Bart Marantz NPR/KERA Jazz Education Interview
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Written and Arranged By: Geoff Keezer
Instrumentation: Combo - Quintet
Publisher: Second Floor Music/Hal Leonard Corp.
Grade: 3 Swing Tempo = 140 $20.00
“Masaman” is a really nice and very playable original piece for your small group on both the high school and college levels. Geoff Keezer and Roy Hargrove were both recipients of the “IAJE Young talent Award” in 1987 which took place in Atlanta, Georgia and captivated all present with their amazing ability to play jazz music far beyond their physical years.
From their collaboration in Atlanta came the recording “Hard Groovin” recorded just two years later in 1989 on the Muse label. Appearing on the album with Geoff Keezer, leader/pianist is Booker T. Washington HSPVA alumni Roy Hargrove, trumpet, Ricky Ford, tenor, Bob Hurst, bass, and Jeff Watts, drums. This recording is still so be sure to get the CD along with the chart for your students. By hearing what the arrangement and solos sound like by some of todays top pros your students will grow into the performance mode more quickly.
“Masaman” is written for trumpet, tenor, piano, bass and drums. It has an interesting line written over some very playable changes in an AABA form. If you have a small group in your program and are looking for charts that will allow your students to grow as they play then “Masaman” is for you.
Top note for trumpet is written E in the staff.