Current tune list (doesn't include instrumentals):

  • Agua de Beber - Jobim
  • All the Things You Are - Jerome Kern
  • Anos Dourados - Jobim
  • As Time Goes By - Herman Hupfeld
  • Autumn Leaves - Johnny Mercer
  • Body and Soul - Johnny Green
  • Brigas Nunca Mais - Jobim
  • Call Me - Tony Hatch
  • Caravan - Duke Ellington
  • Chega de Saudade - Jobim
  • Corcovado - Jobim
  • Days of Wine and Roses - Mancini/Mercer
  • Desafinado - Jobim
  • Dindi - Jobim
  • East of the Sun - Brooks Bowman
  • Eu sei que vou te amar - Jobim
  • A Felicidade - Jobim
  • Fly Me to the Moon - Bart Howard
  • Fotografia - Jobim
  • The Girl From Ipanema - Jobim
  • I Concentrate On You - Cole Porter
  • Insensatez (How Insensitive) - Jobim
  • I'm Old Fashioned - Jerome Kern
  • I Only Have Eyes For You - Harry Warren
  • It Had to Be You - Isham Jones
  • I Thought About You - Jimmy Van Heusen
  • Just Friends - John Klenner
  • Like A Lover - Caymmi
  • Lullaby of Birdland - George Shearing
  • Manha de Carnival (Black Orpheus) - Jobim
  • Meditation - Jobim
  • Midnight Sun - Lionel Hampton/Sammy Burke
  • Missing You - Fox/Fox
  • My Funny Valentine - Richard Rogers
  • The Nearness of You - Washington/Carmichael
  • Night and Day - Cole Porter
  • Nosotros - Pedro Junco
  • Only Trust Your Heart - Sammy Cahn
  • Overjoyed - Stevie Wonder
  • Pretty World
  • 'Round About Midnight - Monk
  • Se Todos Fossem Iguais a Voce - Jobim
  • Smile - Chaplain
  • Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise - Sigmund Romberg/Oscar Hammerstein II
  • So Nice - Jobim
  • Teach Me Tonight - Gene De Paul/Sammy Cahn
  • Triste - Jobim
  • Tu Mi Delirio - Cesar Portillo De La Luz
  • Voce a Linda -  Caetano Veloso
  • The Way You Look Tonight - Jerome Kern
  • Wave - Jobim
  • What a Difference a Day Made - Maria Grever
  • What's Goin' On - Marvinn Gaye
  • You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To - Cole Porter
  • You Go To My Head - Fred Coots

We've been busy in our "Shiny New Jazz/Combo Workshop" this February.

Stuff we've been working on:

  • Bebop Scales
  • ii-V7-I licks (coming soon)
  • Tunes:
    • Bags Groove - Milt Jackson
    • Cheesecake - Dexter Gordon
    • Blues By Five - Miles Davis
    • Birk's Works - Dizzy Gillespie
    • Flintsones Theme - Bryson/Goldberg
    • Giant Steps - John Coltrane

Just getting started...

Here's a little video we made of a portion of "I Though About You," performed at KAFM Radio, in Grand Junction, mid February 2020.


Thanks for your interest in the new version of the Jazz Combo/improv workshop.  Jazz Aspen Snowmass has generously agreed to support our efforts with this project.
The Combo/Improv workshop will be kind of a focused and mentor led jam session, where valley wide HS/MS musicians can learn, play, and perform together regularly.  We'll concentrate on learning a set of tunes each nine weeks, arranging them, and learning how to improvise over them.  Then, we'll perform the tunes in concert(s).
Depending on interest, we'll have multiple combos, each with members of similar experience level.  We'll also try to keep a jam session component each session.
After speaking with most of you, it looks like Mondays will still be the evening that's most accessible for everyone.  We'll meet mid-valley in Carbondale, at Roaring Fork High School.  If transportation is an issue, perhaps we can talk with some parents about car pooling.
The following schedule is subject to change, depending on facility availability...
This spring we'll do two 9 week sessions on Mondays:
Session 1; Jan 22-Mar 19 7:00-9:30pm
Session 2; Mar 26-May 28 7:00-9:30pm
Each session will culminate in a performance or two.


I'm excited to be included in an upcoming "Carbondale Salon" artists community event, on January 13th, 6:30pm, at Carbondale's LaunchPad!  I'll be sharing a little talk/performance with my trumpet (unaccompanied!) .  Thanks to Alya Howe for inviting me!


salon flyer

We'll be performing at the Marble Distilling Company, 150 Main St, Carbondale, CO, on Saturday, January 30, 2016, from 7:00-10:00pm.  Hope to see you there!