Krin Gabbard


On his book Hotter Than That: The Trumpet, Jazz, and American Culture

Cover Interview of December 25, 2008

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“The trumpet as a force in people’s lives.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“When sons and grandsons of slaves created jazz in the early 20th century by playing the trumpet loudly and aggressively, they found a brand new way to assert themselves as men.  Any other assertion of masculinity might have got them lynched!”

On the second:

“[David Monette] promised to give me a $200 gold-plated mouthpiece if I could identify several tiny images engraved on the elaborate flumpet that he had made for the great jazz artist, Art Farmer.  Knowing that Art switched between trumpet and flugelhorn, Monette invented a horn that was midway between the two, hence ‘flumpet.’”