I’ve completed another demo recording of one of my big band compositions for middle school level jazz ensemble. I wrote Nogueira Amarga for the Northview Middle School in Hickory, NC under the direction of my friend David Wortman. The title is a pun on the name of the town they are in. I searched for a translation of “hickory” in Portuguese and it came up “norgueira amarga,” which literally translates (at least according to the software) as “bitter walnut.”
Here’s the audio sample. Like I did with an earlier piece, this one is recorded with me playing all the brass parts and the piano, Frank Southecorvo on saxophones, Michael Gamble on bass, and Justin Watt on drums. I want to thank Frank, Michael, and Justin for taking the time to help me get these recordings made and playing so well on them.[audio:https://www.wilktone.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Nogueira-Amarga.mp3|titles=Nigueira Amarga]
This chart will be published on PDF Jazz Music, so if you’re a middle school band director and want to get a copy of it check the above link and if it’s not available already it will be soon.