I've been beta-testing rehearsal visits via Skype...
Free Chart Friday, 24th installment
Here's a simple yet effective lead sheet on Wade in the Water. While Wade is a strong tune to use year 'round, it's particularly nice to play it during Black History Month (every February here in the US).
Go to the full post to download the free PDFs and mp3.
In honor of Black History Month 2015 all Negro Spiritual arrangements are on sale. These works for saxophone quartet are three of my most popular pieces year 'round, and with a surprisingly international audience.
Check these out:
Let My People Go in Russia
Wade in the Water in England
Motherless Child in State College, PA
Free Chart Friday, 23rd installment
Here's a fun soul-tango for your combo.
Go to the full post to download the free lead sheets & mp3s.
My new jazz ensemble work Mirage just won First Place in the 2015 Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble Composition Contest (pro/college composer division).
The IC Jazz Ensemble will perform the work on March 2 with guest saxophone soloist Rudresh Mahanthappa. Double woo-hoo!
Here's the official announcement from Ithaca College: http://www.ithaca.edu/music/ensembles/jazzensemble/CompContest/
I plan to publish Mirage for jazz ensemble some time this spring. In the meantime, though, you can listen to a killer performance of it by the Towson University Jazz Ensemble. Their director Jim McFalls saw great possibility in the ambient-sound parts of the score and coaxed more color out of his wind players than I had imagined. Thanks, Jim!
p.s. The sextet version of Mirage is already available on my site, right here.