Alan was first given the opportunity to work with a major orchestra when Woody Herman hired him as a writer, arranger and soloist in 1969 - only three years after he had moved to Boston from his native New Zealand to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. After spending three years touring and recording with Herman, Alan settled in Los Angeles in 1972 and went on to work as a sideman for trumpeter Chet Baker, tenor saxophonists Warne Marsh and Gary Foster and the late singer Irene Kral. The 1990s found him working with everyone from alto saxman Bud Shank to the great arranger Nelson Riddle.
Equally well know as a composer, arranger, bandleader, pianist and educator, Bob garnered national and international acclaim in each of these roles. He lent his writing skills to Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, Louis Bellson, Harry James, and The Tonight Show Band. He has also received one Grammy Award, thirteen Grammy nominations and two Emmy Awards. His own sensational Limited Edition big band recorded extensively and has appeared at both the Playboy and Monterey Jazz Festivals. Bob may be most recognized for his famous arrangement of Up a Lazy River as recorded be Sy Zentner.
Med began his musical career in the early 40's playing and arranging for Claude Thornhill's Band. During his career he also played with such bands as Harry James, Charlie Barnet, Stan Kenton and Woody Herman. As the 60's gave way to rock and roll, Med got into acting with Warner Bros in a variety of TV series including Lawman, Maverick, Sunset Strip, Daniel Boone and Gomer Pyle to name a few. It was during this period that Med gave birth to Supersax by transcribing the solos of Charlie Parker and arranging these harmonically for 5 saxes. His work was first recognized in 1973 for his first album Supersax Plays Bird which won a Grammy. Med won another Grammy for his album in 1983 entitled Supersax & the L.A. Voices which introduced a vocal quintet along with the Supersax ensemble. His arranging skills can also be heard on recordings of Terry Gibbs' Big Band, Woody's band, as well as his own big band.
He has been in Les Brown's Band of Renown for the last 20 years as featured alto sax soloist. He joined Captain & Tennille in 1979, and has been Toni Tennille's symphony orchestra conductor since 1984, having conducted over 60 symphonies. He recorded music for Bob Hope's TV specials for 17 years, played on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno and has performed with Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, Liza Minnelli, Dianne Warwick, Clark Terry's Band, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Louis Belson and Jack Sheldon.
Three time Grammy Award winner, known to most as “Willis, is an American composer, arranger, conductor, saxophonist, song writer working primarily in the jazz and pop idioms. He was nominated 13 times!! His professional carrier has spanned over 6 decades most notably with his long association with Stan Kenton. In 2010 he was honored as a National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Masters recipient. His compositions and arrangements have been for such luminaries as Buddy Rich, Louis Bellson, Woody Herman’s Third Herd, Count Basie, Terry Gibbs and so many others. He was also one of the most important figures in the 1950’s West Coast Jazz movement having worked with many of those of that time to include Bob Cooper, Conti Candoli, Zoot Sims, Jimmy Guiffre, Jack Montrose, Shorty Rogers, Frank Rosolino, Bud Shank and other Lighthouse All-Stars, plus renown vocalists Peggy Lee, June Christy, Sara Vaughn, Ella, Carmen McRae, and other groups such as The Tonight Show Band and, of course, his own band, The Bill Holman Band.
Tom's arrangements are the staple of many great musicians and entertainers of our time including, Arturo Sandoval, Bill Watrous, Jack Sheldon, Chuck Findley, Allen Bergman, Merv Griffin, Steve Allen, Bobby Vinton, Helen Reddy, Quincy Jones, etc., etc! After studying 20th century composition at Cal State Long Beach, his interests turned towards jazz composition and arranging. His early jazz awards came mostly from Southern California jazz festivals, but won first place in the National Texas University Jazz Composition and Arranging Festival in 1972. His musical arrangements define the contemporary big band sound and have been performed at virtually every major jazz festival in the world, including the Playboy Jazz Festival, The Montreaux Jazz Festival, Reno and the Berkeley Jazz Festival to name a few. His recent musical credits are arranging and conducting for CBS's The Jackie Gleason 30 Year Reunion Special, The Bob Newhart 20 Year Anniversary also at CBS, and the big band music (main title theme) of the movie Boiling Point with Wesley Snipes and Dennis Hopper.
CHRISTIAN JACOB (Piano)
Multi-Grammy nominated pianist and arranger Christian Jacob first gained widespread exposure as music director for Maynard Ferguson and later as leader of the Christian Jacob Trio and co-leader of the Tierney Sutton Band. Christian is also the musical director for both Broadway legend Betty Buckley and American icon Jack Jones. He has toured and recorded with many of today’s jazz icons: Flora Purim and Airto Moreira, Randy Brecker, Miroslav Vitous, Benny Golson, Bobby Watson and Bill Holman to name just a few.
In 2016, the original score to director Clint Eastwood box-office smash, “Sully”, was created by Christian Jacob, The Tierney Sutton Band and Clint Eastwood. The following year, Eastwood asked Christian to compose the music for his next film “The 15:17 to Paris. He has also been nominated for a Grammy 7 times, the most recent for his arrangement of Linus & Lucy for the Phil Norman Tentet.
As a composer and arranger he has written for Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Ray Charles, The Raelettes, Ray Brown and The Beach Boys. After receiving his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, Roger traveled with the Jack Gillespie Band and the Lee Castle/Jimmy Dorsey Band. Always striving to improve, he studied and taught at the Berklee College of Music in Boston for two years at which time he joined the Woody Herman Band. As a saxophonist, he has worked for Bob Crosby, Ray Conniff, The Beach Boys, Ray Anthony and Anita O'Day. Finally, he is the leader and arranger of his own band, Roger Neumann's Rather Large Band.
Kim Richmond is an active and versatile musician. He has been involved in nearly every facet of the professional music industry. He has been a member of the orchestras of Stan Kenton, Louis Bellson, Bob Florence, Les Brown, Clare Fischer, Bill Holman, Clayton/Hamilton, Percy Faith and Billy May among others. In the area of composition, Kim was commissioned to compose a symphonic work for the Long Beach Symphony and a multi-movement piece for the Inland Brass Quintet. He has written and conducted original musical scores for several television series, among them Kojak and Harry O, as well as an ABC-TV movie of the week. As an arranger, Kim's list of credits include music for singers Helen Reddy, Ann Jillian, Buddy Greco, and Jonnie Ray, (he served as musical director for all four), Pat Boone, Diane Carroll, Thelma Houston, Jaye P. Morgan, Kaye Ballard; jazz organizations of Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Louis Bellson, Stan Getz, Lalo Schifrin; TV shows: The Donny & Marie Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Motown Records; Disneyland; film music (by composer Lalo Schifrin: Boulevard Nights, Fast Walkin Airport 79, Nunzio, Chicago Story and others.) For two years, Kim was music coordinator for CBS-TV's Tony Orlando & Dawn Show. He is the leader of the critically acclaimed Kim Richmond Jazz Ensemble and the Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra.
Born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1962, Joey is recipient of the Gil Evans Fellowship Jazz Composition, the Sammy Nestico Award and the Julius Hemphill Award. An accomplished composer in both jazz and classical idioms, Sellers has written for Doc Severinsen, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, symphony orchestras in Tulsa, Long Beach and San Antonio and several works commissioned by St. Louis Brass. Warner Brothers, Advance Music and Hal Leonard have published his music and transcriptions. He has received grants from the American Music Center, Meet the Composer and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has played and recorded with Dave Liebman, Lew Tabakin, Kenny Wheeler, Satoko Fiji Orchestra, Kim Richmond, Joe LaBarbara, Bobby Shew and others. Additionaly, Sellers has is own 11 piece ensemble the Jazz Aggregation. The Los Angeles Times says “ it is one of the most exciting new surprises of the decade” and “blends structure and surprise with a deftness that should leave other arrangers genuflecting”!! Currently he is the Director of Jazz Studies at Saddleback College.
Geoff is known as an outstanding Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator, and Pianist who started piano lessons at age 6. By 13 he had run through the piano instructions in his home town Bellingham. So, off he went to The Cornish School in Seattle to study piano and composition. As a Freshman in high school he created his first big band for which he composed and played. In 1984 he moved to Los Angeles, where he has worked in various styles and mediums, orchestrating and arranging for films like “X-men: Wolverine”, “The Simpsons Movie”, “Downsizing” as well as TV’s “The Academy Awards”, and “Desperate Housewives”. As as a pianist he has been featured on AMC’s “Mad Men”, “Ritual de lo Habitual”, “Jane’s Addiction” multi platinum CD and jazz and blues great Ernestine Anderson’s 2 Grammy Nominated albums. After 24 years as an arranger for the Golden Globe Awards, he was hired as the music director for the 2019 Golden Globe Awards. This capped work on some 80 awards show.
Francisco is a trombonist, bass trombonist, composer, arranger & clinician who hales from Sonoro, Mexico. He is equally at home with jazz, classical, latin, funk, regae, ska & studio work. He is not only the trombonist but the musical director of the Grammy Award winning Pancho Sanchez Latin Band as well as a member of the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band. He has also performed with Arturo Sandoval, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Gilberto Santa Rosa and can be heard on recordings with Michael Buble, Jennifer Lopez, Spoon and Los Lobos. As a jazz trombonist he has performed and recorded with The Manhattan Transfer, Terrance Blanchard, Natalie Cole, Johnny Mathis, Nicholas Payton, Clare Fisher, Doc Sevirensen Tonight Show Band and the Bill Holman Band. TV Credits include Saturday Night Live, Dancing with the Stars, Americas Got Talent and The Jimmy Kimmel Show. Lastly, as an accomplished arranger and composer he has been commissioned by a myriad of high schools and universities for big band compositions.
Scott Whitfield (trombonist, composer, arranger, and vocalist) is internationally recognized for his work with many contemporary big bands, including the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra and the new edition of Johnny Griffin's Big Soul Band, as well as his own Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestras (East and West). Whitfield's discography includes 7 recordings as leader and more than 50 recordings with other artists. In addition to his own recordings, his compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by such artists as Diva, Maurice Hines, The Pied Pipers, Bill Allred's Classic Jazz Band, and Pete Petersen's 23-strong Collection Jazz Orchestra.
Jackson attended the Berklee School of music in Boston where he graduated with honors in the arranging and composition program, teaching there for three years. He has played with and arranged for various bands including Buddy Rich and Duke Ellington.