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With fifteen highly regarded solo albums, guitarist/composer Grant Geissman’s latest project features special guests Larry Carlton, Albert Lee, Russell Ferrante, Mike Finnigan, and Van Dyke Parks. As a studio guitarist he has recorded with such artists as Quincy Jones, Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello, Chuck Mangione (playing the classic guitar solo on Mangione’s 1978 hit “Feels So Good”), Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, David Benoit, and Julio Iglesias.
Award-winning saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Reinhold Schwarzwald has worked internationally with top names in the music industry including Hugh Masakela, Ndugu Chancler, Kirk Whalum, and Jean Shy, with appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Euromusic Vienna, and Olympia Paris. Schwarzwald is joined by longtime collaborator and keybaordist Patrice Rushen. The Grammy-nominated Rushen has toured the world performing the signature chart-topping style that she championed in the 1970s and 1980s—a jazz/R&B/pop fusion that combines melodic accessibility with instrumental prowess.
Carol Welsman is an internationally acclaimed singer and pianist whose expressive vocal styling and dynamic stage presence have captivated audiences around the world. She has sold more than sixty thousand albums in Canada alone, something few jazz artists in Canada have experienced. Her numerous achievements include the receipt of five Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) nominations, including the just-announced nod for Jazz Album of the Year for I Like Men, and several CDN Smooth Jazz Awards. She has become well established as an international artist, touring the world and performing in Italian, French, Portuguese, and English.
LACMA and the Los Angeles Jazz Society proudly present the fourth annual L.A. Jazz Treasure Award to living jazz legend Gerald Wilson. Wilson joined the Jimmie Lunceford orchestra in 1939, replacing its star trumpeter and arranger Sy Oliver, and contributed numbers to the band’s book. In addition to leading his own band, Wilson has written arrangements for artists including Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Carter, Lionel Hampton, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, and Nancy Wilson, to name a few. Wilson also helped lead celebrations of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s twentieth and fortieth anniversaries with his specially commissioned works. Honoring his father’s legacy, Wilson’s son, Anthony, and his Nonet will perform music from Wilson’s historic career.
Bandleader and saxophonist Kamasi Washington is one of the most exciting young players in the jazz scene today. The award-winning saxophonist is also a member of the Gerald Wilson Big Band and Luckman Jazz Orchestra and has performed with artists ranging from Billy Higgins and Wayne Shorter to Snoop Dog, Mos Def, and Raphael Saadiq. Washington has performed at festivals such as the Playboy Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, and Radio Music Awards.
Saxophone and woodwind specialist Louis Van Taylor has been performing the world over. His career began with a twenty-year association with Ray Charles, followed by stints with the Gap Band, Kool and the Gang, Gerald Wilson, Jimmie and Jeannie Cheatham, Phil Ranelin, and many others. Van Taylor has taught at USC Jazz Studies Department for seven years and has also mentored Washington Rucker’s Jazz for Wee People, sponsored by the Los Angeles Jazz Society.
At once both a striking song stylist and a fearless improviser, Janis Mann is that rare artist who can sweep you away with her captivating sound. Her first CD, A Little Moonlight, was hailed by co-producer Diane Schuur as “a heartfelt and tasty interpretation of well-loved standards.”
The 2012 Angel City Jazz Festival returns to Jazz at LACMA with a special double bill. The evening begins with the winners of the second annual Angel City Jazz Young Artist Competition, followed by legendary trombonist Phil Ranelin. Ranelin is loved and respected around the globe as a master trombonist of the J.J. Johnson tradition, former Freddie Hubbard sideman, and as co-founder of Detroit’s famed Tribe Records. He has collaborated with greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Art Pepper, Teddy Edwards, Gerald Wilson, and Sarah Vaughan.
This dynamic Venezuelan jazz pianist and composer has it all—impeccable creativity, unparalleled versatility, and sophisticated command, resulting in an uncompromised approach to modern creative music. He has worked with some of today’s top musicians, including Dianne Reeves, Alex Acuna, John Mclaughlin, Herb Alpert, and Robbie Roberston.
Alto saxophonist, composer, and arranger Kim Richmond has been a member of the orchestras of Stan Kenton, Louis Bellson, Bob Florence, Bill Holman, and Vinny Golia among others. His sextet is a platform for more free-form expression and improvisation. Kim is also a consummate educator and is currently teaching in the Jazz Department at California Institute of the Arts.