The original Columbia recording of Duke Ellington’s piano feature The Clothed Woman is from December 30th, 1947, and is available on “The Chronological Duke Ellington and his Orchestra 1947-1948.” Ellington had performed the piece a few nights earlier at Carnegie … Continue reading →
Bassist Michael Merritt, ProfScoSco’s daily Basic Cable Band collaborator, has produced a tribute concert featuring the music of his dad, former Jazz Messengers (and many other) bassist Jymie Merritt. NPR picked up this documentary/performance and is broadcasting it throughout the … Continue reading →
Originally posted on Professorscosco: There’s nothing wrong with strict song form, standards, blues, etc., and I have no objection to chord progressions – some of my best friends have strong resolutions. But, jazz music’s two big building blocks, song form…
I’d like to welcome composer and arranger Jack Cooper to Professorscosco as my first featured guest contributor. I’ve invited Jack to share with you some of his arrangements of Charles Ives’ music from his monumental 2014 release, Mists – Charles … Continue reading →
As does “Mr. Holland’s Opus.” But, sorry, this abortion of a movie, “Whiplash”, is by far the worst music movie Professorscosco has ever seen clips of. It’s derogatory, inflammatory, insulting, and from what I hear, done non-union. How much more … Continue reading →
I had the opportunity to study with Manny Albam a few years before Allen, but his post on his blog brings back memories. – Scott September 3, 2014 Memories of Manny Albam By Allen Myers Reblogged by Scott Healy, October 15, … Continue reading →
I’m revising a piece for my ensemble, perhaps for a recording in the near or far future. I’ve used “Take it Inside” in many posts because it’s a good example of linear harmony. It’s also free and I have the … Continue reading →
…the effect is fluid and free, almost like a composition is improvising with itself. I like this technique and I use it often. Thinking about strong lines and counterpoint first, and chords and harmonic movement second can make it all … Continue reading →
When you surround yourself with blazing musical and visual talent, this is what happens.
Gabe is a good friend, a filmmaker, writer and musician, and a longtime collaborator. He put this together using location footage from Jersey City, NJ, interviews, and live video from the recording session.