JAZZIZ has called Ralph Hepola “A musician who plays the language of contemporary jazz on the tuba.”
– Brian Zimmerman, JAZZIZ jazziz.com
JAZZIZ has been called “the voice of a new jazz culture, a culture it helped create,” and over the past 35 years has earned the reputation for its undisputed authority on jazz and style.
Ralph Hepola’s HepTones performs jazz, fusion, blues, ballads and standard songs.
Body and Soul by Johnny Green
Body and Soul played on tuba by Ralph Hepola with a world-class rhythm section: pianist Kyle Aho and drummer Marty Morrison are both on the Missouri State University Jazz Faculty. David Dove is a rising bass star. We’re performing one of the greatest jazz ballads ever written: Body and Soul with music by Johnny Green from 1930.
This Goes Like This by Ralph Hepola
This Goes Like This by tubaist Ralph Hepola with a world-class rhythm section: keyboardist Kyle Aho, electric bassist David Dove and drummer Marty Morrison.
When musicians are showing each other how passages of music are played, they say things like “this goes like this”, which I find funny because it’s totally redundant. The title This Goes Like This is also a “double entendre” (double meaning) because the tune GOES at a fast tempo.
Wired for Sound by Ralph Hepola
I plugged in my tuba to record and video Wired for Sound. I call it social distancing music.
Wired for Sound by Ralph Hepola, tuba & djembe with backing track by David Wallimann of Wallimann Guitar Artistry. Used by permission. Video by Erin Gamble of Gamble Marketing Group. Thanks for listening!
Allow to Cool by Ralph Hepola
This is my new solo tuba act with backing tracks: tuba, hand drum and an excellent digital accompaniment created by David Wallimann of Wallimann Guitar Artistry. Used by permission. That’s Studio 2100 in Springfield, Missouri where Jeff Smith is the main recording engineer. Video is by Erin Gamble of Gamble Marketing Group.
You know how when you’ve baked a frozen entrée and removed it from the oven, the directions say “allow to cool”. Musically, that’s what I’m doing. It certainly is social distancing music! Thanks for watching and listening.
Through the Wringer by Peter Lothringer
Renowned jazz journalist Scott Yanow referred to Through the Wringer as “a soulful song that would have been fit perfectly on a 1960s Blue Note album.”
– Scott Yanow is a jazz journalist and historian who has written thirteen books including Trumpet Kings, The Jazz Singers and Jazz On Record 1917-76.
Ralph Hepola, tuba
Peter Lothringer, guitar
Roots and Wings by Ralph Hepola and Peter Shu
“Tu like a tuba, fufu like a funker and gro like a groover. This tune has Herbie fusion magic all over it.” 4 stars
– Fiona Ord-Shrimpton, Editor & Curator of the Track of the Day section on All About Jazz, the world’s biggest jazz website, writing about this track.
Hepmobile by Ralph Hepola
Hepmobile is an uptempo solo vehicle for tuba by Ralph Hepola. The title is inspired by the Hupmobile, an autombile built in Detroit from 1909 through 1940. Ralph is on tuba with Mark Asche on digital keyboard.
Blue Moment by Ralph Hepola
Blue Moment is a quiet and reflective jazz piece by Ralph Hepola. Ralph is heard here on tuba with pianist Mark Asche.
Black-Eyed Susan Irish Air
Black-Eyed Susan is a beautiful, rarely-heard ancient Irish air in a truly unique rendition for tuba and digital keyboard. arranged by tubaist Ralph Hepola and keyboardist Peter Shu
Scottish Lullaby Scottish Air
Here’s another rarely-heard ancient Celtic Air performed as never before on tuba and digital keyboard.
arranged by tubaist Ralph Hepola and keyboardist Peter Shu
Passepied by J. K. F. Fischer
Passepied from Melpomene Suite was originally composed for keyboard by Johann Kaspar Ferdinand Fischer who lived circa 1665 to 1746. Ralph Hepola is the tubaist and arranger with Mark Asche at the piano.