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Meg Okura on Talking Authentically About Your Music
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Meg Okura on Talking Authentically About Your Music

Jazz violinist & composer Meg Okura explores how to connect and engage with audiences when discussing your music, striving to make a genuine connection, using her piece "Lilah". Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JazzComposersPresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Meg Okura is jazz violinist, composer, and leader of the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble. She has released six albums under her name since the founding of the PACJE in 2006. Her Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble has performed nationally and internationally, including Winter Jazz Fest, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz At Lincoln Center, Blue Note New York, Birdland, the KL Jazz Festival (Malaysia), and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Her recent honors include Copland Residency Awards, Chamber Music America New Jazz Works (Doris Duke Charitable Foundation), and Jazz Road Creative Residencies. Okura’s compositions have been performed by the BMI New York Jazz Orchestra, New York Symphonic Ensemble, and Sirius Quartet among others. As a violinist Okura's credit appears on over 100 albums, films, and live videos, including David Bowie, Michael Brecker, Lee Konitz, Steve Swallow, Diane Reeves, Tom Harrell, Vince Giordano, Jeremy Pelt, Sam Newsome, and a Grammy-nominated album by Emilio Solla y La Inestable de Brooklyn. Website: https://www.megokura.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/ReasonLogicJazz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MegOkuraJazz Twitter: https://twitter.com/MegOkura Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/megokura Bandcamp: https://megokura.bandcamp.com ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ Example & Closing: “Seven Short Pieces: VI. Lilah”, composed by Meg Okura. Performed by Meg Okura and Kevin Hays on the album “Lingering” (2024) Adhyaropa Records. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOHsw6GQpnk
Mike Holober on Chord Voicings and Ensemble Textures
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Mike Holober on Chord Voicings and Ensemble Textures

Grammy-nominated pianist, composer, and conductor Mike Holober @mikeholober6378 explores chord voicings for big band using his pieces “Lay of the Land” and “Tides”. Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JazzComposersPresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Mike Holober is a Grammy-nominated pianist, composer, and conductor, and recipient of the 2022 American Academy of Arts and Letters Andrew Imbrie Award in Music. Holober’s 2019 big band recording, "Mike Holober & The Gotham Jazz Orchestra: Hiding Out" was nominated for a 2020 GRAMMY® Award (Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album), and features two of Mike’s extended works for jazz orchestra. Holober has served at the helm of some of the world’s most renowned large ensembles as director, conductor, composer, and arranger. From 2007-2013 he was Artistic Director/Conductor of the Westchester Jazz Orchestra (WJO), and he served as guest Conductor/Arranger of the WDR Big Band in 2009, and 2014-2016. From 2011-2015 he was Associate Guest Conductor of the hr-Big Band. Holober is a Full Professor at The City College of New York, where he has been teaching since 1995. He has taught composing and arranging at The Manhattan School of Music since 2014, and from 2007 - 2015 he served as Associate Director of the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop, (founded by legendary jazz composers Bob Brookmeyer and Manny Albam), where he taught with Director Jim McNeely. Website: https://mikeholober.com YouTube: @mikeholober6378 Bandcamp: https://mikeholober.bandcamp.com ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ Examples 1, 2, & Closing: “Lay of the Land”, composed by Mike Holober. Performed by Mike Holober & The Gotham Jazz Orchestra, on the album "This Rock We're On: Imaginary Letters" (2024) Palmetto Records. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBMIhJhqvlM https://mikeholober.com/this-rock-we-re-on-imaginary-letters-album Example 3: “Tides”, composed by Mike Holober. Performed by Mike Holober & The Gotham Jazz Orchestra, on the album "This Rock We're On: Imaginary Letters" (2024) Palmetto Records. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZyOBoqyBKo ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— PHOTO CREDITS Mike Holober photo by Daryl Estrine
Celebrating the Music We Love! JazzComposersPresent.com
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Celebrating the Music We Love! JazzComposersPresent.com

Calling all Jazz Composers! https://JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians, & listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. We livestream Composer Spotlight Masterclasses, Listening Sessions, Foundational Focus Masterclasses, Roundtables, & Artist Q&As. Our incredible Presenting Artists include Grammy winners and nominees, jazz legends, and exciting composers from around the world: Jim McNeely, Darcy James Argue, Rufus Reid, Ayn Inserto, Richard DeRosa, Miho Hazama, and many others! https://jazzcomposerspresent.com/presenting-artists Become a ANNUAL TIER member today to participate in our full-length events and receive access to our **Complete** Archives Events Library - home to over 175 events! We are pleased to offer a variety of membership options to suit any budget. We invite you to join our growing community! https://JazzComposersPresent.com/membership Visit our YouTube channel to enjoy free weekly Mini-Lessons featuring our world-class Presenting Artists as well as Monthly Highlight videos showcasing our favorite moments from our full-length events! https://youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent **Attention music faculty and students** We are pleased to partner with institutions to provide access to our content through their academic libraries. https://jazzcomposerspresent.com/institutional-partnership ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com/ YouTube: https://youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://instagram.com/jazzcomposerspresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ Closing: “Crunchy Peanut Butter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca ———————————————————————————————————————————————————
Christine Jensen on Taming The Chorale: Writing for Brass and Saxophones
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Christine Jensen on Taming The Chorale: Writing for Brass and Saxophones

Juno-winning saxophonist and composer Christine Jensen uses her piece “Harbour” to explore chorale writing for brass and saxophones, reflecting on the great Kenny Wheeler's Sweet Time Suite. Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JazzComposersPresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— As a Downbeat Critic’s Poll winner for Rising Star Big Band, Arranger, and Soprano Saxophonist, Christine Jensen is constantly in motion leading her own jazz orchestra and small ensemble. Her albums Habitat and Treelines with the Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra received Juno Awards for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year in 2010 and 2014 respectively. 2017’s Under The Influence Suite, commissioned and recorded by l’Orchestre National de Jazz de Montréal, is an homage to Jensen’s significant musical influences including Kenny Wheeler, John Coltrane, and Lee Konitz. She is two-time recipient of SOCAN’s Hagood Hardy Jazz Composer Award. Jensen has collaborated with artists such as Ben Monder, Gary Versace, Donny McCaslin, Lenny Pickett, Helen Sung, the UMO Jazz Orchestra, Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, and her sister Ingrid Jensen. She is founding Artistic Director and Conductor of the Canadian National Jazz Orchestra and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music. Website: http://www.christinejensenmusic.com Facebook: http://facebook.com/christinejensenmusic Twitter: https://twitter.com/cjensenmusic Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christinejensenjazz ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ Referenced Audio 1: “Us”, composed by Thad Jones. Performed by Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, on the album "Consummation" (1970) Blue Note. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESt7Ofy72W0 Referenced Audio 2: “ The Sweet Time Suite: Part I - Opening”, composed by Kenny Wheeler. Performed by Kenny Wheeler, on the album "Music For Large & Small Ensembles" (1990) ECM Records. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72OoGlIo6gg Examples & Ending: “Harbour”, composed by Christine Jensen. Performed by the Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra, on the album “Harbour” (2011) Nettwerk/Justin Time Records.
Frank Carlberg on Working Creatively with TetraChords
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Frank Carlberg on Working Creatively with TetraChords

Pianist, composer, and faculty member at the New England Conservatory Frank Carlberg explores tetrachords - four note groupings - and how exploring them in tandem leads us to new and interesting sounds, using his piece "O", from an upcoming unreleased work. Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JazzComposersPresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Originally a native of Helsinki, Finland, pianist & composer Frank Carlberg has carved himself a niche in the New York jazz community. As a leader, his groups include the Frank Carlberg’s Word Circus (performing settings of a wide variety of texts by contemporary poets), the Tivoli Trio and the Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble. Carlberg has been commissioned to write music for big bands, small ensembles, symphony orchestras as well as modern dance companies. He has composed nearly 200 settings to a wide range of texts and poetry. In addition to his playing and composing activities Carlberg also serves on the faculty at New England Conservatory. Carlberg has released over 20 albums as a leader. He was a founding member of the Douglass Street Music Collective and runs the Red Piano Records label. He runs 20 Questions, an interview blog. His latest release is Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble - Elegy For Thelonious on the Sunnyside Records label. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frank_carlberg Bandcamp: https://frankcarlberg.bandcamp.com ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ Example 1: “O”, composed by Frank Carlberg and Gabriel Bolaños. Performed by Frank Carlberg and Gabriel Bolaños, on an upcoming album. Closing: “Crunchy Peanut Butter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/
Charles Pillow on Unifying Your Composition
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Charles Pillow on Unifying Your Composition

Composer and saxophonist Charles Pillow explains how to keep your composition unified using his arrangement of Willie Nelson by Miles Davis alongside other pieces from his new album Electric Miles 2. Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JazzComposersPresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— With eight recordings as a leader to his credit, Charles Pillow is one of the premier woodwind instrumentalists/saxophonists of the day. His recordings include "Chamber Jazz” (2020, Summit), “Electric Miles” (2018, MAMA), his large ensemble featuring his arrangements of the music of Miles Davis, which was a top 10 critics pick, “Triocity” (2017, Originarts), “van Gogh Letters” (2010, ELCM), featuring Gary Versace and Jim Ridl, “The Planets” and “Pictures at an Exhibition”, both on Artistshare, “In this World” (2001, Summit) featuring Peter Erskine,and “Currents” (1996, Challenge) featuring Adam Nussbaum and Ben Monder. He has appeared on over 100 CDs of jazz and pop artists such as Brad Mehldau, John Scofield, Michael Brecker, David Liebman, David Sanborn, Jay Z, Paul Simon, Tom Harrell, Joe Henderson, Maria Schneider and Bob Mintzer. In addition to his teaching at the Eastman School of Music, he gives masterclasses and guest appearances throughout the US and abroad. Website: https://charlespillow.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/charles_pillow ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ Referenced Audio: “Rated X”, composed by Miles Davis, arranged by Charles Pillow. Performed by the Charles Pillow Large Ensemble, on the album “Electric Miles 2” (Summit Records, 2023). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSWS6lJwtxg Example 1: “Great Expectations”, composed by Miles Davis, arranged by Charles Pillow. Performed by the Charles Pillow Large Ensemble, on the album “Electric Miles 2” (Summit Records, 2023). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRmXpf1uPI8 Example 2 & Closing: “Willie Nelson”, composed by Miles Davis, arranged by Charles Pillow. Performed by the Charles Pillow Large Ensemble, on the album “Electric Miles 2” (Summit Records, 2023). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElKJOWG9v9I
Institutional Partnership | College and University Instructional Support
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Institutional Partnership | College and University Instructional Support

Calling all Music Teachers, Faculty, Staff, & Students! We are thrilled to partner with post-secondary institutions to share our content through their academic libraries. Participate in live events and receive access to our **Complete** Archives - home to 175+ full-length masterclasses! We designed our Foundational Focus Masterclass series in collaboration with our institutional partners to better support instruction. Faculty members submit a draft syllabus or module list, which we support with recommended resources to incorporate in curricular design. https://jazzcomposerspresent.com/institutional-partnership https://JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians, & listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. We livestream Composer Spotlight Masterclasses, Listening Sessions, Foundational Focus Masterclasses, Roundtables, & Artist Q&As. Our incredible Presenting Artists include Grammy winners and nominees, jazz legends, and exciting composers from around the world: Jim McNeely, Darcy James Argue, Rufus Reid, Ayn Inserto, Richard DeRosa, Miho Hazama, and many others! https://jazzcomposerspresent.com/presenting-artists We invite you to join our growing community! https://jazzcomposerspresent.com/institutional-partnership ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com/ YouTube: https://youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://instagram.com/jazzcomposerspresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ Closing: “Crunchy Peanut Butter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca ———————————————————————————————————————————————————
Mike Tomaro on Effectively Supporting Your Melody
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Mike Tomaro on Effectively Supporting Your Melody

Saxophonist, composer, and author Mike Tomaro discusses how developing simple ideas can create a much richer musical setting using his big band arrangement of Rosalina In The Observatory from Super Mario Galaxy. Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JazzComposersPresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Mike Tomaro is the Director of Jazz Studies at Duquesne University. Prior to this, he was a member of the Army Blues, composing and/or arranging much of that group's repertoire. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Vandoren Diamond Artist and has worked with a diverse array of artists and groups. Mike's latest recording, “4 Seasons,” on the MCG Jazz label, is the first under his own name in 18 years. In addition to 4 prior recordings of his own, he has appeared on many others, including those of Nancy Wilson, Ann Hampton Callaway, New York Voices, Sheryl Bailey, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra. He has over 200 published compositions and arrangements and his music has been performed by jazz greats and academic institutions around the world. Mike co-authored the textbook “Instrumental Jazz Arranging: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide” (Hal Leonard Publications), with his long-time mentor, Dr. John Wilson. Website: https://miketomaro.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@miketomaro5854 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mike_tomaro ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ Examples: “Rosalina In The Observatory”, composed by Koji Kondo, arranged by Mike Tomaro. Closing: “Crunchy Peanut Butter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/
Ed Partyka on Breaking Compositional Habits
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Ed Partyka on Breaking Compositional Habits

Trombonist, composer, and conductor Ed Partyka discusses how our tendencies as composers are often what make our music unique and identifiable, but can make our music predictable (or even boring) for our musicians and audience. Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposers... Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPre... Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JazzCompose... ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Ed Partyka is a bass trombonist, tubist, composer, arranger and conductor, who serves as the Musical Director of the Zurich Jazz Orchestra and Chief Conductor & Artistic Director of Finland’s UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra. He was the long-time bass trombonist with Bob Brookmeyer's New Art Orchestra, including seminal recordings New Works Celebration, Get Well Soon, & Spirit Music, among others. He was recipient of the 2000 “A.S.C.A.P. / I.A.J.E. Commission Honouring the Centenary of Louis Armstrong”. He currently leads the Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra and was Musical Director of the Concert Jazz Orchestra Vienna from 1999 – 2006. Partyka has appeared as a guest conductor with ensembles including the Danish Radio Big Band, NDR Big Band, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Concept Art Orchestra, and the Graz Composers Orchestra. His most extensive collaboration in recent years has been with the Frankfurt Radio HR Big Band. During his tenure he has arranged music for and conducted projects with jazz artists such as Robben Ford, Theo Bleckmann, China Moses, and Fay Claassen. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwf7... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EPJO2017 ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ Example 1: “Shir", composed by Etti Ankri, arranged by Ed Partyka. Performed by the Zurich Jazz Orchestra featuring Efrat Alony (2023). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTjTfFAV2vo Closing: “Crunchy Peanut Butter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/
Paul White on Hiding Quotes Inside Pieces
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Paul White on Hiding Quotes Inside Pieces

Composer and arranger Paul White discusses hiding Easter eggs and quotes in your music to point the listener in a specific direction and pay tribute to your inspiration using his composition “Lili’s Song” and his arrangement of John Williams “Leia’s Theme” from Star Wars. Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JazzComposersPresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Dr. White is the founding member of The Paul White Quintet, a contemporary jazz ensemble that has graced stages across the nation, including various annual jazz festivals. In 2008 he was awarded the role of Saxophonist with The US Army Field Bands Jazz Ambassadors. As a member of this ensemble, he delivered concerts to audiences numbering in the millions across the United States. His talents were then recognized with the appointment of Staff Arranger for The U.S. Army Field Band in 2011. His arrangements and compositions have been showcased by numerous professional and military ensembles all over the world, most notably his award winning arrangement of the iconic John Williams composition, "Leia's Theme." Today, Dr. White continues to be an active force in the world of music. He dedicates his talents to composing and performing with local ensembles in the Washington D.C./Baltimore region while also touring across the nation to deliver captivating concerts and insightful clinics. Website: http://www.paulwhitequintet.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@PaulWhiteGroup Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chairbornearranger ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ Example 1 & Closing: “Lili’s Song”, composed by Paul White. Performed by The United States Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors, on the album “Perspectives: Resources for Jazz Education” (2013). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp1qgLaWH4s Example 2: “Leia’s Theme”, composed by John Williams, arranged by Paul White. Performed by The United States Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors (2018). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kKMo36uSAk
Christopher Zuar on A Melodic Approach to Solo Backgrounds
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Christopher Zuar on A Melodic Approach to Solo Backgrounds

Composer and conductor Christopher Zuar explores how well-written solo backgrounds can propel the musical drama of your piece forward while keeping the soloist rooted in the composition using his piece “In Winter Blooms”. Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JazzComposersPresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Composer and conductor Christopher Zuar is the recipient of a 2020 Copland House Residency Award, and 2022 MacDowell Fellowship. His debut album, “Musings” (2016), with the Christopher Zuar Orchestra, a collection of eight original compositions for large ensemble, was awarded a spot on DownBeat magazine's "Best Albums of 2016", and runner-up "Debut of The Year" in the NPR Jazz Critics Poll. Zuar is a recipient of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer’s Award (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017), the First Music Commission from the New York Youth Symphony (2011, 2012 and 2015), the 2016 ASCAP Johnny Mandel Prize, the 2020 Airmen of Note Sammy Nestico Award, and the 2021 Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize. Zuar’s music has been performed by the WDR Big Band (Germany), the Brussels Jazz Orchestra (Belgium), the Danish Radio Big Band (Denmark), and New York Youth Symphony Jazz among others. Website: http://www.christopherzuar.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCinbGRLDob6qFLDogA5CgVw Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christopherzuar Bandcamp: https://christopherzuar.bandcamp.com ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ Examples 1&2: “In Winter Blooms”, composed by Christopher Zuar. Performed by the Christopher Zuar Orchestra on the album "Exuberance" (2024, upcoming). https://christopherzuar.bandcamp.com/album/exuberance Closing: “Crunchy Peanut Butter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/
Helen Sung on Finding Your Compositional Voice | @helensungmusic
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Helen Sung on Finding Your Compositional Voice | @helensungmusic

Pianist, composer, Steinway artist, and 2021 Guggenheim Fellow Helen Sung discusses how to find your compositional voice, reflecting on lessons with the legendary Ron Carter, using her piece “The Waiting Game”. Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JazzComposersPresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Helen Sung is a native of Houston, Texas, and alumna of its High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Diverging from her classical upbringing after encountering jazz during studies at the University of Texas at Austin, she went on to become part of the inaugural class of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and win the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition. Sung’s "Quartet+" (Sunnyside Records) garnered a 4.5 star DownBeat review and a JazzTimes cover. In addition to her own band, Helen has worked with such luminaries as Clark Terry, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Regina Carter, Terri Lyne Carrington, Cecile McLorin Salvant, and the Mingus Big Band. Helen currently teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Columbia University, where she was the first jazz artist-in-residence at its prestigious Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute exploring the intersection of jazz & neuroscience. Helen is a Steinway Artist. Website: https://www.helensung.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/helensungmusic Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HelenSungMusic Twitter: https://twitter.com/helensung Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sung_helen Bandcamp: https://helensung.bandcamp.com ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ Example 1 & Closing: “The Waiting Game”, composed by Helen Sung. Performed by Helen Sung, on the album “Push” (2001) Fresh Sound New Talent. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3k4uQfxd-E ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Helen Sung photo courtesy of Joseph Boggess Photography
Migiwa "Miggy" Miyajima on the Power of Unison Writing
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Migiwa "Miggy" Miyajima on the Power of Unison Writing

Composer and Grammy-nominated producer Miggy Miyajima demonstrates how using unison in your composition or arrangement allows your ideas to clearly cut through and grab the listener's attention using her pieces “Hope For Hope” and "The Blooming Season". Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JazzComposersPresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Hailing from Japan, composer, producer, pianist, and bandleader of the 17-piece Miggy Augmented Orchestra, Migiwa “Miggy” Miyajima creates large-scale works manifesting her distinct life experiences. Miyajima’s work with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra brought her two Grammy nominations as its associate producer for “Forever Lasting- Live in Tokyo” and “Over Time: Music of Bob Brookmeyer.” She has also served as associate producer and conductor of NEA jazz master Slide Hampton’s big band. After surviving the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, Miyajima received a Japanese government grant and a Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Fellowship and relocated to the US. Miggy Augmented Orchestra released its ArtistShare debut album “Colorful” in 2018. In March 2021, Miyajima released a book with accompanied music entitled “Your Future Story” as a first product of her year-long “Unbreakable Hope and Resilience” project, based on the real stories of survivors and volunteers of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. She is the recipient of grants and awards including the 2019 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship, 2020 NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre, and 2021 Creative Engagement program of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Website: https://miggymigiwa.net YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/miggymigiwa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MigiwaMiyajima.pianocomp Twitter: https://twitter.com/MiggyMigwa Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/miggymigwa Bandcamp: https://migiwamiyajima.bandcamp.com ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ Example 1: “Hope For Hope”, composed by Migiwa Miyajima. Performed by Miggy Augmented Orchestra on the album “Colorful” (2018). ArtistShare. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Skzl38oPRTw Example 2: “Hope For Hope”, composed by Migiwa Miyajima. Performed by Dick Oatts, Naomu Soeda, Ron Blake, & Carl Marahgi (2024, upcoming). Example 3: “Reconciliation Suite, Mvmt 4: The Blooming Season”, composed by Migiwa Miyajima. Performed live by ETHEL and Allison Loggins-Hull (2022). https://youtu.be/80essL_1jes?si=Nrh_jw44AsBL7nsG&t=591 Closing: “Crunchy Peanut Butter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— PHOTO CREDITS Migiwa Miyajima photo by Hayato Sakurai “Colorful” album art by Hayato Sakurai
Rufus Reid on Setting a Mood Using Ostinato Patterns
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Rufus Reid on Setting a Mood Using Ostinato Patterns

Legendary bassist and Grammy-nominated composer Rufus Reid explores using bass ostinatos to create an engaging vibe for your piece, using his compositions "Dreamgliding" and "The Gait Keeper". Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposers... Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPre... Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jazzcompose... ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Rufus Reid is a legendary bass player, bandleader, composer, and co-founder of the Jazz Studies & Performance Program at William Patterson University. He has toured and recorded with Eddie Harris, Nancy Wilson, The Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Dexter Gordon, J.J. Johnson, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, Kenny Burrell, and Kenny Barron, among countless others. Reid’s book, ‘The Evolving Bassist’, continues to be recognized as the industry standard, definitive bass method. As a composer, Reid’s 2014 big band album “Quiet Pride – The Elizabeth Catlett Project” was nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble, and Best Instrumental Composition for ‘Recognition’ (the first movement of the suite) at the 57th GRAMMY Awards. Website: https://rufusreid.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClHN... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rufusreid Twitter: https://twitter.com/rufusreidmusic Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reid_rufus ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ Example 1 & Closing : “Dreamgliding”, composed by Rufus Reid. Performed by the Rufus Reid Quintet on the album “Live At The Kennedy Center” (2007). Motéma. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVa0IgKfepg Example 2 : “The Gait Keeper”, composed by Rufus Reid. Performed by the Rufus Reid Quintet on the album “The Gait Keeper” (2003). Sunnyside. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMjxFm4H9Qk
Frank Carlberg on Composing Creatively Using Triads
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Frank Carlberg on Composing Creatively Using Triads

Pianist, composer, and faculty member at the New England Conservatory Frank Carlberg discusses the two dimensions of harmony - color (vertical) and movement (horizontal) - and how exploring them in tandem leads us to new and interesting sounds, using his piece Los Trabajos Y Las Noches. Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JazzComposersPresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Originally a native of Helsinki, Finland, pianist & composer Frank Carlberg has carved himself a niche in the New York jazz community. As a leader, his groups include the Frank Carlberg’s Word Circus (performing settings of a wide variety of texts by contemporary poets), the Tivoli Trio and the Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble. Carlberg has been commissioned to write music for big bands, small ensembles, symphony orchestras as well as modern dance companies. He has composed nearly 200 settings to a wide range of texts and poetry. In addition to his playing and composing activities Carlberg also serves on the faculty at New England Conservatory. Carlberg has released over 20 albums as a leader. He was a founding member of the Douglass Street Music Collective and runs the Red Piano Records label. He runs 20 Questions, an interview blog. His latest release is Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble - Elegy For Thelonious on the Sunnyside Records label. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frank_carlberg Bandcamp: https://frankcarlberg.bandcamp.com ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ Example 1 & Closing: “Los Trabajos Y Las Noches”, composed by Frank Carlberg. Performed by Roxana Amed and Frank Carlberg, on the album “Los Trabajos Y Las Noches” (2023). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dluodDquJas https://frankcarlberg.bandcamp.com/album/los-trabajos-y-las-noches
Miho Hazama on Composing Backwards, and Writing Out Of Order
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Miho Hazama on Composing Backwards, and Writing Out Of Order

Grammy-nominated composer Miho Hazama explores composing backwards, writing a piece out of order, and how she created her composition "From Life Comes Beauty", from the album Beyond Orbits. Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jazzcomposerspresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Miho Hazama is a Grammy-nominated composer, arranger; chief conductor of the Danish Radio Big Band, Permanent guest conductor of the Metropole Orchestra, and leader of her own internationally acclaimed chamber ensemble m_unit. Lauded in Downbeat as one of “25 for the Future”, Hazama has written for artists such as Joshua Redman, Lionel Loueke, Stefon Harris, and Gil Goldstein, to name a few. In addition to m_unit, Hazama has composed works for the Danish Radio Big Band, Metropole Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Siena Wind Orchestra, among others. Website: https://www.mihohazama.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/mihohazamamusic Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mihohazamamusic/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mihohazama Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mihohazama ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ Examples 1-4: “From Life Comes Beauty”, composed by Miho Hazama. Performed by Miho Hazama's m_unit, on the album “Beyond Orbits” (2023) Edition Records. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK46jYCFOXE Closing: “Crunchy Peanut Butter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— PHOTO CREDITS Miho Hazama photo by Agnete Schlichtkrull
Emilio Solla on Spain, @chickcorea, and Developing Counter-Melodies
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Emilio Solla on Spain, @chickcorea, and Developing Counter-Melodies

Latin Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated composer Emilio Solla @emiliosollamusic discusses how he developed melodies and counter-melodies from @chickcorea's "Spain", and Joaquín Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez" in his orchestral arrangement. Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JazzComposersPresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Emilio Solla got his BA in Classical Piano in Argentina. Emilio moved to Spain in 1996 and later to New York in 2006, where he completed his M.A. in Jazz Composition. He is a regular performer across the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Japan at noted concert halls, clubs and festivals, and has collaborated with Paquito d’Rivera, Yo-Yo Ma, The Boston Symphony Orchestra and the WDR Big Band to name a few. Emilio received a Grammy nomination for his nine piece ensemble debut recording, Second Half (2015), and a composition from his Tango Jazz Orchestra debut album Puertos (2019), shared a Grammy Nomination for “Best Instrumental Arrangement” with John Williams, Vince Mendoza and Jacob Collier. The following year, Puertos won the 2020 Latin Grammy for “Best Jazz Album.” In 2023 he has released two new albums: El Siempre Mar, with flamenco star Antonio Lizana and a new Warner Classics release, Ritmo, a symphonic homage to Chick Corea, featuring Emilio’s distinctive orchestrations. Website: https://emiliosolla.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/emiliosollamusic Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emiliosolla Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emiliosolla Bandcamp: https://emiliosolla.bandcamp.com ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca Referenced Audio: "Spain", composed by Chick Corea. Performed by Return To Forever, on the album "Light As A Feather" (1973) Polydor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEhQTjgoTdU Examples 1-3 & Closing: “Lullaby #5”, composed by Chick Corea, arranged by Emilio Solla. Performed by Emilio Solla, ADDA Simfònica, & Josep Vicent, featuring Paquito D'Rivera, on the album “RITMO - The Chick Corea Symphony Tribute" (2023) Warner Music Spain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0n_Zjr8yBQ
Jon Gordon on Crafting Effective Preludes and Interludes
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Jon Gordon on Crafting Effective Preludes and Interludes

Grammy & Juno-nominated saxophonist and composer Jon Gordon demonstrates how to use preludes and interludes to connect larger works using his pieces "Prelude Grace" and "Contrasts". Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JazzComposersPresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Jon Gordon is one of the most accomplished alto and soprano saxophonists of his generation. Jazz journalist Brandon Bernstein wrote, “Jon Gordon is a master. His compositions, improvisation, tone, and technical virtuosity set him apart as an elite musician of our time.” Down Beat magazine gave his 2008 C.D., "Within Worlds", 4+1/2 stars and selected it as one of the top recordings of the decade. His 2021 C.D., “Stranger than Fiction”, was selected by several jazz journalists for their “Best of 2021” lists. It was nominated for a Juno award for Best Jazz release. A Thelonious Monk award winner, Jon has also been voted numerous times as a "Rising Star", or "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" on multiple saxophones and in the composition category, in several Down Beat Critic's Polls. “Jon is among that elite few that are truly great alto saxophonists. Not only is he one of my favorite alto and soprano players, he’s also a wonderful and very creative composer.” - Maria Schneider Website: https://jongordonmusic.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@jongordon8759 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jongordonmusic1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jongordonmusic1 ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ Examples 1: “Prelude Grace”, composed by Jon Gordon. Performed by Jon Gordon, on the album “Evolution” (2009) ArtistShare. https://www.artistshare.com/projects/experience/64/195/1 Examples 2: “Contrasts”, composed by Jon Gordon and Bill Charlap. Performed by Jon Gordon and Bill Charlap, on the album “Contrasts” (2001) Double-Time Records. Closing: “Crunchy Peanut Butter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/
Richard DeRosa on Orchestrating Mixed Woodwinds in the Jazz Ensemble
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Richard DeRosa on Orchestrating Mixed Woodwinds in the Jazz Ensemble

Grammy-nominated composer Rich DeRosa explains how the colors of the woodwind section are much more diverse and require special care, as compared to traditional big band instrumentation using his piece “Pine Needles”, from his new album “Keep Swingin’ - the Music of Charlie Banacos” in today’s mini-lesson. Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JazzComposersPresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Rich DeRosa is a drummer, arranger, Grammy-nominated composer, and Director of Jazz Composition and Arranging at the University of North Texas. Since 2012, he has conducted and arranged for the prestigious WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany, and served as the band’s chief conductor from 2014-2016. Recent recording collaborations with the band feature Ron Carter, Garry Dial & Dick Oatts, and Richie Beirach. DeRosa has also arranged and conducted music for Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, featuring Toots Thielemans, Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, and Veronica Swift among others. Website: http://richderosa.com ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ Example 3: “Pine Needles”, composed by Charlie Banacos, arranged by Garry Dial and Richard DeRosa. Performed by Dial and DeRosa on the album “Keep Swingin'' - the Music of Charlie Banacos” (2024) Outside in Music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXIFl7CiUvw Closing: “Crunchy Peanut Butter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— PHOTO CREDITS Rich DeRosa photo by Eagleton Photography
Reini P.-Schmoelzer on Metric Modulation and Polyrhythms in Large Ensemble Jazz
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Reini P.-Schmoelzer on Metric Modulation and Polyrhythms in Large Ensemble Jazz

Composer and drummer Reini P.-Schmoelzer demonstrates metric modulation and polyrhythms and explains how they can be used in big band jazz writing using his composition "Narcotic Incotriac". Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JazzComposersPresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Reini P.-Schmoelzer, is a drummer, composer, conductor, and teacher for Jazz Composition & Arranging at Gustav Mahler Private University for Music in Klagenfurt, Austria. As a leader, Schmoelzer has released two Jazz Orchestra albums with his band, Reinhold Schmölzer & orchest•ra•conteur: 2012’s “Miraculous Loss of Signal“, and 2016’s “Aerial Image”. His music has been commissioned and performed by Frankfurt Radio HR Bigband, Metropole Orchestra feat. Richard Bona, RTV Bigband Slovenia, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra (Denmark) feat. Lau Højen and Austrian bands like Graz Composers Orchestra, onQ Large Ensemble, KELAG Bigband or Lungau Bigband. As a drummer, Schmoelzer has toured, shared the stage and done studio productions with artists such as David Helbock Trio, Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra, Julian Argüelles, Aarhus Jazzorchestra feat. Dave Liebman, Jure Pukl, Jakob Karlzon, and Ralph Mothwurf Orchestra among others. Website: https://www.reinischmoelzer.at YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/rs116 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reinischmoelzer ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ Referenced Album: Artistry In Rhythm: A European Suite, by the Vienna Art Orchestra (2000) TCB Records. Example & Closing: “Narcotic Incotriac”, composed by Reinhold Schmölzer. Performed by Reinhold Schmölzer & Orchest•ra•conteur on the album “Miraculous Loss of Signal” (2012) Unit Records. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwhiXjfEOG4
Dave Rivello on Meter Changes and Affecting Tempo
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Dave Rivello on Meter Changes and Affecting Tempo

Composer, bandleader, and Eastman School of Music faculty member Dave Rivello discusses using meter changes to make the music feel free and elastic, by simulating accelerandos and ritardandos, as in his piece "Moving Stories". Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JazzComposersPresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Dave Rivello is an American-born composer, arranger, conductor and bandleader working primarily in Jazz, Contemporary Media, and Modern Classical idioms. He apprenticed with Rayburn Wright, Bob Brookmeyer, Manny Albam, Bill Holman, and Sam D’Angelo. He leads a 12- piece ensemble (The Dave Rivello Ensemble) that is his main orchestral voice. He is also the author of the book, Bob Brookmeyer in Conversation with Dave Rivello (ArtistShare). His debut recording, Facing The Mirror, received strong praise from reviewers in the United States, Italy and Ireland. The Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll chose Facing The Mirror as the Debut Release of that year. He co-produced the Gil Evans Project live recording, Lines of Color – with leader Ryan Truesdell, which was nominated for a Grammy. He also recently co-produced Jennifer Bellor’s recording, Reflections at Dusk, on Innova Recordings. He is also on the faculty at the world-renowned Eastman School of Music. Website: http://daverivello.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/daverivelloensemble ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca Example: "Moving Stores", composed by Dave Rivello. Performed in by Eastman's New Jazz Ensemble (NJE). Live Concert (2022). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iA8j5iFB08A Work Cited: “Bob Brookmeyer in Conversation with Dave Rivello” https://www.artistshare.com/projects/experience/22/499 Closing: “Crunchy Peanut Butter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca
Rachel Eckroth on Electronics, Effects, and Compositional Inspiration | @racheleckroth
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Rachel Eckroth on Electronics, Effects, and Compositional Inspiration | @racheleckroth

Grammy nominated pianist, composer, and vocalist Rachel Eckroth @racheleckroth explores how synthesizer effects and electronic music can inspire acoustic compositions using her pieces Dracaena and Pivot. Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JazzComposersPresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Rachel Eckroth can lead with a bold vision or accompany w/ the subtlety necessary to make another musician shine. Her mix of jazz experimentation and pop feeling form the engine behind her own work as a leader/co-leader on nearly 20 albums. That same crossover talent is why she's been featured on voice and keyboards with Rufus Wainwright, St. Vincent, and Donny McCaslin. Eckroth has been a busy recording artist throughout her career, and the pace has only increased in recent years. Her work as a composer/arranger began in Las Vegas, arranging for horns strings with local bands. In 2002, she joined the BMI Jazz Composer’s workshop in NYC led by Jim McNeely. Upon earning a Master’s from Rutgers University, Rachel has traveled the world as an artist involved with other Universities, and writing and/or arranging with Tia Fuller, Donny McCaslin, Hues and more. Her latest album, The Garden, complete with a Grammy nom in 2021, features 8 tracks written by Eckroth. Website: https://www.racheleckroth.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@racheleckroth Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RachelEckrothMusic Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rachel_eckroth Bandcamp: https://racheleckroth.bandcamp.com ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ Example 1: “Dracaena”, composed by Rachel Eckroth. Performed by Rachel Eckroth, on the album “The Garden” (2021) Rainy Day Records. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z33Q1lhcU58 https://rainydaysrecords.bandcamp.com/track/dracaena Example 2 & Closing: “Pivot”, composed by Rachel Eckroth. Performed by Antelog, on the album “Antelog” (2017) Self-released. https://www.racheleckroth.com/epk-keysrachel
Peter Eldridge on The Art of Reinvention | @petereldridge
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Peter Eldridge on The Art of Reinvention | @petereldridge

Grammy-winning vocalist, pianist, and composer Peter Eldridge @petereldridge discusses arranging a well-known (or overdone?) jazz standard or pop tune and how to put your own spin on it using Cole Porter’s “Night and Day”. Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JazzComposersPresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Vocalist, pianist, composer, and arranger Peter Eldridge has six critically acclaimed albums: Fool No More, Stranger in Town, Decorum, Mad Heaven, Disappearing Day (which was called "an out and out masterpiece” by allaboutjazz), and most recently Peter and pianist/composer Kenny Werner joined forces on Somewhere, a collection of lush ballads for voice, string orchestra and jazz trio. Eldridge is finishing up first full-fledged musical with the working title ‘The Woman in Question’ (co-written with Chicago playwright Cheryl Coons) about painter Gustav Klimt. He is also a founding member of acclaimed vocal group, New York Voices, which has been involved in two Grammy-winning projects (Paquito D’Rivera and the Count Basie Orchestra). Collaborations include the vocal group MOSS, Becca Stevens, Bobby McFerrin, Fred Hersch, Chanticleer, the late Michael Brecker, Jonatha Brooke, Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit, Zach Galafianakis, Anat Cohen, and the late Jon Hendricks and Mark Murphy. Website: http://www.petereldridge.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@petereldridge Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/petereldridgemusic Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/petereldridge Bandcamp: https://petereldridge.bandcamp.com ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ Source Material: “Night And Day”, composed by Cole Porter Closing: “Crunchy Peanut Butter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/
Charles Pillow on Arranging Simple Melodies
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Charles Pillow on Arranging Simple Melodies

Composer and saxophonist Charles Pillow demonstrates how he developed “Yaphet”, by Miles Davis, into a larger work for big band, by creating form, interest, and fully developing the simple, folk-like melody. Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JazzComposersPresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— With eight recordings as a leader to his credit, Charles Pillow is one of the premier woodwind instrumentalists/saxophonists of the day. His recordings include "Chamber Jazz” (2020, Summit), “Electric Miles” (2018, MAMA), his large ensemble featuring his arrangements of the music of Miles Davis, which was a top 10 critics pick, “Triocity” (2017, Originarts), “van Gogh Letters” (2010, ELCM), featuring Gary Versace and Jim Ridl, “The Planets” and “Pictures at an Exhibition”, both on Artistshare, “In this World” (2001, Summit) featuring Peter Erskine,and “Currents” (1996, Challenge) featuring Adam Nussbaum and Ben Monder. He has appeared on over 100 CDs of jazz and pop artists such as Brad Mehldau, John Scofield, Michael Brecker, David Liebman, David Sanborn, Jay Z, Paul Simon, Tom Harrell, Joe Henderson, Maria Schneider and Bob Mintzer. In addition to his teaching at the Eastman School of Music, he gives masterclasses and guest appearances throughout the US and abroad. Website: https://charlespillow.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/charles_pillow ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ Referenced Audio: “Yaphet”, composed by Miles Davis. Performed by Miles Davis; recorded in 1969, originally released on The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions (Columbia & Legacy Records, 1998), as well as Big Fun (Columbia & Legacy Records, 2000). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWVd8Pa8nss Examples & Closing: “Yaphet”, composed by Miles Davis, arranged by Charles Pillow. Performed by the Charles Pillow Large Ensemble, on the album “Electric Miles 2” (Summit Records, 2023). https://charlespillow.com/track/3517529/yaphet-from-electric-miles-2
Migiwa "Miggy" Miyajima on Orchestration, Textures, and Subverting Audience Expectations
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Migiwa "Miggy" Miyajima on Orchestration, Textures, and Subverting Audience Expectations

Composer and Grammy-nominated producer Miggy Miyajima discusses subverting audience expectations by taking away established elements using her pieces Awakening & “Find The White Line in today's mini-lesson. Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposers... Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPre... Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JazzCompose... ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Hailing from Japan, composer, producer, pianist, and bandleader of the 17-piece Miggy Augmented Orchestra, Migiwa “Miggy” Miyajima creates large-scale works manifesting her distinct life experiences. Miyajima’s work with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra brought her two Grammy nominations as its associate producer for “Forever Lasting- Live in Tokyo” and “Over Time: Music of Bob Brookmeyer.” She has also served as associate producer and conductor of NEA jazz master Slide Hampton’s big band. After surviving the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, Miyajima received a Japanese government grant and a Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Fellowship and relocated to the US. Miggy Augmented Orchestra released its ArtistShare debut album “Colorful” in 2018. In March 2021, Miyajima released a book with accompanied music entitled “Your Future Story” as a first product of her year-long “Unbreakable Hope and Resilience” project, based on the real stories of survivors and volunteers of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. She is the recipient of grants and awards including the 2019 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship, 2020 NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre, and 2021 Creative Engagement program of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Website: https://miggymigiwa.net YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/miggymigiwa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MigiwaMiyajima.pianocomp Twitter: https://twitter.com/MiggyMigwa Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/miggymigwa Bandcamp: https://migiwamiyajima.bandcamp.com ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ Examples 1 & 2: “Awakening”, composed by Migiwa Miyajima. Performed by Miggy Augmented Orchestra on the album “Colorful” (2018). ArtistShare. https://migiwamiyajima.bandcamp.com/track/awakening Example 3 & Closing: “Find The White Line”, composed by Migiwa Miyajima. Performed by Miggy Augmented Orchestra on the album “Colorful” (2018). ArtistShare. https://migiwamiyajima.bandcamp.com/track/find-the-white-line
Felipe Salles on Polychords and Musical Possibilities
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Felipe Salles on Polychords and Musical Possibilities

Composer and saxophonist Felipe Salles demonstrates how to move beyond traditional harmony by incorporating polychords into your compositions, starting with chromatic bass notes and progressing through to fully realized double triads, using his pieces “V. Survivor's Guilt” and “Lullaby #5”. Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JazzComposersPresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Felipe Salles is a composer, conductor, arranger, saxophonist, and flutist. He has worked and recorded with Paquito D'Rivera, Randy Brecker, David Liebman, Lionel Loueke, Jerry Bergonzi, Chico Pinheiro, Melissa Aldana, and Magos Herrera among others, and has toured extensively in Europe, North and South America, India, and Australia. Awards Salles has received include a 2018 Guggenheim Foundation Composition Fellowship, a 2021 South Arts Jazz Road Creative Residency, a 2015 NALAC Fund for the Arts, a 2009 French American Jazz Exchange, and a 2005 Chamber Music America New Works. His pieces have been performed by some of the top groups in the world including The Metropole Orchestra, UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra, and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, among others. Salles has released nine critically acclaimed recordings as a leader, most recently The New Immigrant Experience (2020), which received a 4.5-star review from Downbeat Magazine. Salles is currently a Professor of Jazz at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Website: https://www.sallesjazz.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/sallesjazz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sallesjazz Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sallesjazz ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ Example 1: “V. Survivor's Guilt”, composed by Felipe Salles. Performed by the Felipe Salles Interconnections Ensemble, on the album “The New Immigrant Experience” (2020) Tapestry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAcABBEVPac Example 2: “Lullaby #5”, composed by Felipe Salles. Performed by the Felipe Salles Interconnections Ensemble, on the album “The Lullaby Project and Other Works for Large Ensemble” (2018) Tapestry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMa2Wpn6GvA Closing: “Crunchy Peanut Butter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/
Emilio Solla on Reharmonization and Compositional Rigor
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Emilio Solla on Reharmonization and Compositional Rigor

Latin Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated composer Emilio Solla @emiliosollamusic uses reharmonization techniques to demonstrate how to break through “writer’s block”, and fully explore the musical possibilities within your piece. Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JazzComposersPresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Emilio Solla got his BA in Classical Piano in Argentina. Emilio moved to Spain in 1996 and later to New York in 2006, where he completed his M.A. in Jazz Composition. He is a regular performer across the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Japan at noted concert halls, clubs and festivals, and has collaborated with Paquito d’Rivera, Yo-Yo Ma, The Boston Symphony Orchestra and the WDR Big Band to name a few. Emilio received a Grammy nomination for his nine piece ensemble debut recording, Second Half (2015), and a composition from his Tango Jazz Orchestra debut album Puertos (2019), shared a Grammy Nomination for “Best Instrumental Arrangement” with John Williams, Vince Mendoza and Jacob Collier. The following year, Puertos won the 2020 Latin Grammy for “Best Jazz Album.” In 2023 he has released two new albums: El Siempre Mar, with flamenco star Antonio Lizana and a new Warner Classics release, Ritmo, a symphonic homage to Chick Corea, featuring Emilio’s distinctive orchestrations. Website: https://emiliosolla.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/emiliosollamusic Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emiliosolla Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emiliosolla Bandcamp: https://emiliosolla.bandcamp.com ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca Closing: “Crunchy Peanut Butter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca
John La Barbera on Non-Functional Harmony and Giant Steps
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John La Barbera on Non-Functional Harmony and Giant Steps

Grammy-nominated composer and arranger John La Barbera explores John Coltrane's Giant Steps to discuss how modern jazz harmonic language breaks away from convention using non-functional harmony. Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JazzComposersPresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— John La Barbera is a Grammy- nominated composer and arranger, and two-time recipient of The National Endowment for The Arts award for Jazz Composition. His works have been recorded and performed by Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Chaka Khan, Harry James, Bill Watrous, and Phil Woods among countless others. Though his major output has been in jazz, he has had works performed and recorded for symphony orchestra, string chamber orchestra, brass quintet, and other diverse ensembles. Most recently, La Barbera was one of sixteen composers commissioned by the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute at UCLA to compose new works that meld jazz and symphonic music. The resulting work, “Morro da Babilonia”, was presented by the American Composers Orchestra in New York City at Columbia University’s Miller Hall. La Barbera’s Grammy-nominated big band album “On The Wild Side“, along with “Fantazm“ and his latest “Caravan” have been met with tremendous artistic and commercial success. As co-producer and arranger for The Glenn Miller Orchestra Christmas recordings (In The Christmas Mood I & II) he has received Gold & Platinum Records and his arrangement of “Jingle Bells” from those recordings can be heard in the Academy Award winning film “La La Land.” La Barbera is a Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Louisville’s School of Music and an international clinician/lecturer whose topics range from composing/arranging to intellectual property and copyright. His Sunday morning big band jazz radio show, "Best Coast Jazz" on WFPK has been a mainstay on public radio for over twenty years and is streamed worldwide. Website: https://www.johnlabarbera.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1775321386042337 ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca Referenced Audio: “Giants Steps”, composed by John Coltrane. Performed by John Coltrane on the album "Giant Steps" (1960) Atlantic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-M5qmxXilU Referenced Text: Beyond Functional Harmony, written by Wayne J. Naus (Advance Music). Closing: “Crunchy Peanut Butter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca
Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol on Rhythmic Cycles in Compositional Design
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Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol on Rhythmic Cycles in Compositional Design

Grammy-nominated composer Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol discusses his piece “Times of the Turtledove”, featuring Miguel Zenón, and how the 5-beat rhythmic cycle call of the turtledove served as the foundation of the composition. Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JazzComposersPresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol is a Grammy-nominated composer, multi-instrumentalist, CMES Harvard University fellow (2013-15), and full-time faculty member at New England Conservatory. Sanlıkol has composed for, performed, and toured with international stars and ensembles such as Dave Liebman, Bob Brookmeyer, Billy Cobham, Esperanza Spalding, Antonio Sanchez, Anat Cohen, Tiger Okoshi, The Boston Camerata, The Boston Cello Quartet, A Far Cry string orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Okay Temiz, Erkan Oğur and Birol Yayla. Sanlıkol was the recipient of numerous respected awards including The Aaron Copland Fund for Music Grant twice in 2016 and 2020 as well as the New Music USA Project Grant in 2020. Sanlıkol is the president of DÜNYA, a musicians’ collective dedicated to contemporary presentations of Turkish traditions, alone and in interaction with other world traditions, through musical performance, publication, and educational activities. Currently, he is the director of New England Conservatory’s Intercultural Institute. Website: https://www.sanlikol.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/msanlikol YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvtXiNtO407vyMWBe7G8uTg Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mehmetalisanlikol Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mehmetsanlikol Bandcamp: https://dunya.bandcamp.com ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca/ Examples & Closing: “Times of the Turtledove”, composed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol. Performed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext? featuring Miguel Zenón on the album “Turkish Hipster: Tales from Swing to Psychedelic” (2023). DÜNYA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmJ5_IXmcO0
Mike Malone on Extended Uses of Jazz Pentatonics
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Mike Malone on Extended Uses of Jazz Pentatonics

Composer Mike Malone discusses jazz pentatonic scales and creative ways to incorporate them into jazz composition using his piece “One Way Out”. Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JazzComposersPresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Mike Malone is a trumpeter, composer, bandleader, educator, and pillar of the Canadian jazz scene. Malone was a featured writer and performer with artists such as Nimmons ‘N’ 9 plus 6, The Ted Moses Quintet, Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra, Ranee Lee, Danjam Orchestra, John MacLeod & the Rex Hotel Orchestra, Ted’s Warren Commission, The Alex Dean Quintet, The Brass Connection II, and The Kieran Overs Nonet. In 2009, he won the SOCAN/CAJE Phil Nimmons Award for Jazz Composition in the category of "Established Composer". Malone was a full-time faculty member at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario for over 25 years, and continues to write and perform with Mike Malone and the Writers Jazz Orchestra. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca Example 1 and Ending: “One Way Out”, composed by Mike Malone. Performed by the Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra on the album “Different Paths” (1993). Sackville Recordings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUYaxO-yPHs
Bob Pilkington on Comping and Treatment of Time in Jazz Composition
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Bob Pilkington on Comping and Treatment of Time in Jazz Composition

Composer, author, and Berklee College Professor Bob Pilkington explores comping and the treatment of time in jazz composition - don’t just write slashes and hope for the best!!! - using his pieces Sounds Like Somethin' and Aftermath. Visit https://JazzComposersPresent.com to watch full-length livestreams. JazzComposersPresent.com is an online space where composers, musicians and listeners come together to celebrate the music we love. Become a member today to watch our full-length events including masterclasses, listening sessions, roundtables and artist Q&As. Watch streams live or access the past event archive to view events dating back to July of 2021. Website: https://jazzcomposerspresent.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JazzComposersPresent Facebook: https://facebook.com/JazzComposersPresent Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzCompPresent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JazzComposersPresent ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Bob Pilkington is a trombonist, composer, arranger, and educator. Much of Bob’s career has been devoted to original music projects, both his own and those of others in a number of genres. His current projects include Fusion Nouveau and resident composer with the Jazz Composers Alliance. Bob is Professor of Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music where he’s been teaching since 1982. Bob has written and published "Counterpoint in Jazz Arranging," a unique textbook specializing in counterpoint from a jazz perspective. He’s performed with his own groups, the Jazz Composers Alliance, Mark Harvey’s Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Fred Ho’s Green Monster Big Band, the Ken Schaphorst Big Band, Bob Moses’ Boston Illharmonic, and others. He appears on over 40 CDs, tapes and records. Website: https://www.bobpilkington.com Bandcamp: https://bobpilkington.bandcamp.com ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— AUDIO CREDITS Intro: “Chance Encounter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca Example 1: “Sounds Like Something”, composed by Bob Pilkington. Performed by Fusion Nouveau, on the album “Lords of Time” (2023) JCA Recordings. https://bobpilkington.bandcamp.com/track/sounds-like-somethin Example 2: “Aftermath”, composed by Bob Pilkington. Performed by the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, on the album “Stories” (2023). https://bobpilkington.bandcamp.com/track/aftermath Closing: “Crunchy Peanut Butter”, composed by Daniel Jamieson. Performed by Danjam Orchestra, on the album “Sudden Appearance” (2011) OA2 Records. http://danjam.ca
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