Category Archives: Artist Blog

Jim McNeely: Pausing at 70

I recently lurched into my 70th year--my eighth decade (sobering words to write!). Yes, “age is just a number,” I know.  But 70 has caused me to pause and reflect on some of my experiences, and more importantly, what I’ve learned from them.  There is one overriding theme: every time my age would hit a…
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Rich DeRosa: MIDI mock-ups – their effective use in jazz.

When I was hired by Jazz at Lincoln Center to create seven arrangements for string orchestra to accompany Joey Alexander and his trio, I decided to use MIDI mock-ups as an effective tool and presentation for this context. Here is a list of my strategies: 1) I wanted to make sure that Joey would be…
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Bill Mays: The Delaware River Suite

Bill Mays reflects and analyzes his multi-movement work, The Delaware Suite, talking about his motives, shapes, themes, and design. He includes a variety of example along with a PDF of the score and full recording of the suite.

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Paul Read: Spotlight on Phil Nimmons

Paul Read shines a spotlight on Canada's pioneering Composer, Arranger, Clarinet Player, Band Leader, and Educator Phil Nimmons in this multi-media post (including a 40+ min interview, audio examples, and more).

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Rick Lawn: Lessons I’ve Learned

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.

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