Bob Mintzer reflects on his process as a composer through his background, techniques for generating ideas, and executing those ideas.
Fred Hersch shares an exercise involving a hat, a kitchen timer, and a pencil that you should try today.
Asuka Kakitani reflects on her experience as a composer, the value of melody, and parenthood's influence on composition.
Terry Promane discusses his 5 favorite arranging topics dealing with preparation, practice, and process.
Paul Read reflects upon 5 things he's learned in his career so far and the process of his growth and development.
Pianist and Composer Florian Ross outlines a well-balanced metaphor about reconnecting with our roots.
Rick Lawn outlines 4 lessons for process and art that he's learned over his career thus far. Additionally, he offers a software tool to help all writers - the Orchestrator's Toolkit.
Rick Lawn remembers his mentor, composer and educator Manny Albam.
Inspired by an advice column, David Berger presents 10 questions that he had as a young arranger, and answers those questions in this excerpt from his book, "Creative Jazz Composing and Arranging."
In his essay on Jazz Composition, Adam Benjamin explores originality, practice, and methods for the jazz composer.
John La Barbera continues his "On Arranging" series talking about melody and pragmatic advice for composers.
John La Barbera's "On Arranging" series begins with the the art of arranging and advice on "line."