... Lets Face the Music and Dance Keep Young and Beautiful Moon River Livin' La Vida Loca Smoke Gets In Your Eyes Careless Whisper Begin the Beguine
"... There is a danger that teachers browsing through music for their pupils might just glance at the first piece in this book and dismiss the book as being a bit too easy for their Grade 6+ pupils. Please don't! The selection gets progressively more demanding. Although 'Begin the Beguine' looks simple it needs a strong lip and plenty of stamina. The rhythms, intervals and styles of the other pieces will make them a challenge and, once practised, most rewarding. Each piece has helpful hints on style and technique printed in both the piano and solo parts; good advice from an expert! As we have come to expect from John Iveson's arrangements they work very well, are great fun to play and go down well with audience and performer alike. Sympathetic choice of key means that all tunes lie nicely on the slide and allow the aspiring player room to concentrate on bringing out the flavour and feel of the varying musical styles. All the tunes would make excellent encores to your recital!"
Reviewed 'Music Teacher'
The CD contains backing tracks for all seven pieces. These arrangements incorporate various dance styles - from traditional ballroom dance - Foxtrot, Waltz, Quickstep, through to Latin-American, Cha-Cha and the more contemporary, ubiquitous "Smooch". "Strictly Come Dancing" for Brass!
John Iveson began his professional career in 1965 as co-principal trombonist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and in 1969 was appointed Principal in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then he has worked with all the major London orchestras, and from 1980 until 1991 he held the position of principal trombonist in the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. For many years John was also the principal trombonist with the internationally renowned Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, which throughout the 1960's and 70's pioneered the performance of brass chamber music around the world. Many of John's arrangements in this field have since become established classics of the Brass Ensemble repertoire, and in more recent years many of these arrangements and compositions have been added to the standard brass band library.
John has also worked extensively in the commercial world of film and television studio recording, and was Professor of trombone at the Royal College of Music from 1970 until 1996. He now teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. An examiner for the Associated Board, John now lives in South Cumbria with his wife and two dogs, enjoying the return to his Northern roots, and continuing his writing, conducting, teaching and examining activities.