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Hi All,

Here's a compilation of three articles/videos I did for MakeMusic on jazz composition/arranging tips for Finale and the two-part article, "Natural Harmonization," I wrote for JazzEd Online.

If you haven't seen/read it hope you enjoy it.


Hola Todos,

Aquí hay una compilación de los tres artículos/videos que hice para MakeMusic sobre algunas ideas para composición/arrreglo de jazz en Finale y el artículo en dos partes de "Armonización Natural" que escribí para JazzEd Online.

Si no lo has visto/leído espero lo disfrutes.


Finale 1 - Ensemble Voicing

Finale 2 - Edit Filter/Paste Multiple

Finale 3 - Drum Cues

JazzEd 1 - Natural Harmonization (Part 1)

JazzEd 2 - Natural Harmonization (Part 2)
Celebration of the Butterflies
Noviembre 25, 1960, fue un día oscuro para la República Dominicana y para las mujeres, en general. Fue el día que las hermanas Mirabal fueron asesinadas por el dictador Rafael Leonidas Trujillo y su régimen. Debido a este trágico día, hoy conmemoramos el Día Internacional de la Eliminacíon de la Violencia en Contra de las Mujeres. 
Las Hermanas Mirabal eran conocidas como las "Mariposas" y yo compuse una pieza para celebrar sus vidas y todo por lo que ellas lucharon. Esta pieza, "Celebración de las Mariposas", es parte de mi disco Back Home.
La publico hoy para celebrar el legado de las "Mariposas" y en apoyo a terminar la violencia contra la mujer.

November 25th, 1960, was a dark day for the Dominican Republic and women in general. It was the day the Mirabal sisters were murdered by the dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo and his regime. Because of that tragic day, today we commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of…
Theatre Production of A Midsummer Night's Dream 

I'm playing synth guitar on this modern take of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Pretty cool music in a Latin Jazz vein, on the Brazilian side. Composers Danny Strimer, Lena Arice Lucas, and Alan Miller did a great job! Well written and very catchy tunes.

Great cast and crew, both professionals and students!! Guest artists Andrea Runge and Henry Haggard are amazing! And, so are the students, Clara McGowan, Jill Engstrom, Austin McMains, Frankie Curry-Edwards, and everyone on and off stage. 

It's going to be a blast!


By William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by David Grapes
Aerial Choreography by Andrea Moon
Langworthy Theatre
November 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 pm
November 19 at 2:00 pm

Our modern take on this classic will transport audiences to the enchanted rain forest - where fairies live in trees and lines are blurred between fairies, musicians and a noble lord and lady, as we follow the interwoven storylin…
Hi Everyone,

I hope everything is going well for you. With all the bad things happening around the world I find that we need arts and music a lot more these days.
That said...I'll try to play my part. 

New things coming up:

On November 8-9, I'll be working with Kenyon Brenner, Mike Conrad, and Shawn Williams at the Thompson School District's Jazz Retreat in Loveland, Colorado. We'll be working with middle/high school students' big bands for two days. Super exciting!

The SGLJO is playing a concert at the Jazz Education Network Conference 2018, in Dallas, TX. Always exciting and fun to conduct my music with this incredible group of musicians. I have a new piece that will be premiered at this concert. The band for this concert is:

Dave Pietro
Adam Blakey
Don Aliquo
Kenyon Brenner
Ryan Middagh

Brad Goode
Ron Parton
Jeff Jarvis
Clay Jenkins

Mike Conrad
Paul McKee
David Caffey
John Matthews

Rhythm Section:
Dana Landry - P…
SGLJO in Colorado

It was great to perform two concerts in Colorado this week! The first one at the MOXI Theater in Greeley, Colorado; the second at the prestigious Dazzle Jazz Club in Denver.

MOXI with the Boss and Brad
It is always a blast to share the stage with so many talented musicians. Thanks to each one of you for making it possible. It is always humbling and exciting to hear these guys and girls performing my music.
After the Dazzle show
Helen, Pablito, and Daniel killed it on the percussion. They also did a great clinic on Dominican percussion at UNC.
Pablito, Erik, Helen, SG, Daniel after the Dazzle show
Wil, Bri, Kenyon, Darrel, and Joel were amazing! Including the sax soli on "Homage to Tavito" :-)

Having Greg Gisbert and Brad Goode on the same stage is like having Michael Jordan and Lebron James on the same team, Wow!!! Miles, Chris, and David were equally great.
Brad, Helen, SG, Greg
Paul McKee makes playing trombone look so easy! Mike Conrad always brings it! (And yes M…

2016 was a very exciting and crazy year! Back Home came out and it was very well-received by jazz fans and critics. The albumreceived very good radio airplay throughout the US and internationally (DR, Peru, Colombia, Australia, UK).  

The piece "Vantage Point" appeared on Jazziz magazine's (winter edition). 

The album won a Gold Medal at the Global Music Awards and it was named on the top 6 at the "Best of 2016" - Category Latin/Brazilian Jazz by Ken Franckling.

I was lucky to share by doing several clinics and concerts with the Socrates Garcia Latin Jazz Orchestra (SGLJO) in the US and the Dominican Republic, including two concerts at the JEN Conference in Louisville, KY, the performance of one piece at the UNC Gala, guest conductor at the Santo Domingo Jazz Festival (Casa de Teatro) with the National Conservatory of Music's Big Band. I also had the honor of recording a one-hour performance/TV special for CERTV (State Corporation of Radio and T…