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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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! […]