Archive for March, 2013

Kerwin Young with Jeff Kail, Jim Mobberley and Steve Davis (March 19th World Premier concert)On March 19th, 2013, Jeff Kail (principal bass with the KC Symphony), and the UMKC Wind Symphony under the baton of Steve Davis, gave an outstanding world-premier performance of my Concerto for Contrabass and Wind Ensemble to fierce applause and shouts. A 16-minute, three movement, through-composed work featuring an un-improvised jazz/swing section in the middle movement. Jeff’s ability is phenomenal!!! He displayed every possible nuance of the instrument!!! Michael Schultz (alto sax), also gave an amazing performance displaying a successful marriage of jazz and wind band repertoire.

Also on the concert was Jim Mobberley’s world-premier A Crowd of Stars, for wind band and choir.

I’m extremely thankful to be in the company of such amazing and beneficent human beings.