Category Archives: MJB

10 Essential Qualities of Great Band Leadership

As the founder of a number of music ensembles I have always meant to write an article like this. Christiana does it better. Pictures from my collection by various photographers, some of which I know. 10 Essential Qualities of Great … Continue reading

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New Big Band Fronts ~ You Choose

I am designing the next band fronts for my band. Do y’all have a fav?     I’m leaning toward the black background with the font from the white sample above. But I actually like all of these. We were … Continue reading

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Building a Community at Facebook

“The body is a community made up of its innumerable cells or inhabitants.” ~ Thomas A. Edison I often think of the bands I’m in as family away from home. It is so comfortable gathering together, getting our stuff out, … Continue reading

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Hard Core Jazz ~ Nice chops

I luv bumping into this stuff on UTube. Life is good in this, the modern age of computers. For your jazz listening pleasure, enjoy David Matthew’s Manhattan Jazz Orchestra’s take on “SuperSax”. my peeps. Got enough sax in your life? … Continue reading

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Big Band Dreams and Schemes

Having started and run two big bands to date, I’m currently luvin’ my Microsoft Jazz Band. For the upcoming 2012 season though big changes are in the mix. First, I finally have a functioning brain trust  committee and one that … Continue reading

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Big Bands ~ Stream of Consciousness

“We dream in order to integrate experiences from our daily lives into our stream of consciousness about our life.” ~ Patricia Randolph I have been listening to big bands around the Seattle area for the last ten years now. And … Continue reading

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Come out swingin’

Just posted this fun video of the Microsoft Jazz Band kickin’ it with Larry Neeck’s “Come Out Swinging” to a very appreciative audience. Micah Lapping-Carr covers the alto sax solo and Kress Franzen is caught busting out all tbony and … Continue reading

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Mad Romance – Real Americana Vocal Quartet

Here is an example why I always include vocalists with the Microsoft Jazz Band. They wow the audience and brings people back to see us again and again.

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MJB: Basie’s “Switch in Time” ~ Go for the swing…

The Microsoft Jazz Band regales the dances and audience at the Third Place Commons on Seattle’s eastside. Soloist extraordinaire Kress Franzen finesses the hell outta his sweet trombone solo. The band is directed by Ray Guyll. Suzy created the way … Continue reading

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Microsoft Jazz Band does Zoot Suit Riot

The MJB performed their first gig (of five per year) on Seattle’s Eastside at the Third Place Commons. Did I mention how much I love working at Microsoft? We usually have two practices before a gig and the roster rotates … Continue reading

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