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Darmon Meader concert

The fun doesn't seem to end. Swing Shift had barely finished with Hubert Laws when the music for our next show arrived in the mail. We're presenting singer Darmon Meader (New York Voices) in concert on Sunday, the 22nd, and…

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Amazing concert

Wow, Swing Shift's concert was simply amazing. The band was in rare form and Hubert Laws was, as might be expected, extraordinary. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with one of the masters of jazz It was a true…

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lots of writing in my future

Well, it looks as if there will be some sleepless nights in my near future. I've got to write 2 new pieces for Swing Shift's June concert, as well as arrange a blues by one of my former students. One…

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a few bits of news

Just had a great concert with Swing Shift and special guests Holly Hofmann (flute) and Mike Wofford (piano). Both of our guests were fantastic players and great people We did a couple of my arrangements on the show, including one…

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Just Back from Newport!

I had the opportunity to hear lots of great music this weekend; Swing Shift performed at Jazz at Newport, and a number of us went over a day early to catch some of the other concerts. Jeremy Pelt, John Clayton…

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Lots of arranging going on.

So, what with one thing and another, I haven't mentioned any of my recent composing/arranging projects. Most of them won't be published, simply because there is so little market for highly specific instrumentation, but they've still been fun The…

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I'm Back!

Hey, everyone, I am back at work! The Master's program is finally over, and I'm trying to make up for lost writing time. I recently finished a very different version of "Basin Street Blues," which Swing Shift will premier on…

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New addition to the catalog!

Check the "Buy" page for a new listing. I've added my arrangement of Oscar Pettiford's "Blues in the Closet," a fun, not very demanding chart that provides a good breather from more challenging tunes. There's no recording yet, but I…

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New Music!

Finally, some new tunes! Check out the "Music" and "Buy" pages for several new additions to the catalog. I've added 5 new charts, including another original and 4 arrangements "Hummin'," "My Funny Valentine," "The Acme..." and "Every Day"…