One of many musicians to make their way from Seattle to New York City during the 1990’s, trumpeter/composer Arnold Hammerschlag is melodic and thoughtful in his playing as well as in his compositions. His influences range from Roy Eldridge to Kenny Wheeler and each composition is a distinct sound world. Arnold attended the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle where he studied and performed with James Knapp, Jay Clayton, Julian Priester, Jerry Granelli and Jarrad Powell.
Arnold has performed with Mike Bisio, Chris Corsano, Paul R. Harding, Neal Kirkwood, Sam Bardfeld, Will Holshouser, Brian Glassman, Fima Ephron, Aaron Alexander, Phil Haynes, Masa Kamaguchi, Michel Gentile, Ethan Iverson, Owen Howard, Peter Epstein, J. Anthony Granelli, Briggan Krauss, Matt Darriau, Katie Down, Brent Arnold, Ezra Gale, Alex Harding and Grisha Alexiev.
“Further definitions of new music, composed, free, and in between. Occasional journeys into the maelstrom, tempered by Hammerschlag's eye of the hurricane trumpet classicism.”
-- Andrew Freund (5/4 Jazz Magazine)
"Hammerschlag has a complete command of his instrument and yet his choice is often to make the simplest and most profound note choice possible. His warm, buttery tone combined with his thorough knowledge of western harmonic languages make his improvisations a lesson in a kind of empathic logic-structure-building. He is unique and has a sense of humor that comes out forcefully through his music. His depth of focus, cultivated through years of meditation and practice gives his phrasing a kind of irresistible magnetism."