The Erica Seguine/Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra: Pictures and Recordings
Elegant but shapeshifting original compositions and a quirky sense of humor (and a Bach tango), a pleasant change from your usual big band fare. (New York Music Daily)
Seguine and Baker approached big band like a live oil painting. Colors were arranged by vibrancy and emotional content, not necessarily by section (high instruments with other high instruments, for example). The co-leaders took a controlled but liberalized approach to big band, where Bach, Dave Holland and the poetry of Rainier Marie Rilke are all fair game. (Dan Lehner, All About Jazz)
The Erica Seguine/Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra is an 18-20 piece jazz orchestra that performs original, unique, and sometimes quirky musical landscapes in the New York City area. In addition to the traditional big band instrumentation, their orchestra employs many woodwind colors, euphonium, voice, and sometimes vibraphone. Their music crosses genres from jazz, to classical, to rock, to world.
Photos by Julianne Karr.
You can find out about us by reading on, or you can Find_out_more_about_us_from_the_eyes_of_a_reviewer (review of Oct. 20th, 2011 concert by Dan Lehner of All About Jazz)
The Orchestra is based in NYC and has performed in venues such as the Brooklyn Tea Lounge, Somethin' Jazz Club, Trumpets Jazz Club, and the Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY. Seguine also previously led her own jazz orchestra in the Albany, NY area, performing at places like The Linda (WAMC Performing Arts Studio), and the Schenectady Muddy Cup in the Proctor's Theatre Arcade.
About Erica Seguine:
Erica Seguine, originally from Albany, NY, is a composer, arranger, pianist, and teacher in the New York City area. She was the winner of the 2013 ArtEZ International Composition Contest, the 2013 BMI Charlie Parker Composition Competition/Manny Albam Commission, a NYYS First Music Commission for the Jazz Band Classic, the 2009 Zurich Jazz Orchestra Composition Competition, and a recipient of an ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award in 2011 and 2014. In 2012, she was selected for the Metropole Orchestra's Arrangers Workshop, led by Vince Mendoza, where she had the opportunity to arrange "Time to Say Goodbye" for Kurt Elling and the orchestra.
In addition to her own jazz orchestra, her works/arrangements have been performed by: The Metropole Orchestra, Millenium Jazz Orchestra, Zurich Jazz Orchestra, Eastman Jazz Ensemble and Studio Orchestra, the BMI-NY Jazz Orchestra, the Empire State Youth Jazz Ensemble, amongst others.
About Shannon Baker:
Composer, arranger, saxophonist/reed player Shannon Baker made the move from warm Tampa, FL to the New York City area in 2009. Since her move, she has performed in several different ensembles in the city while also writing inventive, original music for various instrumentations. Her compositions/arrangements have been performed by her co-lead jazz orchestra, Bernie Williams and the William Paterson Jazz Orchestra, and the University of North Florida’s top jazz ensemble. Baker graduated with a BM in Jazz Performance from the University of North Florida and earned an MM in Jazz Arranging from William Paterson University. Over the years, her teachers have included Jim McNeely, Bunky Green, Rich DeRosa, Laura Dwyer, and Rich Perry.
Check out some clips from our live performances!
Bach Adagio a la Tango (arr. by Erica Seguine) Steve Kortyka, Tenor Saxophone. Live at InsaniTea, Montclair, NJ, January 7th, 2014.
B Flick (Ed Wood Goes to the Beach) (Shannon Baker) Caleb Curtis, Alto Saxophone. Live at the Tea Lounge, Brooklyn, NY
Phases of Water- Mvt. 1: Snow (Erica Seguine) Billy Test, Piano; Scott Reeves, Trombone. Live at InsaniTea, Montclair, NJ, January 7th, 2014.
Dawn's Rise (Erica Seguine) (2012). Steve Kortyka- Clarinet Soloist.