About Texas Trumpets
Martin Banks is, no doubt, a true legend. His entire resume' is too large and breathtaking to include here, so just to name a few of hisprevious employers...Duke Ellington, Ray Charles, James Brown, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and a hotseat in the Apollo's and Motown's hose bands. His father, also a horn player, played with John Coltrane and encouraged Martin to play. Picking up the trumpet at the age of four, Martin later trained with Clark Terry and Jessie Hawkins. Martin is now settled in Austin and passing down his wisdom by mentoring students of his own.
Donald "Duck" Jennings was born and raised in Austin and is now a stalwart in Texas blues history. Beginning trumpet in the fifth grade, Donald cruised from concert band to swinging street blues and R&B with his first band, The Daylighters. After tenures with locals Blues Boy Hubbard, W.C. Clark, Jean and the Roulettes and James Polk and the Brothers, Donald became one of the most sought after trumpeters for touring acts such as Lou Rawls and Etta James. Donald is now most known worldwide for his work with The Matthew Robinson Blues Band and for his smooth delivery as a sassy showman. He surrenders a sweet serenade for this project entitled "last Night" that showcases quite a fine voice behind the horn.
Pat Patterson is known for his signature Harmon mute sounds. Pat moved to Austin in 1971 from his hometown of Pittsburgh. His many years with Hank Ballard & the Midniters, Etta James, Otis Redding and Joe Tex have earned him top recognition amongst fellow horn players. On a lucky night, Pat's juke joint jesterness comes out in the form of his infamous risque vocals. Check out Pat's renditions of "Rebecca, Rebecca" and his own medley of "Big Fat Mama" and "Shake, Rattle & Roll."
Ephraim Owens is taking the Texas jazz scene by storm. A Dallas native, now Austin resident, Ephraim has trained since the age of ten, attended the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts and put himself through a College of Jazz Studies program on scholarship. For such a fresh face, he's logged about as much time withas many names as most veterans. Ephraim has proved that he's got the magic and he rounds out The Texas Trumpets with the brilliant original tune, "Paige 'N T.C."