New Jazz Ensemble Titles with Hal Leonard

I’ve got six new Jazz Ensemble titles coming from Hal Leonard Publications this summer: “Africa” (by Toto) “Shake A Tail Feather” (from Ray Charles and the Blues Brothers) “Tangerine” (in classic Dr. John New Orleans style) “In Your Own Sweet Way” (Dave Brubeck classic) “The Frim Fram Sauce” (Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong  classic) “Home […]

Another Successful American Prairie – Ken Burns Prize Event!

For the third consecutive year I had the opportunity to create and conduct original music for the Ken Burns Prize event in New York City on May 1. The event, in conjunction with the American Prairie Reserve, awards a prize each to to an outstanding American states person who has contributed to the American Spirit […]

New Commission for Brass Quintet and Concert Band

Several years ago I wrote  an arrangement of the Canadian Brass version of “That’s A-Plenty” which featured the quintet in front of the Concert Band. In this spirit the Plymouth (MI) Community Band commissioned me to write a new work, this one based upon the great Dixieland Standard “The Jazz Me Blues.” The work is finished, […]

John Wasson Big Band at the Free Man Cajun Cafe January 6!

My big band will be playing at the Free Man Cajun Cafe on Sunday, January 6 from 2-5 pm. It’s a new larger format compared to my earlier groups, with a new library and a terrific line up of players. If you’re in the Dallas this weekend, come on down and hear the band as […]

Playing with the Michael Waldrop Big Band at the JazzEd Conference (again!)

In January I’ll have the privilege of playing once again in Michael Waldrop’s great big band appearing at the Jazz Educators Network annual conference in Reno in January 2019. We’ll be playing the music of the most recent album recorded by the band, entitled “Origin Suite” and released on the Origin Records label.  

Performing with Charles Lazarus on His Merry & Bright Christmas Concert

Once again I’ve been invited to perform with my good friend and colleague Charles Lazarus on his Merry & Bright Christmas Concert at Minnesota Orchestra Hall on Saturday, December 15. It’s a terrific concert with an all-star band, terrific vocal soloists and Charles’ sizzling trumpet solos. A great time will be had by all!

Keller Middle School to Premiere New Work at Midwest Clinic in Chicago

The great folks at Keller (TX) Middle School have commissioned a new work following on the heels of my concert band work  Curtain Call (published by C. L. Barnhouse); they asked for a piece with a Texas flair quoting various Texas-themed folk songs. “The Bluebonnet Revue” was the result, and the Keller band will premiere the […]

Upcoming release of the Dallas Brass Nutcracker arrangements!

Over twenty years ago I arranged a good portion of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet music for Brass Quintet and Percussion for release on the Dallas Brass Nutcracker CD. I am excited to announce that the majority of those arrangements will be released on September 1 of this year for retail sale! The original arrangements included varying […]

The Commission Project with JazzMN Orchestra

I had the wonderful opportunity of taking part in Rich MacDonald‘s Commission Project, a collection of ten brand new big band works by various composers, which were performed and then recorded by the JazzMN Orchestra over this past weekend. What a wonderful group, and what a great company of fellow composers to be associated with! […]

Returning to New York for the American Prairie Ken Burns Prize

I’m excited to announce that I’ve been invited back as composer and music director for the second annual American Prairie Reserve’s Ken Burns Prize Event in New York City on May 2. I’m excited to be composing several new pieces of music, and working with the fabulous New York musicians again!