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Bordello Nights

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Jennifer Bellor

Jennifer Bellor

Subtitle: For Wind Orchestra and Jazz Band

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: Two versions: c. 8:00 & c. 18:25
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Jennifer Bellor
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $150.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Electric Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Conga
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (large & medium)
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells (Chimes)
  • Vibraphone

Jazz Band, including:

  • Soprano Saxophone
  • Alto Saxophone
  • Piano
  • Electric Bass
  • Drums


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In Bordello Nights, the tango-like rhythms throughout juxtaposed with the ensemble of jazz improvisers intertwined with a dark, film noir-like fabric paints a historical picture of the types of music that were often performed in bordellos in the early twentieth century.

According to The History of Jazz by Ted Gioia, New Orleans jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton (1840-1941) was hired to perform in these venues, which held a substantial place in the music business in the early 20th century: “More than any other major New Orleans jazz artist, Morton’s apprenticeship in the music business took place largely in the bordellos of Storyville (although Morton worked mainly in the white bordellos where few other jazz players could follow) … His great-grandmother expelled him from home when she learned of his activities in the District, and before long Morton started on the peripatetic freelancing that would occupy most of his life.”

The composer Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) composed tango music for the concert hall with the mission to bring tango from bordellos to other venues. For example, his composition Histoire du Tango, specifically his first movement titled Bordello, 1900, brings to the concert hall music that was associated with bordellos in Buenos Aires.

Bordello Nights (2016) was commissioned by conductor Tom Leslie and the UNLV [University of Nevada at Las Vegas] Wind Orchestra. It was premiered March 10, 2016. A shortened version of the piece was premiered at the Festival des Anches d'Azur in La Croix Valmer, France in June 2016.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Nevada at Las Vegas Wind Orchestra (Tom Leslie, conductor) – 10 March 2016 *Premiere Performance*

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