'WE'VE been trying to get back to
"It was a concert for kids and I was checking the kids out and they were looking like, 'this is a strange Christmas, everything is in a minor key and it's not swinging'. (A minor key can have a sad, melancholic feel about it.) Because it wasn't grooving |I said I'm going to start a jazz orchestra, which I did. At our first concert we played Ellington's Nutcracker (Suite) and it's been |going since then.
"My feeling about American music, or really any music is, you can get away with a lot if it's grooving. So I'll say we have been cultivating
To the question, are these young players or professional players, or is this a school band, he said: "Well, it's a combination. We have veterans and young players, one of whom is going to Julliard next year. Typically, the band is about a 15-piece, but we'll be bringing out about 18 to 20 musicians.
"My philosophy is to involve as many people as possible, so we're going to bring these guys and just have a good time. We have so many different personalities (in the band), that one of the great designs of |The Jazz Orchestra is to showcase |the various players and their personalities, so that the audience has a feeling of knowing more about the musicians after the concert has concluded.
"I've written a song for
"The line-up is six saxophones, four trombones, four or five trumpets and three rhythm (piano, bass, drums). We also have a few tricks up our sleeve. I believe it will be a very enjoyable show. Everybody has a chance to shine."
All of a sudden he says: "I have a children's book which just came out. It's a picture book and it's called No Cell Phone. It's a fun book and we've been winning a couple of awards. It's wonderfully illustrated."
In parting he said: "My last visit |to
"There's something very special and magnetic about
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