Creator

Chang Su

Advisor

Garcia, Socrates J.

Committee Member

Kovalcheck, Steve

Committee Member

Caffey, H. David

Committee Member

Svedlow, Andrew

Department

School of Music Jazz Studies

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

8-2019

Extent

122 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

This dissertation examined and compared six pieces for large jazz ensemble composed and arranged by Thad Jones. The analyses focused on Jones’ arranging and scoring techniques developed through three distinct periods of his career. In Jones’ early period, his arranging style showed influences from the Count Basie Orchestra as evidenced in blues vocabulary, call-and-response between saxophones and brass, and the form and structure of the arrangements. In his middle period, he explored symphonic sounds, suite-like forms, and elements from rock-jazz and funk-jazz music. In his late period, a more comprehensive development of tension and release guided his arranging. The vacancy of the melody, the use of unidentified poly-chords, and other unconventional arranging techniques were tools for Jones’ musical expressions. Jones’ characteristic arranging techniques summarized in the dissertation helped define his style. This comparative study has the potential to inform young arrangers how Jones’ arranging style developed over time.

Degree type

PhD

Degree Name

Doctoral

Local Identifiers

Su_unco_0161D_10743.pdf

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