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Blues For Lester Demo

A rough demo of my Blues For Lester score for mid-size jazz ensemble has been created. It was done in Sibelius with only the 6 horn lines and no solo section. The demo can enable one to get an idea of what the horn writing sounds like. Of course, it will sound much better with a real band.https://soundcloud.com/rogermaldridge/blues-for-lester-rough-demo [...]

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Blues For Lester Arrangement

Thanks to assistance from George Spicka (composer friend in the Baltimore Jazz Alliance), my hand-written score for Blues for Lester has been put into Sibelius software. This piece is for jazz soloist, 5 horns, and rhythm section. Flexible instrumentation is used to enable the music to be played by many configurations of instruments. The Blues for Lester page on my website has a link to the ensemble score. Bands that are interested in playing this piece can write to me from the&nb...

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Building An Online Audience

Being primarily a composer and not having a performing band, I have given considerable time & effort to building an online audience through my website and other music sites I use. Along the way, I picked up a number of tips from musician friends and website developers. Following are several basic tips that have been helpful to me: Cast a Large Net There are many music sites on the internet. To name only a few: Youtube, Soundcloud, Reverbnation, Vimeno, BluesJazzRadio, All About Jazz, Last. [.....

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Sleepy Creek Samba Demo

A rough demo of my Sleepy Creek Samba score for mid-size jazz ensemble has been created. It was done in Sibelius with only the 6 horn lines and no solo section. The demo can enable one to get an idea of what the horn writing sounds like. Of course, it will sound much better with a real band.https://soundcloud.com/rogermaldridge/sleepy-creek-samba-rough-demo [...]

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New Recording In The Works

David Arivett has started to work on a recording of my composition Salt Marsh Rag (5 woodwinds & jazz rhythm section). I am impressed with David's work in creating recordings of big band scores with electronics and, at times, live musicians. His recordings sound like a live big band. I am looking forward to David working his magic on Salt Marsh Rag and hearing the result. The recording will sound like a woodwind quintet with piano, bass, and drums. It will enable others to hear some o [.....

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Sleepy Creek Samba Arrangement

Thanks to assistance from George Spicka (composer friend in the Baltimore Jazz Alliance), my hand-written score for Sleepy Creek Samba has been put into Sibelius software. This piece is for jazz soloist, 5 horns, and rhythm section. Flexible instrumentation is used to enable the music to be played by many configurations of instruments. The Sleepy Creek Samba page on my website has a link to the ensemble score. Bands that are interested in playing this piece can write to me from the Contact ...

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Interstitial Arts Foundation Page

An information page for the Interstitial Arts Foundation has been added to my website. For many years, my creative process is to write down music that comes to me. I do not put a stylistic filter on my work. Sometimes the music fits (more or less) into a particular style, sometimes it is a blend of styles, and sometimes I do not know what to call it. When I discovered the Interstitial Arts Foundation earlier this year I suddenly found a community of kindred spirits who are not constrained by art...

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Amy Duncan: The Creative Process

Composer friend Amy Duncan has a wonderful new blog: The Creative Process. Here is her description of it: "A few weeks ago, I posed these questions on Facebook:Here are a few questions for my creative friends (writers, musicians, composers, artists, photographers, etc.): What is your creative process? How do you approach your work, day by day? What are your work habits? Your frustrations (if any!)? Feel free to be wordy!I received so many interesting and varied answers that I decided to sha...

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A Big Band Misconception

There is a common understanding that each saxophone, trumpet, and trombone player in a big band has an individual part. However, that is a misconception with regard to harmony. Traditional big band arrangements -- with 5 saxophones, 4 or 5 trumpets, and 4 trombones (13 or 14 players) -- typically use 4 or 5-part harmony. Therefore, doing the math, 2 or 3 players are going to play the same note, using unison or octave doubling, in a given harmonization. A traditional way to harmonize [...]

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Baltimore Jazz Works 6/22/14

Baltimore Jazz Works -- George Spicka (piano), Phil Ravita (bass) and John Kessell (drums) -- will perform my original A Samba Named Nancy on Sunday, June 22, at the 49 West coffeehouse in Annapolis, MD. The show is 7:00 to 9:30 pm. BJW's music includes originals by George Spicka and Phil Ravita.   [...]

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