Jazz at LACMA: Meet the Musicians

This year would have marked Jazz at LACMA's 29th season of celebrating L.A.'s finest jazz musicians. While the concert series is currently on hold, you can listen to interviews and music hosted by LACMA's Mitch Glickman, featuring performers planned for the 2020 season.

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Episode 01 – Yellowjackets

For the first episode in the series, Mitch Glickman talks with members of the Yellowjackets, discussing the genesis of the group, getting to know the current members, and contemplating whether music is essential in these hard times.

The Los Angeles based Yellowjackets have been a creative force on the jazz scene since 1981. The band has recorded 30 albums, been nominated for 17 GRAMMY® Awards, and has adventurously amplified the eclectic, electro-acoustic soundscape, creating a unique jazz sound since its fusion beginnings.

 

 

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Episode 02 – Mark Winkler & Cheryl Bentyne

In this episode of Jazz at LACMA: Meet the Musicians, Mitch Glickman speaks with award-winning and critically acclaimed jazz vocalist/lyricist Mark Winkler and multi-Grammy Award-winning vocalist Cheryl Bentyne, a member of the Manhattan Transfer.

The duo’s repertoire includes their recent chart-topping “Eastern Standard Time” recording with songs by Lou Reed, Peggy Lee, and Mark Winkler. This is a follow-up to their highly successful recording “West Coast Cool" with songs by Dave Brubeck, Chet Baker, Julie London and Bobby Troup (to name a few).

 

 

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Episode 03 – Bob Sheppard

In this episode of Jazz at LACMA: Meet the Musicians, Mitch Glickman speaks with multi-instrumentalist Bob Sheppard.

For more than four decades, Bob Sheppard has played in countless sessions with an astounding group of A-list jazz giants – among them Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard, Michael and Randy Brecker, Herbie Hancock, Kurt Elling and Dianne Reeves – and artists within several other genres. He’s also recorded and toured as a leader, contributed to hundreds of movie and TV soundtracks and serves as an educator and clinician.

Bob Sheppard speaks of his early career, his mentor Freddie Hubbard, and his musical abilities. He also expresses how the pandemic has affected the ability to focus on projects and how it has produced a need for social interaction that is usually taken for granted.

 

 

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Episode 04 – Greg Porée

Mitch Glickman speaks with guitarist, composer, music director, and producer Greg Porée in the fourth episode of Jazz at LACMA: Meet the Musicians.

Greg Porée has made significant contributions to the music of dozens of show-business legends. Recently the guitarist has stepped out into the limelight, recording three impressive CDs of his own. A small sampling of his credits include music director for Sonny & Cher, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Diana Ross, and Thelma Houston, and recordings for such legends as Herbie Hancock, Vinx, James Brown, Stanley Turrentine, and Michael Jackson.

Greg talks about the start of his career as a music director, the eventual need to create his own music, and musicians in his family. They also discuss how the pandemic has caused a forced reflection.

 

 

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Episode 05 – Melissa Morgan

Mitch Glickman speaks with jazz vocalist Melissa Morgan in the fifth episode of Jazz at LACMA: Meet the Musicians.

Brought up in the jazz clubs of New York City, Melissa Morgan has a voice that is unexpected. While belting a blues or tenderly massaging a ballad, she has come a long way from her appearance at the 2004 Thelonious Monk Competition. In 2009, Melissa released her debut album on Telarc Records, "Until I Met You" to enthusiastic reviews and was embraced by the jazz community as "the one we've been waiting for." Downbeat Magazine included her on their Rising Star List and JazzTimes has named her "audacious and decidedly salty".

Melissa talks about her early influences, discovering jazz, and tells stories of travelling abroad and some significant moments with her mentors.

 

 

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Episode 06 – Eric Reed

Through more than a quarter-century as a first-caller on the jazz scene, pianist Eric Reed has been a leader of numerous ensembles, solo performer, composer, producer, educator, and sideman with artists including Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Buster Williams, and Wynton Marsalis. Whatever the context, whatever the style, he consistently animates the flow with fresh ideas, virtuosic chops, intellectual clarity and an unwavering will to groove.

Eric talks about taking advantage of the time during quarantine as a musician and an introvert, upcoming projects, growing up in West Philadelphia, and discusses West Coast Jazz and his connection to many great jazz musicians.

 


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