Butler Baccalaureate

The above video contains a recording of the Butler multifaith baccalaureate service this year. It is worth watching for the great jazz alone, but my colleague Brent Hege also gave an excellent talk, as did graduating senior Jeremy Marshall. Also of interest is Jim Danko’s piece about commencement addresses in USA Today. And finally, here is [Read More…]

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Happy 20th Anniversary to the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra!

Today at Hilbert Circle Theater in downtown Indianapolis, a concert was held celebrating the 20th year of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. Mayor Joe Hogsett was in attendance, and the CEO of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra read a proclamation declaring today “Betty Perry Day.” Betty Perry is the founder and director of the MYO, and the MYO [Read More…]

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Happy International Jazz Day!

I had forgotten that it is International Jazz Day today. To mark the occasion, I give you pianist Hiromi Uehara in concert. Enjoy! [Read more…]

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Good Vibes

I thought I’d send out some good vibes to blog readers, and in particular my colleagues at Butler University – and all faculty and students who are starting classes today. [Read more…]

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Brentwood Jazz Quartet

The Brentwood Jazz Quartet offers nice jazz arrangements of some classic Christian melodies. Click on the above for a sample, and if you like it, click through for a longer playlist on YouTube. [Read more…]

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Minor Swing

My son performed Stephane Grappelli’s “Minor Swing” again today at church as the music for the offertory. I accompanied on piano and John Arnold played drums. [Read more…]

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Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Play-a-Thon

I am privileged not only to have my son benefit from the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra program of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, but also to get to play the role of accompanist myself sometimes, as I did in this year’s Play-a-Thon (as evidenced in the video above – sorry it starts a few seconds into the first piece, [Read More…]

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Jazzy Christmas Music for Piano

I made some recordings, when practicing before church today, of music I would be playing during the service. The first is a jazz arrangement of “Angels We Have Heard On High,” arranged by Phillip Keveren (published in the volume Yuletide Jazz): The second is a medley from the “Charlie Brown Christmas Special” which I played [Read More…]

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RIP Dave Brubeck

Via Sean Carroll’s blog, I learned that legendary jazz musician Dave Brubeck passed away today. [Read more…]

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Almost Silent Night

This is another video of me playing Christmas music – it is my own jazz arrangement of “Silent Night.” It is as rusty as “Christmas Time Is Here” is, not having been worked on since last year. So this is another “before” video – hopefully the “after” video will not only be more polished, but [Read More…]

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Almost Christmas Time Is Here

The title will probably attract grammar nazis in large numbers. But the wording is intention, indicating that what I play in the video below is almost “Christmas Time Is Here,” the classic jazz piece by Vince Guaraldi from the Charlie Brown Christmas Special. Alas, it is a bit rusty (I don’t play it that often apart [Read More…]

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