Takin’ It In My Stride: The trumpet part is pure Louis Armstrong, with the trumpet often interrupting the conversation with the piano. Pay particular attention to the articulation markings in this piece to make it sing properly. Zac’s Blue Morning: The most important things to pay attention to in this solo are the articulation markings and the mournful but conversational tone of the horn that must be maintained throughout. There are many ‘blue’ notes to lean into, and some opportunities for free expression in the cadenzas. Ezekiel’s Rag: Written for my dog Zeke who howls along with the trumpet. I’ve always loved stride piano style; keep the syncopated bounce in the swing rhythms to bring this piece to life.