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.