Recorded at Capitol Records on May 8, 2016 and released by Music & Mirror Records on August 6, 2016, Laura is backed by her all-star Los Angeles band featuring Kye Palmer on trumpet.
Harmonic Rhythm and Special Guest Speaker Brent Fischer
On May 6th we’ll continue our exploration of harmonic rhythm, focusing on how jazz players and composers use chord movement…this topic comprises much more than cool chord substitution and complicated altered harmony. Harmonic rhythm defines phrases, form and pacing, and your heightened awareness of the flow of harmony will direct and focus the emotional content of your writing. We will refer to examples from Ellington/Strayhorn and Bob Brookmeyer.
Then after a break I’ll introduce our special guest Brent Fischer. Brent is the son of the late, great composer and pianist Clare Fischer, who was one of our most prolific and innovative jazz composers and performers. Brent is a fantastic composer and multi-instrumentalist in his own right. He collaborated frequently with his dad, but also has developed his own unique musical voice as a composer and performer. Brent will present some Clare’s harmonic and orchestration concepts, and how he’s carrying on his dad’s legacy. This is deep stuff people, so bring your analog or digital notation aids and put on your thinking caps. We will have some handouts, and I will project all scores and examples, and they will be available online for your laptops or tablets. Please see http://ellingtonstudygroup.com for more details, and we’ll see you there.
Grammy®-winning producer, composer, arranger and recent Record of the Year nominee Brent Fischer credits his late father, Clare Fischer, for creating a family tradition of writing with a rich harmonic and orchestrational palette that has become the Fischer brand. A multi-instrumentalist (vibes, keys, bass, drums), Brent Fischer moves easily between genres. His arranging credits for pop, R&B and jazz royalty include: D’Angelo, Prince, Michael Jackson, Usher, Al Jarreau, Elvis Costello and The Roots. Brent Fischer directs all the Clare Fischer ensembles and produced the last eight Clare Fischer albums, including: Grammy®-nominated 2011 release ‘Continuum‘, 2012 Grammy®-winning ‘¡Ritmo!‘ (Best Latin Jazz Album) and 2013 Grammy®-winning ‘Music for Strings, Percussion and the Rest’ (Best Instrumental Composition). The new Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band release ‘¡Intenso!’ features Sheila E. and Roberta Gambarini.
Cover charge: $12 includes continental breakfast
Vitello’s E-Spot Lounge – 4349 Tujunga Ave Studio City, CA 91604
Video preview with live session footage:
Scott Healy with the Eastman Chamber Jazz Orchestra
Live at Kilbourn Hall
“…terrific large ensemble work 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…
The Scott Healy Ensemble: Hudson City Suite
2014 Grammy® Nomination for Best Instrumental Composition
Following 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
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