Big Band Charts by Todd Murphy

Todd Murphy

Todd MurphyIn 1993, Todd finished his Masters degree in Music from the University of Miami where he studied Bass Trombone and Composition/Arranging .He also was a member of the Concert Jazz Band while at the University. In 1994, Todd moved to Brazil and has since been working as a trombonist, arranger, composer, conductor and teacher.

Todd is currently Musical Director of the Banda Jazz Sinfonica de Diadema which is a fabulous 26 piece jazz orchestra located in the Sao Paulo, Brazil area. (www.bandajazzsinfonica.110mb.com). He also writes for many of Brazil´s top musical organizations such as the Orquestra Jazz Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo (arrangements for Dave Liebman and Orchestra, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Orchestra, Jazz Composers with Ted Nash and Orchestra), Orquestra Filhamonica de São Bernardo, Banda Sinfonica Jovem do Estado de Sao Paulo, Orquestra de Sopros (Conservatorio de Tatui). Todd is a featured writer with Soundscape Big Band Jazz. Banda Jazz Sinfonica de Diadema and Banda Jazzco. Todd has recorded a solo CD (easily available on the web – try CD Baby for example) which features many of Brazil´s finest jazz players – Todd Murphy and Bandazul – Novo Brasileiro. Todd was commissioned in 2004 to write an original composition for Fred Mills (formerly with Canadian Brass) and the Brass Choir from the University of Georgia (Blues Fantasy for Brass).

Notable achievements as a Bass Trombonist: Bandazul, Banda Jazzco, Banda Metal Maneira of Chico Oliveira, SoundScape Big Band Jazz, Banda Savana, Zerro Santos Big Band Project, Arcomancia, Arte Viva Orchestra, Appeared with Rita Lee on the Jo Soares TV show in 2000, Trombonismo (1998-1999), Interchanges (contemporary Jazz), Grupo Novo Horizonte, Sao Paulo, Maestro Graham Griffiths – New Music Festival (Santos e Sao Paulo), 1994-98 – Bienal of Contemporary Brazilian Music (Rio de Janeiro), 1993-95-97 – Also as soloist for the world premier of “Bass Trombone Concerto” (Roberto Vitorio,1997), Miami Symphony Orchestra (1990-1993), Miami City Ballet Orchestra (1990-1993) University of Miami Concert Jazz Band (1992-1993) – Magnum Band (1990-1993), John Goodwyn and the Appetizers – UCF Jazz Lab (1986-1988).

Shows with Famous Artists: Banda Mantiquira, Toquinho, Gal Costa, Zelia Duncan, Daniela Mercury, Ivan Lins, Rita Lee, Titas, Fala Mansa, Elba Ramalho, Zimbo Trio, Frank Sinatra Jr., Jerry Lewis, Les Elgart Orchestra.

“Todd is a first class arranger who knows what he is doing…Recommended.”

–David Liebman

“An excellent writer and arranger, Todd has the ability to craft a tune that moves and inspires both his band and the audience. He has something unique to say as an artist.”

–Ben Allison

Big Band Charts by Todd Murphy

Blues for Elisa

Blues for Elisa was written for the composer´s wife “Elisa”. It is a show tune that will work good as an opener or Encore. The form is irregular starting with the constant F minor swing that is interrupted almost randomly by the Bb7+11 bridge. The rhythm section must stay on it´s toes to make the changes at the right time. Each of the solos is of varying lengths making for alot of surprises (for the audience…not the band hopefully). There are ensemble passages and a 5 sax soli making it a challenging, but highly effective chart!

Solos – Guitar, Alto 2, Trumpet 3 and Trombone 3.

PRICE $19.95

Uncle Charles

Composed and Arranged

by Todd Murphy

Uncle Charles was written for Soundscape Big Band Jazz (São Paulo, Brazil) and is a medium up swing chart based on modified rhythm changes. The chart features an intro that has the bass instruments dueling it out early on. As the composer is a bass trombonist himself, he tends to give interesting and demanding lines to this instrument and “Uncle Charles is no exception”. On the high end, the trumpets can opt for an 8va Ab phrase if they are feeling brave that day (Listen to Jr. Galante on Soundscape´s recording to hear it well done)! The three soloists (trumpet and two tenors) constantly trade off solos between themselves and the bridge is always accompanied with an improvised second tenor solo (Uncle Charles in the case of SoundScape Big Band Jazz). All this along with wah wahs, plungers and Mingus like effects makes this chart fun and challenging.

PRICE $19.95

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