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Composer/conductor/arranger Henry Mancini was one of the most versatile talents in music. The Mancini name, synonymous not only with great motion picture and television music, but with fine recordings and international concert performances as well. He was nominated for an unprecedented 72 Grammys and won 20 awards. He was nominated for 18 Academy Awards and won four Oscars. He was also awarded with the Golden Globe Award and nominated for two Emmy Awards. Whether it be a complete score or a featured song, Mancini lent his talents to many memorable films including Victor/Victoria, The Glass Menagerie, The Pink Panther, 10 Darling Lilli, Arabesque, Charade, Days of Wine and Roses, Hatari and Breakfast at Tiffany's. He also wrote for a number of television films including "The Thorn Birds," and "The Shadow Box," as well as television themes including "Peter Gunn," "Mr

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Backgrounder: Jack Wilson Plays Brazilian Mancini

Backgrounder: Jack Wilson Plays Brazilian Mancini

Jack Wilson was a jazz pianist with solid commercial instincts. His dashing looks and a fast arranging pen brought him to the attention of Buddy Collette, a West Coast multi-instrumentalist and studio musician. In the early 1960s, Buddy suggested that Wilson move out to Los Angeles, where studio orchestrating and recording work was plentiful. Wilson arrived ...

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News: Video / DVD

Backgrounder: Waltel Branco - Mancini Samba '65

Backgrounder: Waltel Branco - Mancini Samba '65

There are dozens of albums that interpret the film music of composer-arranger Henry Mancini. Surprisingly, there aren't many of them by Latin leaders. Mancini himself released Mr. Lucky Goes Latin in 1961 and he often included a Latin number in soundtracks. Last week, I found a Brazilian take on Mancini from 1965: Waltel Branco – Mancini ...

Article: Live Review

Vicenza Jazz 2022

Read "Vicenza Jazz 2022" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Vicenza Varie sedi 11—22.5.2022 Le new conversations di Vicenza Jazz 2022 da un lato si sono concentrate inevitabilmente sul centenario mingusiano, dall'altro non hanno derogato dalla propria tradizione, andando a curiosare nelle espressioni jazzistiche dell'attualità, senza rinunciare a rivisitare con orgoglio la propria storia, ripresentando protagonisti già accolti con successo in tempi passati. ...

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Article: Album Review

Doug MacDonald: Serenade to Highland Park

Read "Serenade to Highland Park" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


According to Kirk Silsbee, noted jazz writer and student of the LA jazz scene, Highland Park is “mainly Latino, though working-class art types live there and have their studios there. And it's at the foot of Mt Washington, a place for arty affluence." Well, if Highland Park is the new trendy place to be, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Raining Cats And... Even More Cats!

Read "Raining Cats And... Even More Cats!" reviewed by H William Stine


I wanted to do a special show for a special audience who never choose to listen to the show but listen to the show nearly every week, often sitting in someone's lap or, more likely, sitting in exactly the chair someone else wants to sit in. So I dedicated the show to all the cats who ...

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Article: Album Review

Juan Carlos Quintero: Table for Five!

Read "Table for Five!" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


As the news gets worse, why do some kinds of music simply sound better and better? Juan Carlos Quintero's Table for Five is, by content at least, “Latin Jazz." Yet there is something for everyone, including “Alone Together," “Giant Steps" and a slightly different version (as a cha-cha-cha) of Horace Silver's Cape Verdean- inflected “Song for ...

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Article: Album Review

Juan Carlos Quintero: Table for Five!

Read "Table for Five!" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Fans of captivating Latin rhythms in the service of contemporary jazz should be enchanted by Table for Five! on which maestro Juan Carlos Quintero swaps his customary nylon strings for an electric guitar and his focus from smooth jazz and world music to the standard repertoire, American and Latin, and a pair of his own jazz-centered ...

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Article: Interview

Gretchen Parlato: Pursuing Her Passion

Read "Gretchen Parlato: Pursuing Her Passion" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


"I haven't gotten dressed up like that for a few years," says singer Gretchen Parlato with an infectious chuckle. “It'll be nice." The unassuming and down-to earth Parlato was breezily referring to the 2021 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 31. Her latest album Flor (Edition Records), inspired by the music of Brazil, ...

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Article: Profile

Gaga, Bennett, The Count, Presidents: Harold Jones Drums Across History

Read "Gaga, Bennett, The Count, Presidents: Harold Jones Drums Across History" reviewed by Arthur R George


When Tony Bennett stepped past the twilight of Alzheimer's onto the stage of Radio City Music Hall in jny: New York City in August 2021, drummer Harold Jones was there ready for him, as he had been for Bennett over the past seventeen years, in a friendship going back to 1968. Lady Gaga, the popstar recreated ...


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