From the recording Late Night Talk Show Theme
Prior to hiring a house rock band fronted by Fred Armisen, Late Night with Seth Meyers was at one point shopping for big band style theme music. I was invited by NBC, along with several other composers, to submit a 60 second spec demo for consideration.
I post this as an example of how I can write to spec. The creative specs NBC laid out for the music was as follows:
-Classic big band style music that swings and drives the viewer
-Should have a "Rat Pack" style coolness that sticks in your head
-Johnny Carson's Tonight Show theme (by Paul Anka) was cited as a reference in the right direction, though they didn't want something that sounded as dated
-Despite the above requirements, the music must have a "modern but simple vibe", yet not sound like a forced hybrid of disparate musical genres.
It was a challenging assignment, but a lot fun. Special thanks to Brian Cook, Andy Baker, John O'Reilly Junior and Kirk Garrison for their contributions to this recording.