Chronicle 13-18 Jan

In the last week, I’ve been…

  • Adding violin parts to my big band pieces DARKMANS and Four Scenes on L’homme armé to be played by John Garner at a workshop on 20 Jan.

  • Arranging Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home for ELCB Big Band.

  • Helping run a jazz workshop and performance at HAEC with Will Bartlett’s Acrobat Trio, on tunes including:


  • Ensemble directing at ELCB, and teaching at HAEC,.

  • Preparing to lead a jazz workshop for the Cambridge Jazz Co-op on 25 January on Stolen Moments and my original tune Lamb Chops.

  • Setting up my new monitor speakers in my home studio.

  • Planning activities and repertoire for my jazz ensembles at HAEC and ELCB.

  • Collaborating with the ELCB committee to develop a fundraising strategy.

  • Noodling about on Logic.


I’ve been listening to…

Make Your Stand - Acrobat Trio (thanks Will Bartlett); Stolen Moments - Oliver Nelson (never gets old, incredible soloing variation); Kaleidoscope of Rainbows - Neil Ardley (thanks Ed Rice); Trombone Shorty, New Orleans Heritage Hall Jazz Band; Dizzy Gillespie.


I’ve been reading:

Forces In Motion: The Music and Thoughts of Anthony Braxton, by Graham Lock

The New Silk Roads, by Peter Frankopan


I’m looking forward to:

Playing some brand new big band music with a bunch of great London jazz players on Monday, followed by seeing Anthony Braxton during his 3-day residency at Café Oto.

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