When I have some free time...

I've got to make some multitrack videos like this one...

But my time is pretty well filled up with, if nothing else, making Part Tracks for this website.  :)  Visit the page to right right to see all the newly made tracks...perhaps something will be useful to you.  There are 26 done, currently, and these 26 account for about 55% of all of my chart sales, historically.  

Part Tracks page now online

If you'll just take a look to your right, you'll notice that I've added a page dedicated to explaining Part Tracks, and giving a current list charts for which they're available.  I finished two more on Saturday...go see which ones!

I saw a Facebook post from my friend and colleague Jeremy Fox, a vocal jazz faculty member at Southwestern Community College in Creston, IA, and he was mentioning how exciting it was to have both m-pact and Rajaton in concert at their school recently.  Uh...yeah.  That's pretty amazing, actually.  How on Earth did you guys pull that off, SWCC???!  So jealous.  It must have been a blast, for sure.  Here's a video-of-the-day featuring both groups performing together in South Korea. 

Give me a gig!

I've missed a couple days of blogging while taking part in an extraordinarily cool vocal jazz festival at Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  There's a strong vocal music and vocal jazz scene in the state, and Ray Salucka and his two excellent groups from Kirkwood, Jazz Transit and RSVP (which have both been excellent for many years) are a huge part of it.  I was struck by the sense of professionalism that surrounded the event due to the hard-working and serious-minded nature of the students in the in the high school ensembles (surely influenced by Ray's groups, which epitomize these traits).  Some really extraordinary singing took place, and a wide variety of repertoire.  Here are the titles featured (with writers or original groups included in cases in which I know that info):

I'm Beginning to See the Light (Kirby Shaw)
Alfie (Phil Mattson)
Chili Con Carne (Real Group/Edenroth)
Old Devil Moon (Paris Rutherford)
Embraceable You
This Little Light of Mine
Wake Up Call (killer arrangement by the group director, Jason Behrens)
Short People (King's Singers)
Danny Boy
Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing (mine)
After You've Gone (Mark Brymer)
When She Loved Me
I Want You
Theme From New York, New York
Baby, It's Cold Outside (Kirby Shaw)
Puttin' On the Ritz (Roger Emerson)
I Didn't Know What Time it Was
Make Someone Happy
Words (Real Group)
Hey Jack
Here's To Life (Mattson)
Get Down
I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me (New York Voices)
I'll Sing For You (Kelly Kunz/Dave Barduhn)
When I Fall In Love (Kirby Shaw)
Sing, Sing, Sing (Norm Wallen)
If I Were a Bell (Paris Rutherford)
Love Psalm (Darmon Meader)
It Don't Mean a Thing (Mac Huff)
Hit Me With a Hot Note (Mac Huff)
Prayer of the Children (Bestor)
Sixteen Tons (Kirby Shaw)
America (Deke Sharon)
In My Life (Jeremy Fox)
Good Old Acappella (Deke Sharon)

And what I can remember from the two Kirkwood groups' sets:

Brand New Day (mine)
His Eye is On the Sparrow (Idea of North)
Golden Rule (The Ritz)
Down to Smoky Joe's (Frank DiMiero)
One Note Samba (Larry Lapin)
Fields of Gold (Greg Jasperse)
More Than Words (mine)
Now...once again, the VOTD is totally unrelated, but it's pretty interesting, and it's the source of the poignant title of today's entry... 

Jaco Pastorius, featured in an instructional video called "Modern Electric Bass" 

Announcing our CD release concert at Sac State, March 16th!

Julia and I will be performing some of our Maria Schneider set and more along with performances from Sac State Jazz Singers and C-Sus on Tuesday, March 16th at 8pm in the Music Recital Hall at Sac State.  This concert will be in celebration of the release of our ArtistShare CD, "Vertical Voices: The Music of Maria Schneider." Admission is $8 General/$5 Students and Seniors.  You can find out more about our CD project at www.VerticalVoices.us.

Now...in the "I wish I'd written that chart" category, as is most of James Miley's music that I've heard, it's the Video of the Day, featuring Paul Lucckesi's Buchanan High School Jazz Ensemble performing James Miley's arrangement of "Everything in Its Right Place," by Radiohead, from my favorite album of theirs, Kid A.


The Airmen play Gailey

I've loved Dan Gailey's chart on "Widow's Walk" for years, and I found this video of The Airmen of Note (Air Force big band) playing it.  Rick Margitza composed the original tune, and I've written a vocal version of it based on Dan's chart (that version is featured in the catalog), with a lyric by Julia Dollison.

Julia and I are in Monterey again for our second-to-last visit to the area schools this year as Travelling Clinicians.  I've also got my second (and last) fulll rehearsal with the Monterey County High School Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble this evening.  They're on tap to perform at the Next Generation Festival on April 10th, so we'd better get a lot of good work done this evening!  That group will rehearse during the two weeks of Monterey Summer Jazz Camp in June, and then we're tentatively booked to go to Japan again with them.