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Improvising in Clave: Soloing Over Afro-Cuban Grooves

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  • Directors cannot always rely on having a complete big band to fit the music in their school libraries. Often bands have too many players to fit one jazz ensemble or too few to fill out the band. Rather than play existing arrangements with either missing parts or doubled parts a more useful approach is using arrangements built with flexibility in mind. This clinic demonstrates how such arrangements are constructed and rehearsed given changing band sizes and instrumentation.
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  • 12/16/2016 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
  • Michael was nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award for “Best Instrumental Arrangement” for his “Afro-Latin Ellington Suite.” Michael has composed and arranged music for the films “Bossa Nova” and “Chico and Rita,” which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012. His ballet “Beneath the Mask” was performed by Jon Faddis and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra with the Deeply Rooted Dance Company and his ballet, La Cova do Rey Cintolo was premiered in 2010 in Mondoñedo, Spain. Michael is Director of Jazz Studies at Queens College/CUNY and is sponsored by Hal Leonard Corp.