BIG BAND

Bordello Nights (2016) for wind ensemble featuring jazz band (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, electric guitar, electric bass, and drums)


Recorded on Klavier Records with the UNLV Wind Orchestra under the direction of Tom Leslie featuring:
Eric Marienthal, alto saxophone
Colin Gordon, soprano saxophone
Mitch Forman, piano
Kevin Axt, electric bass
Bernie Dresel, drums
Bordello Nights was commissioned by Tom Leslie and the UNLV Wind Orchestra for premiere March 10, 2016 at UNLV featuring Eric Marienthal (alto saxophone), Colin Gordon (soprano saxophone), Mitch Forman (piano), Kevin Axt (electric bass), and Bernie Dresel (drums). I wrote a shortened (8-minute) version of this piece for the UNLV France tour, which was premiered in La Croix-Valmer at the Festival des Anches d’Azur June 26, 2016.

Here is the 8-minute version:

 

 

Chase the Stars (2015) for big band featuring trumpet

This recording is from the premiere October 13,2015 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas by the UNLV Jazz Ensemble 1, featuring Jorge Machain on trumpet.

 

 

Seattle Skies (2015) for big band featuring soprano saxophone

There are two versions available:

1) With woodwind doublings:

Premiered by the Eastman New Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dave Rivello, featuring Colin Gordon on soprano saxophone

2) Version without doublings:

 

 

Overdrive (2010, rev. 2015) for big band featuring soprano saxophone and electric bass

This is a live recording of the Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dave Rivello, premiering the newly revised version of my composition Overdrive for big band featuring Billy Petito on electric guitar and Colin Gordon on soprano saxophone.

 

 

Noir (2014) for big band
There are two versions:

1) featuring soprano saxophone and alto saxophone:

This is a live recording from the premiere by the Eastman New Jazz Ensemble.

Noir (2014) was premiered by the Eastman New Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dave Rivello, and was conducted by Jennifer Bellor.

2) Version featuring alto saxophone:

The version of Noir featuring alto sax was the winner of the 2014 Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra composition contest, and premiered in November 2014 at the Earshot Jazz Festival, featuring Grace Kelly on alto saxophone. Here is a video recording from the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra Performance featuring Grace Kelly:

 

 

Midnight Swim (2012) for big band featuring soprano saxophone

Midnight Swim (2012) was premiered by the Eastman New Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dave Rivello, featuring Colin Gordon on soprano saxophone. It received a 2013 DownBeat award in the Original Composition/Orchestrated work category at the graduate college level.

 

 

Splash (2011) for big band featuring soprano saxophone

Splash (2011) was premiered by the Eastman New Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dave Rivello, featuring Colin Gordon on soprano saxophone.