Greenville Jazz Collective Big Band | Welcome to Earth

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Welcome to Earth

by Greenville Jazz Collective Big Band

GJC is proud to release its debut album featuring compositions by several band members and featuring many of Upstate South Carolina's best jazz musicians.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. City of Roswell
7:14 $1.50
2. A Kneezy Waltz
5:47 $1.50
3. Aya Sofia
9:58 $1.50
4. Fairy Tale
8:23 $1.50
5. Don't Git Sassy
6:20 $1.50
6. Facing East
6:25 $1.50
7. Welcome to Earth
4:38 $1.50
8. Relaxin' at Cousin's
5:29 $1.50
9. Skylark
6:58 $1.50
10. Dealing Seconds
5:07 $1.50
11. Moanin'
8:08 $1.50
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
On a warm summer night in Greenville, South Carolina, a crowd gathers at Chicora Alley, a small upstairs restaurant and bar. A complex maneuvering of bodies, sheet music, and instruments ensues as seventeen musicians crowd onto a tiny stage in the corner. The regular listeners arrive early to stake out their favorite tables; musicians hurry to grab a bite before the show starts; band leaders check the microphone and call out set lists. The cacophony of bar noises and warm-up exercises soon gives way to a fierce lineup of jazz compositions and arrangements, both from the standard repertoire and originals composed by band members.

This is the Greenville Jazz Collective Big Band, which has been performing here and across the Upstate for over four years. Formed by the area’s most dedicated and accomplished jazz musicians, the GJC Big Band is built around two principles: to bring the jazz community together, and to inspire each other to create and collaborate in continual musical growth and development. This album is a testament to the talent and dedication of these musicians.


Welcome To Earth is a collection of the band’s favorite compositions. The album opens with City of Roswell by guitarist Adam Knight, starting with an ethereal guitar figure that soon turns to a driving swing that ends with mass improvisation.

Featured composer and baritone saxophonist Tom Wright contributes three compositions to the project. Aya Sofia is an epic Latin masterpiece featuring Brad Jepson on trombone, Shannon Hoover on bass, Justin Ray on trumpet, and Tim Blackwell on drums. The title track Welcome to Earth is a beautiful and moving tribute to a friend’s newborn baby, and Fairy Tale features soloists Justin Ray on trumpet, Richard Shulman on piano, and Matt Olson on alto saxophone, who evoke all manner of dreams throughout the piece.

Richard Shulman contributes the delightful Relaxin’ at Cousin’s, and Asheville composer David Wilken’s two compositions, A Kneezy Waltz and Dealing Seconds, are so musically and masterfully written that they have become essential repertoire for the band. Digging into the standard big band repertoire, alto saxophonist Evan Jacobi delivers an inspired performance of Bob Brookmeyer’s arrangment of Skylark, the band tosses in a Thad Jones standard Don’t Git Sassy, and by popular request, every Jazz Collective show is guaranteed to have at least one piece by legendary bass player Charles Mingus; in this case, Moanin’ features Tom Wright on bari sax.

We are extremely proud of this first big band album, and we sincerely hope that you enjoy it.


The Greenville Jazz Collective is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2012 by members of the jazz community in Greenville, SC. Through education outreach and regular performances in the community, the mission of the GJC is to create a greater awareness and appreciation for jazz music and history in the Upstate for generations to come.

GJC comprises three performance ensembles: the Original Quintet, the Big Band, and the Early Jazz Band. Its JazzEd program reaches thousands of students every year by bringing professional jazz performers into schools across the Upstate. It also supports the Greenville Youth Jazz Ensemble in collaboration with local educator Kevin Korschgen, and Summer Jazz Camp in collaboration with Furman University.

GJC depends on the support of its patrons to continue to bring world class jazz performances to the Upstate. To learn more about GJC or make a contribution, please visit our website.



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