3 Dec

16 Weeks on the Jazz Week Charts

Thanks to everyone who has purchased a copy of “Eastern Standard Time.” The CD’s been doing very well and spent 16 weeks on the JazzWeek charts this summer, including several weeks in the top 10! If you’re waiting to get one, now’s your chance – they make a great holiday gift!

I got back from the University of North Texas 2 weeks ago where I had the honor of conducting the 1990’s alumni band at a concert honoring Neil Slater and Jim Riggs. A beautiful event and a great hang. I also had the opportunity to teach a couple of arranging classes and hear the One O’Clock play through 4 recent charts of mine. What an amazing band! The band’s latest CD is out – Lab 2008. Buy a copy, and make sure you read the liner notes! (Another honor.)

There’s more writing ahead for me, including charts for Alfred, Walt Whitman HS, Walter Johnson HS, Howard University, George Mason University, Bobby Shew, Nenna Freelon, Dave Leibman, Gabriel Espinosa, Don Junker, and of course the Airmen of Note.

Thanks for checking in, and feel free to drop me a note here or on my new Facebook page! With much appreciation, -Alan

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24 Jan

New York on my Mind

Sorry it’s been too long! 2005 closed out with new music written for Phil Woods & the Capitol Quartet, Pat Martino, Tierney Sutton, Rachael Price, Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra, US Army Jazz Knights, Howard University, and Central College in Iowa (It was a busy couple of months!).

In New York earlier this month, I heard one of the most stunning performances of my life. John Hollenbeck and Big Band Graz. Absolutely beautiful music. I just finished a new piece for the great Walt Whitman H.S. Jazz Ensemble, and I think a little bit of the freedom and elasticity of that music rubbed off on me!

Lots of exciting things ahead in the near future including more commissions, and guest artist/meet the composer appearances in Kansas and Arizona. Look for a new ABJO project soon also!

Best wishes to all, and please keep in touch! -Alan

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“Alan Baylock has achieved a goal that many artists aspire to, but often fail to reach: he has developed his own distinct sound as a composer. His writing is fresh, and is imbued with a great sense of spirit and fun.”
– Gordon Goodwin (Grammy & Emmy award winning composer/bandleader)

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“Baylock goes beyond the pale and creates moods and textures which challenge a big band to be on their best behavior. I have the highest regard for his writing.” – David Liebman