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Luckman Jazz Orchestra to Explore
Works of Brilliant, Controversial
L.A. Jazz Icon: ÂMostly DolphyÂ
James Newton, Conductor
WHO: Luckman Jazz Orchestra, James Newton, Conductor
WHAT: LJO Concert: ÂMostly DolphyÂ
WHEN: Saturday, January 15, 2005, 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State L.A., 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032
TICKETS: $40-$35-$30. Discounts available for students, seniors, groups. Box Office: (323) 343-6600 / Ticketmaster: (213) 365-3500 or www.ticketmaster.com
PRE-SHOW: 5:00-8:00 p.m. Â University Club dining (reservations recommended, (323) 343-6600); 7:00 p.m. Â Free Luckman Studio Talk with Buddy Collette
LOS ANGELES Â Los Angeles native Eric Dolphy was both praised and vilified by music critics in his day for complex harmonies that pushed the boundaries of avant-garde jazz. On Saturday, January 15, at 8:00 p.m., conductor James Newton leads the Luckman Jazz Orchestra in a long overdue homage to the controversial composerÂs works, with a program titled ÂMostly Dolphy.Â Prior to the concert, a free Luckman Studio Talk will be offered at 7:00 p.m., with Buddy Collette as guest speaker. For audience members who wish to dine beforehand, the bistro-style University Club on campus will be open for menu service beginning at 5:00 p.m.
Eric Dolphy, a Dorsey High School graduate, first rose to prominence in the 1950s Central Avenue jazz scene. A multi-instrumentalist who played alto sax, flute and clarinet, he also earned distinction as the first important bass clarinet soloist in jazz. During an all too short career that ended with his untimely death in 1964 at age 36, he performed or recorded with his own groups, as well as with the ensembles of many of the big names in jazz such as Roy Porter, Gerald Wilson, Chico Hamilton, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Max Roach, and Ornette Coleman. Dolphy left behind a body of work once dismissed by some as ÂatonalÂ or Âanti-jazz,Â but now universally recognized for its major significance to the jazz canon.
ÂOne of the important points of this concert for me,Â says LJO conductor James Newton, Âis not only to touch on aspects of Eric DolphyÂs career, but to look at how his influence is manifested today, and in recent jazz history. The interpretation of jazz is always changing as itÂs moving through time Â in a completely different way than is true for European classical music. One of the ways we explore this is through a piece dedicated to Dolphy, written by World Saxophone Quartet member Oliver Lake, known as one of the greatest interpreters of Eric DolphyÂs music.Â
The program, supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, will also include Dolphy compositions that are rarely heard in a jazz orchestra context, in new arrangements by Newton and other members of the Luckman Jazz Orchestra. Among the Dolphy works to be performed are: ÂStraight Up and DownÂ (arr. James Newton); ÂSouth Street ExitÂ and Â245Â (arr. Lanny Hartley); and ÂFire WaltzÂ and ÂThe ProphetÂ (arr. Isaac Smith).
The LJOÂs Âworld-class musiciansÂ ( Â L.A. Jazz Scene) have brought the 17-piece orchestra acclaim as Âone of the premier big jazz orchestras in the country.Â Scheduled to appear on January 15 are: Bijon Watson Â trumpet; Nolan Shaheed Â trumpet; James Ford III Â trumpet; Salvator Cracchiolo Â trumpet; Charles Owens Â alto/soprano sax, flute, clarinet; Dereck McLyn Â alto sax; Fred Jackson, Jr. Â tenor sax, clarinet; Bennie Maupin Â tenor sax; Jack Nimitz Â baritone sax; George McMullen, Jr. Â trombone; Jacques Voyemant Â trombone; Isaac Smith Â trombone; William Roper Â tuba; Leon ÂNduguÂ Chancler Â drums; Lanny Hartley Â piano; Jeffery Littleton Â bass; Alberto Salas Â Latin percussion; and James Newton, conductor.
LJO Season Highlights
The Luckman Jazz Orchestra began its fourth year this season with a successful three-concert tour to Berlin, as part of the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department International Cultural Exchange Program, followed by a program of ÂMiles Ân TraneÂ at the Luckman in November 2004. ÂMostly Dolphy,Â on January 15, 2005, will be the orchestraÂs last home concert of the 2004-05 season. In May, the LJO will perform for the second subsequent year at Walt Disney Concert Hall, with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. More information is available online at www.luckmanfineartscomplex.org regarding the Luckman Fine Arts Complex 2004-05 season, the Luckman Jazz Orchestra, and the LJOÂs Berlin engagement.
NOTE TO EDITORS: James Newton and members of the Luckman Jazz Orchestra are available for broadcast and print interviews. Please contact Adele Field, (323) 343-6616, for information. A photo opportunity is planned in early January; details will be announced shortly.
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