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“Artspace 304 in Carbondale will host Ralph Hepola for a live jazz concert…Hepola received a grant from John Stites Jazz Awards of Michigan to fund his summer tour of jazz music.”

“Ralph Hepola, virtuoso tuba player, joins in a quartet of guitar, bass & drums for an eclectic mix of jazz, blues & ballads!”

– Galena Center for the Arts in Illinois – strives to elevate and celebrate regional arts and artists by offering high-quality art in an atmosphere and presentation found in leading art institutes and theaters

“Grant money in hand, a Springfield jazz tubaist hits the road to expand the genre’s audience”

“Renowned jazz tuba player Ralph Hepola, one of three recipients of a John Stites Jazz Award will be joined by three Springfield musicians on a tour of Illinois and Michigan”

– Jeff Kessinger, Reader Engagement Editor, Springfield Daily Citizen, Missouri

“Ralph Hepola, virtuoso tuba player, joins in a quartet of guitar, bass & drums for an eclectic mix of jazz, blues & ballads!”

– Galena Center for the Arts in Illinois – strives to elevate and celebrate regional arts and artists by offering high-quality art in an atmosphere and presentation found in leading art institutes and theaters

“John Stites Jazz Awards of Michigan has awarded a major grant to Ralph Hepola to fund a May tour. As a musician who plays the language of contemporary jazz on the tuba, Hepola is totally focused on ‘a new and innovative approach’ which was required by the JSJA application guidelines.”

– Last Row Music – a website publishing news, auditions, events, and other info related to all styles of brass music

“The Board of the John Stites Jazz Artist Organization is pleased to announce the 2023 Cycle 2 John Stites Jazz Awards winners. The applications were scored by an independent Review Committee composed of professional jazz musicians with national and international experience. JSJA has awarded over $280,000 in the last 4 years.”

“We are thrilled to kick off the evening at the Creamery Arts Center with the grand Opening Reception…being serenaded by the enchanting melodies of jazz tuba player Ralph Hepola.”

– Springfield Regional Arts Council, Springfield, Missouri & Last Row Music – a website publishing news, auditions, events, and other info related to all styles of brass music

Ralph Hepola at the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival

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“DBTV YOUR BIG BREAK – LAUREN FORMAN, HOST – APPEARING May 22 & May 25 @ 9:00PM/EST – Ralph Hepola, Minnesota – STREAMING LIVE ON DBTV.TV, Roku & Amazon Fire” – also appearing on the “4th of July 24 Hour Marathon”

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Jazz Tubaist Ralph Hepola in Riverside & Chicago

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Ralph Hepola’s Jazz Tuba at June First Friday Art Walk

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Ralph Hepola at Artsfest

– Last Row Music – a website publishing news, auditions, events, and other info related to all styles of brass music
Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street in Springfield is a celebration of springtime, visual and performing arts, food and fun. The event is the largest fine arts festival in Southwest Missouri and draws around 20,000 patrons annually. Known for featuring over 100 artists from all over the country, live entertainment, and delicious food, patrons make it a priority to come back year after year.

“Featured Artist Spotlight! Ralph Hepola’s HepTones – jazz, blues, ballads, bebop, fusion, instrumental rock, available for your festival! Learn more in this blog post hot off the press!”

– FestivalNet provides extensive quality show data since 1996, it is the ultimate web source for festivals, art fairs, music festivals, craft shows, home & garden shows, and other events.
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“We are happy to present Ralph Hepola (United States), semifinalist of the 8th edition of the 7vjc contest in the Pros & Amateurs category.”

– 7 Virtual Jazz Club Contest – Since 2016, we discover and promote outstanding jazz talents

“The jury has decided and we are happy to present the semifinalists of the 7 Virtual Jazz Club Contest’s 8th Edition: Pros and Amateurs Category – Ralph Hepola (USA)”

– 7 Virtual Jazz Club is dedicated to the support of jazz music in all its forms. Our goal is to promote top quality jazz performances and to discover new talents, through a virtual platform.

Ralph Hepola at December First Friday Art Walk

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Ralph Hepola at Art in the Park in Highland, Illinois on Sunday, October 9, 2022

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Ralph Hepola at Fresh Gallery for First Friday Art Walk

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Ralph Hepola’s HepTones in Harrison, Arkansas

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Bass Meets Tuba – Tubaist Ralph Hepola Records With Legendary Bassist Bob Bowman

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Ralph Hepola’s Brass at the Iron District in North Kansas City

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Ralph Hepola at First Friday Art Walk

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Musician Ralph Hepola is the June Featured Artist at The Vineyard.

Ralph Hepola at the Springfield Artsfest

– Last Row Music – an online resource for brass musicians
Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street in Springfield is a celebration of springtime, visual and performing arts, food and fun. The event is the largest fine arts festival in Southwest Missouri and draws around 20,000 patrons annually. Known for featuring over 100 artists from all over the country, live entertainment, and delicious food, patrons make it a priority to come back year after year.

Ralph Hepola performing at First Friday Art Walk

– Last Row Music – an online resource for brass musicians
Downtown Springfield’s favorite monthly arts event featuring local artists, live music, art demonstrations, fun, food, and a few surprises the first Friday of every month.

Ralph Hepola at First Friday Art Walk

– Last Row Music – an online resource for brass musicians

Ralph Hepola’s “This Goes Like This” is the All About Jazz Video of the Day

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“We were thrilled to have you…I heard terrific things about the show…We will definitely be sending you the invitation for 2022.”

– Kevin Lechler, Executive Director, Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, Denton, Texas

Ralph Hepola’s “Body And Soul” is the All About Jazz Video of the Day

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“Great performance by you and your group. Thank you for coming.”

– Barb Baker, Manager of Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District,
Springfield, Missouri

“Artists are the backbone of our creative state. Get to know some of the best right here! Meet our April Featured Artists! Ralph Hepola musician | Springfield”

– Missouri Arts Council

“Way beyond oom–pah – the jazz tuba of Ralph Hepola!”

– Barbara MacRobie, Public Information Coordinator, Missouri Arts Council

Speaking of the Arts on KOPN-FM interviews Ralph Hepola

– Diana Moxon, Arts Journalist and Speaking of the Arts Host

“Tubist Ralph Hepola (and a Brass Profiles Member) was recently a Featured Artist for the Missouri Arts Council. Learn more in this brief article.”

– Last Row Music – an online resource for brass musicians

“Ralph Hepola’s Tuba Carves Out A Place For The Much-Maligned Horn In Modern Jazz”

“The virtuoso tuba player leads his quartet through a set of his freewheeling originals, playing with remarkable fluency as the lead instrument.”

– Jazz Promo Services, based in New York and part of the Big Apple Jazz Scene for more than twenty-five years
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“Veteran Tuba Master Ralph Hepola Creates A Dynamic, Supremely Soulful New Lead Voice For The Idiom On His Eclectic Debut Album ‘Tuba’”

by Jonathan Widran
As a veteran music journalist, Jonathan Widran has been a regular contributor, reviewer, feature writer, columnist and/or editor for Music Connection, Wine and Jazz Magazine, Jazziz Magazine, All Music Guide, Singer/Songwriter Universe, SmoothJazz.com, Billboard.com, iTunes, Amazon.com and the Los Angeles Times.
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“Ralph Hepola Makes A Strong Case For The Tuba As A Lead Instrument In Jazz”

by Scott Yanow
Scott Yanow is a jazz journalist, jazz historian, and the author of thirteen books: Trumpet Kings; All Music Guide to Jazz; The Jazz Singers; The Great Jazz Guitarists: The Ultimate Guide; Afro-Cuban Jazz; Jazz On Film; Jazz On Record – The First Sixty Years; Jazz: A Regional Exploration; Bebop; Swing; Classic Jazz; Duke Ellington; Jazz Lives – Till We Shall Meet And Never Part.
Mr. Yanow is a regular contributor to eight magazines: Downbeat, Jazziz, New York City Jazz Record, Los Angeles Jazz Scene, Jazz Artistry Now, Jazz Monthly, The Syncopated Times and The Jazz Rag (from England). He has written over 850 liner notes, and approximately 20,000 record reviews.
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“Ralph Hepola is a Scandinavian-American improvising tubaist. A musician who plays the language of contemporary jazz on the tuba. Today’s Song of the Day is “Roots and Wings”, a laid-back funk number from Hepola’s outstanding 2019 disc “Tuba”.”

– Brian Zimmerman, JAZZIZ jazziz.com
JAZZIZ magazine and 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.

“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 Track of the Day on All About Jazz, the world’s biggest jazz website, writing about Roots and Wings from the new recording Ralph Hepola – Tuba

Take Five With Ralph Hepola

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“Tubaist Ralph Hepola Awarded Recording Grant From The Southwest Minnesota Arts Council”

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