Mindblown: a blog about philosophy.

  • Good Eats Live

    Good Eats Live

    It’s ALWAYS an honor to hear cats in other cities playing one of my original tunes! What a tremendous compliment. Here’s organ great, David Ellington (from New Orleans), playing my composition “Good Eats” from my CD of the same name at a venue in Atlanta, GA. You can download the sheet music below and stream…

  • Dizzy Gillespie’s Trumpet

    Dizzy Gillespie’s Trumpet

    I had the amazing honor and privilege of playing on Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet – a trumpet which Jon Faddis gave to him. It happened on Friday, October 16, at the SC Jazz Festival, just 5 days before John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie’s birthday. Not only did I play on this famous horn, but I played it…

  • Cecil: composition and video

    Cecil: composition and video

    Jazz with didgeridoo, doumbek drums and a vibraphone? YES! When I allowed the creative process to flow, I realized what I needed to get out were my feelings and thoughts surrounding the murder of the beloved lion named Cecil. The “Cecil” composition/video and video pays tribute to the life and death of this majestic lion.

  • 4:3 Trio

    4:3 Trio

    4:3 Trio features André Gonçalves who plays both the electric bass and guitar at the same time! Tony Lee is a solid, driving force on the drums and percussion. Mark Rapp plays the trumpet, flugelhorn and didgeridoo. Both André and Mark utilize effects and loop pedals to build an organic, fluid tapestry of contemporary jazz…

  • Music in New Orleans: return visit for a local trumpeter

    Music in New Orleans: return visit for a local trumpeter

    Thanks to music writer Keith Spera for this wonderful mention on Nola.com! On Friday, June 12, the options for live music in New Orleans include a classic rock band, a classic comedy duo and a return visit for a local trumpeter. Mark Rapp and Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Snug Harbor, 8 and 10 p.m. While earning…

  • Returning to New Orleans

    Returning to New Orleans

    Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson & Mark Rapp present the music of “Sweet Pappa” Lou Donaldson THURSDAY, JUNE 11 PRIME EXAMPLE JAZZ CLUB, 8p & 10p FRIDAY, JUNE 12 SNUG HARBOR JAZZ BISTRO, 8p & 10p Recognizing Sweet Papa Lou Donaldson as one of the pivotal composer/bandleaders of the modern era, trumpeter Mark Rapp’s CD “Good Eats”…

  • Woven: Life in Notes and Steps

    Woven: Life in Notes and Steps

    Jazz composer and gifted trumpeter Mark Rapp teams up with professional choreographer Stephanie Wilkins to present Woven, a one of a kind tapestry of jazz and contemporary dance. Developed exclusively as part of The HT@MTC Performance Incubator, Woven melds choreography with improvisation, taking the audience on a life voyage through universal human experiences, from passion…

  • ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – a jazz edition

    ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – a jazz edition

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the club All the hep cats were grooving, the music was love. The band was a-jammin’- our notes danced in the air In hopes we’d get paid, and dammit, paid fair. Lovers were nestled, sweet-nothings were said While visions of after-show hookups danced in their heads. And…

  • Jazz Christmas Charts

    Jazz Christmas Charts

    In preparation of upcoming holiday events, I arranged a handful of jazz Christmas charts, or rather, Jazz christmas lead sheets. Keep in my mind, these were created specifically for my band – so these jazz christmas charts are very bare-bones and minimal. They provide a skeleton from which we’ll have fun reinventing and playing them…

  • Music of Miles Concert Video

    Music of Miles Concert Video

    Jazz Arts Initiative presents THE JAZZ ROOM @ the Stage Door Theater (Blumenthal PAC), featuring trumpeter Mark Rapp playing the music of Miles Davis. Every 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6pm.Tickets available at www.carolinatix.org Jazz Arts Initiative is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in Charlotte, NC, dedicated to the presentation, education, and support of…

Got any book recommendations?