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Composing for Youth Jazz Ensembles with Dean Sorenson

Dean Sorenson Composer Quest InterviewStudent jazz players have likely come across the name Dean Sorenson – his jazz curriculum books have been published by Kjos music and played in schools across the globe. In my Composer Quest interview with Dean, I ask him about how he makes music fun and playable for younger jazz players. We also talk about the differences between improvising and composing.

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Also in this episode, I feature listener-submitted arias from the “Arias on Tap” composing quest.

Visit Dean Sorenson’s website for more info about his jazz curriculum books.

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Episode Soundtrack

  •  0:15 – Original Composer Quest theme by Dean Sorenson
  • 0:24 – “Kristi’s Waltz” – Dean Sorenson (Jazz Ensemble Signature Series)
  • 4:25 – “Please Don’t Climb on the Iguana” – Dean Sorenson (Standard of Excellence Jazz)
  • 21:52 – “Once More” – Mary Beth Huttlin
  • 23:31 – “When the cold, dark, damp of this place” – Nicholas Mroczek
  • 25:08 – “Secretly Wanted” – Ryan Blanton
  • 26:10 – “Mobile Home (Rubie’s Aria)” – Words by Lori Ann Stephens, music by Charlie McCarron
  • 27:15 – Connected theater scene scoring – Charlie McCarron


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