How I’ll spend my summer vacation.

Moving day for local 47 is fast approaching. The new union hall is in Burbank. The trucks arrive in July to take the stands, chairs and pianos over the hill. Until then, it’s music as usual.

Charts played:

Quick Step
M*A*S*H
Donna Lee
I’ll Be Around
The Big Izzy
Getting Sentimental
Moon of Manakoorah


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Los Angeles Jazz Institute Big Band Spectacular

The Ultimate Rehearsal!

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band set the bar high at the opening last Thursday Night. The Phat Band… “Blew the roof off this dump” as Jeff Thompson said of the performance. Carl Saunders, Bruce Babad, Scott Whitfield have performed as leaders this weekend. Most of the other members of this band have played with other Big Bands in this festival.

Tickets and brunch seats still available. Call for reservations or come on down:

L.A. Jazz Institute Big Band Spectacular
The Westin Los Angeles Airport, Grand Ballroom
5400 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90045
www.lajazzinstitute.org
Tickets 562-200-5477

 

Charts played:

CHARTS PLAYED:
69 Blue Daniel
Echoes of Aranjuez I, II, III, IV, IV, IV
2 After You’ve Gone
Any Dude’ll Do

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Big Band Spectacular

Welcome to the penultimate rehearsal before “the Spectacular”

There were a few subs. The five trumpet feature on ”Echoes“ was one horn short the first time through. After some hurried bandstand cell calls with one ear plugged with a finger,  a suitable player was located. He arrived just as the break ended — in time for two run-throughs and change of Echoes of Aranjuez.

Tickets and brunch seats still available:

L.A. Jazz Institute Big Band Spectacular
The Westin Los Angeles Airport, Grand Ballroom
5400 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90045
www.lajazzinstitute.org
Tickets 562-200-5477

 

Charts played:

CHARTS PLAYED:
18. T and W #2
69 Blue Daniel
Echoes of Aranjuez I, II, III, IV, I, II, III, IV, I, II, III, IV, IV
2 After You’ve Gone

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Big Band Spectacular

Countdown to the Spectacular.

This rehearsal covered the entire piece twice. This guitar-free version of Joaquín Rodrigo’s 1939 Spanish epic, Echoes of Aranjuez will be performed on May 28th 2017 at this year’s L.A. Jazz Institute Big Band Spectacular.

L.A. Jazz Institute Big Band Spectacular
The Westin Los Angeles Airport, Grand Ballroom
5400 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90045
www.lajazzinstitute.org
Tickets 562-200-5477

 

Charts played:

CHARTS PLAYED:
69 Blue Daniel
Echoes of Aranjuez I, II, III, IV, II, I, II, III, IV
No Joy In Mudville
108 View from the side

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Big Band Spectacular

Countdown to the Spectacular.

This rehearsal of Echoes of Aranjuez featured the addition of a 5th trumpet part played by Jonathan Dane.

The entire piece will be performed on May 28th 2017 at this year’s L.A. Jazz Institute Big Band Spectacular.

L.A. Jazz Institute Big Band Spectacular
The Westin Los Angeles Airport, Grand Ballroom
5400 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90045
www.lajazzinstitute.org
Tickets 562-200-5477

 

Charts played:

131 Any Dude’ll Do
Echoes of Aranjuez II, III, IV
94 Rain Check
168 Shake the Air
68 Isn’t She Lovely
44 The Man I Love
79 Lover Man
166 M*A*S*H

Finding Rodrigo

Capturing “the fragrance of magnolias, the singing of birds, and the gushing of fountains”  is how Joaquín Rodrigo described his 1939 Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra. The gardens of Aranjuez were originally built in the 16th century by King Philip II of Spain as the spring palace for Spanish monarchs. The exclusive residence featured sublime architecture and an unlimited gardening budget. Today’s Getty Villa only approaches such grace.It is no wonder Rodrigo’s attempts to transport the listener to another place and time through the evocation of the sounds of nature has inspired many artists, including: trumpeter Herb Alpert, guitarist Jim Hall, pianist Kenny Garrett, and most famously, Miles Davis and Gil Evans’ Sketches of Spain. While most artists, along with Davis/Evens, choose to focus on one of the three movements, Bill Holman adds a fourth.

In 2003 the German Radio Network of Frankfurt commissioned Bill Holman to compose a jazz version of the entire concerto. They wanted a jazz version their “hr Big Band” could perform at concerts and on the radio. After Bill reviewed the original score, his only question was “Do you want an exact transcription?” Hessischer Rundfunk (hr)’s reply, roughly translated from German was, “No, we want jazz.” In his independent arranging style, Holman  completely renounced the guitar in favor of the flugal horn. —www.JazzPages.com In 2005, Bill Holman was invited to Germany to conduct the hr Big Band for the CD recording “Pictures At An Exhibition / Echoes Of Aranjuez”. (“Pictures” composed and conducted by Clare and Brent Fischer”).

Bill Holman will perform all four movements of Echoes Of Aranjuez at the L.A. Jazz Institute Big Band Spectacular on Sunday May 28, 2017, 10 am. Optional Sunday Brunch (not included in full registration) $100 concerts with Brunch • $75 concerts only. Reservations highly recomended.

Playing first set before Bill Holman will be The Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra with a performance of Sketches of Spain (the classic 1960 Miles Davis-Gil Evans collaboration) featuring an all-star big band with an array of world-class trumpet soloists. The juxtaposition of two styles and approaches to the same source material will be an unequalled experience.

L.A. Jazz Institute Big Band Spectacular
The Westin Los Angeles Airport, Grand Ballroom
5400 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90045
www.lajazzinstitute.org
Tickets 562-200-5477

18. T and W #2
167. Just Sayin’
78. Front Runner
158. Bud Powel
Echoes of Aranjuez I, II, III and most of IV