Mid​-​Size Jazz Ensemble

by Roger Aldridge

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I am a fan of the mid-size ensemble and the creative possibilities it offers.

My vision for a mid-size ensemble uses a woodwind quintet as a role model – that is, with each instrument having a distinct tone color – instead of thinking of it as a smaller version of a big band. This concept can be explored with either conventional or unconventional combinations of instruments. The ensemble can also have a level of flexibility and creative freedom that is usually associated with a small group.

My scores can be played by larger ensembles by having two or more musicians on each wind instrument part. Doubled parts -- with either same or different instruments on a part (creating lines with individual tone colors) -- is an easy way for big bands to perform this music. As I envision it, this will give a fresh sound to larger ensembles.


Click on a track's Info to see liner notes about the music.

Ensemble scores & parts for these pieces are available at Sheet Music Plus.

For more about my music for mid-size ensemble, see www.rogeraldridge.com/mid-size-ensemble.html


released October 11, 2019

Roger Aldridge, composer
David Arivett, score demos
Amy Leonard, violin (3)
Jason Shapiro, alto & soprano sax (3, 6, 8)
Jeff Knoettner, piano (3, 8)
E. Shawn Qaissaunee, guitar (3, 6, 8)
Peter McCarthy, bass (3, 8)
Brian Howell, bass (6)
Skip Rohrich, drums (3, 6, 8)


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Roger Aldridge Baltimore, Maryland

Roger Aldridge is primarily a jazz composer. A wide range of styles are found in his music along with a quirky sense of humor and a lyrical expression.

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