Making Time for a Little Quorum Blues

A lot of us here in Deepest Springfield love big band jazz, which may not be a surprise given how many of us love vintage radio shows, where that was the popular music.

You may be surprised to know, however, that Brooks Tegler, part of our regular JAT company and voice of Captain Reg Macorum on Rogue Tyger, is an accomplished jazz musician and band leader.

So when the writer/director of Quorum, Bill Coughlan, talked about having a more classic jazz score, we knew if Brooks didn’t have some tracks we could license, he knew fellow musicians who did.

Now that worked for most of the music, but we found we needed something more for several chase scenes throughout the season. Brooks suggested a recording studio (and engineer) who could do a great job. (He, of course, also knew some excellent musicians.)

Commodore Recording Studio

So on a Friday early last month — because musicians are booked on weekends — we met at the Commodore Recording Studio in Thurmont, Maryland.

Quorum Blues

The sextet does a take of “Quorum Blues.” Photo: Elizabeth Farrington

Under the eye (and hands) of veteran engineer Doug Benson, we were able to lay down several different tracks, with the musicians changing both keys and instruments throughout the half-day session.

Writer/Director Bill Coughlan provides background on who’s talking and what’s being talked about over perfectly good jazz music. Photo: Elizabeth Farrington

Bill gave some background on the scenes they were providing the music beds for — and the group worked through several ideas that then got expressed musically, from a frenetic car chase that ends badly to a desperate chase down a hotel stairwell.

If you haven’t already listened to it on your podfeed, it’s here:

The musicians you hear on this track are:

Brooks Tegler, drums
Tommy Cecil, bass
Robert Redd, piano
Anita Thomas, baritone sax
Marty Nau, alto sax
Scott Silbert, tenor sax

Brooks giving some notes as they prepare for another take. Photo: Elizabeth Farrington

There’s something absolutely wonderful about getting a chance to see music created and recorded in the moment, so we will say, if we get enough support via our Patreon campaign, we’ll definitely be working to do this again.

In the meantime, if you’re in the Washington, DC area, you can see Brooks Tegler and some of his compatriots every week.

The Brooks Tegler Trio plays at the Irish Inn at Glen Echo every Sunday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm (and they’ll also be playing New Year’s Eve from 9pm to 12:30am).

If that’s not an option, you can always catch up with Quorum.

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