I specialize in note-for-note transcriptions of classic Americana/American
Jazz Orchestra recordings performed live and in concert; a Classical approach to Jazz.
For 40+ years, I've used the full ensemble
approach, the Americana Classic Jazz Orchestra (ACJO), but there is no market for such a large ensemble nowadays. So,
I've reverted to a format I used in the 1980's: my Jazz Age Septet, De Stijlistics. A smaller unit, but retaining the
all-important Brass and Reeds, thus still 100% authentic.
I am collaborating with multi-instrumentalist, Mike Abresch, and suggest this possibility:
Ted and Mike come to NYC and work
with Jon and the Stay Human house band to perform two selections on the Late Show:
01. "Digga Digga Doo" 1928
Mills Brothers/Duke Ellington Orchestra
02. "Flaming Reeds, Screaming Brass" 1933
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra
I'm attaching MP3s for both.
The "Digga" is a Virtual Orchestration 'turn-around'. Note-for-note accurate, but the
Mills Brothers mimicking of Brass and Reed instruments is now scored for those actual instruments!
The "Flaming" is a live performance
at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis years ago.
Mike Abresch will handle the difficult Sax and Clarinet solos; Stay Human can play
all other parts (and improvise solos if absolutely necessary). I will be the Director/Transcriber/Orchestrator/Narrator.
I surmise this will probably
go nowhere, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Please at least give this some serious consideration. I know from experience that this
repertoire is initially a bit confusing to the average listener, but once given the opportunity to present it, the response
is always: "I don't know what this is, but I really like it."