Rhythm in Your Bones' twin composition for the Jazz Orchestra by Beth Beauchamp

Rhythm in Your Bones' twin composition for the Jazz Orchestra, Rhythm JOnes, employs the same essential material, but with an entirely different scoring. I will conduct that premiere in the opening half of the Longhorn Jazz  Festival evening concert in Bates Auditorium.

The second half of the concert features this year's guest artist -- the one and only Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums. Tain is responsible for a rhythmically groundbreaking treatment of Autumn Leaves, made famous in tandem with Wynton Marsalis on Standard Time Vol. 1. I wrote a corresponding big band arrangement to feature brother Delfeayo Marsalis with the UT Jazz Orchestra many years ago and have updated my chart for this concert with Tain.

Colors by Night by Beth Beauchamp

Doubleheader tonight: Directing the premiere of Colors by Night with the UT Jazz Orchestra, then off to the Continental Club. There I will be backing Australian (and Nashville-based) singer/songwriter/serious guitarist Anne McCue on both clarinet and bari sax.

Marfa Triptych by Beth Beauchamp

Another installment recording Graham Reynolds’ country/experimental extravaganza Marfa Triptych (Part 1) that was premiered live in that West Texas artists colony in December 2013. This movement is a duo with Utah Hamrick on upright bass and me on clarinet.

Texas Horns in the studio by Beth Beauchamp

A weekend of Texas Horns sessions for producer Anson Funderburg at Stuart Sullivan’s Wire recording. Doing track after track without charts would be madness with some players, but over all these years The Texas Horns have developed a chemistry that is unbeatable.

Gato 6 with Suzi Stern by Beth Beauchamp

Gato 6 at the great jazz house-concert venue, Casa Karen, for a celebration of George Oldziey’s birthday. He and his wife, the fantastic vocalist Suzi Stern, make their home the warm venue that it is.

Gary Keller Band @ Orlando by Beth Beauchamp

A quick jaunt to Orlando, Florida to lead a horn section through my charts for the Gary Keller Band. Killer bunch of sidemen including Dave Sebree on guitar and Malford Milligan on vocals. Florida-based trumpeter Chad Shoopman is an absolute beast. We are opening for the great Michael McDonald – looking forward to that show!

Eddie Durham Tribute Concert by Beth Beauchamp

One of my favorite events of the year is the Eddie Durham Tribute Concert, put together by Dr. Keith Winking at Texas State University in San Marcos. Leading the band as always is the totally swinging lead tenor of the Count Basie Orchestra – the great Doug Lawrence. Also returning is NEA Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern, who is without a doubt one of the greatest jazz journalist sand historians in the world. He will speak on Eddie Durham’s crucial role in the development of the Bennie Moten/Count Basie Orchestra. Looking forward to get extra “story time” with Dan, who I am bringing up to UT-Austin as guest speaker for my Jazz Perspectives graduate seminar. His knowledge and first-hand experience with the greatest names in jazz history is amazing and endless.

Golden Hornet String Quartet SMACKDOWN by Beth Beauchamp

Honored to have been selected for the sweet sixteen finalists for the Golden Hornet String Quartet Smackdown – an international competition of 4-minute string quartets judged by the live audience. The brainchild of composers Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopchinski, there’s nothing else quite like it, anywhere.  The Friction Quartet out of San Francisco will perform all entries.

Andrew Heller Recording Session by Beth Beauchamp

Directly to the Cutting Room in Nashville with vocalist Andrew Heller for a head-up big band and strings session, where I will conduct my arrangements and play tenor sax and woodwinds besides. A large-scale undertaking and definitely a challenge for time management skills. My colleague Michael Mordecai in the trombone section and Ray Barnette producing. The great (and very friendly) Jeff Coffin in the reed section as well.

JEN Annual Conference by Beth Beauchamp

John Mills TIMES TEN flying to the Jazz Education Network (JEN) Annual Conference in San Diego, CA for one concert at the event and another at Dizzy’s performance space across town.  Playing material from Caffeine Dreams as well as the forthcoming Flying Blind CD on Fable Records.

Invisible Designs! by Beth Beauchamp

Official release of Invisible Designs, featuring Carmen Bradford on Fable Records! I’ve been working on this one-of-a-kind CD project for a few years and I’m really proud of it. Besides Carmen’s fantastic singing throughout, there are guest including Jim Beard on keyboards, and a murderer’s row of guitarists including Eric Johnson, Mitch Watkins, Jake Langley and Carter Arrington. Spencer Starnes engineered at Bee Creek Studios, mastering by Jerry Tubb as Terra Nova.

 

 

December Update by Beth Beauchamp

Celebrating the release of Beto y los Fairlanes’ Christmas CD on Fable Records this month with shows at Spicewood Arts Center, KUTX Studios and One World Theatre. This legendary Austin band passed the 35-year mark a while back, and is still sailing on under the slightly deranged leadership of the one and only Robert “Beto” Skiles.

Time for writing, and nothing but writing – new chamber music, plus a number of Nelson Riddle/Sinatra transcriptions for full big band and strings.

With a couple of days left in the year, still time for mixing The Texas Horns CD and a couple of Broadway Pops performances with the Austin Symphony Orchestra.

Alternative Improvisation Music Ensemble by Beth Beauchamp

Leading  UT’s AIME ensemble for Jazz Composer’s day at the Blanton Art Museum. The band and I have all written chamber jazz vignettes inspired by the current exhibit by artist James Drake - - a vast collage entitled “Brain Trash.” In the spirit of the continuous visual that stretches uninterrupted over several large halls, we will perform our ten individually composed “chapters” as one continuous flow of music. My section is titled “The Process.”

Covenant Presbyterian & Dukes Of Jump by Beth Beauchamp

Special concert event at Covenant Presbyterian Church as guest soloist on Tenor, Soprano and Flute with their choir, under the direction of Dr. Tom Brown. 

Later tonight – the debut of the Dukes of Jump with  Danny Levin, Alice Spencer, Steve Schwelling and saxophone cohort Joey Colarusso.

Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges by Beth Beauchamp

All-day session recording about 10 of my horn charts for the New Orleans-born, Australia-based blues vocalist/guitarist Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges. The tracks are his testament to the old school – inspired by B.B King, Count Basie, Bobby Blue Bland, Sam Cooke etc. Pat Manske producing and engineering at The Zone.