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.
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.
Baltimore Rowhouse is a piece for mid-size jazz ensemble that has sudden changes in mood and style. Serial techniques are used in subtle ways throughout the score and provide compositional structure. Recorded by Amy Leonard, violin; Jason Shapiro, alto saxophone; Jeff Knoettner, piano; E. Shawn Qaissaunee, guitar; Peter McCarthy, bass; Skip Rohrich, drums; and David Arivett, woodwind quintet tracks.
Farmhouse At Sunset / Evening Rain is one of my hybrid pieces that blends jazz and roots music. It begins as a gentle, reflective, waltz with a touch of a modern Appalachian feeling and then turns into a jazz slip jig. The slip jig (9/8) is one of my favorite forms of Celtic fiddle music. Recorded by Amy Leonard, violin; Jeff Knoettner, piano; E. Shawn Qaissaunee, guitar; and Peter McCarthy, bass.
Out And About
Out And About has a series of blogs and videos 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.