Jazz legend Mike Melvoin to be honored with the Los Angeles Jazz Society's 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award for his esteemed body of work as a Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Producer and Recording Artist. The annual Jazz Tribute Awards Dinner and Concert was established in 1983 to recognize and honor Los Angeles based artists for their contributions in furthering the art form of jazz.
Melvoin is considered one of the greatest keyboardists in the history of the L.A. scene. His credits, in all media and all styles, are a Who's Who of music ranging from Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett, and Joe Williams to Quincy Jones, John Lennon, Tom Waits, and The Beach Boys. In addition, Melvoin has scored many television shows and feature films, and performed prominently on hundreds of them, including Rocky and Clint Eastwood's Play Misty for Me. Melvoin has also played on countless recording projects with virtually everyone, including several 'records of the year.' The organ on That's Life," the piano on Mission Impossible," the harpsichord on Good Vibrations," and the synth on We Are The World," are amongst some of his most memorable contributions.
Through this varied and wide-ranging career he stayed loyal to his roots in jazz, both in the music and the community. He has led his own trio live and on records and has developed an international reputation as one of the masters of the art.
In response to this lifetime achievement award Melvoin says, I am deeply honored to be chosen as this year's recipient. This is my home and my community, and it has been part of my inspiration since I got here in '62. Thanks to my friends and colleagues in the Los Angeles Jazz Society for making this incredible statement."
Melvoin has been playing the piano since he was three and jazz since he was 13 and has never stopped. In 2006, he received the Musician's Musician" Award from The Friends of Jazz at UCLA. His career in music continues today at the highest level.
For additional information about MIKE MELVOIN visit: www.mikemelvoin.com
For information and tickets to the Tribute Dinner on October 10, 2010 at the Los Angeles Marriott Downtown call: (818) 994-4661.