Don Sickler plays trumpet, he is an arranger, producer, conductor, orchestrator, publisher and consultant. He hails from Spokane, Washington and was awarded first prize by Donald Byrd for being an outstanding jazz soloist. He had earlier met Byrd, when as a Down Beat scholarship winner he was attending a Stan Kenton stage band camp, where Byrd was teaching in the early 1960's.
He took advice from Byrd and studied at the Manhattan School of Music earning a master's degree in trumpet in 1970.
He worked for United Artists as a production manager and upon leaving them in 1979 he started his own full-service jazz publishing firm, Second Floor Music. Some of Don's other noteworthy activities include conducting a Gil Evans retrospective in New York in 1983 and becoming musical director and trumpeter for Philly Joe Jones' "Dameronia" recording, using his own faithful reconstructions of Tadd Dameron's charts.
|Recommended recordings:||"The Music of Kenny Dorham"||Reservoir RSR CD 111|
|"Look Stop and Listen" with Philly Joe Jones||Uptown UP 27.15 (LP)|
|"To Tadd with Love" with Philly Joe Jones||Uptown UP 27.11 (LP)|