Rehearsal, April 27, 2017

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. — 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
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