George Stone (composer)

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George Stone
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Background information
Birth name George Joseph Stone
Born January 19
Origin Newhall, CA, United States
Genres Jazz, Big Band
Occupations Composer, Arranger, Performer, Engineer, Educator
Instruments Piano and Trumpet
Years active 1980 to Present
Labels SeaBreeze Jazz Records
George Stone Music
Website georgestonemusic.com

George Stone (born January 19) is an American musician and educator. He has composed or arranged over 100 works for instrumental ensembles, with the bulk of his material for jazz band.[1]

History[edit]

George has enjoyed jazz music since the age of 5 when he first heard Maynard Ferguson’s record called Newport Suite.[citation needed] By first grade he listened daily to recordings of groups such as the Four Freshmen, The Hi-Lo’s, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Bud Shank, Frank Rosolino, Howard Roberts, the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, the Candoli brothers, Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond.

At the age of 12 he began writing for and directing his first jazz combo, and by age 13 he wrote his first large ensemble arrangements followed by his first big band arrangement at age 14. He then attended the outstanding program at Hart High School[2] under the direction of Larry Thornton, writing and composing music for all their ensembles while concurrently enrolled at College of the Canyons (COC) in Valencia, CA, performing under the direction of composer, arranger and teacher Stewart "Dirk" Fischer who was his first composing mentor. Upon graduation he enrolled at CSU Northridge where he became a member of the outstanding Jazz A-Band for whom he composed and arranged extensively. The close proximity to both Hollywood and Los Angeles offered him a valuable integration with the professional music scene. By age 20 he was leading his own big band and writing for live shows and television.

Upon completion of his degree at CSU Northridge, he began teaching instrumental music at Hart High School. In 1996 he moved to the Central Coast of CA and has enjoyed a career in music performance, composition and music education for over 25 years. He currently directs the Audio Technology Program and teaches Music Theory and Composition at Cuesta CollegeSan Luis Obispo, CA.[3][4]

Artists and groups with whom he has been privileged to work include Maynard Ferguson, Clare Fischer, Dave Grusin, Tom Scott, the American Jazz Philharmonic and the Tonight Show Orchestra with Doc Severinsen. He has composed for CBS, NBC, HBO, ABC and Disney. He is in demand as a recording engineer and producer for high schools, college groups and professional musicians nationally.

His extensive participation as a festival adjudicator and clinician has included the California Music Educators Association (CMEA), California Band Director’s Association (CBDA), Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA), Buchanan HS, Dos Pueblos HS, Folsom HS, Westlake HS, University of New Mexico, CSU Sacramento, CSU Northridge, Northern Arizona State University, Bellevue College (WA), Fresno City College, College of San Mateo, Monterey Next Generation Festival, Eastern Washington University, San Joaquin Delta College (CA), Fort Lewis College (CO) and Reno International jazz festivals.

George has directed all levels of State Jazz All Star honor bands and has frequently appears as guest composer/conductor throughout the United States.

Trip Through the Grand Canyon[edit]

An interesting but rarely known fact is that George is the composer of an original piece of music called "Trip Through the Grand Canyon." It was composed in 1990 for Passport Designs (for whom he worked as MIDI producer) to be used in various MIDI applications, but as Passport Designs neared the end of their operation, they reportedly gave the music to Microsoft in a final effort for free publicity. Interestingly, the music file clearly showed the designation Provided by Passport Designs but did not list George Stone as the composer. Microsoft renamed the file Canyon.MID where it was released on Microsoft Windows 3.1 up through and including Windows 2000. Never apprised of the Microsoft acquisition, and being an exclusive Mac computer user, George never saw nor heard it until others had told him about it. After confirming that the piece was indeed his composition, George was advised by a musician friend to seek legal advice, later consulting the firm of Rosenfeld, Meyer and Susman LLP in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, upon review it was determined that though George was the original composer and copyright holder, he had signed a contract that gave Passport exclusive publishing rights to the music. Consequently, George never received royalties, compensation, nor credit as the composer. In one last effort, he wrote a letter to Microsoft explaining the situation and requested a meeting to discuss the issue, his reasoning based upon the fact that although Passport was the holder of the publishing rights, he was nevertheless the composer and wanted to have at least his name listed as such. By this time, Passport Designs had all but ceased operation and was acquired by G-Vox, supporting the rationale to credit George for his work. No meeting ever transpired after which George decided it best to abandon pursuing the issue.

Music[edit]

Selected Published/Copyrighted Anthology of George Stone Compositions and Arrangements for Jazz Ensemble

All or Nothing at All, Composed by Arthur Altman and Jack Lawrence; Arranged George Stone; Hal Leonard Publishing
Autumn Leaves, Composed by Joseph Kosma, Johnny Mercer, Jacques Prevert; Arranged by George Stone;
Autumn Nocturne, Composed by Josef Myrow and Kim Gannon; Arranged by George Stone; UNC Jazz Press
Bass-ically Two of a Kind, Composed by George Stone; Walrus Music
Blues in the Night, Composed by Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer; Arranged by George Stone; Hal Leonard Publishing
Body and Soul, Composed by Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton John Green; Arranged by George Stone; Hal Leonard Publishing
Brown Knows Rose, Composed by George Stone - Georgestonemusic.com
Call Me Irresponsible, Composed by James Van Heusen; Arranged by George Stone; Sony/ATV Harmony
Caught in the Current, Composed by George Stone; Hal Leonard Publishing/Maynard Ferguson
Close Enough for Love, Composed by Johnny Mandel, Paul Williams; Arranged by George Stone; Universal Music Corp OBO Warner-Olive Music
Come Rain or Come Shine, Composed by Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen; Arranged by George Stone; Hal Leonard Publishing
Count Me Out (I’m Out Me Too I Win), Composed by George Stone; Georgestonemusic.com
D-Bop, Composed by George Stone; Walrus Music
Doxy, Composed by Sonny Rollins, Arranged by George Stone; Prestige Music
Eternal Story, Composed by George Stone; George Stone Music.com Giant Steps, Composed by John Coltrane, Arranged by George Stone; UNC Jazz Press
Gone Without a Trace, Composed by George Stone; George Stone Music.com Hey There, Composed by Jerry Ross, Richard Adler; Arranged by George Stone; UNC Jazz Press
I Can’t Get Started, Composed by Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin; Arranged by George Stone; Hal Leonard Publishing
I Didn’t Know What Time it Was, Composed by Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers; Arranged by George Stone; Chappell & Co., Williamson Music Co - A Division of Rodgers and Hammerstein
I Let a Song Go Out of my Heart, Composed by Duke Ellington, I. Mills, H. Nemo, John Redmond; Arranged by George Stone; Hal Leonard Publishing
I Love You, Composed by Cole Porter, Arranged by George Stone; Chappell & CO.
I Watched Her Walk Away, Composed by Russ Freeman, Arranged by George Stone; Hal Leonard Publishing
I'm Beginning to See the Light, Composed by Duke Ellington, Don George, Johnny Hodges, Harry James; Arranged by George Stone; Chappell & Co., WB Music Corp. OBO Ricki Music Co., Sony/ATV Harmony
It Could Happen to You, Composed by Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke, Arranged by George Stone; Hal Leonard Publishing
It Might as Well be Spring, Composed by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein 2nd; Arranged by George Stone; Hal Leonard Publishing
It’s All Right With Me, Composed by Cole Porter, Arranged by George Stone; Hal Leonard Publishing
Josie, Composed by Donald Fagan and Walter Becker, Arranged by George Stone; Hal Leonard Publishing
Just One of Those Things, Composed by Cole Porter, Arranged by George Stone; Hal Leonard Publishing
Just You Just Me, Composed by Jesse Greer, Raymond Klages; Arranged by George Stone; UNC Jazz Press
La Samba Primera, Composed by George Stone; Walrus Music
Long Ago and Far Away, Composed by J. Kern, I. Gershwin, Arranged by George Stone; Universal - Polygram International Pub Inc., WB Music Corp. OBO IRA Gershwin Music
Lost Mind - Composed by Percy Mayfield, Arranged by George Stone; Hal Leonard Publishing
Minor Point of View, Composed by George Stone; Georgestonemusic.com
Monday Morning Blues, Composed by George Stone; Walrus Music
Moonlight in Vermont, Composed by Karl Seussdorf, John Blackburn, Arranged by George Stone; UNC Jazz Press
Mulligan’s Nest, Composed by George Stone; Georgestonemusic.com
Nardis, Composed by Miles Davis, Arranged by George Stone; Hal Leonard Pulblishing
On Broadway, Composed by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller; Arranged by George Stone; Hal Leonard Publishing
Peaceful Thunder, Composed by Louie Bellson, Dave Black, Arranged by George Stone; Alfred Pub Co. OBO Beam Me Up Music
Pearl Connection, Composed by George Stone; George Stone Music.com Peel Me a Grape, Composed by Dave Frishberg, Arranged by George Stone; Hal Leonard Publishing
Pretty Little Thing Called Love, Composed by Freddie Mercury, Arranged by George Stone; Hal Leonard Publishing
Prime Rib, Composed by George Stone; Georgestonemusic.com
Save the Best For Last, Composed by W. Waldman, J. Lind, P. Galdston; Arranged by George Stone; Hal Leonard Publishing
Shuffle Scuffle, Composed by George Stone; Walrus Publishing
Silver Bells, Composed by Jay Livingston, Ray Evans; Arranged by George Stone; Hal Leonard Publishing
So Much to Tell You, Composed by George Stone; George Stone Music.com Sophisticated Lady, Composed by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills; Arranged by George Stone; Hal Leonard Publishing
Speak Low, Composed by Kurt Weill, Ogden Nash; Arranged by George Stone; Walrus Publishing
Spring is Here, Composed by Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart; Arranged by George Stone; EMI Robbins Catalog Inc.
Straight Ahead, Composed by George Stone; Walrus Music
The New Generation, Composed by George Stone; Georgestonemusic.com
The Very Thought of You, Composed by Ray Noble, Arranged by George Stone; Hal Leonard Publishing
Then and Now, Composed by George Stone; Georgestonemusic.com
They Can’t Take That Away, Composed by Steve Diamond, Anders Bagge, Peter Sjoestroem; Arranged by George Stone; UNC Jazz Press
When Sunny Gets Blue, Composed by Marvin Fisher/Jack Segal, Arranged by George Stone; Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Where or When, Composed by Richard Rogers; Arranged by George Stone; UNC Jazz Press
Why Not, Composed by Michel Camilo, Arranged by George Stone; UNC Jazz Press
You’d be so Nice to Come Home to, Composed by Cole Porter, Arranged by George Stone; Hal Leonard Publishing

Recordings[edit]

George Stone THE REAL DEAL georgestonemusic (2010)
D-Bop
Then And Now
Peaceful Thunder
Mulligan's Nest
The Very Thought Of You
I Love You
Doxy
When Sunny Gets Blue
Count Me Out
I'm Beginning To See The Light
Straight Ahead

George Stone Big Band PIECE BY PIECE Sea Breeze Jazz (2000)
Spring In Here
La Samba Primera
Hey There
I Didn't Know What Time It Was
They Can't Take That Away From Me
Heavy Cussin'
Autumn Nocturne
Long Ago and Far Away
Autumn Leaves

Other recordings as performer or writer

American Jazz Philharmonic - Featuring Phil Woods and Ray Brown
Jacob Armen - Drum Fever
Gene Burkert - Jazz Palette
Luis Bonilla - Escucha!
Cedar Avenue Big Band - Land of 10,000 Licks
C.S.U.L.A. Jazz Ensemble - Diversions (as pianist) 1987
Central Coast Jazz Quartet - At Home
Miki Coltrane - I Think of You
Dirk Fischer and George Stone - Coming of Age Seabreeze Records (2011)
George Stone and Friends - Perform the Music of Stewart "Dirk" Fischer Seabreeze Records (2004)
Tony Lujan - Tribute
Tony Lujan - You Don't Know What Love Is
Ladd McIntosh - Bulbous Garlic Blues
Nightlife - Smooth Jazz
Royal Garden Swing Orchestra - Best Foot Forward
Sugar Daddy Swing Kings - How Big Can You Get

Music Publishers / Distributors[edit]

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