Cissy Strut

“Cissy Strut” is a 1969 funk instrumental by The Meters. Released as a single from their eponymous debut album, it reached No. 4 on the R&B chart and No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. Skipp Pearson and his band had a blast recording this one. Skipp Pearson: tenor saxophone Mark Rapp: trumpet Shannon Pinckney: … Read more

The Difference

“The Difference” is an original composition by Reggie Sullivan. Reggie Sullivan: bass, vocals Zach Bingham: guitar Geoffrey Lawrence Shackley: drums


“Superman” is an original composition by saxophonist and jazz educator Dr. Robert Gardiner. Robert Gardiner: tenor saxophone Jonathan Lovett: keyboard Dustin Retzlaff: bass Tony Lee: drums


Ronda is a composition by the Brazilian composer Paulo Vanzolini. This is Mark Rapp‘s arrangement incorporating an original chorinho introduction and ending along with a little frevo in the middle. Watch the video Mark Rapp: trumpet Jonathan Lovett: piano Dustin Retzlaff: bass Jay Ware: pandeiro, vibraphone Download the music .pdfs  

What Brown Did For Me

While a grad student pursuing a masters in Jazz Studies at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, my mentor (and jazz composition professor), the late David N. Baker would have us write a tune every week. He was very keen on tipping the hat to your musical influences, be it by title … Read more