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At the Glasgow Jazz Summer School (part of the Jazz Festival) we had to write a tune as homework, based on rhythm changes (for the non-musicians amongst you, that's the standard chord changes of the Gershwin tune I Got Rhythm). We handed them in and the tutors played through them all, sight reading them. They played mine first, then played through it through with solos as well. The tune is mine, but the solos aren't obviously!

Click here to hear it, played by Paul Towndrow (alto), Laura MacDonald (soprano), Ryan Quigley (trumpet), Malcolm MacFarlane (guitar), Alyn Cosker (drums), Mike Janisch (bass) and Paul Harrison (piano).

It doesn't have a name yet. Suggestions on a postcard! Also, having heard it played, there are a few things I would change, for example the octave jump in the head melody line, and the last bar of the head second time round, maybe some other stuff. Maybe I'll get around to it sometime!

I wrote a tune once before, I think it was a blues, when I was about 17 or 18, for the jazz workshop at the Glasgow Arts Centre (which, as far as I can tell, is no more). It got called Shrug and was played at a couple of performances, but I don't think it was very good *g*. We also had to write a tune to a set of lyrics for Higher Music at school (which turned out to be sort of folky), and write an original composition (again, blues). These I think have disappeared into the mists of time, although I can still remember the melody of the folky one. That is my entire experience of composition! I suppose if I'd stayed at music college I'd've done a lot more, but I went for science instead.


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Jul. 12th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
Oooh, exciting!

What's more, it sounds great too - it wouldn't be out of place on a Basie session! Excellent. (And not just the solos!)

Whilst I think of myself as a drummer, I learned alto for a while, and to practice I got a Jamie Abersold record which included Miles' tune "Four". At the top of the score it clearly stated "Rhythm changes," and the drummer in me shouted back "no it doesn't!" My teacher had to put me straight!
Jul. 12th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
*lol* I like that tune - we were just listening to that yesterday on Spotify.
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