Trojan Jazzers?

The USC Concert Jazz Orchestra—the so-called second band at the University of Southern Cal.—recently performed a few HirschCharts as part of their contemporary big band writers concert.

They are directed this semester by Greg Johnson, a doctoral student at USC and fantastic composer in his own right.

Other tunes performed on that concert were by Chris Merz, Tom Garling, Maria Schneider, and Eric Richards.

Here are the three HirschToooons they played:

City in the Window

Great Big Ball with a Map Wrapped Around It


Posted on November 12, 2014 .

Glenn Miller Orch. DRUM gig

This just in:

The Glenn Miller Orchestra announces auditions for drums with a hiring date of January 13, 2015.

All candidates must be a US citizen with a current passport and willing to commit to the end of 2015.

Audition excerpts should include swing and many other styles, not exceed one minute in length, and mp3 format is required for audio clips.

Concise Youtube links may be sent as well.

The firm deadline for audition submissions is December 5, 2014.

Send all auditions and inquiries to:

Posted on November 10, 2014 .

Balkan hoe-down?

Free Chart Friday, 19th installment

Here's an unusual piece for unaccompanied saxophone. You'll notice the decidedly ethnic influence of Balkan music.

Go to the full post for more information and the free downloads.

Posted on November 7, 2014 .

Can't get enough Calypso?

Free Chart Friday, 18th installment

Same tune as last week, sort of. Last week was for unaccompanied saxophone. This free chart is actually a lead sheet to use with your jazz combo.

Go to the full post for more info and the download links.

Posted on October 31, 2014 .

Calypso Time!

on Alto

on Tenor

on Bari

Free Chart Friday, 17th installment

Here's another fun little solo saxophone piece that was written to serve as the backbone of a larger work for saxophone quartet. Recorded here on alto, tenor, and baritone. Works on soprano, too.

Go to full post for the free downloads.

Posted on October 24, 2014 .