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The original Columbia recording of Duke Ellington’s piano feature The Clothed Woman is from December 30th, 1947, and is available on “The Chronological Duke Ellington and his Orchestra 1947-1948.” Ellington had performed the piece a few nights earlier at Carnegie … Continue reading → [...]

Jymie Merritt – “Forerunner”

Bassist Michael Merritt, ProfScoSco’s daily Basic Cable Band collaborator, has produced a tribute concert featuring the music of his dad, former Jazz Messengers (and many other) bassist Jymie Merritt. NPR picked up this documentary/performance and is broadcasting it throughout the … Continue reading → [...]

Re-posted For Ornette: Top-Down #2: Phrase Length, Strength, and the Third Dimension

Originally posted on Professorscosco: There’s nothing wrong with strict song form, standards, blues, etc., and I have no objection to chord progressions – some of my best friends have strong resolutions. But, jazz music’s two big building blocks, song form… [...]

Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra Pt. 1 – “Tom Sails Away”

I’d like to welcome composer and arranger Jack Cooper to Professorscosco as my first featured guest contributor. I’ve invited Jack to share with you some of his arrangements of Charles Ives’ music from his monumental 2014 release, Mists – Charles … Continue reading → [...]

As does “Mr. Holland’s Opus.” But, sorry, this abortion of a movie, “Whiplash”,  is by far the worst music movie Professorscosco has ever seen clips of. It’s derogatory, inflammatory, insulting, and from what I hear, done non-union. How much more … Continue reading → [...]

Live at Kilbourn Hall

Scott Healy with the Eastman Chamber Jazz Orchestra

Live at Kilbourn Hall

"...terrific large ensemble worLive at Kilbourn Hall CD Coverk led by composer and pianist Scott Healy. A mix of originals and covers (“Anthropology,” “Solitude,” “In Your Own Sweet Way”), with the transitions between the two groups sounding fluid and cohesive. Some nice soloing by members of the Eastman Chamber Jazz Orchestra, but it’s the best moments are those of group interplay when the energy of a song seems close to ripping its form apart just to have it all coalesce back into its original shape. -Dave Sumner, WonderingSound.com

A pristine, intense live recording of new music, previously unrecorded works, and two numbers from Scott’s Grammy-nominated 2012 release Hudson City Suite it's an “instant” record – one take, no fixes – just mix, master, release..maybe repeat... CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO, DOWNLOAD AND PURCHASE LINKS...

The Scott Healy Ensemble: Hudson City Suite

2014 Grammy® Nomination for Best Instrumental Composition

Hudson City Suite CD CoverFollowing a year of rave reviews and national jazz radio airplay, Los Angeles composer, performer, and Conan O'Brien keyboardist Scott Healy scored a 2014 Grammy nomination for his ten-piece jazz ensemble tour de force Hudson City Suite. "Scott Healy's Hudson City Suite unites past and present musically as well as conceptually, bridging traditional big-band swing with lithe jazz modernism. -Downbeat Magazine CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO, DOWNLOAD AND PURCHASE LINKS...