Recordings and Collaborations
"The Plot Thickens" by the UNT U-Tubes is out!
During my time as a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas I had the tremendous fortune to direct UNT's jazz trombone ensemble, the U-Tubes. "The Plot Thickens" was recorded in Spring 2021 and features all new compositions and arrangements by members of the ensemble.
Listen to it wherever you get your music!
"Mystic Episodes" commissioned by the Broken Bones Trombone Quartet
It was an absolute pleasure working with the Broken Bones Quartet (Lauren Rudzinskas, Sophie Volpe, Dillon Downey and Chase Gasko) throughout Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 to bring this piece to life. It draws on the music of the trombone quartet idiom's most beloved composers - Bach, Saskia Apon, Steven Verhelst and more - in order to highlight the individual artistry and stunning ensemble sound of this fine group.
Unfortunately the premiere of the piece was scheduled for March 2020 and suffered the same fate as so many events that year - indefinite postponement. Stay tuned for news on the new official premiere in 2022.
Meanwhile, I'm very pleased to add Mystic Episodes to the growing collection of trombone music in my web shop. Get your copy here!
Released in 2019, "Non-Trivial Problem" is the first studio album by the Minneapolis-based jazz collective SPACE - named for its members, Will Schmid, Luke Peterson, Patrick Adkins, Jack Courtright and Alma Engebretson.
The album features all original compositions by members of the band incorporating influences of contemporary jazz, rock, pop, free improvisation and more. To listen to Non-Trivial Problem and learn more about SPACE, visit our Bandcamp page.
“Concocted at the Sound Laboratory that is the Eastman School of Music, The Saplings’ big band mashes up oddball indie songwriting with soul, jazz, funk, and pop. Come for the rousing horn section, stay for the gorgeous vocal harmonies. It’s almost too much raw talent to take in one sitting. With youthful energy and charisma for days, The Saplings are about to become your new favorite band.” - Rochester City Newspaper