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Ellington Study Group V. 2.0

The Return of the E.S.G. …as opposed to MSG, MDA, MMA or ESL… Announcing the THIRD meeting of the newly-reformed Ellington Study Group LA, now officially underwritten (thank you very... Read more



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Events

Sep
23
Sat
ASMAC Master Class with Scott Healy @ Evergreen Stage
Sep 23 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join ASMAC for an exciting Master Class
with Grammy nominated composer
SCOTT HEALY!

Saturday, September 23rd – 11am-2pm

“Writing Outside the Box
Techniques for Expanding Jazz Composition”


11 am – 2 pm
Evergreen Stage
4403 West Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
$25 Members & Students / $40 Non-Members

The master class on June 24th will explore some of the ways a composer can extend the harmonic, rhythmic, orchestrational and emotional language of large ensemble jazz writing. Topics will include linear harmony, plastic meter, “off the grid” writing, controlled and notated improvisation, spatial and box notation, layered counterpoint, and techniques borrowed from 20th century classical composition. Musical examples will include excerpts and full works from studio and live recordings, with accompanying scores and analysis.

Los Angeles-based Scott Healy is a multitasking, Grammy-nominated composer, recording artist, producer, bandleader, pianist and multi-keyboardist. He is best-known for playing in the house band for Conan O’Brien: first on Late Night in NYC, then moving out to LA in 2009 for The Tonight Show, and now Conan on TBS, where he holds down the keyboard chair in the Basic Cable Band. His 2013 release, Hudson City Suite, by the 10-piece Scott Healy Ensemble garnered worldwide praise, stellar online and print reviews, national jazz radio airplay, and a 2014 Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Composition. He was featured on the cover of the February, 2015 issue of Keyboard Magazine, and he was also profiled in the March, 2013 issue of Downbeat.

Scott’s work reflects his classical piano, composition, conducting and orchestration training, as well as his years in the studio and on the stage. He has recorded and performed with many of the greats in rock, blues, R&B and jazz, from Tony Bennett to BB King to Bruce Springsteen. He has worked as an arranger for major label releases, received commissions from orchestras and chamber ensembles, and composed and produced music for film and TV. He is also a busy session player in NYC and LA on piano, organ, electronic keyboards and accordion.

Scott is a contributing editor to Keyboard magazine, where he wrote a long-running advice column, “Session Sensei”, and to which he continues to contribute feature articles and lessons. His blog, Professorscosco, explores various aspects of composing, listening, and arranging. He organizes and leads the ongoing Ellington Study Group LA, an informal workshop in jazz composition and theory. He has taught master classes and seminars at Eastman School of Music, Brown University and Boston University. In addition to the Grammy nomination he has received awards from BMI, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the “Distinguished Artist” award from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio and an alumnus of Hawken School, Scott studied classical piano as a teenager with the legendary James Tannenbaum at The Cleveland Institute of Music. He attended Eastman School of Music from which he received a degree in Composition, studying with Samuel Adler, Joseph Schwantner, Rayburn Wright and Warren Benson. He taught at the New School in NYC, and was an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY from 1990 through 2001.

See the ASMAC website for more info.

Oct
20
Fri
Herb’s Organic Quintet @ The Baked Potato
Oct 20 @ 9:30 pm

 

Groove, space, funk and shuffle with organ trio plus two horns. Featuring originals and the music of Herbie, Jimmy, Wayne and many others.

Scott Healy – B3

Bill Churchville- trumpet

Tom Luer – tenor

John Chiodini – guitar

Donald Barrett- drums

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Live at Kilbourn Hall

Scott Healy with the Eastman Chamber Jazz Orchestra

Live at Kilbourn Hall

"...terrific large ensemble worLive at Kilbourn Hall CD Coverk led by composer and pianist Scott Healy. A mix of originals and covers (“Anthropology,” “Solitude,” “In Your Own Sweet Way”), with the transitions between the two groups sounding fluid and cohesive. Some nice soloing by members of the Eastman Chamber Jazz Orchestra, but it’s the best moments are those of group interplay when the energy of a song seems close to ripping its form apart just to have it all coalesce back into its original shape. -Dave Sumner, WonderingSound.com

A pristine, intense live recording of new music, previously unrecorded works, and two numbers from Scott’s Grammy-nominated 2012 release Hudson City Suite it's an “instant” record – one take, no fixes – just mix, master, release..maybe repeat... CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO, DOWNLOAD AND PURCHASE LINKS...

The Scott Healy Ensemble: Hudson City Suite

2014 Grammy® Nomination for Best Instrumental Composition

Hudson City Suite CD CoverFollowing a year of rave reviews and national jazz radio airplay, Los Angeles composer, performer, and Conan O'Brien keyboardist Scott Healy scored a 2014 Grammy nomination for his ten-piece jazz ensemble tour de force Hudson City Suite. "Scott Healy's Hudson City Suite unites past and present musically as well as conceptually, bridging traditional big-band swing with lithe jazz modernism. -Downbeat Magazine CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO, DOWNLOAD AND PURCHASE LINKS...