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Don Rader

Born in Pittsburgh, Pa 1935. Moved to Los Angeles 1942 and graduated from high school 1953. Attended Long Beach City College in 1954 then entered to US Navy and graduated from US Naval school of Music in 1955. Attended Sam Houston State University (Texas) 1958-'59 and also studied with Jerry Coker at this time. 1959 - Joined the Woody Herman Orchestra
1961 - Joined Maynard Ferguson Orchestra
1963 - Joined Count Basie Orchestra
1965 - freelanced in New York and re-joined Woody Herman 1966-1982 freelanced in Los Angeles and worked in every major motion picture studio; did "live" tv and film tv productions; worked and traveled with Henry Mancini, Percy Faith, Les Brown/Bob Hope (12 years including five Christmas tours of Vietnam '67-'71); Della Reece (Tv series & Vegas), Jerry Lewis (33 years traveling and Muscular Distrophy Telethons); Bill Holman Band; Stan Kenton Orchestra (6 years staff member Kenton Clinics); Terry Gibbs Dream Band (10 years including tv show "Operation Entertainment); Diana Ross (Ten week tour); Louis Bellson; Benny Carter (four tours of Japan); Supersax; Elvis Presley (one tour); Frank Sinatra, Frank Sinatra jr

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Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 4-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 4-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball" Four Points by Sheraton at LAX Los Angeles, CA May 23-27, 2018 Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Panel 3: Cousins -Moderated by Ken Borgers Moderated by Ken Borgers, this panel featured Woody Herman ...

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Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 3-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 3-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball" Four Points by Sheraton at LAX Los Angeles, CA May 23-27, 2018 Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Concert 8: The Herdsmen -Bobby Shew meets Larry McKenna Trumpeter Bobby Shew is a well- known ...

Time Check: A Paucity of Riches?

Read "Time Check: A Paucity of Riches?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On May 18, Betty and I flew to Los Angeles to attend Time Check: A Buddy Rich Alumni Reunion, a four-day panorama sponsored by the L.A. Jazz Institute and held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, about a stone's throw or two from the LAX airport. We arrived early afternoon so we could also be present for ...

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Stan Kenton Alumni Band: Road Scholars

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Road Scholars? A clever title indeed, but these gentlemen (and three ladies) are more akin to “road maestros," an appraisal that is abundantly clear from A to Z on this latest recording by trumpeter Mike Vax's turbo-charged Stan Kenton Alumni Band, taped at various concerts during the band's 2013 spring tour, a two-week, three-thousand-mile odyssey that ...

Caution: Brief Column Ahead...

Read "Caution: Brief Column Ahead..." reviewed by Jack Bowers

This may be one of the shortest columns I've written in fourteen-plus years at All About Jazz. The fact is, not much has happened this month in our little corner of big band jazz, and there is almost nothing to report. About all we can do is look forward to events on the horizon: Jazz Under ...

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Toshiko Akiyoshi: The Music Keeps Her Young

Read "Toshiko Akiyoshi: The Music Keeps Her Young" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Pianist Billy Taylor, now in his eighty-ninth year, once recorded an album titled Music Keeps Us Young. I'm a firm believer in that and could point to several notable examples, one of whom is composer / pianist / bandleader Toshiko Akiyoshi who was in Albuquerque and Santa Fe last month with husband Lew Tabackin to headline ...

Stan Kenton Alumni Band / Dave Lisik Orchestra / New Zealand School of Music Big Band

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Stan Kenton Alumni Band Have Band Will Travel Summit Records 2010 There was a time (often referred to as “the good old days") when the phrase Have Band Will Travel would have been commonplace, as popular touring bands traversed the country on an almost daily basis to brave ...

Stan Kenton Alumni Band: Have Band Will Travel

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Stan Kenton Alumni Band Have Band Will Travel Summit Records 2010 In the golden era of television, the late 1950s and early 1960s, there was a popular Western series titled Have Gun Will Travel. It starred Richard Boone as the San Francisco-based Paladin, a dressed all in black ...

Stan Kenton Alumni Band: Have Band, Will Travel (Live)

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Stan Kenton Alumni Band Have Band, Will Travel (Live) Summit Records 2010 For over two decades, trumpeter Mike Vax, a veteran of the 1970-72 Stan Kenton Orchestra, has been a tireless crusader maintaining the legacy of his erstwhile boss, who died at age 67 in 1979. Have Band, Will Travel ...


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