trum·​pet·​er | \ˈtrəm-pə-tər \

Definition of trumpeter 

1a : a trumpet player specifically : one that gives signals with a trumpet

b : one that praises or advocates : eulogist, spokesman

2a : any of a genus (Psophia of the family Psophiidae) of large gregarious long-legged South American birds that are related to the cranes and have a long thin neck usually held close to the body

b : any of an Asian breed of pigeons with a rounded crest and heavily feathered feet

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As good a place to start as any is Viper’s Drag, his 2014 collaboration with trumpeter Steven Bernstein & the Hot 9 that brings glorious life to Butler originals as wells as Jelly Roll Morton and Fats Waller. Dan Deluca,, "Dan DeLuca's Mix Picks: Samantha Fish at the Hard Rock, Chuck Prophet two times and Kool & the Gang at the Dell," 5 July 2018 Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca sings a Spanish-themed program, and the Miles Electric Band salutes the late, great, jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. Matt Cooper,, "Weekend Picks: 'Swan Lake,' 'Violet,' a Miles Davis tribute and more," 2 Mar. 2018 In the 1960s, Marsalis played in trumpeter Al Hirt's band. Mike Scott,, "Ellis Marsalis Jr., the jazz master: 1 of 300," 31 Jan. 2018 Over the past couple years, drummer Chad Taylor has been on fire, contributing to some of my favorite recordings, among them albums by trumpeter Jaimie Branch, bassist Eric Revis, and pianist Mara Rosenbloom. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Drummer Chad Taylor, a quintessential ensemble player, creates atmosphere and color on his solo debut," 27 Apr. 2018 Wednesday’s Athenaeum Jazz at TSRI concert here by Trinidadian trumpeter Etienne Charles and his dance-happy band, Creole Soul, will be precedent-setting for several reasons.. George Varga,, "Trinidadian trumpeter Etienne Charles and his dance-happy Creole Soul set for San Diego debut," 29 Mar. 2018 The first play of her Signature residency is set in a Detroit jazz club in 1949, its spotlight trained on a trumpeter, his longtime lover and a mysterious newcomer. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "9 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 10 May 2018 Sunday at the Academy of Music, Corea pays tribute to Monk in collaboration with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra., "Jerry Seinfeld, Free Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and other great happenings in Philadelphia," 4 Apr. 2018 Poling, 30, of University Heights, wrote and co-created the production with jazz trumpeter Dominick Farinacci. Brian Albrecht,, "Cleveland native Tom Lange recalls daunting Iwo Jima invasion and near misses (photos, video)," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of trumpeter

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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: a person who plays a trumpet

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