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Dear Miss Upstill : for jazz orchestra

by Jenna Cave (2009)

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Performance by Sydney Conservatorium Big Band, Jenna Cave, Eamon Dilworth, Michael Gordon from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists

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Work Overview

I wrote Dear Miss Upstill in 2009. In writing this piece I aimed to create an extended big band work that includes improvised jazz solos while maintaining a strong sense of compositional direction, shape and form. It features solo flugelhorn on a solo ballad melody accompanied by the ensemble.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: Flugelhorn (doubling trumpet), 3 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxophones, piano, guitar, bass, drums. Featured flugelhorn/trumpet on ballad melody and improvised solo and featured tenor saxophone on improvised solo.

Duration: 11 min.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Odette Upstill who died suddenly at the age of 24

First performance: by Sydney Conservatorium Big Band, Jenna Cave, Eamon Dilworth, Michael Gordon — Oct 09. Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

The Composer states the following influences on this work:

Bob Brookmeyer, Kenny Wheeler.

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2010 Sprogis Woods Jazz Composition Competition Runner Up Jenna Cave


Dear Miss Upstill


  • In the form/style of: Jazz

Performances of this work

12 Feb 2014: at Official album launch: Divergence Jazz Orchestra (Foundry616). Featuring Divergence Jazz Orchestra.

25 Jul 2013: at Sydney Conservatorium of Music Presents: Divergence Jazz Orchestra with Judy Bailey (Seymour Centre). Featuring Jenna Cave, Divergence Jazz Orchestra.

11 Nov 2012: at Divergence Jazz Orchestra return in concert (The Wall, Bald Faced Stag Hotel ). Featuring Divergence Jazz Orchestra.

19 Oct 2012: at Melbourne Composers Big Band (Gertrude's Brown Couch). Featuring Melbourne Composers Big Band, James Mustafa.

29 Jul 2012: at Divergence Jazz Orchestra BAND LAUNCH (The Wall/The Bald Faced Stag). Featuring Divergence Jazz Orchestra.

Oct 09: Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Jenna Cave, Michael Gordon, Eamon Dilworth, Sydney Conservatorium Big Band.

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