Instrumentation: big band

Duration: ca. 8:00-10:30

Premiere: Central Michigan University Jazz Lab I; Rob Smith, director; Todd Gaffke, tenor saxophone; Evan Shaner, trumpet


Program Note:

Space Case was written for Central Michigan University Jazz Lab I and director Rob Smith and is an homage to the great composer and pianist Thelonious Monk. The title comes from the colloquial phrase “space case” or “space cadet,” for someone who tends to live like an astronaut, exploring the remote world inside their head. Meandering, spinning, whole-tone flavored melodies are interrupted by loud, brash, tutti hits, like a daydreamer wandering through the park and being suddenly interrupted and snapped back into reality.