My Funny Valentine – Arr. Jeffery Wilson
Rodgers wrote the music to over 40 Broadway musicals, and is best known for his collaborations with the lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II, the former of which wrote the lyrics to this song. My Funny Valentine is from the musical Babes in Arms and is sung by the character Billie Smith to Valentine LaMar. He initially mocks her personality but declaims that he makes her happy and that she wouldn’t have him any other way. This particular arrangement showcases the Baritone sax as a soloist within the quartet.
Megan and Cei
Jeff has had a third of his 150 works published, and has worked all over Europe as a performer, composer and teacher. He has studied under Gordon Jacob and Oliver Messiaen, and has been commissioned by numerous well known artists in all fields of music. Megan and Cei depicts the characteristics of two children. The first, Megan, is an elegiac ballad. Cei, on the other hand, is represented by a “French” style dance. The two contrasting illustrations are representative of the two children, of which Cei took a while in learning how to walk. This is shown through cross rhythms in the music.
A composer of many genres, Gershwin is mostly known for his Broadway shows, written in collaboration with his brother Ira. Numerous artists have recorded interpretations of his works, now jazz standards through their commercial appeal.
An American In Paris – Arr. Nigel Wood 1988
This work was originally a symphonic composition for the New York Philharmonic. It was inspired by Gershwin’s trip to Paris in the 1920s. The piece is notable for the addition of celesta, saxophone and card horns to the orchestra. The story can essentially be divided into three parts. The first, is the initial culture shock of the French atmosphere; the blues section then depicts the American’s succumbing to homesickness and the third is his returning appreciation for the French atmosphere.
Summertime – Arr. Jeffery Wilson
Summertime was initially an aria at the beginning of Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess. The song is now a popular jazz standard. It is a lullaby sung by the character Clara, to her baby. Gershwin explained that he based the song on a Ukranian lullaby, Oi Khodyt Son Kolo Vikon (A Dream Passes By The Windows)
Midnight In Kinsale
Gavin is a big fan of lower instruments, almost immediately specialising in the larger saxophones when he started to learn the instrument. He has toured all over Europe since leaving Trinity College of Music and has clearly been influenced by the many places he has visited. Despite being his first classical composition, this suite is hugely inspired by celtic folk rhythms and jazz melodies. The three