For Jon Batiste and The Late Show 2016



I'd set up a webpage earlier with a hook related to a Piano/Bass duet piece for Jon to peruse.  I've dropped that notion for this new one:


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."

Mills Brothers


Digga Digga Doo_MP3

Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra


Flaming Reeds Screaming Brass_MP3


Ted Unseth
952 220-8712