TROY students record Jazz CD

Posted: Thursday, 21 May 2009

TROY – Graduate students in Troy University’s John M. Long School of Music joined forces with a jazz artist to honor a legendary master of swing and his music.

“A Tribute to Harry James and His Orchestra Featuring Jilla Web,” a project for students in the concert production and promotion class and marketing of recorded music classes, was recorded in early May with Jilla Webb, the daughter of Jilla Webb, for whom Harry James wrote much of the music.

“Harry James was an American musician and bandleader and a well-known trumpet virtuoso,” said Robert W. Smith, coordinator of the Music Industry Program. “Jilla Webb’s mother was a vocalist with the original Harry James Orchestra and he wrote original scores for her.”

Smith said some of the scores had not been played live in some 50 years, until daughter Jilla Webb performed them during TroyFest, the City of Troy’s annual arts festival, and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival this spring.

Recorded and marketed by the students via Ilium Records, LLC, the project features songs “That Old Black Magic,” “Lover Come Back,” “Can’t Take That Away,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Am I Blue,” “Devil in a Man’s Disguise,” “The Thrill is Gone,” “Love Me or Leave Me,” “Black Bird,” and “Honey Suckle Rose.”

Illium is a student-managed record label located on the Troy Campus and was formed in 2007 as part of the Music Industry Program.

Graduate students, all working toward a Master of Science in Post Secondary Education (Music Industry), involved in the project are:

Shane Brantley, of Mobile; Tim Beattie, of Mobile; Sonya Atwood, of Mobile; Mark Turner, of Mobile; DK Grissett, of Atmore; and Jack Gillis, of Fairfax, Va..