Roger Aldridge

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All About Jazz user Roger Aldridge

United States

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I am primarily a jazz composer. A wide range of influences are found in my music including tango, blues, samba, fusion, ragtime, contemporary classical, American roots music, and other kinds of music that interest me.

Jazz Composition, Berklee College of Music 1968. BA Composition, McKendree University 1973. MA Music, New Mexico Highlands University 1974.

Jazz and classical composition teachers include Herb Pomeroy, Charlie Mariano, William Maloof, John Bavicchi, Dr. Robert Wykes, Dr. Stephanie Owen, and Dr. Champ Tyrone.

Listed in International Who's Who in Music.

Independent artist. A selection of my music is licensed for use in TV, film, theater, etc through PARMA Licensing.

Recent Work:

DONUT MUSIC (solo guitar). Commissioned by Keith Calmes. The composition was inspired by a line in a story written by my granddaughter Eillonwy (then 8 years old): “Sitting in a dark room, eating a chocolate donut”. The music represents a stream of memories, images, and thoughts as one’s life is contemplated over a donut. Written in 9 movements (or bites), the composition draws upon various roots-based musical styles including blues, Appalachian, tango, jazz, and samba.

MUSIC FOR MID-SIZE JAZZ ENSEMBLE. The scores use flexible instrumentation to enable the music to be performed by many configurations of instruments. The pieces completed to date are: Connecticut Avenue SUVs, New Tango No. 1, Baltimore Row House, Sleepy Creek Samba, Smaller Ups And Downs, Blues For Lester, Salt Marsh Rag, and Appalachian Awakening. Stylistically, the music covers a wide range from American roots music to avant-garde.

MUSIC FOR TANGO-JAZZ BAND. Each piece in this series expresses a particular quality of the tango including movement, mystery, attraction, longing, audaciousness, coalesce, and passion.

BUZZARDS IN LOVE (wind ensemble). This composition turns the sound of a wind ensemble or concert band into that of a contemporary jazz orchestra. The music tells a story about two buzzards finding each other. Section titles in the score include: buzzard search for life’s meaning, buzzard attraction, buzzard tango, buzzard dating, roadkill interlude (open improvisation section), and buzzard love in the sky. This piece has a spirit of fun and adventure.

ORIGINAL TUNES AND EXTENDED PIECES (in lead sheet format). The sheet music can be easily adapted for solo instruments and small groups.

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