Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Outdoor Concert Friday Evening, June 17

Weather's looking great for our outdoor concert in downtown Princeton this Friday evening, June 17. In addition to our trio of sax/clarinet, keyboard and upright bass, we'll have special guest Lars Wendt on trombone and trumpet. A trombonist with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Lars is heavy into jazz as well, covering the range from serene harmony to gut bucket blues.

We'll be taking a journey in the key of D, greening the blues, waltzing for Ruth, testing the waters along Funky River, and will be on the prowl for some Ruum to Rumba.

Join us, 7-9pm, Hinds Plaza, just outside the library on Witherspoon Street. Thanks to the Princeton Public Library for sponsoring this event.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Original Compositions To Listen To Online

In the 1980s and '90s, I was musical director for a jazz/latin band originally called the Lunar Glee Club. We felt like a club, played with considerable glee, and sang with our instruments, but we eventually changed the name to Lunar Octet, to avoid any expectation that we'd actually launch into a group sing. It started as a composers' workshop, and developed into a working band playing all original music in Michigan and beyond. Some of the recordings, which I would say have aged very well, have been compiled on a website developed by drummer Jon Krosnick, and can be listened to by going to the following links.

Below are lists of tunes I contributed to the recordings. The first three are the 3rd, 4th, and 2nd I ever composed. What a treat to listen back to the talented musicians I had the pleasure of working with through those years.

Scroll down to these 1986 recordings by the 9-piece Ann Arbor-based Lunar Glee Club of

Caged Bird Swings
Sock Shadow Soup
Lefty Gets the Go

Scroll down to these 1994 recordings by the Lunar Octet.

Toote Suite
All In a Day's Dream
Flugel Tune
Bird of Paradox