Rafael Mendez was an amazing trumpeter born in Mexico who had a knack for providing stellar solo performances. His most noted recording was of Moto Perpetuo which was written in the eighteenth century for violin and was very impressive on the trumpet.
Rafael Mendez spent most of his time nurturing his solo career, which showed in his 125 concerts per year on average. He was also a recording artist as well and his recordings can still be found today on CD’s.
When listening to his music, Rafael Mendez provided his own special tone and technique. The range he could get out of the trumpet was a wide spectrum along with his vibrato and fast articulation. The music he played was a fusion of popular music, classical, jazz and Mexican folk music.
More about his work and his music library can be found at the Arizona State University in the music building.