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August 4, 2011 at 2:04 pm

It took a few tries, but I finally managed to get ahold of a copy of the live recording from the Jazz Composers Concert held on May 7, 2011 at the McKinney Theatre at Saddleback College. I’ve uploaded an excerpt from my final project for Jazz Composition and Arrangement with Joey Sellers. “Black and White” contrasts the simplicity of solo performance against the complexity of syncopated rhythms; it includes parts for the piano, tenor sax, trumpet, trombone, bass, and drums. This excerpt is from the second half of the piece and it includes the blowing section for the tenor sax, the blowing section for the piano, the B section, the A section, and the coda. (A blowing section is where a single musician performs an improvisation over the chord structure.) The piece was performed by the Saddleback Jazz Faculty and recorded by Kevin Mowry. I hope you enjoy my first foray into the art of jazz!

Black and White (Excerpt) by ashelynsummerscollabs

Also, if you are interested in playing it yourself, I have scans of the sheet music with parts for piano, tenor sax, trumpet, trombone, bass, and drums.


3 Responses to “Black and White”

  1. pi says:

    Is there a convention that you have to notate, or at least provide some clues for, the ‘improvisation’? Or was this a surprise for you? Well done.

    • admin says:

      Basically, the rhythm section (in this case: the drums, bass, and piano) continue playing what I notated for the original A and B sections, but the soloing instrument can play whatever they like (while still following the chord progression I laid out for them). The person who is doing improv during these sections will have sheet music indicating measures with the accompanying chords written in (no specific written notes). Mostly, the musicians seem to go with the feel of what was laid out in the original A and B sections, just in their own unique style. I think the whole idea of “blowing” came about so that musicians could really have their time to shine and just go crazy :) Hope that answers your question!

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