Symphonic Jazz Works
Concerto for Jazz Violin and Orchestra (2007)
I. Blue Reel
III. Step Dance
for symphony orchestra and violin solo
Commissioned by Chien Tan
Winner of the University of Miami
Duration: 15-16 minutes
Routenberg's Jazz Violin Concerto has become the composer's most popular work, with performances around the world spanning three continents.
"The Jazz Violin Concerto has all the seriousness of a classical work—three movements, sophisticated orchestration, great development—but it also has the appeal of idiomatic fiddle writing, evoking wide open skies, sort of along the lines of Aaron Copland. Finally, it's got the 'it factor' of a jazz piece, and it allows the solo voice to really shine through, taking risks."
-Christian Howes, jazz violinist
"The Concerto for Jazz Violin is groundbreaking with the use of improvised violin solos."
-Andrew Paul, US Embassy Cultural Attaché in Kyiv, Ukraine
"Routenberg's Concerto for Jazz Violin and Orchestra was wonderful, its syncopated embellishments reminiscent of Aaron Copland, an American hoedown and a whole lot more. This compostion is a true keeper, every bit as fine as much of Copland and Leonard Bernstein."
-THE NEAPOLITAN, Peg Goldberg Longstreth, Naples, Florida
The Anthropocene (The Human Age) (2017)
Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commission
with support from The ASCAP Foundation
Louis Armstrong funds
World Premiere by Symphonic Jazz Orchestra
September 30, 2017
Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach, CA
Mitch Glickman, conductor & Music Director
Duration: 11 minutes
The ASCAP Foundation/SJO Commissioning Prize
for chamber orchestra and jazz piano trio
Premiered by the Henry Mancini Institute
Vince Mendoza, conductor