Phil Norman Tentet Plays Bob Florence in Rare Los Angeles Concert
Jun 21 - Jun 22, 2013
The Phil Norman Tentet, known for their cool modern west coast jazz roots, performs in a rare Los Angeles concert at Hollywood’s famed Catalina Bar & Grill on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 at 8:30 pm. Led by tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Phil Norman, the 11-piece ensemble will feature the music of Grammy and Emmy award winning Bob Florence, the eclectic and internationally acclaimed jazz composer, arranger, band leader, keyboardist, accompanist and educator. In addition, the Tentet will perform selections from their Totally Live and Encore CDs from arrangers Alan Broadbent, Med Flory, Rusty Higgins, Tom Kubis, Roger Neumann, Kim Richmond, Jackson Stock and Scott Whitfield. Taking their “mini-version of a big jazz band,” The Phil Norman Tentet displays incredible range and creativity. The Encore CD was on JazzWeek’s national airplay chart of the top 50 jazz CD releases for over six months and was ranked as high as number 14.
West Coast jazz refers to various styles of jazz music that developed around Los Angeles and San Francisco during the 1950s. West Coast jazz is often seen as a sub-genre of cool jazz, which featured a less frenetic, calmer style than bebop or hard bop. The music tended to be more heavily arranged, and more often composition-based. While this style was prominent for a while, it was by no means the only style of jazz played on the West Coast, which exhibited more variety than could be conveyed by a simple name. For years, New York was hub of the American jazz scene. But in the 1950's a new sound started coming out of California that challenged the Big Apple's pre-eminence in the world of jazz. This new sound, dubbed "West Coast Jazz," or "West Coast Cool," generated both excitement and controversy.
The Phil Norman Tentet is comprised of Phil Norman, tenor sax/clarinet; Christian Jacob, piano; Bruce Lett, bass; Dick Weller, drums; Brad Dutz, percussion; Yaronne Levy, guitar; Carl Saunders, trumpet/flugel; Ron Stout, trumpet/flugel; Andy Martin, trombone; Rusty Higgins (Fri)/Kim Richmond (Sat), alto and soprano sax/flute; and Lee Callet (Fri)/Roger Neumann (Sat), baritone sax.
Phil Norman (Tenor Sax/Clarinet) has made guest appearances with the Frank Capp Juggernaut, The Full Faith and Credit 19 piece Big Band, The Dave Pell Octet, and the Tom Lyles Trio. For many years Phil appeared on KMPC and KABC as those stations’ financial voice, appearing with such radio personalities as Gary Owens, Ken and Bob, Michael Jackson and Stu Nayhan. It's his financial success, his musical background and his desire to revive the cool contemporary sounds of Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan, Dave Brubeck, Shorty Rogers, Dave Pell, et al, that led Phil to form his tentet, now one of the more respected jazz ensembles in Southern California.
Tickets are $20; seating is general admission; tickets and more information are available at http://www.catalinajazzclub.com/ or by calling 323.466.2210. Catalina Bar & Grill is located at 6725 West Sunset Blvd., Hollywood 90028. Dinner or two drinks minimum required in addition to the tickets. Doors open for dinner at 7 pm. For more information on the Phil Norman Tentet, please visit http://www.philnormantentet.com.
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