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BuJazzO: That's German for Swinging Big Band Jazz

By Published: September 4, 2011
The schedule for the Los Angeles Jazz Institute's October event, "Modern Sounds: Celebrating the West Coast Sound," arrived August 15 via e-mail from the LAJI's head man, Ken Poston, and it is a humdinger. No less than twenty-six concerts (four poolside), four films, seven special presentations and a panel discussion with "the masters"—Bill Holman
Bill Holman
Bill Holman

band/orchestra
, Russell Garcia
Russell Garcia
Russell Garcia
1916 - 2011
composer/conductor
, Gerald Wilson
Gerald Wilson
Gerald Wilson
b.1918
composer/conductor
, Johnny Mandel
Johnny Mandel
Johnny Mandel
b.1925
arranger
—in only four days (October 20-23) at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel. But wait! (as the TV commercials say), there's more! On Monday, October 24, the LAJI is presenting a day-long celebration of bandleader Stan Kenton
Stan Kenton
Stan Kenton
1911 - 1979
piano
's 100th anniversary, featuring an array of Kenton alumni taking part in concerts, panel discussions and a special "meet the alumni" reception. Alumni scheduled to attend include Holman, Bob Curnow, Howard Rumsey
Howard Rumsey
Howard Rumsey
b.1917
, Peter Erskine
Peter Erskine
Peter Erskine
b.1954
drums
, Carl Saunders
Carl Saunders
Carl Saunders
b.1942
trumpet
, Steve Huffsteter, Joel Kaye, Bill Trujillo
Bill Trujillo
b.1930
, Al Yankee, Dave Stone, Larry McGuire and John Mitchell, with more to be announced. This is an extra event not included in registration for "Modern Sounds."

"Modern Sounds" will cover many aspects of "West Coast Jazz" from the 1950s onward with concerts devoted to the music of Shelly Manne
Shelly Manne
Shelly Manne
1920 - 1984
drums
, Pete Rugolo
Pete Rugolo
Pete Rugolo
b.1915
composer/conductor
, Shorty Rogers
Shorty Rogers
Shorty Rogers
1924 - 1994
trumpet
, Gerry Mulligan
Gerry Mulligan
Gerry Mulligan
1927 - 1996
sax, baritone
, Bud Shank
Bud Shank
Bud Shank
1926 - 2009
saxophone
, Bob Cooper
Bob Cooper
1925 - 1993
saxophone
, Johnny Richards, Jack Montrose
Jack Montrose
b.1928
, Russ Freeman
Russ Freeman
Russ Freeman
1926 - 2002
piano
, Don Fagerquist, Jimmy Giuffre
Jimmy Giuffre
Jimmy Giuffre
1921 - 2008
clarinet
, John Graas
John Graas
John Graas
b.1924
, Marty Paich
Marty Paich
1925 - 1995
composer/conductor
and Spud Murphy
Spud Murphy
b.1908
. Besides Holman, Garcia, Wilson and Mandel, bands and other groups will be led by Dave Pell
Dave Pell
Dave Pell
b.1935
saxophone
, Peter Erskine
Peter Erskine
Peter Erskine
b.1954
drums
, Terry Gibbs
Terry Gibbs
Terry Gibbs
b.1924
vibraphone
(the Woody Herman
Woody Herman
Woody Herman
1913 - 1987
band/orchestra
Alumni Band), Fred Laurence Selden, Joel Kaye, Don Shelton, Bobby Shew
Bobby Shew
Bobby Shew
b.1941
trumpet
, Nathan Tanouye, Carl Saunders
Carl Saunders
Carl Saunders
b.1942
trumpet
, Duane Tatro and Lanny Morgan
Lanny Morgan
Lanny Morgan
b.1934
. For information, phone 562-200-5477 or go online to www.lajazzinstitute.org

In Case You Missed It . . .

Jazz concerts are still being held each Monday evening at the New York City Baha'i Center's Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
1917 - 1993
trumpet
Auditorium, 53 E. 11th St. (between University Place and Broadway). Many of these events involve big bands. If you're in the area, check these out: September 13, the Russ Kassoff
Russ Kassoff
b.1953
piano
Big Band with vocalist Catherine Dupuis
Catherine Dupuis

vocalist
; September 20, the Gary Morton Latin Big Band: PanAmericana!; October 11, Daoud David Williams and the Spirit of Life Ensemble; October 18, Dizzy Gillespie 94th Birthday Celebration with Mike Longo
Mike Longo
Mike Longo
b.1939
piano
's NY State of the Art Big Band and vocalist Hilary Gardner; October 25, The Aggregation directed by trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater
Cecil Bridgewater
Cecil Bridgewater
b.1942
trumpet
; November 1, Charlie Persip
Charlie Persip
Charlie Persip
b.1929
drums
's "Supersound" Big Band; December 13, The Ben and Frank Perowsky Big Band. For information, phone 212-674-8998.

Another Farewell

Scott Petersen
Scott Petersen
Scott Petersen

saxophone
, a musician we'd become accustomed to seeing and hearing at LAJI events in Los Angeles, died August 15 of complications from a lung infection. He was fifty-one years old. Petersen, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, who was a first-call saxophonist in Detroit for many years before moving to the San Francisco Bay area in 1995, was born with cystic fibrosis, a congenital lung disease that is usually fatal in childhood. Petersen defied the odds by not only living past fifty but becoming a world-class saxophonist in spite of his illness, then learning to play again after undergoing a full lung transplant several years ago. Petersen was a fixture with trumpeter Mike Vax
Mike Vax
Mike Vax

trumpet
's Stan Kenton Alumni Band and was looking forward to the band's upcoming tour. Goodbye, Scott; thanks for the memories.

And that's it for now. Until next time, keep swingin' . . . !

New and Noteworthy

1. The H2 Big Band, You're It! (Jazzed Media)

2. Captain Black Big Band, Untitled (Posi-Tone)

3. Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, That's How We Roll (Telarc)

4. Dave Stahl Band, From A to Z (Abee Cake)

5. Fred Hess Big Band, Into the Open (Alison)

6. Tempest Little Big Band, 'Round Midnight (Tempest Jazz)

7. Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, Fleet Street (Max Frank Music)

8. Peter Tenner Jazz Orchester, 10117 Berlin (Mons)

9. Clarke / Boland Big Band, Complete Live Recordings at Ronnie Scott's (Rearward)

10. Brooks Tegler Big Band, That's It! (Maxngruber Records)

11. UNT Two O'Clock Lab Band, Under the Radar (UNT Jazz)

12. Magnetic Big Band, Repetition (Black & Blue)

13. Cal State-Long Beach Concert Jazz Orchestra, Great Northern Express (No Label)

14. Jamie Begian Big Band, Big Fat Grin (Innova)

15. University of Missouri Concert Jazz Band, Vertigo (AW Jazz)


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