A Night of Big Band Sounds with Strings
The Chapel of the Four Chaplains, 1201 Constitution Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
The Jazz Celebration Orchestra
Cafe Lava, 13033 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Katie Eagleson and the Lenny Pierro Band
Centre for the Arts, 308 Mill Street, Bristol, PA
At the end of last year I went into the studio to record six of my big band arrangements. We are now in the process of mixing the recordings. I'll keep you posted on our progress.
I've been attending the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop since September and as a result I have some new compositions/arrangements for big band. I'll make them available soon.
I have a new arrangement for Big Band available on the Store page titled No More, No Less. This is a jazz ballad featuring alto saxophone. Recently, I got a chance to hear it played by The Water Gap Jazz Orchestra. They sounded great and I was pleased with the chart. It is based on an assignment given to me by Phil Woods. Unfortunately, he never got to hear it. That's what happens when you wait 30 years to do your homework. No More, No Less is a tribute to the master, Phil Woods.
My father was a musician. He and my mom raised a family of three children as a musician with multiple sources of income. He was a band director and ran music programs in a few public schools. He had a teaching studio and taught privately at home. On the weekends he was a band leader who played private parties. He and my mom still live in the house where I grew up. I learned a lot from my dad. One of those things was how to make a living while still following your passion. I can be described as a saxophonist, woodwind doubler, piano player, musical director, producer, arranger, educator, piano tuner. Or to put it simply – a musician.