Notes by Jazz Orchestra Director Dan Aldag
The 12-bar blues chord progression is the most commonly used chord progresssion in American music. It's used again and again in blues, R&B, rock and roll, country and jazz. Musicians, particularly jazz musicians, have come up with many different variations on the basic framework. We'll play five different takes on the blues.
2015 is the centennial of Billy Strayhorn's birth, and the Jazz Orchestra will be playing all Strayhorn music on our December concert. As a teaser for that, we're playing two of those pieces on this concert, "Take The 'A' Train" and "Isfahan."