Writing new music and very excited about the re-launch of a sextet comprised largely of members of the Jazz Surge called, appropriately, ReSurgence! The ensemble will gather in Tampa in late August for a series of rehearsals, recording sessions, and performances. While NO commercial release of these new works is planned, there are opportunities for you to get an inside peak at the recordings, the ensemble/musicians, even the recording sessions themselves! For concert tickets and more info on how you can be involved, click here.
Back to Cologne, Germany for four days of recording some new charts for an upcoming CD with this incredible band! Pinch me!! So delighted Sara Caswell (vln.) could join this time as featured guest soloist. After having violin as a mainstay in my own Jazz Surge for over 15 years, I realize how much I hear it as part of the normal fabric of my big band writing. Not sure when the music will become available as completion of the recording has not yet been scheduled; but you can be sure I’ll let you know about it!!
The International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers https://isjac.org welcomed over 200 jazz composers and artists to its 2nd Jazz Composers’ Symposium, May 16-18. Hosted by the University of Northern Colorado, the 3-day conference was incredibly inspiring – from the presentations of our featured guest artists: Vince Mendoza, Ron Miles/Bill Frisell, Darcy James Argue, Christine Jensen, and Chris Potter to the unveiling of so much new music by amazingly talented composers. I am so delighted and honored to be a part of this creative community, grateful to the members of the ISJAC Board who have given so much of their time and energy to ensuring the success of this event and growth of this organization, and proud to have had a role in envisioning and producing this bi-annual event. Now to get ready for Austin in 2021!!!
Had an absolutely wonderful time working with the wonderful faculty and students at the following university festivals this past spring. Many thanks for including me and for all the hard work on behalf of the students (and faculty) in preparing the concerts of my music!!
Elon University Jazz Festival – Jan Metzger – Chair, Dept. of Music & Rusty Smith – Jazz Ens. Director
Illinois State Univ. Jazz Festival – Dr. Tom Marko, Dir. Of Jazz Studies
Appalachian State Univ. Contemporary Music Festival – Todd Wright, Dir. Of Jazz Studies, & Adam Summey, Pres. Phi Mu Alpha
Had the unexpected honor and pleasure of moderating the National Endowment for the Art’s Women Big Band Leaders Roundtable at the 2019 Jazz Congress while NEA Director of Music and Opera, Anne Meier Baker, was furloughed due to the ongoing Federal Government shutdown. Panelists Maria Schneider, Miho Hazama, & Sherrie Maricle made it easy on me with their astute insights and easy-going repartee.