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A real live one – The 15th Moores School of Music Annual Jazz Festival

17 Feb
Lew Soloff

Lew Soloff (Photo credit: nadworks)

featuring Lew Soloff

February 22 & 23, 2013

Holy smokes, this is going to be a great one! We are welcoming back the great Lew Soloff to MSM and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Lew gave one of the best performances in the history of our jazz festival the last time he visited in 2004. He is not only a trumpet player of tremendous talent, but also someone who brings some of the best music you will hear performed by a big band. Click here for the write-up by the UH Communication School’s Mike Emery.

Friday evening’s concert will showcase The Texas Music Festival Jazz Project, a big band made up of Texas-based jazz professionals, while Saturday evening’s performance belongs to Lew Soloff with the MSM Jazz Orchestra.* It promises to be an exciting event full of masterful musicianship, education and great jazz. If you are a student, teacher, professional musician or just a jazz fan we guarantee that you will not want to miss this weekend’s activities!

The Moores School of Music Jazz Festival features performances from middle and high schools throughout the day as well as two free clinics with Lew Soloff and the Jazz Orchestra at noon each day. No admission fee is required to observe these school performances or clinics.

*Purchase tickets to all evening events by clicking here, both concerts will start at 7:30p.

Click here for more information on the festival, including schedule, ticket information and details on how your school can participate.

Auditions for Spring 2012

20 Dec

Auditions are open to both music majors and non-music majors. All trumpet, saxophone and trombone students are required to prepare and perform the jazz etude for their Wind Ensemble audition.

For those students who are NOT auditioning for Wind Ensemble (non-music major wind players & rhythm section players), audition requirements are as follows:

    • Sign up for an audition time (sign up sheet will be posted at Room 146)
    • Rhythm section players must be able to comp/walk through the chord changes AND play written figures
    • Jazz auditions for the aforementioned will take place Tuesday, January 17 and Thursday, January 19 in room 175 from 11:30am – 1pm

You can download the audition music in PDF format at the Downloads page.

Jazz Orchestra/Ensemble Auditions for Fall 2011

16 May

Auditions are open to both music majors and non-music majors. All trumpet, saxophone and trombone students are required to prepare and perform the jazz etude for their Wind Ensemble audition.

For those students who are NOT auditioning for Wind Ensemble (non-music major wind players & rhythm section players), audition requirements are as follows:

    • Sign up for an audition time (sign up sheet will be posted at Room 146 on Monday, August 22)
    • Rhythm section players must be able to comp/walk through the chord changes AND play written figures
    • Jazz auditions for the aforementioned will take place Thursday, August 25 in room 175 from 11:30am – 1pm

You can download the audition music in PDF format at the Downloads page.

Spring concert to feature many new works by students and alumni

31 Mar

Aaron Lington Henry Darragh Ryan Gabbart

Spring is here, which means that our concert season and semester are coming to a close here at the Moores School of Music. That’s good news for our students and even better news for our audience. Why, you ask? Because some of the finest performances of the year will close out the season from all departments within the school. If you are able to make it to any of these final concerts, we suggest that you do so! Click here to stay informed.

Coming off a successful and well-attended Jazz Festival, the jazz department’s final concert will feature both jazz ensembles playing a mix of classic and new big band jazz. The concert What we’re most excited about, however, is the inclusion of several new works written by students and alumni of the Moores School of Music.

Last month, Ryan Gabbart was featured as a guest writer for Mike Emery’s Chron.com blog, Creative Pride, and two of the notable “Jazz Cats” mentioned will have their works performed. Henry Darragh’s “Late Night Latin” is a sizzling latin jazz composition in the traditional style, featuring a big brass sound and exciting soli writing for big band. Aaron Lington’s “Evensong” is a new ballad featuring the baritone saxophone that could best be described as music with a brilliant contemporary jazz sound. In addition to this, Gabbart (also a UH alum) will have his new arrangement of Jimmy Garrison’s “Ascendant” performed.

George Heathco Gerald Massoud

Two current Moores School graduate students will also have their works premiered. Bassist Gerald Massoud’s arrangement of the classic “Besame Mucho” is written big band and a vocalist in a 1950s lounge style, but is updated with a fantastic salsa section. George Heathco’s “Shred!” is a modern, complicated piece based on many new progressive rock styles with fantastic results. The composition has proven to be difficult to learn but rewarding in so many ways, both to the musicians and (we think) to the audience as well.

We can guarantee a great evening full of superb music and dedicated musicians who have worked long and hard all year long to prepare their craft for this moment. We hope that you will enjoy it as much as we have in preparing this finale.

Concert will take place Tuesday, April 19 at 7:30pm in the Moores Opera HouseTicket information available here, or call (713) 743.3313

Full program (in no particular order):

Toe Be or Not Toe Be, David Metzger
A Little Happiness, Sammy Nestico
Payback, Mike Tomaro
Walkin’ Shoes, Gerry Mulligan
The Easy Swing, Bob Mintzer
Late Night Latin, Henry Darragh
The Game is Over, Jukka Linkola
Ascendant, arr. Ryan Gabbart
Alone Together, arr. Tom Kubis
Besame Mucho, arr. Gerald Massoud
Shred!, George Heathco
Evensong, Aaron Lington
I Ain’t Gonna Ask No More, Toshiko Akiyoshi

Recap: 13th Annual Moores School Jazz Festival

3 Mar

The state of Texas is full of vibrant, young talent. Last weekend was a chance to hear students perform from various middle schools and high schools not only from Houston, but also Alvin, Austin, Freeport, Harlingen and Waller. We hope that students and directors alike enjoyed their experience and were able to gain some helpful information from the clinics of Mr. Noe Marmolejo and our panel of judges: Joel Fulgham, Bobby Guess and Dr. Woody Witt. If  you attended the free afternoon master class with trombone great Andy Martin, then you’ll understand why we put this event on each year. The joy and excitement of making music is something that we try and spread throughout the younger jazz community and it’s encouraging to see such a wonderful response from this audience to such a masterful artist as Mr. Martin.

Thanks to all the schools and directors for participating in this year’s festival. We cannot do this without you. We hope to see you all (and many more) next year!

Outstanding High School of the Festival
Katy High School Jazz Band

Outstanding Middle School of the Festival
Lake Olympia Middle School

Outstanding Soloist of the Festival
Paige Fenderson, Seven Lakes High School

Outstanding High School of Friday
Katy High School Jazz Band

Outstanding Middle School of Friday
Freeport Intermediate

Outstanding Soloist of Friday
Paige Fenderson, Seven Lakes High School

Outstanding High School of Saturday
Anderson High School, Austin, TX

Outstanding Middle School of Saturday
Memorial Middle School I, Harlingen, TX

Outstanding Soloist of Saturday
Willie Britten III, Kashmere High School

All-Star Awards

Alvin High School, dir. Ryan Demkovich
Matthew Mondragon
Wyatt Sustaita

Anderson High School, dir. Adam Wiencken
Patrick Brinkman
Rebecca Teng

Hastings High School, dir. Erich Sonnier & Paul Brodt
Jordan Addison
Hope Atina
Kevin Le
Jamill Montoya
Courtland Stewart

Hightower High School, dir. Eduardo Tito Hernandez
Davonte Jackson
Daniel Ward

HSPVA, dir. Warren Sneed
Jalon Archie
Paul Cornish
John Guttman
Jyron Walls

James E. Taylor High School, dir. Bruce Melville
Juan Perez
Daniel Silliman
Thomas Zak

Kashmere High School, dir. Claude Robinson
Willie Britton III
Joshua Stiegall
Justin Williams

Katy High School, dir. Terence Gorton & Andrew Lee
Blake Meynig
Mickey  Angel

Lake Olympia Middle School, dir. Ray Hundl
Erin Kier
Devin Monroe
Steven Taylor

Memorial Middle School, dir. James Keltner & Julissa Garcia
Miguel Aguilar
Stephen Flores
Myles Rosenbaum
Adrian Vitello
Cecilia Pena

Quail Valley Middle School, dir. Kenny Borak
Fabian Romo

Pasadena High School, dir. Jacob Faske
Fernando Zuniga

Seven Lakes High School, dir. Geroge Archer & Jonathan Yoo
Paige Fenderson
Karen Wylie

Spring High School, dir. Joe Clark
Jacob Cullen
Taji Henley
Jonathan Jones
Theo Meadough
Amber Orosco
Austin Weil

Spring Woods High School, dir. Jeffrey Munger
Kierra Dotson

Waltrip High School, dir. Charlie Stephens & Jesse Espinoza
Daniel Covarrubias
Mike Pyankovsky
Harold Sedano
Greg Vega

Fall concert 2010

9 Nov

Yes, it’s already fall and the end of Daylight Savings Time, which means that Thanksgiving is almost here, which also means that all our schedules are about get busy. Why not spend your last few, precious hours of free time with us, the MSM Jazz Department? Did you know that our next concert will be on Tuesday, November 16 at 7:30pm in the Moores Opera House? Well then, consider yourself informed.

The MSM Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra will be featured in what has proven to be a challenging concert program. Seriously, the music is not easy; you try and play a transcription of Michael Brecker’s solo on “Slings and Arrows” (these guys are pretty close). But while the program is challenging, it will definitely not disappoint. These young musicians are a dedicated bunch, and the concert speaks for itself. So, if you’re still not planning on attending, consider yourself unlucky. Click here for ticket information.

The program will feature (in no particular order):

It’s a Most Unusual Day, arr. James Sochinski
Ruben Sepulveda, tenor sax
Andrew Dugas, guitar

Wave, arr. Michael Philip Mossman
Nick Madden, baritone sax

Quietude, Thad Jones
Tim McBreen, trumpet
Chris Mauldin, piano

Just When I’m Thinkin’ ‘Bout You, Rob Vuono, Jr.
Rick Harris, trombone

Albequirky, Dan Cavanagh
Ruben Sepulveda, tenor sax
Alex Winkler, piano

Slings and Arrows, arr. Rob Lussier
Landon Petersen, guitar
Eric Bustamante, tenor sax
David Ramirez, piano
Chad Tumminello, drums

Black Rattle, Dan Cavanagh
David Ramirez, piano
Cameron Kubos, trumpet
Chad Tumminello, drums

ABC Blues, Bob Brookmeyer
Grant Martin, drums
Gerald Massoud, bass
Cody Garrett, piano
John St. Julian, trumpet
Eric Bustamante, tenor sax
Bob Eason, alto sax
Henry Darragh, trombone

Common Ground, Neil Slater
Henry Darragh, piano
Darrell Materum, alto sax

Bloomdido, arr. Mike Crotty
Bob Eason, EWI
Henry Darragh, trombone

Also featuring thorough program notes and some uncomfortable banter. See you there!

Performance day, from an insider

13 Oct

 

Henry Darragh

Henry Darragh

 

Graduate student Henry Darragh wrote a short piece for the University of Houston Daily Cougar about last week’s performance. It’s a view from the inside as a student performer in the MSM Jazz Orchestra, and it’s quite entertaining! Here’s a highlight:

The Moores School Jazz Ensemble is the department’s second biggest band, and in the past few years has gotten so good that it plays a full set to open up for the jazz concerts. I have consumed lots of Topo Chico by this point and added to the iced coffee, I had to make this tough decision: last-minute (literally) bathroom run. I make this decision contingent on the fact that the solo section of the MSMJE’s last tune is long enough to allow me to run down the hall before our downbeat.

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