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I have been cajoled to come out of retirement and teach for one day a week at the New World School of the Arts, the high school both my kids attended and also the winner and finalist in more Essentially Ellington Competitions that can be counted. It’s a nice change to be working with the younger kids, so energetic and into it. Jim Gasior has a truly amazing program going on there!
December 15th I will be in Scranton, PA for a performance of Shorty Rogers’ jazz arrangement of the Nutcracker Suite. Many are familiar with the Ellington Nutcracker (we will be playing a few of those too) but not many are aware that Shorty Rogers did a great big band arrangement in 1960, played by the LA studio/jazz cats of that era. Great music! Will also be playing two nights (13th and 15th) in local clubs/restaurants with my pal “Mr. Scranton” Marko Marcinko. Check the gig listing link to the left for more info.
Fans of my dear friend and mentor Ron Miller will be excited to hear that The Regions Tribute to Ron Miller is now available digitally on Spotify, with other outlets soon to come. Former students of Ron’s have banded together to create an album of some of his iconic tunes, under the direction of producer Jon Gilutin. This pandemic project was done all remotely in our individual home studios and it sounds pretty awesome thanks to Jon’s keyboard and production prowess. These are all new approaches and fresh arrangements on ten great tunes!! My particular contribution was on the tune “Men in White.” Hope you like it.
Slightly less recent developments:
I am also pleased to see the release of Cheap Thrills featuring the music of tenor saxophonist Rick Margitza by the South Florida Jazz Orchestra. I was a treat to lead the sax section on this recording.
Even older but not too old stuff:
I’m very happy to announce Brian Lynch’s new big band album The Omni-American Book Club has won the Grammy award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Recording. You can hear me blow alongside Dave Liebman on the 4th track “The Trouble With Elysium.” Crazy chords! The sax section is all Frost alums and my former students, anchored by lead alto Tom Kelley.
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