Roger Aldridge, Composer
Jazz, Tango, Blues, New Music, Roots Music, and More
Think of my website as a virtual performance center where people from many countries can listen to this music. A variety of groups are performing, from solo guitar to a large jazz orchestra, and there are many kinds of music to explore.
Sleepy Creek Samba (inspired by Sleepy Creek Mountain in Morgan County, West Virginia) is a bright and happy piece for mid-size jazz ensemble. It is dedicated to the Morgan Arts Council. Score demo by David Arivett. The instrumentation used in the demo is violin, woodwind quintet (with alto flute), piano, guitar, bass, and drums.
New Tango No. 3 is part of a series of tango-jazz compositions. Each one explores a particular quality of the tango. Number 3 is about the power of attraction. In a way that I cannot explain, whenever I am in New York City this music comes into my mind. Recorded by Amy Leonard, violin; Jeff Knoettner, keyboards; E. Shawn Qaissaunee, guitar; and Peter McCarthy, bass.
Out And About is a new page on my website. It has a series of blogs that describe cutting edge experiences I am having with qigong, acupuncture, and other kinds of energy work. These practices have higher-level connections with music...and with the Stars.