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Cecilia Coleman

CECILIA COLEMAN BIG BAND Long known as an inventive pianist and a skilled composer, a year ago Cecilia Coleman also became a significant big band leader. She told her friend trumpeter-music publisher Don Sickler that she would love to write some big band arrangements and asked for his thoughts. “The most helpful thing that Don said to me was to make sure that I start with a sketch. I looked at my arrangements for my quintet and realized that they were all potential sketches for a big band. I wrote two arrangements right away and then it snowballed.” “I first met Cecilia when I toured Los Angeles with T.S. Monk,” recalls Sickler. “I had heard that she was a great writer. After she moved to New York, it turned out that she lived three blocks from me so we became better acquainted. She is a marvelous and dedicated pianist with a great touch, she reads everything, is very easy to work with, and is dead serious about music. She has written 30 or 40 arrangements for her orchestra and is a bonafide big band composer with something original to say.” After having written many arrangements in a short period of time, Cecilia naturally wanted to hear what the music sounded like, so she started her own “What essentially started as a rehearsal band quickly turned into a serious endeavor due in large part to the overwhelming support I received from the have met these past 12 years

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By EDWARD BLANCO, Published: September 5, 2011

The phrase “Oh boy,” can be a statement of excitement, an expression of an event that grabs your attention or, in this case, an appropriate reaction to the swinging orchestrations from the Cecilia Coleman Big Band. Oh Boy! is a powerful draw and the debut album from pianist/composer Coleman's new group, presenting thundering big band music of a contemporary nature. Best known for her various working quintet's that have produced five albums since 1992, Coleman formed the group in January 2010 after writing several big band charts for others which in turn, inspired a rehearsal band of her own.

No novice to the large ensemble setting, the pianist previously recorded with the Mark Masters Ensemble of the American Jazz Institute

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

Jazz piano CSULB 1996-present

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Smile

Planet Arts Records
2020

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Oh Boy!

Self Produced
2011

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Early Autumn

Point of Departure, WMPG-FM
2011

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Damian with Brian...

Cherrywood Records
2010

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Interplay Records
2007

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Smile

From: Smile
By Cecilia Coleman

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