Saturday, April 28, 2012

Pepper Big Band Charts

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British arranger Tony Faulkner is writing four big band charts of Pepper Adams tunes: Enchilada Baby, Mary's Blues, Doctor Deep, and A Winters Tale.  Eight other charts (Ephemera, Bossa Nouveau, Reflectory, Rue Serpente, Apothegm, Patrice, Civilization and Its Discontents, and In Love With Night) will be done in advance of my Pepper Adams book tour, starting in August. Vocal arrangements of Ephemera and Civ will also be done.  Contact me if you wish to play this music.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Pepper Adams Symposium in Worcester

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The Director of Jazz Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Rich Falco, has approved a symposium examining the life, music, and influence of Pepper Adams on Saturday, September 22.  Presenters will be author Gary Carner and saxophonist Gary Smulyan, after which both will be interviewed by WPI professors Falco and Eunmi Shim.  This event will be the first half of the day-long Adams festivities.  That evening the WPI Big Band will play newly written charts by Frank Griffith, Osian Roberts, and Tony Faulkner of Pepper Adams compositions, including two vocal arrangements that will be given their world premiere.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Soka University Program, 19 October 2012

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“The Music of Donald Byrd and Pepper Adams”
Soka Performing Art Center, Alisa Viejo, CA October 19, 2012

Dale Fielder-baritone sax / Nolan Shaheed-trumpet /
Jane Getz-piano / Trevor Ware-bass / Don Littleton-drums

Introduction & Remarks by Gary Carner

Part I: The Music of Pepper Adams
1. Dylan’s Delight
2. Patrice (Quartet.)
3. Wives And Lover’s
4. Apothegm (Quartet.)
5. Libeccio
6. Claudette’s Way
7. Ephemera (Quartet.)
8. Excerent

Part II: The Music of the Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams Quintet 1958-1961
1.  Out of This World
2. Jeannine
3. Here Am I
4. Each Time I Think of You
5. Birdhouse
6. Jorgie’s
7. Mr. Lucky

Friday, April 13, 2012

Dale Fielder to Play Soka Performing Arts Center

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As part of Pepper Adams Week in Los Angeles, Dale Fielder's Quintet has been invited to perform the compositions of Pepper Adams at the prestigious Soka University's Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo on Friday night, October 19, 2012.  This 1,000 seat, LEED certified facility is known and admired for its superb acoustics and in-the-round setting.  During a handful of performances that week at differing venues, Fielder will be the first musician to ever play the entire cycle of all 43 Adams compositions.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Pepper Adams Week in Los Angeles

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A multitude of activities will occur in the LA area from Monday, October 15 until Sunday, October 21.  This week-long celebration of Pepper Adams will begin Monday with a press reception and a big band concert of Pepper's music, featuring arrangements by Frank Griffith, Osian Roberts, Tony Faulkner, John Marabuto, and Larry Dickson.  Dale Fielder will be the first musician in history to perform the entire cycle of 43 Adams tunes that week, and baritone saxophonists Adam Schroeder and Gary Smulyan will participate in still other concerts.  Either Thursday or Friday night the California premiere of Bevan Manson's arrangements of Pepper's ballads for baritone, string quartet, and string bass, will take place at the G Spot in Downtown Los Angeles.  Stay tuned for complete festival information.