Interview with featured performer, Oscar Stivala

We’re having a fundraiser on November the 7th!
Here’s an interview with featured performer Oscar Stivala.

Q. What was it about the trumpet that made you want to play it?
A. When I joined the school band at 9 years old, I wanted to play the clarinet. But the old Maestro looked at and touched my lips and said: you are going to play the trumpet. Probably he needed trumpets more than clarinets.

Q. Who are your musical influences?
A. My musical influences are very extensive, from classical to jazz and folk music. But when it comes to Jazz, all the great trumpet players: from Armstrong to Gillespie, Miles, Clifford Brown, Freddie Hubbard, and now Winston.

Q. Why do you prefer improvisational jazz to other styles of music?
A. Improvisational jazz is the only real jazz and a style that takes a long time to develop.

If you’d like to watch and listen to Oscar’s performance, you can purchase a ticket for the fundraiser at