• IAJE Day 2 - ASCAP/IAJE Commissions

    January 10, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    In 2007, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and the International Association for Jazz Education honored the life and work of Frank Foster (or Uncle Frank, as we call him at WBGO) by commissioning two works in his honor. These works were premiered at the conference today.

    The first was "Vinifero," a composition by Ayn Inserto. The tenor soloist is George Garzone. Check it out:

    Ayn Inserto - Vinifero

    The second piece is one that the composer, Tim Hagans, describes as a love story. Ingrid Jensen is the soloist. Hagans also notes that the commission refers to Frank Foster's "Shiny Stockings," but I missed it. It's called "Box of Canoli," as you might expect a love song to be named...

    Tim Hagans - Box of Canoli

    Both commissions were performed by Darcy James Argue's Secret Society North, the Canadian splinter cell of his New York Area band.

    Here's what Frank Foster had to say about it all:

    Frank Foster - ASCAP/IAJE speech

    Swing is the thing, baby. - Josh

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