A couple of months ago I completed Mirage, a new large jazz ensemble work dedicated to my late teacher Yusef Lateef. I sent it out to a few jazz-director friends of mine to give it a sight-read.
Well, to my pleasure, when the UNO Jazz Ensemble read it, they decided to keep it for their upcoming Spring concert. I just received the recording (below) from director Pete Madsen and, boy, did they deliver the goods!
Even better: the day before the concert, I did a Skype rehearsal visit with the band. (See the screenshot). In addition to being exceptional young musicians, they're a most delightful, good-natured bunch.
Anyhow, go ahead and listen to their performance. They shred it.
p.s. Special recognition to guest tenor soloist, UNO Saxophone Instructor Darren Pettit. He REALLY shreds it.