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Updates and Information

Audition date for GYJE! 

Hello all!

Auditions for the Greensboro Youth Jazz Ensemble will be Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at the Cultural Center in downtown Greensboro, located at 200 N. Davie Street, Room 121, Greensboro, NC.

Each audition should take approximately fifteen (15) minutes, and the rep to prepare is listed below and on the GYJE tab.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on October 5th!

Greensboro Youth Jazz Ensemble 

Friends, I'm happy to announce I've been offered the position of director of the Greensboro Youth Jazz Ensemble.  Students who are interested in participating should send a message with your name, instrument, years of playing experience, school and email address through the CONTACT link.

This is an awesome opportunity to be a part of jazz education in Greensboro, and I look forward to working with these wonderful students!  Students who participate in the Ensemble will have the opportunity to learn large ensemble charts, perform and present their hard work for the semester, and work with clinician musicians for coaching over the course of the semester.  Most importantly, students will have the opportunity to work on their craft with others who have the same enthusiasm for the jazz idiom.

Auditions are TBA, but all students who are interested in participating are encouraged to start preparing the audition material listed below as soon as possible.

Students should be prepared to audition with the following:

1) Brass and woodwinds: Prepare and present a blues and rhythm changes of your choice, including melody and improvisation (accompaniment will be provided) 

2) Rhythm section instruments: Prepare and present a blues and rhythm changes of your choice to comp behind; demonstrate one chorus of improvisation for either the blues or the first two A's of the rhythm changes selection. 

3) All instruments: Sight-read the melody from a lead sheet from the Real Book of either a riff blues or jazz standard, such as "Take the A Train."  (N/A to drums)

Auditions will be held at the Greensboro Cultural Center, 200 N. Davie Street, Greensboro, NC date and time TBA.

Solo piano arrangement of the hymn "It Is Well" posted! 

Hi friends, my solo piano arrangement of the incredible hymn "It Is Well" composed by Philip Bliss.  is posted under the MUSIC tab.  This is my favorite hymn and is very special to me.  This is a live performance recording.  Please check it out and comment!

Tunes added! 

Hello friends, I have updated the website to include a MUSIC section featuring some live recordings.  Check 'em out!  I arranged these tunes for two to five horns for my graduate recital.  Joining me on these recordings are:

Malik Denny - Vocalist

Daniel Campos - Trumpet, flugelhorn

Dr. Drew Hays - Soprano saxophone, alto saxophone

Matt York - Clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone

Dexter Moses - Tenor saxophone

Isaac Viars - Trombone

Andy Powell - Bass

Dorien Dotson - Drums

Guestbook up! 

Hi friends, the guestbook is up and running, as well as the mailing list!  Please click below and let us know who you are and where you're writing from!  Be sure and join the mailing list also!  Stay tuned for more updates!

Welcome! 

Hello friends!  Thanks for stopping by my new webpage.  We're working on getting tracks up, new photos posted and dates entered.  Please check back often for updates on performances, area jazz info, etc.  Please be sure and sign up for the mailing list!

Performance Schedule

Performances throughout the remainder of the year are being updated soon.  Please check back often to see updates on the performance schedule!

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  • Joanne Hale

    Joanne Hale Greensboro

    Looking forward to meeting you. I see you will be at John Coltrane jazz fest. My favorite smooth jazz piano guy, Brian Culbertson is going to be there! Also, Boney James.....love them both!

    Looking forward to meeting you. I see you will be at John Coltrane jazz fest. My favorite smooth jazz piano guy, Brian Culbertson is going to be there! Also, Boney James.....love them both!

  • Denise Cooke

    Denise Cooke Forest Hill, Maryland

    Just saw this, had a stressful day, really enjoyed the listen! Will definitely come back and check it out again!

    Just saw this, had a stressful day, really enjoyed the listen! Will definitely come back and check it out again!

  • Becky

    Becky Canton

    Looking forward to your upcoming events! Keep us posted!

    Looking forward to your upcoming events! Keep us posted!

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