum with his 1600i trumpet
|Birth name||Roger O'Neal Ingram|
November 13, 1957 |
Pasadena, California, United States
|Genres||Jazz, swing, big band, pop|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, teacher, author, instrument designer|
|Instruments||Trumpet, flugelhorn, piano|
|Labels||Blue Note, Concord, First Avenue, GRP, Jazzed Media, MCA, Milan, Milestone, Origin, Sony, Summit, UTV|
|Associated acts||Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Harry Connick, Jr.|
|Jupiter XO Series 1600I (I-horn)|
Roger O'Neal Ingram (born November 13, 1957) is a jazz trumpeter, educator, author, and instrument designer. He is best known for his work as the touring and recording Lead Trumpet in the orchestras of Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and Harry Connick, Jr., and his textbook, Clinical Notes on Trumpet Playing.
Ingram was born November 13, 1957 in St. Luke's Hospital in Pasadena, California, the youngest of three children born to Hazel Ruth Ingram and Walter Edward (Ed) Ingram. His mother Hazel (December 20, 1923 – August 2, 2013) was born in Lamar, Arkansas and his father Ed (August 28, 1903 – March 8, 1992) was born at Niagara Falls, New York.
Ingram's mother ran the household and worked as a tailor and dressmaker from their home in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles; his father was a freelance artist, actor, and musician. His father worked on early Popeye cartoons and several early Disney animations, including the movie Fantasia. He hosted his own radio show in Los Angeles in the 1930s where he sang and played ukulele. During the 1940s and 50's he worked in Hollywood as a singer and actor and was in over thirty movie and TV shows, including The Joker's Wild, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Superman, This Island Earth, and Titanic. He played saxophone and harmonica and brought Ingram to hear Louis Armstrong, Harry James, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Al Hirt, Buddy Rich, Barney Bigard, Jack Teagarden, Kid Ory, Woody Herman, Rafael Méndez, and Teddy Buckner. He gave Ingram his first trumpet and mouthpiece in 1965. The horn is a bare, brass trumpet made in American-occupied post-war Japan. The bell is stamped "Koondr, Kailangan Tokyo."
Ingram began playing the trumpet at age eight. Growing up in Los Angeles, he became acquainted with Hollywood session trumpet players. Many of these introductions came through John Rinaldo, his band director at Eagle Rock High School. Rinaldo's jazz program included others who went on to become professionals, including drummers Carlos Vega and Sam Wiley, bassists Scott Colley and David Stone, guitarist Larry Koonse, saxophonists Doug Rinaldo, Brian Mitchell, and Gary Hypes, trombonists Arturo Velasco and Luis Bonilla, pianist Guy Steiner, and trumpeters Bobby Muzingo and Buddy Gordon. Through Rinaldo, Ingram was able to meet and study with Bobby Shew and Laroon Holt. Ingram's teachers included Bud Brisbois, Mannie Klein, Roy Stevens, Don Raffell, Bobby Findley, Carmine Caruso, Reynold Schilke, James Stamp, Uan Rasey, Mel Broiles, and Dan Jacobs.
At sixteen, Ingram toured with Louie Bellson , sharing section duties with Blue Mitchell, Bobby Shew, Cat Anderson, and Frank Szabo. His first international gigs were with that group during the 1974 Belvedere King Size Jazz Festival Tour at Varsity Stadium in Toronto, the Winnipeg Arena in Winnipeg, and the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada. After his stint with Bellson, he graduated from high school and then joined Quincy Jones or a fall tour. After that tour, he spent a year touring with Connie Stevens, playing lead trumpet for the first time.
At eighteen, Ingram played first trumpet with singer Tom Jones and remained with him for six years. After that, he moved to Las Vegas, where for two years he gained experience playing on the Las Vegas Strip.
With Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson
In 1985, Ingram joined the Woody Herman Orchestra as lead trumpet. Ingram's friend, Ron Stout, held the jazz trumpet chair at that time, and was instrumental in getting him onto the band. He remained with the band until Herman's death in 1987. He recorded three Grammy-nominated albums with the band leader: The 50th Anniversary Tour, Woody's Gold Star, and The Concord Years. He is the last lead trumpeter to play with the "original" Woody Herman Orchestra.
Ingram returned to Los Angeles after Herman's death, founding and co-leading his own big band with saxophonist Steve Elliott. The Ingram-Elliott big band featured artists such as Bobby Shew, Till Brönner, Bill Watrous, and Gary Foster. In 1988, he worked with the WDR Jazz Orchestra in Cologne, Germany. While in Germany, he recorded works by Bob Brookmeyer and Jim McNeely, featuring Mel Lewis on drums. During this time, he recorded with saxophonist Loren Schoenberg and pianist Django Bates.
Later that year, Ingram joined the orchestra of Maynard Ferguson and recorded three albums with him. In October 2004, he performed as a featured artist at Stratospheric, a four-day festival honoring Ferguson. In September 2006, he performed as a featured soloist at the Maynard Ferguson Tribute Concert in St. Louis, Missouri, with many other trumpeters, including his long-time friend and colleague Wayne Bergeron.
After three years as lead trumpeter for Ferguson, he moved to Florida, where he was a teaching assistant and private instructor at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. While in Miami, he collaborated with his friend and colleague, Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, recording the Grammy Award-winning album, Danzon. He also did commercial recording work, performed and toured with the New Xavier Cugat Orchestra, and worked on a consistent basis with the Peter Graves Orchestra.
With Harry Connick Jr. and Lincoln Center
In 1990, Ingram joined the newly formed big band of pianist Harry Connick Jr. He recorded three albums with Connick, working with him until the orchestra disbanded in 1993. The following year, he toured with singer Frank Sinatra. Later in 1994, he moved to New York City, joining Wynton Marsalis and his Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He recorded three albums with Marsalis, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Blood on the Fields.
Ingram left Jazz at Lincoln Center in 1997 to tour and record with Ray Charles for two years. After touring with singer-songwriter Paul Anka, he joined the re-formed Harry Connick Jr. Bg Band in 1998 and recorded the Grammy nominated album Come by Me. In April 2000, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) gave that album a gold record certification. In the summer of 2001, he toured with the Count Basie Orchestra, returning to tour with Connick in November. Ingram has appeared on several of Connick's works, including Blue Light, Red Light, When My Heart Finds Christmas, the Grammy-winning Songs I Heard, Harry for the Holidays, Thou Shalt Not, Chanson du Vieux Carre, Oh My NOLA, and What a Night! A Christmas Album.
Broadway and festivals
While living in New York, Ingram performed in a freelance capacity in more than twenty Broadway productions including Chicago, Grease, Cats, Les Misérables, Play On, and The Producers. In addition, Ingram played trumpet for the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre and was the principal trumpet player in the Broadway shows and cast albums of Thou Shalt Not, The Pajama Game, and Harry on Broadway, Act 1. He has appeared at jazz festivals around the world, including the Concord Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Newport Jazz Festival. He was a featured artist at the Glasgow Jazz Festival in 2009.
Ingram's textbook, Clinical Notes on Trumpet Playing, was published in 2008. It has been sold in over 70 countries and has been on reading lists at universities and conservatories worldwide.
In 2009, Ingram designed a B♭ trumpet for the Jupiter Band Instrument company. This trumpet is the XO Series 1600I model, known as the I-horn, and is the trumpet he uses exclusively. He also performs with the Jupiter XO Series professional flugelhorn and the Jupiter XO Series professional 4-valve B-flat/A piccolo trumpet (Jupiter 1700RS). For fun, he also plays the Jupiter 528L valve trombone.
In February 2010, after 36 years, he "retired" from the tour bus and being a sideman. Since 2005, he has been an Artist in Residence of the Music Conservatory at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
From 2011–2014, Ingram's line of six professional mouthpieces for B-flat trumpet (the V-cup, the Lead, the Studio, the Jazz, the Be-Bop, and the Instant Chet) arrived on the market. Two additional models (the Lead-2 and Studio-2) were added in 2016.
Ingram's debut solo album, Roger Ingram Live at the College Hideaway, was released in 2014, and his second album, Skylark, was released in 2015: both on his One Too Tree Records label.
As a contributing author, in December 2015, Ingram wrote his first major article for The Brass Herald - The Magazine for the Brass Musician. His articles have been published in every issue since, and Ingram is now a regular columnist for the magazine.
A line of classic mutes designed by Ingram and manufactured by Warburton USA of Mims, FL, was launched at the Midwest Clinic in December 2016. These accessories for trumpet and cornet are the Ingram-MuteMeister Cup, ShowTone, and Straight mutes.
On April 2, 2010, Ingram married Victoria Clarke in Brookfield, Illinois. They have two children, Jacqueline Clarke Such and Byron Russell Clarke Winans, and live in the Chicago suburb of La Grange.
He was previously married to Amie Shimmel in 2000; they divorced in 2002. They had no children together.
Ingram has worked as a sideman for Anita O'Day, Ann-Margret, Bernadette Peters, Buddy DeFranco, Cab Calloway, Carmen McRae, Cassandra Wilson, Chuck Mangione, Clark Terry, Conte Candoli, Dizzy Gillespie, Doc Cheatham, Doc Severinsen, Frank Sinatra Jr., Frankie Valli, Gerry Mulligan, Harry Sweets Edison, Henry Mancini, J. J. Johnson, Jack Jones, Jimmy Heath, Joe Henderson, Joe Williams, John Lewis, Johnny Mathis, Jon Faddis, Lena Horne, Les Brown, Marcus Roberts, Milt Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Natalie Cole, Nelson Riddle, Pearl Bailey, Pete Candoli, Phil Woods, Ron Carter, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughan, Shelly Manne, Stan Getz, The Temptations, Toni Tennille, and Zoot Sims.
Awards and honors
- Runner-up (2nd place) Trumpet, Down Beat 81st Annual Readers Poll, 2016 
- Induction into Kentucky Museum Instruments of American Excellence Collection, 2012
- Lead trumpet on two Grammy winning recordings: Songs I Heard by Harry Connick, Jr. and Danzón by Arturo Sandoval
- Lead trumpet on five Grammy nominated recordings: Your Songs and Come by Me by Harry Connick, Jr.; 50th Anniversary Tour, Woody's Gold Star, and The Concord Years by Woody Herman
- Lead trumpet on the Pulitzer Prize winning recording, Blood on the Fields by Wynton Marsalis
- Lead trumpet Thou Shalt Not, two nominations, Tony Awards, 2002
- Lead trumpet The Pajama Game, nine Nominations and two wins, Tony Awards, 2006
With Harry Connick, Jr.
- 1991 Blue Light, Red Light (Sony)
- 1992 Swing Time (Sony)
- 1993 Forever for Now (Sony)
- 1993 France, I Wish You Love (Sony)
- 1993 When My Heart Finds Christmas (Sony)
- 1999 Come By Me (Sony)
- 2001 Songs I Heard (Sony)
- 2002 Thou Shalt Not (Sony)
- 2006 Harry on Broadway, Act I (Sony)
- 2007 All These People (Sony)
- 2007 Chanson du Vieux Carré (Sony)
- 2007 Oh My NOLA (Sony)
- 2003 Harry for the Holidays (Sony)
- 2004 Only You (Sony)
- 2008 What a Night! A Christmas Album (Sony)
- 2009 Your Songs (Sony)
With Maynard Ferguson
- 1988 Big Bop Nouveau (Intima)
- 1992 Footpath Café (Avion)
- 1993 Live from London (Avenue)
With Woody Herman
- 1986 50th Anniversary Tour (Concord)
- 1987 Ebony (RCA)
- 1987 Woody's Gold Star (Concord)
- 2003 Live at Fitzgeralds (Big Head)
With Wynton Marsalis
- 1994 They Came to Swing, Jazz at Lincoln Center (Sony)
- 1995 Blood on the Fields (Sony)
- 1999 Reeltime (Sony)
- 1999 Sweet Release and Ghost Story (Sony)
- 2011 Selections from Swinging into the 21st (Sony)
- 2012 Music of America (Sony)
- 2012 Swinging Into the 21st (Sony Legacy)
- 2013 The Spiritual Side of Wynton Marsalis (Sony)
- 1985 The Spirit of Christmas (Columbia), Ray Charles
- 1986 Live at Newport and at the Hollywood Bowl, July 1986, (Jazz Band), Stan Getz
- 1988 Conducting in the Stan Kenton Style (Klavier), Al Yankee
- 1988 The Best of Bill Medley (MCA), Bill Medley
- 1989 Sophisticated Lady (Sea Breeze), Frank Mantooth
- 1990 Dangerous Precedent (Sea Breeze), Frank Mantooth
- 1991 Simply Mad About the Mouse (Sony), Various Artists
- 1994 I Was Born in Love with You (Blue Note), Denise Jannah
- 1994 Lip Trip (Mean Bugle), Jim Manley
- 1994 The Kush:Music of Dizzy Gillespie (Heads Up), Richie Cole
- 1994 The Sound:A Tribute to Stan Getz, Billy Ross
- 1994 To Ella With Love (Shanachie), Ann Hampton Callaway
- 1996 Danzon (Dance On) (Milan), Arturo Sandoval
- 1996 Heart of a Legend (Milestone), Chico O'Farrill
- 1996 Slender, Tender and Tall (Panda Digital), Jo Thompson
- 2000 Live...and Swinging (PANKA), Paul Anka
- 2001 Now That's What I Call Christmas! (Utv), Various Artists
- 2003 Home of My Heart (Origin), Chris Walden
- 2003 Please Send Me Someone to Love (Stanson), Sonny Craver with the Pat Longo Big Band
- 2004 The Minute Game (Summit), Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra West
- 2005 Taking the Long Way Home (Jazzed Media), Bud Shank
- 2005 Robots Soundtrack, (Virgin), John Powell
- 2007 Hommage (Jazzed Media), Bill Holman
- 2008 The Baecker Jazz Worship Service (John Cooper Music), John Cooper
- 2009 You Ought to Be Havin' Fun (Rob Zappulla Music)
- 2010 Blueprints (Chicago Sessions), Chicago Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble
- 2012 There's Nothing Like Christmas (Jimmy Stewart Productions), Jimmy Stewart
- 2012 We'll be Together Again (Jazztech), Rob Parton Big Band
- 2013 Christmas Time is Here (Jazztech), Rob Parton Big Band
- 2016 Waltz About Nothing (OA2 Records), New Standard Jazz Orchestra
Harry Connick Jr.
- 1990 Swinging Out Live, Sony (DVD)
- 1991 Blue Light, Red Light, Columbia (Music Video – soundtrack recording)
- 1992 You Didn't Know Me When, Columbia (Music Video – soundtrack recording, film appearance)
- 1993 The New York Big Band Concert, (Video)
- 1993 The Harry Connick Jr. Christmas Special
- 1994 Sleigh Ride, Columbia (Music Video – soundtrack recording)
- 1994 The Harry Connick Jr. Christmas Special (video)
- 1999 Come By Me Columbia (Music Video – soundtrack recording)
- 2003 Harry for the Holidays
- 2004 Only You: In Concert
- 2005 The Happy Elf, Columbia (film, soundtrack recording)
- 2007 All These People, Columbia (music video – soundtrack recording)
- 2009 All the Way, Sony (Music Video – soundtrack recording, film appearance)
- 2009 Close to You, Sony (Music Video – soundtrack recording, film appearance)
- 1976 Edmonton 'In Concert' Series – ITV, w/Connie Stevens
- 1980 Knott's Berry Farm, (TV special) w/Tom Jones
- 1981 Tom Jones Live in Las Vegas 1981, w/Tom Jones
- 1989 Cameron's Closet, Sony Pictures (soundtrack recording) released on DVD 2004
- 1997 Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Pioneer, (DVD) Ray Charles
- 1999 Music My Way, Sony (DVD) – Paul Anka
- 2001 Live at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Sony (DVD) – Paul Anka
- 2005 Robots, 20th Century Fox (Film – soundtrack recording)
- 2006 Maynard Ferguson Tribute, Contemporary (DVD – soundtrack recording, film appearance)
- Roger O'Neal Ingram birth certificate
- Walter Edward Ingram resume
- RogerIngram.com website
- MuteMeister.com website
- Liner notes from LPs/CDs/DVDs in the Roger Ingram discography
- Nick Mondello, Jan 2011, "Roger Ingram, on Swinging, Surviving and Thriving On and Off the Road", ITG Journal, Vol35, No. 2, pp 67–72
- Philip Biggs, Dec 2012/Jan 2013, "Roger Ingram in conversation with Philip Biggs", The Brass Herald Issue 46, pp 42–44
- Philip Biggs, February–April 2012, "Roger Ingram in conversation with Philip Biggs", The Brass Herald Issue 42, pp 28–32
- Clinical Notes on Trumpet Playing by Roger Ingram, Forewords by Harry Connick, Jr, Bobby Shew, and Greg Gisbert. One Too Tree Publishing, 2008.
- Peterson's College Guide for Performing Arts Majors by Carole J. Everet. Page 301. Published by Peterson's, 2007.
- The Playbill Broadway Yearbook by Robert Viagas, Aubrey Reuben, Ben Strothmann, Published by Hal Leonard Corporation, 2007.
- The Playbill Broadway Yearbook: June 2005-May 2006 by Robert Viagas, Aubrey Reuben, Ben Strothmann. Published by Hal Leonard Corporation, 2006.
- The Best Plays Theater Yearbook 2005–2006 by Jeffrey Eric Jenkins. Published by Hal Leonard Corporation, 2006.
- Jazz on Film by Scott Yanow. Published by Backbeat Books, 2004
- The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD by Richard Cook, Brian Morton. Published by Penguin Books, 2002.
- The Upper Register by Joe Urso, Foreword by Bobby Shew. Published by Joe Urso, 1999.
- MF Horn: Maynard Ferguson's Life in Music, The Authorized Biography by Dr. William F. Lee III, Published by Maynard Ferguson USA, Inc. 1997.
- Blue Flame: Woody Herman's Life in Music by Robert C. Kriebel, Published by Purdue University Press, 1995.
- Woody Herman: Chronicles of the Herds by William D Clancy with Audree Coke Kenton, Foreword by Steve Allen, Published by Schirmer Books, Simon & Schuster MacMillan, 1995.
- The Jazz Discography by Tom Lord, Published by Lord Music Reference, 1995.
- The Woodchopper's Ball: The Autobiography of Woody Herman by Woody Herman, Stuart Troup,Published by Hal Leonard Corporation, 1994.
- Cadence Vol 18, Number 2, page 86 By Bob Rusch. Published by B. Rusch, 1992.
- The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, LP and Cassette: First Edition by Richard Cook, Brian Morton. Published by Penguin Books, 1992.
- Theatre World 1990–1991, Vol. 47 By John Willis, Tom Lynch. Published by Hal Leonard Corporation, 1992.
- "Steve Elliot, Roger Ingram Big Band", p 17, ITG Journal, December 1989.
- Birth certificate of Roger O'Neal Ingram
- "Major Events" page at RogerIngram.com, accessed 12/13/13
- Philip Biggs, February–April 2012, "Roger Ingram in conversation with Philip Biggs", The Brass Herald Issue 42, pp 28-32
- Resume of Walter Edward Ingram
- Nick Mondello, Jan 2011, "Roger Ingram, on Swinging, Surviving and Thriving On and Off the Road", ITG Journal, Vol35, No. 2, pp 67-72
- Philip Biggs, Dec 2012/Jan 2013, "Roger Ingram in conversation with Philip Biggs", The Brass Herald Issue 46, pp 42-44
- Walt Boenig photographs from 1976 South Africa tour
- Woody Herman: Chronicles of the Herds By William D Clancy with Audree Coke Kenton, Foreword by Steve Allen, Published by Schirmer Books, Simon & Schuster MacMillan, 1995.
- Cadence, Vol 18, Number 2, page 86 By Bob Rusch. Published by B. Rusch, 1992.
- The Woodchopper's Ball: The Autobiography of Woody Herman by Woody Herman and Stuart Troup, Published by Hal Leonard Corporation, 1994.
- Patricia Backhaus, December 1989, "Steve Elliot, Roger Ingram Big Band", ITG Journal, p 17.
- The Maynard Ferguson Tribute Concert Program, 2006.
- The Authorized Biography of Arturo Sandoval by Cicily Janus, forthcoming publication expected 2010.
- Liner notes
- 1997 Pulitzer Prize plaque on the wall at Ingram's home
- "Theatre World 1990–1991, Vol. 47" By John Willis, Tom Lynch. Published by Hal Leonard Corporation, 1992.
- "The Playbill Broadway Yearbook: June 2005-May 2006" By Robert Viagas, Aubrey Reuben, Ben Strothmann. Published by Hal Leonard Corporation, 2006.
- "The Best Plays Theater Yearbook 2005–2006" By Jeffrey Eric Jenkins. Published by Hal Leonard Corporation, 2006.
- Roger Ingram, 2008 Clinical Notes on Trumpet Playing, forewords by Harry Connick Jr, Bobby Shew, and Greg Gisbert. One Too Tree Publishing, 2008.
- One Too Tree Publishing and Products
- The Brass Herald - The Magazine for the Brass Musician. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
- Warburton USA
- Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court, Docket #2002D011019
- Dec 2016 issue DownBeat