It is fortuitous that this new initiative coincides with the Hartford Jazz Society’s 50th anniversary celebrations. It sends a strong message that the institution not only honors it’s past, but has an eye to the future.
I will serve as the group’s Composer-In-Residence and saxophonist Kris Allen will be the Artistic Director. Here is the roster for the debut performance, including links to their individual web sites:
Kris Allen - alto saxophone
Jovan Alexander - tenor saxophone
Lummie Spann - bari sax
Josh Evans - trumpet
Larry Gareau - trumpet
Bob Hoyle - French horn
Allie Bosso - trombone
Earl MacDonald - piano
Alex Eckhardt - string bass
Jonathan Barber - drums
Our follow-up performance will take place the following week at Black-eyed Sally’s in Downtown Hartford, from 8 – 11 p.m.
Leading up to these performances I plan to write regular blog postings describing my work and creative process in composing and arranging the music we will be playing. As always, your feedback and comments will be welcomed.