Aaron and Drew continue their discussion about common arranging mistakes by talking about some common issues that arise while voicing chords or orchestrating for an ensemble.

 

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www.vincemendoza.net

One of the most versatile and prolific composer–arranger–conductors of the last two decades, multi-Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza has written arrangements for a wide variety of pop and jazz artists, from Joni Mitchell, Sting, Melody Gardot, Elvis Costello and Bjork to Joe Zawinul, John Scofield, Charlie Haden, Al Di Meola, Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, the Yellowjackets and the GRP All-Stars. His compositions have appeared on recordings by the likes of saxophonist Joe Lovano, guitarist John Abercrombie, drummer Peter Erskine, pianist Joey Calderazzo and singer Kurt Elling. As a leader, Mendoza has released 10 recordings for the Blue Note, ACT, Blue Jackel and Zebra labels, including 1997’s Epiphany (with the London Symphony Orchestra) and 2011’s Nights on Earth, featuring an all-star cast and members of the Metropole Orkest, which Mendoza has led as chief conductor for the past six years. Vince was honored with a Grammy Award for his work on the John Scofield “54” album on Emarcy records. It is his 6th Grammy and 34th nomination. He was also nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association as “arranger of the year”.

Aaron and Drew go over common arranging mistakes and what we can learn from them. Part one deals with errors and pitfalls in the general conception of an arrangement.

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Earl MacDonald’s seemingly inexhaustible commitment to the jazz art form is apparent in his performing, composing and teaching. The former musical director and pianist for Maynard Ferguson serves as the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Connecticut and teaches annually at UMass Amherst’s Jazz in July program.

The Winnipeg native earned a bachelor of music degree in jazz performance at McGill University and a Master’s degree at Rutgers, where he apprenticed with Kenny Barron.

A recipient of the Sammy Nestico Award for outstanding big band arranging, MacDonald has released five albums as a bandleader; two of which earned JUNO nominations for jazz album of the year. For his chamber jazz explorations on “Mirror of the Mind”, MacDonald was described as “a magical, musical alchemist of hip hybrids” (Owen McNally, Hartford Courant). Similarly, his large ensemble project, “Re:Visions” was touted as having “gone beyond where most big bands go, establishing Earl MacDonald as a major force in the world of jazz composition” (Dan Bilawsky, AllAboutJazz.com).

Visit MacDonald’s web site, www.earlmacdonald.com, where you can take a free online lesson, read articles and reviews, hear his music, peruse his blog, and learn more about Earl MacDonald’s performances, teaching, and latest projects.

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Earl MacDonald’s seemingly inexhaustible commitment to the jazz art form is apparent in his performing, composing and teaching. The former musical director and pianist for Maynard Ferguson serves as the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Connecticut and teaches annually at UMass Amherst’s Jazz in July program.

The Winnipeg native earned a bachelor of music degree in jazz performance at McGill University and a Master’s degree at Rutgers, where he apprenticed with Kenny Barron.

A recipient of the Sammy Nestico Award for outstanding big band arranging, MacDonald has released five albums as a bandleader; two of which earned JUNO nominations for jazz album of the year. For his chamber jazz explorations on “Mirror of the Mind”, MacDonald was described as “a magical, musical alchemist of hip hybrids” (Owen McNally, Hartford Courant). Similarly, his large ensemble project, “Re:Visions” was touted as having “gone beyond where most big bands go, establishing Earl MacDonald as a major force in the world of jazz composition” (Dan Bilawsky, AllAboutJazz.com).

Visit MacDonald’s web site, www.earlmacdonald.com, where you can take a free online lesson, read articles and reviews, hear his music, peruse his blog, and learn more about Earl MacDonald’s performances, teaching, and latest projects.

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In May of 2019, Aaron and Drew attended the ISJAC (International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers) Symposium in Greeley Colorado. They sat down with world-renowned composer, arranger, bassist, and educator John Clayton to talk music, life, and everything in-between.

Argue made his mark with his critically acclaimed 2009 debut Infernal Machines. 2013 saw the release of Brooklyn Babylon, which, like Infernal Machines before it, earned the group nominations for both GRAMMY and JUNO Awards. His most recent recording, Real Enemies, released in the fall of 2016, earned a third consecutive GRAMMY nomination and has been praised as “wildly discursive, twitchily allusive, a work of furious ambition… deeply in tune with our present moment” by The New York Times’ Nate Chinen.

Darcy's website: http://www.secretsocietymusic.org/#&panel1-1

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In May of 2019, Aaron and Drew attended the ISJAC (International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers) Symposium in Greeley Colorado. They sat down with world-renowned composer, arranger, bassist, and educator John Clayton to talk music, life, and everything in-between.

John Clayton's career highlights include arranging the 'Star Spangled Banner" for Whitney Houston's performance at Super Bowl 1990 (the recording went platinum), playing bass on Paul McCartney's CD “Kisses On The Bottom,” arranging and playing bass with Yo-Yo Ma and Friends on "Songs of Joy and Peace," and arranging playing and conducting the 2009 CD "Charles Aznavour With the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra," and numerous recordings with Diana Krall, the Clayton Brothers, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz, Orchestra, Milt Jackson, Monty Alexander and many others.

John's website: http://www.johnclaytonjazz.com/

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Aaron and Drew come up with 6 ideas for musical projects you could work towards during this unique staying-at-home time we find ourselves in during 2020.

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In May of 2019, Aaron and Drew attended the ISJAC (International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers) Symposium in Greeley Colorado. They sat down with world-renowned composer, saxophonist, and educator Christine Jensen to get her expertise on music, composing, and life. Christine Jensen has been featured worldwide in North America, India, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Denmark, Mexico, Sweden, Turkey, and Haiti. Christine was a featured panelist at the ISJAC symposium and it was a thrill to hear her perspective.

Christine's website: http://christinejensenmusic.com

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In May of 2019, Aaron and Drew attended the ISJAC (International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers) Symposium in Greeley Colorado. They sat down with the founder of ISJAC, legendary composer and educator Chuck Owen, to talk about the ISJAC organization, writing music, and other compelling topics.

Chuck's website: https://www.chuckowen.com

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