Here are two sets I selected and submitted to CMEA for their consideration. Ultimately, the first set was selected.
“Nzembo na Mvula Zamba” by Fred Sturm (Heritage Jazz Works)
“Bags Groove” by Milt Jackson & arr. by Mark Taylor (Hal Leonard Young Ens.)
“Here There & Everywhere” by the Beatles, arr. by Mark Taylor (Hal Leonard)
“Afro Blue” arr. by Mike Sweeny (Hal Leonard)
“Zach Attack” by Fred Strum
“Blues at the Gate” by Mike Tomaro
“It Only Happens Every Time” by Thad Jones. Orchestrated by Mike Carubia
“Uptown Stomp” by Larry Neeck
I would like to acknowledge the input and suggestions of several colleagues and friends whose opinions I seek often and value greatly:
- Steve Hamilton (Collège Sturgeon Heights Collegiate, Winnipeg, Canada),
- Craig Brenan (The Victoria School of Performing & Visual Arts, Edmonton, Canada) and
- John Mastroianni (Hall High School, West Hartford, CT).