Lead Sheets to Annie's original tune "Passiflora" - the first single from the new album, Alpenglow out June 24, 2022.
Listen to "Passiflora" here.
ANNOUNCING THE NEW ALBUM FROM THE ANNIE BOOTH SEXTET // 06.24.2022
Alpenglow, the sophomore release from the Annie Booth Sextet will be released worldwide on Friday, June 24th, 2022. The album features 8 original compositions and a stellar band - Greg Gisbert (trumpet & flugelhorn), Anisha Rush (alto saxophone), John Gunther (soprano & tenor saxophones), Patrick McDevitt (bass), Alejandro Castaño (drums), and Annie at the piano.
As part of Chamber Music America Performance Plus grant, the Annie Booth Sextet had the opportunity to work with master artist-educator Art Lande. This album is the culmination of that mentorship experience.
2022 Reno Jazz Festival // Commissioned Composer
After two years of hiatus, the Reno Jazz Festival - anchored by the jazz program at the University of Nevada, Reno - is back for 2022. I'm very honored to be the Commissioned Composer for the 2022 festival. The commissioned piece, Sagebrush, is for high school level big band and is available for all of the student groups who will participate in the Reno Jazz Festival. Sagebrush is an homage to the state flower of Nevada; its swing feel is wide and open, reminiscent of the beautiful landscape of the American West.
I'll be in Reno in-person for a few events as part of the festival (which takes place April 28-30, 2022) including an artist talk, a masterclass, and I'll be hosting a jam session. There is a big virtual aspect of the festival this year, so if you are a student or a band director (anywhere!), look into participating in this great festival - you'll registration will give you access to my new chart and there are countless educational benefits as well.
Atlantic Center for the Arts // February '22
I'm very excited to be an associate artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts for three weeks spanning February into March 2022. I'll be working on several big band pieces and a film score, in addition to working with my mentoring artist, composer Timo Andres and the incredible fellow artists at ACA. Much, much gratitude for the Atlantic Center for the Arts!
Westword Article // August '21
Thanks to Jon Solomon at Westword Magazine for including me on this list of "Denver's Ten Best Jazz Musicians." Every one of the fellow musicians featured on the list is a mentor or a hero or both, and so I am truly honored be in their presence. Cheers to the great city of Denver!
Chamber Music America // 2021 Performance Plus Grantee //
Annie Booth Sextet + Art Lande
Thanks to Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Foundation for the incredible support of the 2021 Performance Plus Grant.
This grant program is aimed toward female bandleaders in jazz and the grant allowed me and my group, the Annie Booth Sextet (Greg Gisbert, John Gunther, Anisha Rush, Patrick McDevitt, and Alejandro Castaño) to get together with master musician-educator Art Lande for 9 hours of rehearsal time. We then went into the studio in early December 2021 to record the music we worked on with Art. This album (yet to be titled) will be released in June 2022. Stay tuned!