Category Archives: MJB

Clarinet Solo Stretch Goal: Stompin’ at the Savoy

In preparation for the Microsoft Jazz Band swing dance gig at Third Place Commons, I am working on a clarinet solo. Every year I try to do one clarinet solo; it’s a stretch goal for me. You see I have … Continue reading

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MJB: Third Place Commons Swing Dance

Okay, I’ve finalized the Microsoft Jazz Band set list for the Third Place Commons the last Saturday in January 2011. I know, I know,… It only took me two months. Bruce Gallagher will be on lead tenor and Ray Guyll … Continue reading

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Baby it’s cold outside

I am taking a day off to prepare for a weekend with three concert gigs. In between cleaning the mouthpieces, setting the reeds, and practicing the gnarly parts, I am looking for some music to highlight in next year’s concert … Continue reading

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Orange Colored Sky

The Microsoft Jazz Band performed this in July. Another of my favs, again by Shaz Adams, “Orange Colored Sky” is a popular song, written by Milton DeLugg and Willie Stein and published in 1950. As sung by Shaz at Big … Continue reading

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MJB: 720 in the Books

Microsoft Jazz Band lays down the beat to Jan Savitt & His Top Hatters famous ‘720 in the Books’. This Jack Mason arrangement hits the sweet spot for both the band and the dancers. Guests Darren Motamedy on tenor sax … Continue reading

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MJB featuring Darren Motamedy

In July the Microsoft Jazz Band played at Big Daddy’s in Woodinville and featured Darren Motamedy on soprano and tenor sax and Dennis Haldane on trumpet. It turned out to be the hottest day of the year, but the band … Continue reading

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