BORDELLO NIGHTS (2017) – track

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

Fanfare magazine praised it as being a “terrific piece of big-band jazz.”

“Jennifer Bellor tops exuberance with raciness in Bordello Nights, evoking smoky erotic haunts in New Orleans. Bellor is amazingly deft at pitting jazz soloists against big-band splashiness. I was riveted and entertained by its unfolding air of fantasia and improvisation.” – Huntley Dent, Fanfare Magazine

In Bordello Nights, the tango-like rhythms throughout juxtaposed with the ensemble of jazz improvisers intertwined with a dark, film noir-like fabric paints a historical picture of the types of music that were often performed in bordellos in the early twentieth century.

According to The History Of Jazz by Ted Gioia, New Orleans jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton (1840-1941) was hired to perform in these venues, which held a substantial place in the music business in the early 20th century: “More than any other major New Orleans jazz artist, Morton’s apprenticeship in the music business took place largely in the bordellos of Storyville (although Morton worked mainly in the white bordellos where few other jazz players could follow)…His great-grandmother expelled him from home when she learned of his activities in the District, and before long Morton started on the peripatetic freelancing that would occupy most of his life.” – Gioia, The History of Jazz

The composer Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) composed tango music for the concert hall with the mission to bring tango from bordellos to other venues. For example, his composition Histoire du Tango, specifically his first movement titled “Bordello, 1900,” brings to the concert hall music that was associated with bordellos in Buenos Aires.

Bordello Nights was written for the UNLV Wind Orchestra featuring a jazz band comprising soprano sax, alto sax, piano, bass and drums.

Duration: approximately 18 minutes
PDF Conductor Score: $60

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A shortened eight-minute version of Bordello Nights was composed for the UNLV Wind Orchestra performance at the Festival des Anches d’Azur in la Croix Valmer, France. See WINDS for more information.