This ensemble explores a wide variety of jazz performance pieces from the 1960’s to the present. Some artists include: Wes Montgomery, Michael Brecker, the Crusaders, and Miles Davis. The instrumentation of the group defines the material and recently we have worked as a quintet with alto sax, trombone, guitar, bass, and drums. It is important to be able to read chord changes, to improvise, and to contribute ideas to our arrangements.
1.) Learn “Autumn Leaves” — a jazz standard.
2.) Learn “Cantaloupe Island” by Herbie Hancock
3.) Be ready to improvise!