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Jymie Merritt – “Forerunner”

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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

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Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra Pt. 1 – “Tom Sails Away”

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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

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Scientific study proves that today’s pop music really does suck

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It’s not just our imagination – pop music really has been getting worse and worse. And now we have a scientific study that proves it. This article from Reuters states: “Comforting…

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“Hudson City Suite” – a Short Film by Gabriel Judet-Weinshel

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 … Continue reading

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OKeh is coming back; even though it’s w

OKeh is coming back; even though it’s with Sony, it’s OK The NYT: http://htl.li/gHnkD

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Originally posted on Today Is The Question: Ted Panken on Music, Politics and the Arts:
A recent press release from the Detroit Jazz Festival stated that 90-year-old Dave Brubeck, advised by his doctors that it would be a bad idea…

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Top-Down #2: Phrase Length, Strength, and the Third Dimension

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 (4-8-12-16 bar structure) and … Continue reading

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The Doctor is In

In an arrangement for my ensemble I performed a lot of surgery on Duke’s classic Solitude. I’ll provide an analysis and score and musical samples in my next post, but I wanted to give a little background on the technique … Continue reading

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quick question…

I want to post some recorded examples on this blog. Obviously any tunes of mine are clear, but what if I post a link to somebody’s copyright material on soundcloud.com or on youtube? Obviously that’s a violation…but is it if … Continue reading

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Hanging with arrangers on a cold Wednesday

I just attended the ASMAC luncheon featuring Vince Mendoza. I’ve been a big fan of his since his first big band record in the late 80s. He talked about the intent of the arranger as it relates to the vocal … Continue reading

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