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  1. Los Angeles Jazz Institute West Coast Jazz Heritage Series BEBOP INVADES THE WEST Celebrating Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker’s Historic Los Angeles Debut Friday, August 29, 2014 8:30pm Los Angeles Musicians Union Auditorium 817 Vine St., Hollywood featuring Jazz Legends Charles McPherson and Jon Faddis with Charlie Shoemake, Tom Ranier and more In December of 1945 Dizzy Gillespie brought an all star sextet to Hollywood for an 8 week engagement at Billy Berg’s Nightclub. It was a significant event in Los Angeles jazz history which brought the creators of modern jazz to the West Coast. In addition to Bird and Dizzy the group included Milt Jackson, Al Haig, Ray Brown and Stan Levey. To celebrate this momentous occasion we return to Vine St. to present an incredible all star sextet performing the bebop classics that were introduced to West Coast audiences during that historic engagement. August 29 is also Charlie Parker’s birthday so it will be a double celebration and a night you won’t want to miss. Pre-Concert Dinner/Party Billy Berg’s Revisited 6:00pm Los Balcones, 1360 Vine St. Los Angeles The original building which housed Billy Berg’s still stands and is now Los Balcones Restaurant. We’re having a special pre-concert dinner/party in this historic location which will include a screening of Billy Berg’s home movies from 1945-46 and rare broadcast recordings from the club. The party includes dinner and is only available to the first 50 VIP ticket holders. Tickets: $75 VIP (includes dinner at Los Balcones and preferred concert seating) $40 Concert Only The VIP package will sell out very quickly so call now. Seats are assigned in order received. You can use your credit card to order tickets at (562)200-5477
  2. Come Swing With Me A Jazz/Big Band Tribute to Frank Sinatra October 21-24, 2010 at The Los Angeles Airport Marriott Frank Sinatra’s impact on American Popular Music knows no equal but his impact on jazz and jazz musicians is just as profound. His creativity and phrasing, along with his impeccable sense of time has been studied and admired by jazz musicians since he first came on the scene in the early 1940s. Come Swing with Me celebrates the many facets of Sinatra’s career with film showings, panel discussions, special presentations and a number of “concept” concerts showcasing the composers, arrangers, lyricists and sidemen who were intregal parts of the Sinatra legacy. Many Sinatra alumni are being featured in the various ensembles as well as leading their own groups. In addition to the concerts that feature jazz interpretations of music associated with Sinatra, we’re also presenting several concerts featuring a variety of outstanding vocalists singing the classic arrangements. The vocalists we’ve chosen are not Sinatra imitators in any way shape or form. They are among the finest interpreters of the Great American Songbook on the scene today; all with their own unique style and approach. We’ve also added several special events that take place throughout the festival including an after hours “Jilly’s” venue and a bus tour of Frank Sinatra’s Hollywood. It’s going to be a great festival........Don’t miss it! For more information (562)200-5477 or lajazzinstitute.org Wednesday, October 20, 2010 VIP Bonus Event: trip to Palm Springs with a party and concert at Frank Sinatra's legendary Twin Palms Estate. Thursday, October 21 10:00-11:30 Meridian Room Presentation 1 The Voice: Sinatra in the Forties Presented by Ken Poston (rare films, photos and recordings) 1:30-2:30 Marquis Ballroom Concert 1 Sinatra Through the Early Years featuring The Pied Pipers with all-star big band 3:00-4:00 Meridian Room Film 1 Excerpts from the 1950-51 Frank Sinatra TV Shows The Ecko/Bulova Programs 4:30-5:30 Marquis Ballroom Concert 2 The Songs of Sammy Cahn featuring Kurt Reichenbach 7:00 Marquis Ballroom Concert 3 Swing Along with May starring Steve Lippia Hollywood All Star Big Band featuring the classic Billy May/Frank Sinatra Arrangements 10:00 Jilly’s Concert 4 In the Wee Small Hours The Mike Melvoin Trio Sleep Warm Friday, October 22 9:00-10:00 Meridian Room Film 2 I’ve Got the World on A String: 1953-1959 various film and TV appearances 10:15-11:15 Meridian Room Presentation 2 Sessions with Sinatra: Frank Sinatra and the Art of Recording presented by Charles Granata 12:15-1:15 Marquis Ballroom Showcase Concert 1 The Montreal JazzKidz 1:30-3:00 Meridian Room Panel 1 Ee-O-Eleven: Nights at the Sands Ed Walters (pit boss at the Sands) with Mark Sudock 3:15-4:15 Meridian Room Film 3 The Frank Sinatra Show 1957-58 excerpts from the ABC/Chesterfield programs 4:30-5:30 Marquis Ballroom Concert 5 Last Call at Jilly’s with Frankie Randall recalling the heyday of Jilly's Bistro in New York. Hear the music - and the stories - that made Jilly's the favorite hangout for Ol' Blue eyes himself 7:00 Marquis Ballroom Concert 6 Luck Be A Lady 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Rat Pack Shades of Tony Morelli Big Band Michael Andrew Sings Sinatra Dennis Rowland: The Wham of Sam Deana Martin Sings Dino plus special guest Frankie Randall Sleep Warm Saturday, October 23 9:00-10:00 Meridian Room Film 4 The Frank Sinatra Timex TV Specials: 1960-61 10:30-11:30 Meridian Room Presentation 3 Sinatra at the Movies presented by Charles Granata 1:00-2:00 Marquis Ballroom Concert 7 Sinatraland Patrick Williams Orchestra 2:30-3:30 Meridian Room Panel 2 The Capitol Years Moderator: Charles Granata Panelists: Gene Cipriano, Buddy Collette, Dick Nash, Uan Rasey, Chris Riddle, Rosemary Acera Riddle 3:45-4:45 Meridian Ballroom Film 5 A Man and His Music: The 1960s excerpts from film, television and personal appearances 5:00-6:00 Marquis Ballroom Concert 8 It Might As Well Be Swing: The Count Basie/Frank Sinatra Collaboration Frank Capp Juggernaut with special guest Michael Dees 7:30 Marquis Ballroom Concert 9 Swingin’ Session The Nelson Riddle Orchestra with special guests Gary Williams and Sue Raney 10:00 Jilly’s Concert 10 Only the Lonely The Plas Johnson Quartet Sleep Warm Sunday, October 24 9:00-1:00 Optional Bus Tour Sinatra’s Hollywood 1:30-2:15 Meridian Room Film 6 September of My Years 2:30-3:30 Marquis Ballroom Concert 11 The Ron Jones Jazz Influence Orchestra featuring Seth MacFarlane 3:45-4:45 Meridian Room Panel 3 Reprise and Beyond Moderator: Mark Sudock Panelists: Johnny Mandel, Emil Richards, Chuck Berghofer, Frank Capp, Mike Melvoin, Patrick Williams, Ron Anthony, Gregg Field 5:00-6:00 Marquis Ballroom Concert 12 The Ray Anthony Orchestra The Sinatra Songbook 7:00-7:45 Marquis Ballroom Showcase Concert 2 The Montreal JazzKidz Orchestra 8:00 Marquis Ballroom Concert 13 Ring A Ding Ding The Johnny Mandel Orchestra with special guest Michael Andrew Sleep Warm