The Spectacular

The Spectacular Big Bands rehearse at Musicians Union 47 Each Memorial Day Weekend, the LA Jazz Institute hosts a large band festival. This year the them is "Big Band Spectacular."

In the three weeks proceeding, Music Union 47 in Hollywood boils with bands running charts, testing solo changes and deciding on set lists. This page documents this preparation with exclusive rehearsal photos of a few of the bands. featuring: The Bill Holman Big Band, Ron King Big Band, The Luckman Jazz Orchestra with Charles Ownes Director, Scott Whitman Jazz Orchestra, Dave Angel Big Band and more to come. Want tickets? Come on down to the Westin LAX or call 562-200-5477

Operating as usual

Pete Christlieb and Linda Small set to perform with Ron Jones‘ Jazz forestband Sat, 9/22/2018 at a show in Everett WA.  ...
09/19/2018

Pete Christlieb and Linda Small set to perform with Ron Jones‘ Jazz forest
band Sat, 9/22/2018 at a show in Everett WA. Tickets:
www.petechristlieb.com #bigbandjazz #jazzforest #ronjones #jazz #skymuse
#startrek #familyguy #petechristlieb

07/09/2017

Great way to have a Sunday brunch and hear some great jazz! Mark your calendar.

05/26/2017
Jeff

Jeff

The Gordon Goodwin band blew the roof off the dump last night to get this Spectacular started. Rhapsody in Blue with a juicy clarinet smear from Sal Lozano. Chilling lead trumpet work by Wayne Bergeron. Jazz trombone from Andy Martin. Later, a new chart in tribute to Buddy Rich, titled "Rich Complexity." Featuring Ray Brinker and Joey De Leon on drums and percussion. The trumpet section took charge for Back Row Politics. All of it good stuff.

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Bill Holman is The Big Band God!
Friday morning Bruce Babad brought his crew from Fullerton college to play. They opened with Rotten Kid from the Buddy Rich library. Their drummer, a young woman named Kaylah Ivey, very animated, was featured. I haven't seen someone smile so big playing drums since I used to see Billy Higgins play with Cedar Walton's trio. They moved on with Dee Barton's vision of Rainy Day for the Kenton band. There was a song by Joey Sellers called Neophysic Gumshoe. Mark Taylor's composition for Kenton he called Samba de Haps. Something from saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi and an arrangement on "Just Before Dawn" by a student Spencer Hinkle. A lot of good tenor sax work by Deandre Grover. All very enjoyable.
The Gordon Goodwin band blew the roof off the dump last night to get this Spectacular started. Rhapsody in Blue with a juicy clarinet smear from Sal Lozano. Chilling lead trumpet work by Wayne Bergeron. Jazz trombone from Andy Martin. Later, a new chart in tribute to Buddy Rich, titled "Rich Complexity." Featuring Ray Brinker and Joey De Leon on drums and percussion. The trumpet section took charge for Back Row Politics. All of it good stuff.