and other jazz ensemble charts
(1978 – 1984)
published by Sweet Child Music
My earliest consistent training and experience as a composer was in the field of jazz arranging/composing, mostly for big band. Even though I am no longer consistently active in jazz, it continues to influence my work in numerous (and often subtle) ways, and I periodically work on projects which directly utilize my background in jazz.
I wrote perhaps a dozen or so jazz charts in my early years, a mix of arrangements and originals. These two original charts are perhaps the best of the bunch. Proverbial Thumbs is a straight-ahead chart, featuring the trombone section. Splendance is an up-tempo jazz waltz, quirkily interrupted by bridges in 5/4.