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October Wrap Up

It's been a busy month!

It started with a super-fun gig with my super-fun Brazilian Jazz friends of Tom Do Brasil. Toronto-based drummer Alessandro Colarossi put out a small group album featuring several arrangements and one original of mine - links coming soon.

I also had the pleasure of working with the Yale Undergraduate Jazz Collective's Jazz Orchestra. They are doing some great work towards building up their jazz program - I'm hoping to have a chance to direct their group at their Jazz Festival this…Read more

JEN 2016

I've been invited to present my "Art of the Intro" presentation at the Jazz Education Network's 2016 Conference!

Intros are one of my favorite topics. They're also one of the most often overlooked & undervalued opportunities we have as writers to hook people from the downbeat...

Using examples from my own compositions and arrangements, I'll be working through techniques such as: The Bait & Switch, The Motive-ator, and The Sucker Punch!

Stay tuned for more!

Billie, Billy, Berklee (& Claudio)

Such a great week! It started off with a hang with Claudio Roditi, where I got to hear him sit in with Glenn Franke's swingin' big band, and perform my arrangement of his tune "Piccolo Blues." He also played a nice arrangement of "A Felicidade." It is amazing to see the energy and emotion come through his horn when he's playing Brazilian music.

I also had the pleasure this week of arranging another chart for my friends at the Charleston Jazz Orchestra for their upcoming Billie Holiday Centennial Celebration…Read more

Upcoming Projects

February is shaping up to be quite a busy month -

I just finished up a big band arrangement for Stefon Harris, expanding the 8-horn chart I did for him on his song Ellison's Song this past summer. I'm hoping he gets a chance to use it in a couple of weeks with the Airmen of Note at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.

Up next is a new chart for maestro Charlton Singleton & the Charleston Jazz Orchestra on Herbie Hancock's Driftin'. This will be for their Herbie tribute concert Maiden Voyage next month.

Another…Read more
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Charleston Jazz Orchestra

Had a great time last night at the Charleston Jazz Orchestra's Holiday Swing concert - and had the pleasure of hearing them play my arrangements of What Child is This? & Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

Charlton Singleton and Leah Suarez put on a great show and have done a fantastic job getting the city of Charleston to support live jazz and fill the house - including the exciting news that the city will host its inaugural Charleston International Jazz Festival this coming January!

Looking forward to working…
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Reference Recordings

Out in San Francisco this week editing an upcoming CD from the West Point Band at Reference Recordings with producers Marina and Victor Ledin, of Encore Consultants.

I love time in the studio. Whether it's my own music or somebody else's - editing/mixing/whatever - it's such a great workout for the ears! It's also a great exercise in balancing time management with creating music. And great to work with different producers and learn about what they do, and to try to match their approach when working on…Read more
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Maxwell Tree Music Sale

Scott Arcangel is our featured writer this month! Shop now thru November 30th at and get 10% off all charts arranged or composed by Scott, using coupon code NOVARC10 at checkout!
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Featured writer on MTM

We are happy to announce that Scott Arcangel is currently the featured writer on Maxwell Tree Music’s homepage!

Jay Leno!

Not that I'm one to gush over celebrities… but opening for a Jay Leno show tonight was pretty cool. Actually, the hang after the gig was REALLY cool. Jay was telling stories about being a young standup on the road, touring with and opening for Yusef Lateef and Miles Davis.

New England Tour/Writing on the Bus

On the road in Vermont, Maine & Massachusetts with the Jazz Knights this week, and man I just love arranging music while I'm on the road... such a rush. Writing a chart on the bus/hotel, running it on the sound check, and then playing it on the gig.

Love the pressure of no bad note/harmonic choices, no Finale errors, and creating parts that musicians can read down the first time.

Then comes the thrill of hearing it, exactly as you imagined it, performed by a killin' swingin' band.

Lucky to get to write for…

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Stefon Harris

Had a great opportunity to meet and work with Stefon Harris this week, and the pleasure of arranging several of his songs – including the world premiere of “Ellison’s Song” which Stefon wrote for his son. The performance was at the Hudson River Performing Arts Center in Weehawken, NJ.

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Maxwell Tree Music

We’re happy to announce that Scott Arcangel has just been added as an arranger at Maxwell Tree Music – featuring several previously unpublished big band charts!