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APRIL WILLIAMS – Live events music Producer What do musical artists such as Eddie Daniels, Cheryl Bentyne, Billy Childs, Bob Sheppard, Sheila Jordan, Poncho Sanchez, Tom Scott and Arturo Sandoval have in common? The fact that they – along with dozens of other high visibility artists – have performed in concerts produced by April Williams.

Musicians at Play
07/04/2019

Musicians at Play

RED, WHITE & "THE BLUES" 🇺🇸 Wishing you a very happy Independence Day from #MusiciansatPlay! Now go Fourth & celebrate! Photo: Tom Pease.

Down Beat Entertainment
03/19/2019

Down Beat Entertainment

Lalo Schifrin Appreciation Society
09/25/2017

Lalo Schifrin Appreciation Society

In 2 Weeks! MAP, AFM Local 47's Music Fund of Los Angeles & Varèse Sarabande honor a LEGEND of Film + Television on OCT. 7 at Alex Theatre.
TICKETS: bit.ly/AlexTheatre_MusiciansatPlay!
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to celebrate the Man Behind the Music to Mission: Impossible, Cool Hand Luke, Mannix, Starsky & Hutch, Dirty Harry, Enter the Dragon & MORE!

Weather Report’s drummer Peter Erskine returns to his roots in fusion/R&B jazz and releases Dr. Um and the Lost Pages.Fr...
02/09/2016

Weather Report’s drummer Peter Erskine returns to his roots in fusion/R&B jazz and releases Dr. Um and the Lost Pages.
Fresh interpretations of classics, some originals and some lost songs from the 70’s & 80’s world renowned Band Weather Report.

Sunday March 20, 2016 at 3pm at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica.

02/04/2016
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Catching up with Tom Schnabel KCRW Rhythm Planet blog interview with Peter Erskine and all new music Weather Report recordings.

Nice opening paragraph:
"Peter Erskine is one of the best drummers on the planet. Just ask any drummer. He is a powerhouse drummer who can power a big band (that’s where he started his career) or be a subtle poet in a trio or quartet."

http://blogs.kcrw.com/…/show-141-weather-report-the-legend…/

Check out "Dr.Um and the Lost Pages" new album https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dr.-um/id1047680299

And see him and Dr.Um band live (Bob Sheppard, Ben Shepherd, and me) Mar 20 - buy tickets early! https://www.facebook.com/events/154044804969241/

01/18/2016

Legendary drummer Peter Erskine, reaching back to his fusion and R&B playing with Weather Report, unpacks a lost page of a song by Joe Zawinul, and releases a 21st century nod to Weather Report. Record Release Concert will be held Sunday, March 20 at the Moss Theatre, Santa Monica, California.

A Christmas Jazz Tale
12/23/2015
A Christmas Jazz Tale

A Christmas Jazz Tale

by Don Heckman. . . . . Twas the night before Christmas and the gig was running late; No sugar plums, no candy canes, just another overtime club date, Holidays are work days in a jazz musician’s li...

Bob Mintzer - Moss Theater Dec 13th 2015 with Musicians at Play Foundation.
12/15/2015

Bob Mintzer - Moss Theater Dec 13th 2015 with Musicians at Play Foundation.

Musicians at Play
11/18/2015

Musicians at Play

Thanks to everyone who joined us November 15th, 2015 at the Moss Theater for this very special MAP event with Seth and Ron!
The band:
SAXES:
Fred Selden, Gene Cipriano, Doug Webb, Rick Keller, John Mitchell
TRUMPETS:
Charley Davis, Rob Schaer, Jamie Havorka, Bob Summers
TROMBONES:
Charlie Morillas, Sean Shackelford, Dave Ryan, Craig Gosnell
FRENCH HORNS:
Joe Meyer, Tawnee Pumphrey, Jean Marinelli, John Dickson
GUITAR:
Tim May
BASS:
Chuck Berghofer
DRUMS:
Dave Tull
PIANO:
Rich Ruttenberg
VIBES:
Billy Hulting
PERCUSSION:
Brad Dutz

We are so very honored to be on the list of venues where #Seth MacFarlane will be performing this weekend. Musicians at ...
11/11/2015
Los Angeles magazine on Twitter

We are so very honored to be on the list of venues where #Seth MacFarlane will be performing this weekend. Musicians at Play
is proud to be supported by Seth and Ron Jones helping to support LIVE Music and LA Musicians and our cultural heritage. JOIN US!
This will be a fantastic intimate night with Seth MacFarlane and The Ron Jones Jazz Orchestra ( 23 musicians) Sunday NOV 15th in Santa Monica at the Moss Theater.

https://twitter.com/LA_mag/status/664229324325679104?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=fb&utm_campaign=SethMacFarlane&utm_content=664253705273806848

“Family Guy creator @SethMacFarlane's new jazz album is a hit. He'll be in LA this weekend: https://t.co/NJRvn3hBCO”

#Bob Mintze#RusellFerrante Big Band with members of #Yellowjackets#Randy Brecker
11/05/2015

#Bob Mintze#RusellFerrante Big Band with members of
#Yellowjackets#Randy Brecker

Sunday November 15th #Seth MacFarlane and the Ron Jones#BIG BAND at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica.tickets at www.musi...
11/05/2015

Sunday November 15th #Seth MacFarlane and the Ron Jones#BIG BAND at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica.
tickets at www.musiciansatplay.org

Timeline Photos
08/21/2015

Timeline Photos

I am so proud to share a sneak preview of a very special project I have been involved with.. PATRICK WILLIAMS' "HOME SUI...
08/21/2015
Patrick Williams: New Album: "Home Suite Home"

I am so proud to share a sneak preview of a very special project I have been involved with.. PATRICK WILLIAMS' "HOME SUITE HOME" BIG BAND CD featuring an A list of musicians listed below and special guest artists Patti Austin, Frank Sinatra Jr. and Tierney Sutton, Dave Grusin, Tom Scott, Arturo Sandoval and Peter Erskine.

These charts are outrageous! Please enjoy this promo and the new project
HOME SUITE HOME...

Dave Grusin - Piano Chuck Berghofer - Bass Peter Erskine - Drums Dean Parks - Guitar Dan Higgins – Alto Saxophone Jeff Driskill – Alto Saxophone Bob Sheppard – Tenor Saxophone Tom Scott – Tenor Saxophone Gene Cipriano – Baritone Saxophone Wayne Bergeron - Trumpet Dan Fornero - Trumpet Bob Summers - Trumpet Michael Stever - Trumpet Charlie Loper - Trombone Andy Martin - Trombone Bob Mcchesney – Trombone Craig Gosnell – Bass Trombone Dan Grecco – Percussion
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/patrickwilliams

This is my new studio album featuring my favorite musicians shared with you first w/ lots of special bonus content!

Thank you to everyone for a most extraordinary turn out for last nights premiere event for the Musicians At Play Foundat...
06/14/2015

Thank you to everyone for a most extraordinary turn out for last nights premiere event for the Musicians At Play Foundation at the Broad Stage. The band was amazing. Some of LA's finest "musicians at play" .. Thank to Michael Feinstein for a wonderful performance along with spectacular vocals by Tierney Sutton, Sue Raney and Janene Lovullo. Our Master of Ceremonies Leonard Maltin presented a true history of our legendary composers and arrangers Patrick Williams, Johnny Mandel, Sammy Nestico, Ralph Carmichael, Bill Holman and Richard Sherman and Van Alexander and Tim Simonec. AND the Audience at capacity filled with supporters of LIVE MUSIC and our movement to preserve our Los Angeles music culture in our community.
BRAVO!!!

A true Vintage Master of Swing!
05/14/2015

A true Vintage Master of Swing!

Van Alexander ("A Tisket A Tasket") just celebrated his 100th birthday with over 200 friends at Catalinas in Hollywood. Check out some of the timeless music he created on June 13th at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica when he takes the stage with Vintage Masters of Swing and the All Star Big Band.

Musicians At Play | Coming soon!
04/20/2015
Musicians At Play | Coming soon!

Musicians At Play | Coming soon!

Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino to host Musicians at Play Foundation’s kick off event The Vintage Masters of Swing June 13th at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. It will be an all star big band show Celebrating legendary composers Patrick Williams, Van Alexander, Ralph Carmichael, Bill Holm…

Hey everyone please like my new page and my latest project!https://www.facebook.com/musiciansatplay?ref=hl
04/20/2015
Musicians at Play

Hey everyone please like my new page and my latest project!

https://www.facebook.com/musiciansatplay?ref=hl

Musicians at Play Foundation (MAP): Bringing Live Music to Our Community & Community to Live Music! This holiday season, SPREAD LOVE. MAP Presents Take 6 & Friends on Dec. 9 at the Catalina Jazz Club - with The Manhattan Transfer & Nnenna Freelon.

It gives me great pleasure to announce the grand opening celebration for the Musicians at Play Foundation on June 13, 20...
04/20/2015

It gives me great pleasure to announce the grand opening celebration for the Musicians at Play Foundation on June 13, 2015 at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, California. The “Musicians at Play” Foundation “brings live music to the community and the community to live music”.

Fantastic day with Patti Austin at Capitol Records today recording Patrick Williams new Big Band CD!
04/11/2015

Fantastic day with Patti Austin at Capitol Records today recording Patrick Williams new Big Band CD!

03/02/2015

The personnel on the new Patrick Williams Big Band record, to be recorded at Capitol in March, is as follows:

Piano: Dave Grusin
Bass: Chuck Berghofer
Drums: Peter Erskine
Guitar: Dean Parks

Alto Saxophone: Dan Higgins
Alto Saxophone: Jeff Driskill
Tenor Saxophone: Bob Sheppard
Tenor Saxophone: Tom Scott
Baritone Saxophone: Gene Cipriano

Trumpet: Wayne Bergeron
Trumpet: Arturo Sandoval
Trumpet: Gary Grant
Trumpet: Dan Fornero

Trombone: Charlie Loper
Trombone: Andy Martin
Trombone: Bob McChesney
Bass Trombone: Craig Gosnell

SAVE THE DATE!SUE RANEY CONCERT THURSDAY MARCH 26TH Premiering her new CD "Late In Life" -Catalinas Jazz Clubhttp://www....
02/26/2015
Sue RANEY Live In Concert premie... at Catalina Bar & Grill on Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 8:30...

SAVE THE DATE!
SUE RANEY CONCERT THURSDAY MARCH 26TH
Premiering her new CD "Late In Life" -Catalinas Jazz Club

http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5704295&pl=cbg

Sue Raney was signed to Capitol Records at age 17 and, with Nelson Riddle, recorded her first album,"When Your Lover Is Gone." Since then, she's recorded more than 20 other albums singing Johnny Mandel, Henry Mancini, and dozens of other Great American Songbook songs. She's been raved about…

Happy New Year from The Williams Famil!y Finally got a photowith 5 of our 6 children in it.
01/07/2015

Happy New Year from The Williams Famil!y Finally got a photo
with 5 of our 6 children in it.

Happy Holidays to all...
12/25/2014

Happy Holidays to all...

Steve Gadd world famous drummer and percussionist Don Williams at Madison Square Gardens New York for the James Taylor c...
12/06/2014

Steve Gadd world famous drummer and percussionist Don Williams at Madison Square Gardens New York for the James Taylor concert… Great evening!

Thursday DEC 18th will be a BIG BAND HOLIDAY CELEBRATION..2 sets..7:30 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. with the Ron Jones Jazz Influenc...
12/02/2014

Thursday DEC 18th will be a BIG BAND HOLIDAY CELEBRATION..
2 sets..7:30 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. with the Ron Jones Jazz Influence Orchestra!

My good friends in this great band are playing!!!Ron Jones and the 23-Piece Influence Jazz Orchestra:“Strange Limbo”with...
10/26/2014

My good friends in this great band are playing!!!
Ron Jones and the 23-Piece Influence Jazz Orchestra:
“Strange Limbo”
with all-star soloists and special guests
Vitellos Sunday November 16th
Two-sets (7:30 and 9:00 PM)
WOODWINDS
Fred Selden
Pete Christlieb
Doug Webb
John Mitchell
“Cip” Cipriano
TRUMPETS
Charley Davis
Jamie Havorka
Bob Summers
Rob Schaer
TROMBONES
Paul Young
Charlie Morillas
Linda Christlieb
Steve Hughes
FRENCH HORNS
Joe Meyer
Tawnee Lillo
Jean Marinelli
John Dickson
Alan Steinberger – Piano
Chuck Berghofer - Bass
Dave Tull - Drums
Billy Hulting – Vibes
Brad Dutz - Percussion
MUSIC DIRECTOR
Ron Jones
For over 37 years, Ron Jones has dedicated himself to the art of craft of composing. Most of his creative work has involved scoring music for TV and Film projects, produced by both major Hollywood studios and independent productions companies.

SUNDAY October 5th the Ron Jones Jazz Influence Big Band is having a NO COVER Fan Appreciation Concert at Catalina's Jaz...
09/26/2014

SUNDAY October 5th the Ron Jones Jazz Influence Big Band is having a NO COVER Fan Appreciation Concert at Catalina's Jazz Club. Please call and get a reservation as this is always a fun hang! Hope to see you there!

Getting ready to go to Bremen , Germany to the Jazzahead 4 day convention.I'm already inspired to see what comes next !
04/11/2014

Getting ready to go to Bremen , Germany to the Jazzahead 4 day convention.
I'm already inspired to see what comes next !

Here I am with the amazing Billy Childs.
04/09/2014

Here I am with the amazing Billy Childs.

Happy Oscar Day! My husband Don is playing Tympani .."And the Oscar goes to..."So Fun!
03/03/2014

Happy Oscar Day! My husband Don is playing Tympani .."And the Oscar goes to..."

So Fun!

Timeline Photos
12/29/2013

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos
12/29/2013

Timeline Photos

Come out for tonight's show! Bring your kids :) http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionD...
12/24/2013
Judy Wolmans featuring SING SING... at Vitello's Jazz & Supper Club on Tuesday, Dec 24,...

Come out for tonight's show! Bring your kids :) http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3915184

“Candlelight Carols” Judy Wolman’s Sing! SING! SING! Sing-a-Long and Candlelight Supper Dinner seating 6:00pm Program 7:00 PM ALL AGES GREAT FOR THE FAMILY! COME SING ALL YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY CAROLS WITH A FIRST CLASS TRIO AND FESTIVE SINGERS WHO WILL SUPPLY THE SING-A-LONG SHEETS...

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12/04/2013

Timeline Photos

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11/25/2013

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11/01/2013
Sasha’s Bloc Band

Have you seen Sasha's Bloc Band yet? Either way, you should come out to Vitello's tonight for a great show!

Sasha’s Bloc is an eclectic mix of music and musicians. The musicians create a rich European flavor performing music that is beautiful and fresh in its approach. Many of the musicians are graduates of prestigious European conservatories and have played professionally all over the world.Sascha’s Bloc...

STANDING ROOM ONLY: VARIETY HOUR Moves Upstairs at Vitello's, 11/4
10/30/2013
STANDING ROOM ONLY: VARIETY HOUR Moves Upstairs at Vitello's, 11/4

STANDING ROOM ONLY: VARIETY HOUR Moves Upstairs at Vitello's, 11/4

After garnering audience acclaim and playing to sold out houses, Standing Room Only: Variety Hour, is proud to announce its move to one of Los Angeles's highest regarded showrooms, Upstairs at Vitello's. Join us Monday, November 4th for an unforgettable night of song, drink, and food! Hosted by Broa...

FRIDAY NOV 8 A VERY SPECIAL EVENT..BILL HOLMAN BIG BAND PRESENTS :
10/29/2013

FRIDAY NOV 8 A VERY SPECIAL EVENT..BILL HOLMAN BIG BAND PRESENTS :

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