(8 Brass) This Tadd Dameron classic is given a fresh, relaxed treatment with solos for piano, alto and trumpet. Commissioned by Rob Parton for the Chicago College of Performing (Roosevelt University) Jazz Ensemble.
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THOMAS MATTA has earned a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Theory and Composition from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and the University of Northern Colorado respectively. He also holds a Certificate in Performance (Bass Trombone) from DePaul University. An active performer, Thomas has performed extensively across North America, Europe and New Zealand; and is one of the most sought-after bass trombonists in Chicago's recording studios, concert halls, theater pits and other live-music venues. Thomas has performed and recorded with a diverse array of talents including The Woody Herman Orchestra, The Frank Mantooth Jazz Orchestra, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Art Garfunkel, Jimmy Heath, Frank Sinatra, Jr., The Colorado Symphony, Concertante di Chicago, The Ravinia Festival Orchestra and others. His compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by premier orchestras, big bands and chamber ensembles worldwide. He is published by Kendor Music, Doug Beach Music, Andel Editions and UNC Jazz Press. Continuing his association with the DePaul University School of Music, where he has been teaching since 1995, Thomas was recently appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies. He teaches the undergraduate and graduate course in Jazz Composition and Arranging as well as applied Tenor and Bass Trombone.