Bobby Bradford’s historic career has included tours with Ornette Coleman and John Carter, followed by work with Eric Dolphy, Charlie Haden, Vinny Golia and David Murray. Last year, Bradford became the second recipient of the Festival of New Trumpet Music’s Award of Recognition.
Luther Hughes & Cannonball/Coltrane Project
Initially formed as an homage to the 1959 landmark album, The Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago, the Cannonball/Coltrane Project continues to pay tribute to its two namesake jazz giants with arrangements and original compositions related to or inspired by Cannonball and Coltrane. The group has released a number of critically acclaimed recordings that are played on leading jazz stations across the country.
Cross Hart Jazz Experience
Led by bassist/composer Ryan Cross and drummer Lorca Hart, the Cross Hart Jazz Experience takes a fresh approach to jazz standards with high-energy arrangements. The group’s acclaimed self-titled debut album has received airplay nationally, and the group has performed across Southern California in jazz clubs and festivals including the Playboy Jazz Festival.
Joined by pianist and producer Geoffrey Keezer, Grammy nominated vocalist Denise Donatelli returns to LACMA following the release of her Grammy Award nominated recording Soul Shadows. Her 2010 release When Lights are Low received two nominations, one for Best Jazz Vocal Album and another for Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist for Keezer’s arrangement of “Don’t Explain.” Donatelli’s busy touring career has taken her across the country and around the world at major clubs and festivals.
L.A. Jazz Treasure Award: Johnny Mandel
LACMA and the Los Angeles Jazz Society proudly present the 5th annual “L.A. Jazz Treasure Award” to composer, arranger, and big band leader Johnny Mandel. Recently named an NEA Jazz Master, Mandel is considered one of the nation’s top composer/arrangers in jazz, pop, and film music. Mandel began his career playing and arranging in the bands of Count Basie, Zoot Sims, Woody Herman, and Chet Baker. As a vocal arranger, he has writen for Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Shirley Horn, Diana Krall, Barbra Streisand, and Nancy Wilson. Mandel has received five Grammy Awards and the Academy Award for his song “The Shadow of Your Smile.” Madel’s classic film scores include M*A*S*H, The Sandpiper, The Americanization of Emily, and Being There.
Michael Session Sextet
Michael Session returns to LACMA with his all-star sextet. “Session remains a dominant soloist, blessed with vivid musical imagination, A-Line technique, and an apparent passion to construct heart stopping thrill rides on the saxophone,” writes critic Rex Butters. Firmly rooted in classic Blue Note, the sextet’s front line plays crisp harmonized arrangements based in blues and uptown bebop.
Grammy nominated pianist and composer Alan Pasqua began his career as part of the Tony Williams Band along with guitarist Allan Holdsworth. He has played and recorded with Jack Dejohnette, Gary Burton, Michael Brecker, Stanley Clarke, Joe Williams, and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. Other notable recording and touring projects include Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, and Santana. Pasqua also serves as Professor of Jazz Studies at USC.
Vocalist Dwight Trible combines the best of vocal virtuosity with musicianship and improvisational skills. He has worked with such notables as Oscar Brown Jr., Bobby Hutcherson, Billy Childs, Kenny Burrell, Harry Belafonte, Billy Higgins, and Kamau Daaood.
Angel City Arts Jazz Festival with the Nicole Mitchell Sundial Ensemble
LACMA is pleased to be a part of the Angel City Arts Jazz Festival with a special double-bill concert. The winning ensemble selected from the annual Angel City Jazz Young Artists Competition opens the performance. The second set features DownBeat magazine Critics Poll winner Nicole Mitchell (flute), joined by Najite Agindogan (percussion), Dwight Trible (vocals), Juan David Rubio (drums), Michael Dessen (trombone), Jeff Parker (guitar), and Mark Dresser (bass).
Clayton Cameron Sextet
Clayton Cameron’s dynamic career has crossed many barriers in the world of music. From Sammy Davis, Jr., to Tony Bennett, Clayton continues to push the envelope of contemporary drumming and brushes to their very limits. Cameron has worked with legends, including Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, Sting, James Taylor, k. d. lang, Elvis Costello, and Ricky Martin.
Ted Howe Trio
Pianist, arranger, composer, and Summit Records recording artist Ted Howe travels the country performing with a variety of ensembles. Howe’s critically acclaimed recording Evening of Ellington has been used as ballet music for performances by the Ruth Mitchell Dance Theater in Atlanta.
Vocalist Sara Leib “reinterprets the template of the standard into something that seasoned jazz enthusiasts and crossover fans . . . will both be blown away by,” according to Jamie Rattner of Performer Magazine. The young vocalist and educator has performed the world over at leading jazz clubs and festivals. Over the years, Leib has worked and recorded with such outstanding musicians as Taylor Egisti, Aaron Parks, Paul McCandless, and Josh Nelson.
Greg Porée Group
Guitarist, composer, music director, and producer Greg Porée has made significant contributions to the music of dozens of show business legends. Porée recently stepped out into the limelight and has recorded three impressive albums in the process. A small sampling of his credits include music director for Sonny & Cher, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Diana Ross and Thelma Houston, and recordings for such legends as Herbie Hancock, Vinx, James Brown, Stanley Turrentine, and Michael Jackson.
House of Games
The jazz quartet House of Games has been thrilling audiences since 1990 with their distinctive blend of jazz, fusion, and original compositions. Individually, they have performed with Ray Charles, Tierney Sutton, Miki Coltrane, Chuck Mangione, Jack Sheldon, Herbie Hancock, and Michael Bublé. Drawing on a variety of styles, the quartet features Brad Rabuchin on guitar, Scott Hiltzik on piano, Chris Colangelo on bass, and Dave Tull on drums.
With his signature sweet tone and driving rhythmic pulse, guitarist Tom Rizzo plays not only bebop-based jazz, but he has also spent much of his career playing funk, pop, folk, R & B, and alternative music. Rizzo has recorded and performed with a wide range of musicians, including Maynard Ferguson, Johnny Mathis, the Tonight Show Band with Doc Severinsen, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, in addition to numerous recordings under his own name.
Tall & Small: The Pete Christlieb & Linda Small 11 Piece Jazz Band
Tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb and trombonist Linda Small lead this 11-piece jazz band featuring L.A.’s finest. Christlieb, best known for his 20-year stint with Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show Band, has also been a member of classic big bands Si Zentner, Louis Bellson, Bill Holman, and a brief but delightful stint with Count Basie.
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