Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Applebaum, Mike (Alexander)
Applebaum, Mike (Alexander) , trumpeter; b. Chicago, IL, 6 December 1954.His father's name was Herbert, his mother was Beatrice, and he has three brothers. His uncle Irwin was a trumpeter and active in the NY scene in the 40's and 50's.
Raised in New York, at the age of fifteen he won the Erie Music Teachers Contest and the following year began his professional career with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra and the Eastern Philharmonic (1971). He earned a B.M. in Theory from the Eastman School of Music in 1977 where he was a member of the Eastman Jazz Ensemble. While in Rochester he gigged with Isaac Hayes, The Temptations, and regularly with the Rochester Philharmonic and with Chuck Mangione. Further study ensued with Armando Ghitalla (Boston Sym.), Adolf Holler (Vienna Phil.), Thomas Stevens (L.A. Phil.), and Mel Broiles (Met. Opera). In Washington D.C. he was a member of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra from 1978 to 1982. In addition to solo and chamber music work he also maintained a busy teaching schedule at the D.C. Youth Orchestra Program and at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.
Having moved overseas to Rome in 1983, he has performed as first solo trumpet with the International Chamber Orchestra, the Centro Italiano della Musica Antica, the Camerata Strumentale di Santa Cecilia, and currently with the Roma Sinfonietta and the Orchestra Sinfonica del Friuli Venezia Giulia. In the jazz field he is reputed to be the top "lead trumpet" in Italy, guiding jazz bands like the Roma Jazz Ensemble and the television/radio orchestras of the RAI (state owned) and private Mediaset channels. He toured Europe with Gil Evans, Bob Brookmeyer, and Zucchero Fornaciari (with whom he also played at the Kremlin and at Woodstock '94). As an arranger he has worked in television and with many artists, among them Gloria Gaynor, Thelma Houston, Pino Daniele, Zucchero, and Giorgia. As a soloist he has recorded with scores of singer-songwriters. He has recorded on hundreds of records and movie soundtracks, and his work is often specifically requested by many composers, especially Ennio Morricone and Nicola Piovani. In recent years he has been touring with Natalie Cole for her European performances. He also directs the Mike Applebaum Jazz Ensemble and the School Art Jazz Ensemble for which he composes and arranges the entire repertoire. He teaches privately, holds master classes and clinics throughout Italy, and is currently trumpet professor at Rome's Universit della Musica.
His wife is a clarinetist; they met in 1973 at the Eastman School, and they have a 16-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son.
Via dei Gozzadini, 35
00165 Rome (Italy)