The Jazz Ensemble Companion: a Guide to Outstanding Big Band Arrangements Selected by Some of the Foremost Jazz Educators (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009)

“Further Considerations on “Crescendo” Form in Some of Duke Ellington’s Swing Era Works.” Dutch-Flemish Society for Music Theory, 12th International Conference, Conservatory of Amsterdam, March 13, 2010.

A View from All Sides: Articulation of Form in the Music of Bill Holman”
International Jazz Composers’ Symposium, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL March 9-11, 2006.

“Outstanding Charts for Jazz Ensemble: Data from a Recent Survey”
International Association of Jazz Educators, Long Beach, California, 2005. Published in the 2005 IAJE Jazz Research Proceedings Yearbook, Manhattan, KS   (PDF)

“Beyond Constant Pulse in Jazz: Expansion of Bass Function in Gil Evans”
International Association of Jazz Educators, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2003. Published in the 2003 IAJE Jazz Research Proceedings Yearbook, Manhattan, KS   (PDF)

“The Jazz Conductor’s Baton: A Violinist’s Bow or a Drummer’s Stick?” College Music Society Northeast Chapter 17th annual meeting, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, April 6-7, 2002.

“From Popular Song To Jazz Composition: Thelonious Monk’s Ruby, My Dear”.
published in the Annual Review of Jazz Studies #10,Scarecrow Press, Rutgers University, 2000. 

“Ray Charles” in Popular Musicians, Salem Press, Pasadena CA, 1998.


“From Popular Song to Jazz Composition: Thelonious Monk’s Ruby, My Dear” published in the Annual Review of Jazz Studies #10, Scarecrow Press, Rutgers University, has been identified as essential reading by top scholars in the field and is cited as a must-read resource on Jazz, in the Oxford Bibliographies Online (

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“A passionate and detailed study of quality literature for jazz ensemble. Helpful to jazz band directors and arrangers alike. Highly recommended !”

Frank L. Battisti, conductor emeritus, New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble

“Michele Caniato’s observations into why some arrangements/compositions pass the survival test of history are indeed insightful.”

Phil Wilson, trombonist, composer, and arranger

“A compelling approach in the world of jazz education: thoughtful, highly intelligent, insightful. I recommend this publication to educators and musicians alike.”

Michael Abene, Grammy Award-winning composer/arranger and music director of the WDR Big Band of Cologne, Germany

“There are, possibly, many hundreds of Secondary School, City/County Youth Jazz Orchestras and Rehearsal Big Bands in the UK. Some are under the musical direction of mature ex-big band players who in both senses of the words “know the score”. These lucky fellows are fully aware of who writes, who publishes and what the pedagogical content is of most of the big band repertoire. This splendid book is for the rest.”

Kenneth J. Morris (Burton-upon Trent, UK)