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“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

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

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

“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.

“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

“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.

“Ralph 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 and The Syncopated Times and The Jazz Rag (from England). He has written over 850 liner notes, and approximately 20,000 record reviews.

“Hey Jazz Fans – Ready for Some Hipster Heptones?”

“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.