The big band era truly began in Los Angeles with Benny Goodman's breakthrough at the Palomar Ballroom in 1935. L.A. boasts a hallowed list of arrangers spanning over six decades: Gerald Wilson, Nelson Riddle, Quincy Jones, Sammy Nestico, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Bill Holman, Mike Barone, Bill Conti, John Clayton, and so many others. The newest member of this elite club is Elliot Deutsch, who at age 30 became the youngest ever to sit on the board of the American Society of Music Composers and Arrangers. His arrangements are polished and innovative, and his band is loaded with young talented musicians, helping this grand tradition last for yet another generation.
Mon., Dec. 22, 9 p.m.-midnight, 2014
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