'Metroliner' honored

In May, 2015 I composed Metroliner for Chris Vadala's fantastic University of Maryland Jazz Ensemble.

Yesterday Metroliner was recognized with an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble Composition Contest.



Listen to it. 
It's a read-through with a few mistakes on this performance, but the essence of the tune is there in full.




p.s. MIRAGE was the first-prize winner in the same contest last year.

Posted on February 3, 2016 .

Miller gig - Alto 2

The Glenn Miller Orchestra has a vacancy on the Alto II book.

And I can assure you: if you want to play under one of the best working lead alto players around, this is a gig for you. Kev Sheehan (center saxophonist above) has held down the lead book for going on 15 years. He's a pro in every way and you will learn and grow a lot.

Here are the details:

HIRING DATE:  February 27, 2016

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  February 7, 2016


  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen with a valid/ current passport and willing to commit to the end of 2016.
  • Submit recordings of required excerpts (download below)
  • Also submit several recorded excerpts of improvisation of swing, blues, ballad, etc.These excerpts are at the discretion of the candidate and should be no more than a minute in length.
  • MP3 format is preferred.
  • Concise YouTube videos may be submitted as well.

All submissions and inquiries are to be directed to:

Ashley Hall
Glenn Miller Orchestra road manager
954-815-1454 cell

Posted on January 29, 2016 .

New wax

I always appreciate receiving recordings of the music I write. Here are a couple of the goodies I've received recently.


First is a performance of my saxophone choir piece SPARKLE!. This very nice interpretation is by the professor Keith Young's saxophone studio at IUP, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


And here is a very fine performance of MIRAGE by the Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble, featuring guest soloist Rudresh Mahanthappa. I can't tell you how thrilling it was to hear Rudresh's individualistic reading of Mirage.

Posted on December 31, 2015 .