Don’t Panic

Capitol Records
Capitol Records

“Don’t Panic” – comforting words to intergalactic hitchhikers, and also the title of my newest piece.

Last weekend I had the opportunity to record an original jazz chart for the Thornton Jazz Orchestra at Capitol Records. I have written for big bands before, but this was a unique opportunity; a top of the line recording studio, a stellar ensemble, and 21 time Grammy Award winning engineer Al Schmitt became the ingredients of an amazing experience.

It’s not often we get a chance to write big band charts anymore, and after the plucky insanity of the last few weeks it was a welcome change. I hope to write more like this again. Maybe there will be an opening on Family Guy one day…