JAZZ COMPOSITION AND ORCHESTRATION WILLIAM RUSSO PDF

In , Russo left the Kenton Orchestra and continued private composition and conducting studies, [1] then moved to New York City in , where he led the piece Bill Russo Orchestra. While working in London he founded the London Jazz Orchestra. He was a contributor to the third stream movement which sought to combine jazz and classical music. In he returned to his native Chicago and founded the music deparatment at Columbia College Chicago.

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In , Russo left the Kenton Orchestra and continued private composition and conducting studies, [1] then moved to New York City in , where he led the piece Bill Russo Orchestra. While working in London he founded the London Jazz Orchestra. He was a contributor to the third stream movement which sought to combine jazz and classical music. In he returned to his native Chicago and founded the music deparatment at Columbia College Chicago.

Besides writing for jazz ensembles, Russo composed classical music, including symphonies and choral works, and works for the theater, often mixing elements of the genres. His Symphony No. It was performed by the New York Philharmonic that year with Leonard Bernstein conducting Bernstein had commissioned the piece and trumpeter Maynard Ferguson appearing as soloist.

A politically charged multimedia piece for soloist, chorus, dancers, and rock band, The Civil War paralleled the American Civil War and the martyrdom of President Lincoln with the turbulent civil rights and antiwar movements of the s and the murders of Martin Luther King Jr. These were performed by the Chicago Free Theater, which Russo founded and directed. Jim Shiflett testablished the Body Politic Theatre. Russo also composed art songs set to poetry by Edna St. Vincent Millay , W. Auden , and Gertrude Stein , as well as scores for dance and film.

A few years later this ensemble disbanded but was reborn in Russo appeared with the band at the Jazz Showcase nightclub during the week before his death.

After struggling with cancer, he retired as chair of the Columbia College Music Department in He died in They had one child: Camille Blinstrub. Schildgen, from an extramarital relationship.

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