I am planning to make a video of myself playing multiple voices on my newly refurbished tenor saxophone, as soon as I get my chops back. The idea will be to recreate a personalized version of one of the big band jazz numbers I have always most admired, Jimmy Giuffre's composition entitled "The Four Brothers," which was played in the very late 1940's by Woody Herman's Second and Third Herds, that included four of the best saxophonists ever: Zoot Sims, Stan Getz, Herbie Steward, and Serge Chaloff. This will be the closest I will ever get to an unrealized fantasy of my unfocused, disorganized youth: playing in the Woody Herman band. English arranger Dan Tillberg offers a big band score of the Four Brothers, the teaser to which inspired me to try my hand at arranging the four tenor lines myself, plus a piano accompaniment, using Finale 2014.5. Three full choruses, the first with four tenors, the second with a vocalist (me, on this recording) singing the Manhattan Transfer lyrics, and the first and second tenors with eight bar solos for the first sixteen bars of the third chorus, then all together for the bridge and the last 8 bars. From my Exeter days, a good friend who has made his living as a jazz saxophonist in Boston put my "Can I do this?" anxieties to rest by saying, "Being “good enough to do this,” is not even in the mix. None of us is “good enough;” all of us are “good enough.” If it’s fun and gives us great pleasure, what more can we ask?" I couldn't say it better, and I hope you enjoy this! Next: the video. Still looking for a vocalist!!