In today’s post I wanted to take a moment and talk about the importance of thanking those that have helped you in your musical journey. Just about everyone has someone who has deposited knowledge, encouraged them to study or sacrificed something to allow them to pursue their dream.
Thanking them fosters a spirit of gratitude that uplifts not only those you thank; but you as well. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I play/practice/perform better when it’s not all about me. I want others to know they’ve had an integral part in my journey. Bottom line: people need to know that they helped.
I’ve had a number of people that have impacted my musical journey. I could write a lengthy post on each one. People like Craig Swartz, Andy Classen, Roxanne Classen, Susie Miget, Al Hood, Lynn Baker, Eric Gunnison, Greg Gisbert, Brad Goode and Ron Miles all have had direct impact on my trumpet and jazz playing. My brother, Mike Klobnak, introduced me to the trumpet and jazz. My wife, mom and dad (Sarah Klobnak, Wes Klobnak and Patty Gilreath) were always and continue to be supportive. There are others that have made an impact too.
Out of all of these, though, my mom was the one who encouraged and pushed me the most. Even when we couldn’t afford it, she would sacrifice her time and money to make sure I had the opportunity to study. She worked the night shift during my formative years…yet she would always make sure I had a ride to a trumpet lesson or would wake up early to go to a concert or gig. Even when I moved out of state, she would make her way out to as many concerts and gigs as she could (most recently she took vacation time to come see me play a gig I had on my birthday). She purchased an entire box of CD’s of a college big band recording project so I could get funding for a European trip. I’m sure she’ll probably do something similar for my current project I’m about to record 🙂 Thanks for all you’ve done and continue to do mom!
If you’ve had someone like I’ve mentioned above-take some time out this week to give them a call or write a note and say thank you. If you haven’t…find someone you can encourage to reach their full potential!
Jason Klobnak is a versatile trumpet player that has been performing as an active musician, author, clinician, composer and educator. His band, J's Ruckus, is Denver's blend of Post-Bop, Soul, Gospel, and Hip-Hop. They perform infectious and up-lifting originals for audiences hungry for a memorable live experience. J's Ruckus released their latest album, Suck Less, in March of 2020 and their first EP, Sermons, in July of 2019. Both were recorded live in front of an audience. Suck Less was recorded to a packed auditorium at Arapahoe Community College's Waring Theater in Littleton, CO. Sermons was recorded in front of a sold out crowd at the Soiled Dove Underground. The JKQ (the Jason Klobnak Quintet/Quartet) is Mr. Klobnak's Hammond B-3 centered groups. The JKQ released their third full-length album in March of 2018 called Friends & Family. It has been very well reviewed, on numerous Top 10 lists for Jazz radio stations across the country (including Denver's KUVO 89.3FM which named it May 2018's CD of the month), and in Jazzweek's Top 100. Each composition was written for specific family and close friends (that might as well be family). Their second album, New Chapter, was recorded in part thanks to the Pathways to Jazz Grant from the Boulder County Arts Alliance. In 2015 and 2016, New Chapter was in the Top 75 on the Jazzweek charts and on the Top 10 playlists for over a dozen radio stations worldwide. Their first album, Mountain, Move made the Best Recordings of 2013 list from AllAboutJazz.com by C. Michael Bailey. His very well reviewed Christmas single, Hark the Herald, in 2016 as part of a creative project with musicians James Roberson and Nathaniel Kearney Jr. Besides the JKQ, Mr. Klobnak is a B.A.C. (Best American Craftsman-custom trumpet), Denis Wick (mouthpiece and mutes) and Westone Audio endorsed artist (ES20 and Tru Customs). Mr. Klobnak has played and recorded for numerous groups ranging from jazz, soul/R&B, indie-rock/pop and gospel. In addition to performing, he has also written two improvisation-based books called Targeting: Improvisation With Purpose and Breaking the Monotony and is currently an adjunct professor and brass instructor at Arapahoe Community College. Mr. Klobnak holds a bachelor degree from Drake University (Des Moines, IA) and a Master’s degree from the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music (Denver, CO).
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