Abene in AZ

 MICHAEL ABENE in AZ RECAP (Nov. 17-20, 2014) Clinics, Concerts and a Commission!

During the third week of November, the Phoenix jazz community welcomed distinguished composer Michael Abene for a week of clinics and concerts, including the world premiere of a commissioned work for Doublers Collective. It was an incredible experience for everyone involved. Here’s a recap of the week:

Thanks to guitarist Dan Griffin, much of the Nov. 19th Concert got recorded. Here is a video of the world premiere of The Piece of Resistance by Michael Abene, commissioned by Doublers Collective.

Mike Abene working with the Mesa Community College big band:

Paul Brewer (our bari saxophonist) and Mike Abene following the clinic:

Mike Abene down at the Union Hall (Local 586) working with Young Sounds of Arizona:

Mike Abene sharing music and road stories with the members of Young Sounds of Arizona:

Mike Abene with Young Sounds Director, Vince Wedge:

Mike Abene giving a clinic for the jazz students at ASU (Arizona State University):

Mike worked with a number of the ASU jazz piano students one on one:

Mike Abene with director of jazz studies, Mike Kocour and the ASU Jazz department:

Mike Abene catching up on some score study during dress rehearsal with Doublers Collective and the Superstition Jazz Orchestra at Phoenix College. 🙂

Members of Doublers Collective (with sub Trent Kynaston) getting ready for rehearsal:

Mike Abene conducting (Monica’s view from the bari chair in Superstition Jazz Orchestra):

Mike Abene rehearsing his music with the Superstition Jazz Orchestra:

Mike Abene, Mike Crotty, and Monica with the Phoenix College students following his clinic:

Mike Crotty, Milas Yoes, and Mike Abene at Phoenix College:

A view of Doublers Collective from the wings:10356276_676072302492174_646218613191540455_n
Mike Abene working with the Glendale Community College Big Band:

Mike Abene sharing stories and music at a clinic for students from Glendale Community College:

Mike Abene at The Nash with Chris Finet, John Lewis, and Mike Crotty:

 Superstition Jazz Orchestra (which Mike Crotty and Monica both play in) performing Mike Abene’s arrangement of Lonely Woman – a beautiful ballad featuring Mike Crotty:
Michael Abene is a renowned pianist, composer, and arranger/educator. He has been the Chefdirigent (chief composer and arranger), of the highly acclaimed WDR BIG BAND in Cologne, Germany since 2003. His arrangements are played worldwide, by big band as well as orchestra. His career takes him regularly around the globe, delighting audiences in concert performance, featuring his arrangements for artists such as Randy Brecker, Paquito D’Rivera, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Patti Austin, Mike Stern, Gary Burton, Dave Liebman, saxophonist Bill Evans, Kurt Elling, Eddie Daniels, and Tom Harrell. Michael holds the Chair for Jazz Ensemble Conductor at the KUG Jazz Institute in Graz Austria. Check out “Jazz Composition and Arranging in the Digital Age” – the new book he wrote with Richard Sussman, published by Oxford University Press – heralded as a necessary aid to study. Find out more at www.michaelabene.com

Abene in AZ Flyer Picture

Nov 19 Event Poster Picture

Michael Abene in AZ was made possible with the help of:

  • Doublers Collective Donors
  • Alan Payne
  • Michael Kocour at Arizona State University Jazz Dept.
  • Dave Schmidt at Glendale Community College Jazz Dept.
  • Paul Brewer at Mesa Community College Jazz Dept.
  • Vince Wedge at Young Sounds of Arizona and AFM Local 586
  Karl Schindler and Milas Yoes at Phoenix College
  • Lawrence Whipple and PC’s Live Sound Class
  • Bulpitt Auditorium Staff
  • Jazz in AZ and The Nash





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