promoting the art of Music Arranging, Composition and Orchestration within the entertainment industry community and the general public.

promoting the art of Music Arranging, Composition and Orchestration within the entertainment industry community and the general public.

Big Band Hanginar: The Beginnings of Jazz, Jazz Bands and Arranging


LA 7 PM  |  NY 10 PM  |  JP 11 AM (+ 1 day)  |  AUS (Sydney) 12 PM (+ 1 day)

Big Band Hanginar: The Beginnings of Jazz, Jazz Bands and Arranging 

Featuring:  Gavin Rice with Elliot Deutsch, Andy Farber, Scott Healy and Roland Vasquez

Gavin Rice discusses the beginnings of jazz, the beginnings of jazz bands, and the beginning of jazz arranging. Including pictures, recordings, original arrangements, and prolific recording artists/arrangers of the 1920s that helped shape jazz as we know it. Arrangers and Educators Andy Farber, Scott Healy and Roland Vasquez will join the conversation.

Big Band Arranging Secrets Revealed with Elliot Deutsch

Pre Event Hang (6:30 pm LA, 9:30 pm NY) ASMAC Member Arrangement Playdowns with the Analogue Jazz Orchestra rehearsing live from Cornwall NY


Gavin Rice is a Bandleader, Composer, Arranger, Drummer, Historian, and Antique Phonograph/instrument collector from Rochester NY. Currently studying at Eastman School of Music. Passionate about jazz history, specifically early jazz and arranging for early jazz bands of the 1910s and 1920s.

Roland Vazquez - Composer, drummer, producer and educator Roland Vazquez first worked as a drummer with R&B and rock groups in and around LA. He began writing for his jazz-fusion bands during the mid-70's; receiving an NEA Jazz Performance Grant in '77, which helped establish his music, and led to his production of "Urban Ensemble - the Music of Roland Vazquez" ("funky salsa bebop" / "a decade ahead of its time"/ Billboard '79). During those years, he did multiple studio projects, also performed regularly with his band - and then also other bands in and around California.  

These included Shirley Walker Trio, Don Randi's Quest, Willie Bobo, and as a core-member of Clare Fischer's legendary "Salsa Picante" ('78-'81), he played on "Salsa Picante 2+2" ("Best Latin Jazz Album" Grammy in 1982).

Moving to NYC in '81, his next recordings, "Feel Your Dream" ('82), "The Tides of Time"('88), "No Separate Love" ('91), and "Further Dance" ('97) featured his music for quintet, tentet, and big band. These recordings were performed by his all-star Jazz ensembles; receiving acclaim from press and strong airplay at national Jazz radio. During the '80s and '90s, he performed regularly at Jazz Festivals, various colleges, and NYC venues (Mikell's, 7th Avenue South, The Bottom Line, and The Village Gate). During the '90s, he began performing his music with "Roland Vazquez Big Band." His compositions shifting more and more towards "Latin rhythmic chamber jazz ..." (Milkowski/Downbeat '97).

Graduating from Manhattan School of Music (MM '85), he was hired to that Jazz Faculty; teaching ensembles there from '88-'99; also introducing the first "MSM Latin Jazz Big Band" ('98). In 2000, he was invited to join the Jazz Faculty at the University of Michigan: initially teaching Jazz Composition classes, then initiating a "Latin Jazz Ensemble," co-directing the school's "Improviser's Ensemble," and then presenting "Music of the Afro Latin Diaspora" at U of M's American Culture/Ethnic Studies wing. In 2003, he received a Michigan Arts Council Grant in support of his Afro Latin chamber suite "Music for Percussion Quartet & 3 Jazz Players." He and his "multiple university ensemble" presented the work in concert at the Detroit Institute of the Arts, several universities and colleges, and also at PASIC that same year.

During '05-'06, Vazquez lived with his family as a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, Italy; where he composed and performed with various Italian & touring US jazz artists. In 2007, he returned to NY, settling with his family in the Hudson Valley; and then releasing "Quintet Live" (a composite of Canadian Jazz Festival performances).

In recent years, he has been featured as a "Guest Artist" in concert clinic & lecture residencies at Eastman, Berklee, Hart School of Music, UCCM, William Patterson, U. of Wisconsin, Georgetown University, Queens College, Ohio U., etc. In 2010, Vazquez received a grant from the prestigious Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc. - supporting his all-star Big Band recording, "The Visitor". "The star of 'The Visitor' is Vazquez' luminous, precise writing " (Sublette/Downbeat '10). In 2014, the Grammy Award-winning Big Band "Afro Bop Alliance" was funded by New Music USA to record three of Vazquez's large works, which were then released on their CD "Revelation".

He is currently on Faculty at Vassar and Bard Colleges, recently teaching "American Jazz History," "Afro Caribbean Percussion Ensemble," and private studio lessons in composition and drums. He also performs regularly with his ensembles at clubs, colleges, and Jazz Festivals. He is currently scheduled to present a new survey course at Bard in Fall '21, entitled "Music of the Black Atlantic."        Roland's website

Andy  Farber - Award-winning jazz composer, arranger, and saxophonist Andy Farber has worked extensively with legendary jazz singer Jon Hendricks and with Juilliard Jazz Director Wynton Marsalis. He met Hendricks in 1993 and collaborated on his CD Boppin’ at the Blue Note, writing arrangements featuring Hendricks and guests Al Grey, Marsalis, Benny Golson, Red Holloway, and Clark Terry. 

He has written arrangements for numerous artists and ensembles including Shirley Horn, Bobby Short, Joe Lovano, Joe Temperley, Regina Carter, Lee Konitz, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Frankie Laine, Billy Stritch, Robert Downey Jr., Fantasia Barrino, Vanessa Williams, the Boston Pops Orchestra, Philly Pops Orchestra, and several symphony orchestras throughout Europe.

 Farber has toured with Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, where he has also served as guest conductor. Additionally, he has been a guest conductor with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Bronx Arts Ensemble, and for numerous university and high school ensembles. In 2013 Marsalis asked Farber to assemble the Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars which was featured in the Broadway musical After Midnight and garnered seven Tony Award nominations. He continues to lead the Andy Farber Orchestra, which recently backed Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga for their PBS special Cheek to Cheek Live. Farber has been on the faculty at Juilliard since 2010 teaching jazz composition and arranging. In 2015 was named music director of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop.


Event Date Wednesday, June 29, 2022 7:00 pm
Registration Start Date Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Cut off date Wednesday, June 29, 2022 9:30 pm
Individual Price Free
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