Legacy - (Level III) Commissioned for string orchestra with piano by Deerfield/Highland Park High School in Highland Park, Illinois as part of “Focus on the Arts 1995. Scored for violins, violas, cellos, basses, and piano, plus an optional substitute violin for viola part. The piece is based, as was requested, on jazz and blues elements that would not require the complete re-training of the strings/keyboard musicians for the performance. There are no swing eighth-notes. Soloists are featured, potentially from each family of strings plus piano; written-out solos are also provided. The piece is based on repeated themes and rhythms that make the music both very lyrical and playable. Everyone gets melodic material (though not necessarily the melody itself) at various points of the work. The title comes from the jazz tradition, as this piece includes elements of the spiritual, gospel, blues, bossa, and funk influences in jazz. String Ensemble with Piano
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ANTONIO J. GARCIA has accepted the post of Director of Jazz Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond effective, August 2001. A trombonist, bass trombonist or pianist with such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, George Shearing, Mel Torme, Doc Severinsen, Louis Bellson and Phil Collins as well as a composer/arranger and author, Garica serves as Editor of the International Association of Jazz Educators' Jazz Educators' Journal and is past-president of IAJE-Illinois. He is co-editor and contributing author of Teaching Jazz: A course of Study (published by MENC) and a member of the board of The Midwest Clinic. After teaching the summer academic quarter at Northwestern University, Mr. Garcia will leave his current post of Associate Professor of Music at NU. At Northwestern University he directed the combo program, taught jazz and integrated arts, and for four years directed the vocal jazz ensemble. Prior to NU he served as the Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University. He was selected by students and faculty at NIU as the receipient of a 1992 "Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching" Award and nominated as its candidate for the 1992 CASE "U.S. Professor of the Year (one of 434 nationwide).