American Connection

Three new Concerts for Jazz Clarinet and Orchestra



American Connection | Symphonic Jazz with Andy Miles



Jorge Calandrelli | Concerto for Jazzclarinet and Orchestra
Daniel Freiberg | Latin American Chronicles
Jeff Beal | Concerto for Jazzclarinet and Orchestra

WDR Funkhausorchester 
Wayne Marshall | conductor
Rasmus Baumann |  conductor (Jeff Beal)
mastered by Alan Silverman




Jorge Calandrelli

Concerto for Jazz Clarinet and Orchestra

© Jorge Calandrelli
© Jorge Calandrelli

Congratulations on a wonderful performance! It's a great album and I'm very proud to be part of it.

Jorge Calandrelli


The concerto for jazzclarinet and orchestra by Jorge Calandrelli was composed in 1984 and is one of the most demanding and exciting clarinet concertos. It makes the highest technical and musical demands on the performers and requires the highest jazz improvisational skills. The present recording is the second recording of this work.



Jorge Calandrelli is an Argentinian-born composer, arranger and conductor. He is a six-time Grammy Winner, who also holds 2 Oscar Nominations and 27 Grammy Nominations. In 2014 he got the ASMAC Award Golden Score for Arranging.

Jorge Calandrelli began his career in Argentina and Europe as pianist, arranger and conductor. Calandrelli moved to the United States in 1978, he is one of today's most prolific arrangers and has worked in the Pop, Jazz, Latin, and Classical fields.

Calandrelli toured Europe for three years with his Quintet and then returned to Buenos Aires to perform as a professional pianist with his Jazz Trio while arranging and conducting for major recording artists and record companies.


Jorge Calandrelli has arranged, composed and produced for:
Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, Jennifer Lopez, Sting, Diana Krall, Julio Iglesias, Enrique Iglesias, Marc Anthony, Sarah Brightman, Madonna, Elton John, Placido Domingo, Gloria Estefan, Arturo Sandoval,Shakira, Paul McCartney, Barry Manilow, Michael Bublé, Al Jarreau, Ricky Martin, Jane Monheit, Yo-Yo Ma, Kenny G, Whitney Houston, The Boston Pops, Paquito D’Rivera, Gary Burton, Betty Midler, Monserrat Caballé and more.


» Official Website of Jorge Calandrelli




Daniel Freiberg

Latin American Chronicles



Andy is an extraordinarily versatile musician, a member of an exclusive club. Very few can effortlessly and naturally speak classical, jazz, latin and tango. A worldclass musician...

Paquito d’Rivera



Daniel Freiberg is an Argentinian and has lived in New York for about 20 years as a producer and composer. Like Calandrelli, he has won numerous awards, and last year 2015 Freiberg received two Grammy awards.


Latin American Chronicles is a commissioned composition of the WDR and written for Andy Miles. It is the first Latin-Jazz clarinet concert ever and is based exclusively on orchestral Latin rhythms. The WDR Funkhausorchester under the direction of its chief conductor Wayne Marshall was perfect for this challenging task.



New York based, award winning composer (5 Grammys, 5 Latin Grammy Awards, 2 Emmys, 2 American Grammys, 1 BMI Award, Latin Song of the year arranger), arranger, pianist and music producer Daniel Freiberg has spent most of his life at the intersection of the distinct worlds of classical, jazz, rock and Latin American music.


Daniel Freiberg’s jazz arrangements have been performed by Stephane Grapelli, Dizzy Gillespie All Stars Big Band featuring D'Rivera, The Wynton Marsalis Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Regina Carter, Claudio Roditi Quintet, WDR Big Band, The Swiss Big Band and Jorge Dalto (featuring Eddy Gómez).

Daniel has composed, arranged or produced for:
Marc Anthony, Chayanne, Donato Poveda, Cristian Castro, Olga Tañón, Ednita Nazario, Steven Sater (Spring Awakening), Howie Dorough of The Backstreet Boys, Anthony Federov of American Idol, Amy Sky, Jerry Rivera, Laura Miller, Puerto Rican Power, Freiberg Smith & Jones. Several of Daniel’s songs have reached the highest positions in sales and airplay in the U.S., Spain and Latin America, Stephane Grapelli, Paquito D'Rivera, Regina Carter, Howie Dorough of The Backstreet Boys, Paquito D'Rivera and The Wynton Marsalis Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie All Stars Big Band featuring Paquito D'Rivera, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Anthony Federov of American Idol, The Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, Jazz Sinfónica Orchestra of Sao Paulo-Brazil, Jaguares, Alejandro Lerner, Chayanne, Donato Poveda, Cristian Castro, Jaime López, Conjunto Clásico, Willie Colón, Sophy, Rafael de Jesús, Cheo Feliciano, Claudio Roditi, Freiberg Smith & Johns, José José, Mijares, Microchips, Jorge Calandrelli.


» Official Website of Daniel Freiberg




Jeff Beal

Concerto for Jazz Clarinet

© Jeff Beal
© Jeff Beal


Andy Miles is a superb clarinetist. His technique and intonation are flawless and he is equally comfortable in the classic and jazz styles. The WDR Funkhausorchester does a fabulous job with the excellent music compositions that support this dynamic soloist.

Rich DeRosa


  The present recording is the first recording of this work and equally the birth of the idea of this CD. Jeff Beal is one of America's leading composers for television and has released some outstanding symphonic compositions. The conductor of this recording is Rasmus Baumann, who, like Wayne Marshall, is experienced in jazz and classical music and has "discovered" this work.  


Jeff Beal is an American composer of music for film, television, recordings and the concert hall. Highly regarded as a jazz instrumentalist and versatile composer, Beal's music often incorporates a synthesis of improvisatory and composed elements. He won 4 Emmys, 15 Emmy nominations and the Pulitzer Prize for the film music of "The Salvage Man".

Steven Schneider for the New York Times wrote of "the richness of Beal's musical thinking... his compositions often capture the liveliness and unpredictability of the best improvisation.” His score and theme for Netflix drama, House of Cards, has received three prime time Emmy Award nominations. Another lauded documentary, The Queen of Versailles, opened the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Beal’s commissioned works have been performed by:
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Broadcast Orchestra, Munich Symphony Orchestra, and Detroit Symphony Orchestr, Kent Nagano, Philip Haas' art installation, Butchers, Dragons, Gods & Skeletons, Kimball Art Museum, Venice Biennale, Metropole Orchestra (Netherlands), The Ying Quartet, The Debussy Trio, The Henry Mancini Institute, The Commission Project, The Prism Brass Quintet, Los Angeles Master Chorale.


» Offizielle Website Jeff Beal



Andy Miles




Andy Miles studied classical clarinet in Bremen and Hanover, finally with Prof. H. Pallushek. In 1991 he was one of the youngest clarinetists in Germany to be a principal clarinetist, in the Hamburger Philharmoniker. Later he came to Cologne as principal clarinetist of the WDR Radio Orchestra.

Andy Miles is dedicated to chamber music and plays many solo performances as well. He is a sought-after teacher and plays concerts throughout the world.

Time and again he breaks musical boundaries and builds musical bridges. His "wild" past as a Saxophonist in Rockbands, as a Tinwhistlespieler in Folkbands, as a Clarinetist in various Jazzbands and, last not least as the Soloclarinetist of the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg and Soloclarinetist of the WDR Radio Orchestra Cologne, allows him to move effortlessly through different music genres.


The press gave him the title: "Marco Polo of the clarinet" - a type of a new generation.





Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung



The musician, famous for his bridge building between classical and jazz music, returned to Duisburg for Jazz at the Philharmonic and was greeted in the Mercatorhalle with ovation after ovation...



Argus Capetown



The glowing sound of his clarinet simply warms the soul...



Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung



Andy Miles stopped the time for a moment. The audience holds its breath before the soloist was showered with ovations...



Mindener Tageblatt



The audience was in euphoric emotion, who could resist this super soft Pianissimoculture?




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