Pittsburgh Collective: Fenwick

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Composer: David W. Sanford
Soloist: Jon Irabagon, tenor saxophone

Fenwick's title refers to a character from Barry Levinson's film Diner. The two musical quotations that the composer admits to using are the first eight bars of Buck Clayton’s solo on the Kansas City Seven's “Destination KC” and a brief figure from the Second Symphony of Howard Hanson (who'd likely be incensed that it was used in a jazz-oriented work). However, the central elements of the piece are the solo tenor saxophone inventions.

Founded and directed by David W. Sanford, the Pittsburgh Collective is a contemporary big band that explores the varying intersections between modern classical and jazz, otherwise known as the “third stream.”