New Orleans Jazz: The Music of Freedom

Two Mansfield (CT) Middle School students interviewed my UConn colleague Marvin McNeill and me for a brief video documentary they created about the origins of jazz. Their video is thoughtfully researched and includes some compelling, historical film footage and photos. They placed second in a regional film competition and went…

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Lead Lines

My weekly schedule is structured so that Fridays are dedicated solely to “creative activity.” I have no Friday classes, and do my best not to accept other appointments. I lock myself up in my office or home studio, roll up my sleeves, and work without distractions. This Friday I wrote…

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Harmonized Sax Soli

I spent a good chunk of yesterday harmonizing the sax soli for Cow Tippin’, the piece I was commissioned to write for Marshall University’s Jazz One ensemble. Here’s an audio clip, as rendered by Finale’s playback function: You can follow along by reading my chicken scrawl, below. I like to…

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