After almost 40 years at USF, filled with great memories, experiences, and opportunities; I decided to take advantage of the University’s retirement incentive program. Officially, I’ll remain on faculty until August 1st, 2021 (giving me much needed time to figure out how I can possibly thank the leagues of dear friends, colleagues, staff, administrators, and – most importantly – students that have supported and inspired me throughout my tenure); however, I will be on research leave for the upcoming spring semester.
I’ll always be an educator and, after a bit of a break to do some intensive composing, I look forward to exploring new opportunities to share my thoughts and experiences with young musicians. In the meantime, here are a few pics from my time at USF. More will be posted in the gallery soon.
Online composition lessons, clinics, and rehearsal critiques may be booked through this new venture that features many great artists in jazz, classical, and popular musics. For more info: https://www.artistaccess.net
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!!!