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 Healy reveals himself to be a composer of serious sonic merit. -Jon Regen, Keyboard Magazine Profoundly beautiful…like Hindemith meets Kenton and Ives at Mingus’ house for lunch…a soundtrack for the movies in his mind. -Bill Milkowski Healy has conjured up a captivating, amazingly varied and colorful range of sounds and moods with just a tentet here, showing that less can be more in jazz ensembles. -George Kanzler, NYC Jazz Record There’s nothing more you can…
NYC filmmaker Gabriel Judet-Weinshel directed and edited this dramatic and compelling video, which is compiled from interviews, live session and location footage. This video documents the recording of Hudson City Suite, and delves into composer Scott Healy’s process. Gabriel reveals Scott’s reverence to both the classical and modern jazz traditions, and how he was inspired by the iconic Ellington Suites to create a work that speaks “about” something. Shot at The Bridge Recording in Glendale, and on location in Jersey City, NJ, and NYC. For more of Gabriel Judet-Weinshel’s work, visit waxwingfilms.com.
The music Healy wrote for Hudson City
Suite is a nine-part depiction of a mythological
place, a city that might be if it hadn’t gone extinct
more than a century ago. It unites past and present
musically as well as conceptually, bridging traditional
big-band swing with lithe jazz modernism.
Downbeat Magazine, March 2013
Downbeat Magazine – March, 2013 Wow! An profile article in Downbeat. I’ve been reading this mag since I was 14, I remember the transcribed solos in the back (“Spain” by Chick Corea from Light as a Feather, Zawinul’s “Euridice” from Weather Report), and of course all the feature articles and record reviews. I’m honored and frankly blown away. Writer Shaun Brady hits all the points, and took my hour-long, typically rambling interview and made it somehow work and make sense. Click for original article… Coastal Composer by Shaun Brady Conan O’Brien’s very public firing from “The Tonight Show” in 2010 not…
Quantum Harmony? I mean, you gotta call the class something, right? I do have an explanation, I guess you’ll have to show up at the 2/1 installment of the Ellington Study Group! Plus the real attraction is the brilliant young composer and jazz musician Joshua Moshier. I’m excited to hear what he has to say about his music and his exploding career. February 1st will be jam-packed with a detailed of some of the basic harmony of jazz music. I’ll start with a deep dive into early jazz harmony, focusing on how improvising players manipulated and exploited the “classical” chromaticism…
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I’m moderating a panel on “Scoring for Animated Series” next Sunday as part of the weekend-long Los Angeles Animation Festival, produced and hosted by my good friend and former “Valt the Wonder Deer” producer/writer/director John Andrews. I have some amazing guests on the panel including Fred Seibert from Frederator, formerly with Hanna Barbera and myriad other projects, (who’s post I basically lifted and pasted below, thanks Fred!). THIS EVENT IS FREE IF YOU’RE ON THE LIST AND I’VE GOT UNLIMITED GUESTS AS LONG AS YOU GET ME YOUR NAME IN ADVANCE SO I CAN ADD IT TO THE LIST….
On Saturday, Sept. 21st the Academy of Scoring Arts will host the latest installment of my Ellington Study Group. I am excited to have as a guest speaker Jeff Beal (House of Cards, Monk, Blackfish, The Queen of Versailles). This jazz-oriented discussion will continue our exploration about scoring techniques in film noir. Jeff is an exceptionally creative and prolific composer and has a wealth of wisdom to share. Don’t miss this unforgettable meeting with a modern legend in film and television scoring. I’ll start by give a talk about harmony: linear, chromatic, and non-functional harmony are all parts of the jazz…
Bob Weir, John Prine Set for Across the Great Divide Concert – Rolling Stone
The Dark Side: The Music of Late 1950’s Film Noir, with Special Guest Marcelo Zarvos (HBO’s “Ray Donovan”) Saturday, March 23rd 2019 Vitello’s E-Spot Lounge – 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Visit the dark side with an in-depth look at the jazz and film noir harmonic and orchestration techniques of Duke Ellington, Elmer Bernstein, Henry Mancini, and of our special guest Marcelo Zarvos. Expanded Format Includes Continental Breakfast and Buffet Lunch Cover charge: $25 Advance tickets are available on Eventbright and at the door. Vitello’s E-Spot Lounge – 4349 Tujunga Ave Studio City, CA 91604 Get your tickets now on…