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DAVE GRUSIN, LEE RITENOUR & FRIENDS PERFORM IN CONCERT WITH THE SJO

12/12/12

“To celebrate their 10th anniversary, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra put on a memorable concert with Dave Grusin and
Lee Ritenour… full of surprises and colorful music.”
- Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene

“Grusin was joined by Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, a unique ensemble that melds the worlds
of jazz and the classical concert hall.”
- Tim Grieving, Film Score Monthly

 

DAVE GRUSIN & FRIENDS

Featured World Premiere Commission by

Lee Ritenour

“Symphonic Captain’s Journey”

on November 9, 2012 at El Camino College Center for the Arts

The 67-member Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Co-Music Director Mitch Glickman, was joined by Academy and Grammy Award winning composer, arranger and pianist, Dave Grusin, and a few of his friends for a special 10th Anniversary celebration. Grusin is best known for his film scores to the Fabulous Baker Boys, Havana, On Golden Pond, Milagro Beanfield War, and Heaven Can Wait.

The first half of the concert featured pianist Dave Grusin with an all-star rhythm section of Lee Ritenour on guitar, Tom Kennedy on bass, and Will Kennedy on drums. For the second half, Grusin joined conductor Mitch Glickman and the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra for selections from throughout his illustrious career which included “Porgy & Bess Medley,” “Milagro Beanfield War Suite,” and “Fratelli Chase.” The concert closed with the world premiere of “Symphonic Captain’s Journey” by Grammy Award winning guitarist and composer Lee Ritenour, adapted and arranged by Gordon Goodwin.

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