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Join the UCSB Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jon Nathan, for an evening of exquisitely crafted music for medium-sized jazz ensembles on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 7:30 pm in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the UC Santa Barbara campus. While the music mostly draws from the outputs of Marty Paich and Oliver Nelson, the ensemble will also present music from Wynton Marsalis's Democracy Suite (for 8 musicians) and small band music by Gordon Goodwin, Pepper Adams, and the Dave Pell Octet. Joining the ensemble are three vocalists performing music originally arranged by Marty Paich for the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald, and the ensemble will also present a special full big band performance to end the evening.
"While not a household name, pianist/arranger Marty Paich occupies an important place in American musical history," shared Director Jon Nathan. "A proponent of 'small big band' writing (7 horns, 3 rhythm), Paich led an all-star' dektette' of Los Angeles jazz legends that worked and recorded with such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Art Pepper, and many others. His son, David, is well known as the founder and lead singer of the rock supergroup TOTO, with such hits as Hold the Line, Africa, and Rosanna.
"Oliver Nelson's 1961 recording Blues and the Abstract Truth is similarly revered. With a roster including Eric Dolphy and Freddie Hubbard, as well as Nelson playing tenor saxophone, this album is considered a masterpiece of jazz composition, arranging, and performance. A wide-ranging track listing from Aaron Copland's Hoe Down to the slow blues of Yearnin' sees this recording cover vast territory.
"As a music director producing quality jazz concerts and an educator working to enrich the musical lives of UCSB's students, I can think of no better material for any audience and these incredibly talented and hardworking musicians to enjoy and experience. Much of this music is from what I call 'The Golden Age of Jazz,' from about 1955-1965, when this fully matured music struck a balance of artistic integrity and maturity with vast commercial appeal. I can also boldly state that this group of musicians are the best (and among the most numerous) in my 27-year career at UCSB. The 21-22 year of Jazz at UCSB is off to a great start, with MUCH more to come!"
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