21M.342 | Fall 2008 | Undergraduate

Composing for Jazz Orchestra


Boras, Tom. Jazz Composition and Arranging. New York, NY: Schirmer, 2004. ISBN: 9780534252618.

Brown, Anthony. “Far East Suite: Director’s Notes.”

Selections in Cerulli, Dom, et al., eds. The Jazz Word. New York, NY: Da Capo Press, 1987 (reprint of 1960). ISBN: 9780306802881.

Russsell, George. “Where Do We Go from Here?”
Hentoff, Nat. “The Birth of the Cool.”
Schuller, Gunther. “Is Jazz Coming of Age?”

Delamont, Gordon. Modern Arranging Technique. Delevan, NY: Kendor Music, 1995.

Dobbins, Bill. Jazz Arranging and Composing: A Linear Approach. Rottenburg, Germany: Advance Music, 1986. ISBN: 9783892210061.

Garcia, Russell. The Professional Arranger-Composer. Vols. 2. Hollywood, CA: Criterion Music Corp., 1978 (reprint of 1954). ISBN: 9780910468053 (vol. 1), 9780910468060 (vol. 2).

Lajoie, Steve. Gil Evans & Miles Davis: Historic Collaborations: An Analysis of Selected Gil Evans Works 1957 - 1962. Rottenburg, Germany: Advance Music, 2003. ISBN: 978389221064.

Longstreth, Everett. Jazz Band Stage Arranging. Stoneham, MA: self-published, 1985.

Miller, Ron. Modal Jazz Composition and Harmony. Vol. 1. Rottenburg, Germany: Advance Music, 1992.

Mingus, Charles. “What is a Jazz Composer?”

Morris, Butch. “Conduction®” Principles and Artist’s Statement. [The artist’s statement and related materials are available at the Conduction Web site.]

Rattenbury, Ken. Duke Ellington: Jazz Composer. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1993. ISBN: 9780300055078.

Russo, William. Jazz Composition and Orchestration. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1997. ISBN: 9780226732084.

———. Composing for Jazz Orchestra. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1973. ISBN: 9780226732091.

Schuller, Gunther. Liner notes for Mirage: Avant-Garde and Third Stream Jazz. New World Records 80216, 1977. (PDF)

Sturm, Fred. Changes Over Time: The Evolution of Jazz Arranging (with CD). Rottenburg, Germany: Advance Music, 1995.

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