New Recording!
Peace Horizon A synthesis of jazz and orchestral influences, this project features trumpet, classical guitar, ambient synths and some contemporary string writing. Check out the preview or download the high-quality MP3.
Up Beats
Cubase Color Hack
For all the Cubase geeks who want to create custom color palettes, I coded a Web page that will allow you to pick custom colors for your interface and automatically generate xml code so you can update your color palette instantly, saving hours of time!
Artist Spotlight
• Eric Rasmussen • Alto saxophonist and college professor Eric Rasmussen recently sat down with me over Italian food and shared stories, wit and wisdom from his extensive career with many of the greats.
Joe Henderson Interview
Nope, not with me. This one was recorded in 1996 with Bret Primack for JazzTimes magazine, where Joe is joined by John Scofield, also. Great stuff.
Practice, Practice, Practice
This article in the New York Times, Peak Performance: Why Records Fall, cites some research into how the greats become great (hint: it involves the "p-word").
The Meaning of Life
Ok, maybe I haven't solved that one in its entirety. But I'm certain I grok music. For now. Maybe.
Arranging Tips for Finale®
The Finale blog has some excellent tips for arrangers, including some great how-to videos that will help speed up your work flow.
James Kass
A guy came up to the bandstand beside the trombone section and asked, "When are you going to play something we can dance to?" Sonny Russo took the horn off his mouth and shouted,
"When are you going to dance something we can play to?"