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George Rabbai - Trumpet
Mr. George Rabbai (Jazz Trumpet) is Adjunct Professor of Jazz Trumpet and Improvisation at Rowan University. National recognition came quickly for Professor Rabbai when he joined the Woody Herman Orchestra, touring as a jazz soloist and recording on the Concord and Toshiba EMI labels. His unique style of scat singing prompted Herman to reinstate and rerecord the classic arrangement of the big band bebop hit of the 1940's "Lemon Drop" as a vocal and trumpet feature. "Lemon Drop" is also the title of Mr. Rabbai's own CD, released on DBK Records. His second CD with DBK is titles "In Good Company". George's lyrical trumpet sound is featured in the soundtrack of "Baseball," a film by Ken Burns, which first aired nationally on PBS. He can also be heard in Burns' epic documentary "The West." George has worked as a soloist behind vocalist Rosemary Clooney, and with vocalist Michael Feinstein and is featured jazz soloist on Feinstein's double CD, "Romance on Broadway and Romance on Film." George has also been featured with Tony Bennett on his television special, "Tony Bennett With Love".