Billy Strayhorn Tribute

Billy StrayhornDuring Christmas of my twelfth year I received my first Duke Ellington Orchestra record, and I listened to it incessantly during my middle school years.  I had all the melodies memorized and used to articulate the big band sound singing and humming along while studying for school or falling asleep at night.  It was my first real introduction to Jazz, and it never left me. In fact, when I started improvising in college I used to find extreme comfort from the Duke Ellington tunes because I knew every note and melody, and I knew how to change it and when chord changes were happening.

It is no surprise, then, that I am releasing my first cover tune that was written by Billy Strayhorn of the Duke Ellington Orchestra.  The classic “Take the A Train” has always been a melody that I used to practice improvisation and absorbed for fun.  Little did I know it was actually a tune much more than that to me.  I have created a unique arrangement of improvisation and subtle melody choices of this famous tune that I hope you enjoy.  The arrangement is a unique version using three saxophone voices (two alto and one tenor) that demonstrate a unique improvisation style with an anti-rhythm feel.  It culminates many years of jamming to this wonderful tune, and it is one of the few tunes that I would even choose to cover.

You can currently purchase a digital mp3 download for your music player by visiting CD Baby.


Matthew C Moore: Take The "A" Train

Christmas Music for Luncheon

I just came back from a luncheon for school nurses in Los Angeles.  I played about fifteen carols and fifteen jazz standards in a festive environment as background music during an hour or so holiday dinner.  If you are in need of any soloists for your upcoming event please feel free to contact me at  I had not done this in a while, and I found the performance helpful to my music and my wallet.  It is a also a great way to find fans of the type of jazz that I most often perform.

I am still working on a version of Duke Ellington’s Take the A Train that was arranged by Lennie Niehaus.  I am not satisfied with the original recordings so the release date will most likely be further down the road as holiday events start to fill my schedule and time.  It is a great version and I might offer a two for one deal or some past recordings from my San Diego performances and recordings.

Currently you can still download a classical tune that I recorded this past summer on iTunes.  It is currently under the name Slight Breeze, but remember I have changed the official name to Slight Winds to decrease confusion with other groups.  Have a great holiday.

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Slight Winds is featured in You Tube Commercial

Slight Winds’ original recording of J.S. Bach’s Gavotte from French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816 was used as the background music in an original You Tube commercial.  Please watch the video.

If you wish to download a copy of the music to you iPhone or MP3 player, you can find the links below.  It is currently published under the name A Slight Breeze but will be changing soon.

From iTunes
French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816: IV. Gavotte – Single – A Slight Breeze
From Amazon
French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816: IV. Gavotte – Single – A Slight Breeze

The Initial Recording from Slight Winds

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Slight Winds released its first recording under the name Slight Breeze; however, there was already a group with that name.  Hence the name change.  Currently to purchase the original recording you must search for Slight Breeze.  There will be additional recordings in the future that will accurately display the new name.  Thanks for your interest and purchases.  This helps me continue with recording in the future.

Jazz Duets: One Alto Saxophone on Two Tracks 2002

In Slight Winds first CD release during the Fall of 2002,  he blended two voices of one saxophone to create unique arrangements and improvisations. Working upon his favorites from Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, and Miles Davis, Slight Winds implemented some unique duets that provided fresh new interpretations with definite limitations and purposed omissions.  In addition to these Jazz standards are some fun versions of well known Christmas carols and a version of Over the Rainbow.

This sound was created during his saxophone works at Wake Forest University and has rarely been replicated by others, and this is probably with  good intention.  Today Slight Winds is creating digitally recorded ensemble tracks by blending voices of different saxophones one at a time.  It is creating that saxophone ensemble sound with modern technologies from Pro Tools.  The works from Jazz Duets might appear on future albums as freebies to fans.  Please inform if you would like that.