Deborah Weisz Jazz Orchestra/Live Concert December 2002
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Composed by Deborah Weisz

Story

I wrote this version of "Grace" for Jazz Orchestra first, and the small group chart (for my Quintet) came from this larger piece.
Inspired by my brother’s life. This was the first piece of music that I wrote after the death of my brother. I had stopped writing music and was having some difficulties starting again when I went to have a lesson with jazz composer Bob Brookmeyer. We talked about emotion and music. He encouraged me to write not about the emotions, but to write about what the emotions inspired. Grace was the result.
This piece was the real beginnings of what I call my ‘textural’ writing. By this, I mean sections of the music where many things are happening in many voices, in an overlapping density of sound that isn’t about melody or harmony or even rhythm, but this texture that moves the music along.

Prize Winner - 2000 Julius Hemphill Composition Contest
Deborah Weisz Jazz Orchestra/Live Concert December 2002
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Composed by Deborah Weisz

Story

This is a What If? chart.
What if 2 different keys (F & A) of the Blues wandered into a bar and got into a conversation? Well the result ended up being a 14 bar Blues that reflects both tonalities and a chart that reflects the huge influence that jazz composer Thad Jones has had on me.
NY/BMI Jazz Composers’ Orchestra/Live Concert July 2003
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Composed by Deborah Weisz

Story

When I began writing the music, I was thinking a lot about how grateful I was for the amazing teachers that I have been blessed with in my life. Sadly, one of them, Grant Wolf, my Jazz band director from Mesa Community College (MCC in Mesa, AZ) and my first ‘musical father’, passed away in August 2002 and it was then that I realized who I was writing the piece for. The Jazz band at MCC was called “Ginder’s Garden of Jazz.” Thus the title, and the dedication.

BAM!

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Deborah Weisz Jazz Orchestra/Live Concert December 2002
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Composed by Deborah Weisz

Story

Pronounced in a deeply southern Texan accent!
Inspired by:

a very funny, 14 hour trip to Rochester, NY
(Yes, Rochester is only 7 hours from NYC. HA!),
8 musicians,
1 professional driver,
a video of some guy in Texas giving directions where every
other word he said was “Bam,”
the movie Blazing Saddles, with the Count Basie Orchestra playing April In Paris in the middle of the desert,
the Canadian Border,
and finally__the 7 lights to get to the hotel.
(Trust me, it’s a funny story.)

Prize finalist - 2002 BMI Foundation/Charlie Parker Composition Award