ANNOUNCING: The Variable D Postulate Ensembles Big Band

This big band is shaping up to be more of an online project as opposed to live. I will be recording quirky and original big band jazz music that doesn't get played in the field as much. I am not trying to create a band to cover a specific repertoire as a band that's new and unique. While we will play live occasionally, the bulk of our work will be in recording.      

The crew - the band members - are a diverse group of multi-generational professional musicians. Some of our composers are band members. These are incredibly talented people who SHOULD be heard. However, the primary adaptation will be in how this band operates. This is now a "studio" band, in a sense. I am the brass section. I'll overdubbing all the brass parts on projects developed in my studio. The saxes and rhythm section will be "outsourced" to various artists remotely. This will allow me to keep my tiny budget under control and still pay homage to deserving artists. This will also allow me to feature artists from all over the world and not just be limited to the Midwest. 

The PRIMARY venue will be VIDEO. That is, most of the work this band will do will be in the studio recording inspired performances of this challenging music. While I am ready and willing to do live concerts in night clubs, depending on how I could fund the performance, most of my expenditure of energy and funds will be towards the video recording sessions. I can reach out and share this music with an unlimited audience this way. Also, since I will only have to pay for 4 to 6 musicians instead of 17, I can afford to be more a band patron of the arts as I am a trumpeter and band leader.

The Variable D Postulate Ensemble

Original New Jazz Music by Nick Drozdoff

I have a smaller band I call the Variable D Postulate Ensemble. It is variable, because, due to the vagaries of the biz, the band personnel can vary from gig to gig. 

You can buy these tunes on CD Baby.

"Chillin' In New Hampshire"

"Glad To Be Somewhere"

"Dominant Disconnect"

Timba Too

I play the bass line on EVI and all the trumpet, flugel and bass trumpet parts. The drums and piano are loops that are bundled with Logic Pro.

Shadow Rider

I play EVI and trumpet on this quirky little piece. I used drum loops for the drums. 

Phoenix Project Project Part 3

This is a short piece I improvised with my EVI, trumpet and some drum loops.

DD Quizbone

This is a big band Latin original written by my cousin, Steve Wiest. I play trumpet, bass trumpet and EVI. My son plays piano, Steve Hashimoto plays bass and Luke Angle plays drums.

Cou ntry Road

This is my virtual big band take on the Kenny Wheeler arrangement of James Taylor's Country Road. On the album liner notes, they attribute the arrangement to Keith Mansfield, but on the newer chart, they say it's Wheeler.

Chillin' In New Hampshire

An Original Piece for the Variable D Postulate Ensemble

This is the first official video for the Variable D Postulate Ensemble.

Glad To Be Somewhere

An Original Piece for the Variable D Postulate Ensemble

This is the second official video for the Variable D Postulate Ensemble.

Dominant Disconnect

An original tune written for the Variable D Postulate Ensemble.

This is a little studio piece I wrote for the Variable D Postulate Ensemble.