“You Again?” For Jazz Ensemble

Things have been fairly “dark” here for a while since I have had so many other projects going on. One of those was completing a new big band composition for the Asheville Jazz Orchestra’s performance last month. Here’s a MIDI realization of it if you would like to listen to it.

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As always, when you listen to acoustic music played by a computer you have to use your imagination. I didn’t bother putting in solos or other nuances that would have made that audio file sound better because I got to hear it played live.

The tune itself is based on the changes to There Will Never Be Another YouI wanted to have an open solo section with changes most players would already know, but do something different from a blues or rhythm changes tune. I also  borrowed a few ideas from Bob Florence’s chart Bebop CharlieNot only did I steal borrow the opening riff, but also the road map of going from unison melodies into harmony followed by a sax soli then into solos.

I’ve already started a new big band project that I’m excited to be working on, since it is a commission for the Greenville Jazz Collective Big Band. With my self-imposed deadline looming, I need to get back to work.

Weekend Gigs

SiresIf you’re in western North Carolina this weekend and looking for live music to check out, I’ve got a couple of public gigs with two different bands. Tomorrow night, (Friday, March 6, 2015) I’m playing with the Low-Down Sires at Highland Brewing Company. The Sires is always fun to play with. We perform traditional jazz from the 1920s and 1930s, striving to play as stylistically correct as possible. Highland Brewing Company is always a fun place to play too. The show starts at 7 PM.

20131213-074555.jpgThe next night (Saturday, March 7, 2015) the Asheville Jazz Orchestra will be performing at the White Horse Black Mountain for our regular monthly show out there, starting at 8 PM. We’ll be premiering two original big band compositions that night. One is a new one by me (no title yet, hope I think of one by tomorrow). The other is called Relaxin’ at Cousin’s by our pianist, Richard Shulman. We read through it the other night and it’s a really nice, hard-swinging chart.

If you make it out to one of these shows please be sure to come up and say hello to me.