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Rehearsal Clips of Unrecorded Works for Jazz Orchestra

Anita Brown
2005-09-25
Composed & Arranged by Anita Brown

Story

This piece was commissioned by Katherine Gogel Stubblefield for the occasion of the John Stubblefield Memorial Concert. It was premiered at that even under my baton at St. Peter's Church in NYC. In this selection for nine brass you hear some of New York's finest brass players: TPT 1: Bud Burridge TPT 2: Jim O’Connor TPT 3: Joe Mosello TPT 4: Joe Magnarelli FR. HN: Theresa MacDonnell TRB 1: Mark Patterson TRB 2: Clark Gayton TRB 3: Tim Albright TRB 4: Mike Christianson The piece runs about five minutes and should be programmed in such a way as to give the brass players a bit of a rest immediately thereafter. Complete score & parts are available at the PRODUCTS page.
Anita Brown
2003-11-14
Composed & Arranged by Anita Brown

Story

This piece was composed with the guitar stylings of Joao Gilberto in mind. In-depth discussions with the late, great bassist, Dennis Irwin, regarding the role of the bass against the composite rhythm of the rest of the rhythm section took place after hours at The Village Vanguard on many Monday nights following the band's regular weekly performances during the period when I was writing the arrangement. On June 2, 2008, this piece was dedicated to the memory of my dear friend Dennis Irwin in a Vanguard Premiere at The Village Vanguard under my baton and featuring Dick Oatts on alto. This ABJO rehersal clip features Ben Kono on alto. The chart run about five and a half minutes. Score & parts available on PRODUCTS.
Anita Brown
2005-01-00
Composed & Arranged by Anita Brown

Story

This piece was written as a tune first before being arranged for jazz orchestra. It is entitled as such for the fact that the tune remains on a pedal and barely moves, save a brief release that passes in the blink of an eye, thereby giving the feeling of being stuck, "in a jam" with very little wiggle room; a place where I think I was when I composed it. The orchestration was completed December 12, 2004. It features solos for trumpet, alto, trombone and baritone sax along with some integral drum fills in a surprise Latin section in the middle of a long form. It is playable by good high school and college ensembles. It runs about nine minutes. Score & parts available on PRODUCTS.
Anita Brown
2008-06-07
Composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Arranged by Anita Brown for Westchester Jazz Orchestra's Tirbute to Jobim Concert

Story

This arrangement was commissioned by The Westchester Jazz Orchestra for the final concert of their fifth season. It was premiered on June 7, 2008 in Chappaqua, NY and featured Jason Rigby on tenor sax. Here is a rehearsal clip of Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra, just prior to turning the piece over to Mike Holober's Westchester Jazz Orchestra. The arrangement begins with a trombone quartet, picking up added players along the way. As it moves into a light bossa nova we hear the melody move to the featured tenor. It is quite playable for college level ensembles and runs about seven minutes. Score & parts are available through the PRODUCTS page.

Lyrics

This tune's original lyrics are in Portuguese. While this arrangement is not a vocal arrangement, an accurate translation of those lyrcis served as an important inspiration for this orchestration: I’ll go back, I know now that I’ll go back, to my place. It was there, and still there that I will hear A sabiá sing, sing, my sabiá. I’ll go back, I know now that I’ll go back, I will lie in the shadow of a palm tree that’s no longer there, And pick a flower that is no longer there, And maybe I can find love to frighten the lonely night away, The lonely, unwanted night, That may bring me to the new day. I’ll go back, I know now that I’ll go back, it will not be in vain that I made so many plans to delude myself, As I made delusions of finding myself, As I created roads to get lost, Those mistakes I made just to find myself.
Anita Brown
2005-04-00
Composed by Holiday & Herzog, Arranged by Anita Brown

Story

This arrangement was commissioned jointly by The University of South Florida's Center for Jazz Composition and Nnenna Freelon for its Gala Inaugural Celebrations in Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL, in April 2005. It was premiered under my baton featuring Ms. Freelon with Chuck Owen's "Jazz Surge." The vocal arrangement for mezzo soprano voice also features a tenor solo. This clip from an Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra rehearsal was done as a reference track for Frank Foster's Loud Minority Big Band under the direction of Cecil Bridgewater in preparation of Ms. Freelon's performance of this selection at The Jazz Foundation of America's gala fundraiser, "A Great Night In Harlem" at New York's Apollo Theater. See photos in PHOTO gallery. An altered version is available as a feature for alto sax. The arrangement is playable for college level ensembles and runs about six and a half minutes. Score & parts available for both versions at PRODUCTS page.
Anita Brown
2005-04-00
Composed by Billie Holiday, Arranged by Anita Brown

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This chart was commissioned by The Count Basie Orchestra for Nnenna Freelon. It was premiered under my baton with Ms. Freelon at The Center for Jazz Composition's Gala Inaugural Performances at University of South Florida, Tampa and at The Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg, FL. This chart is very playable for high school and college bands and runs about five and a half minutes. Score & parts are available on PRODUCTS page.
Anita Brown
1997-12-01
Composed by Ted Brown, Arranged by Anita Brown

Story

This arrangement was written as a 70th Birthday Tribute gift for my father, tenor saxophonist Ted Brown. It ends with the band shouting "Happy Birthday Ted!" and was first read with The BMI New York Jazz Orchestra during my tenure as a member of the workshop. The arrangement has solos for tenor, alto and trumpet and runs six minutes. Score & parts available on PRODUCTS.