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Chris Tedesco: Living The Dream

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Over the past few decades, many Los Angeles big bands have made indelible impressions on the jazz scene. Whether they have been traveling or rehearsal bands, or ones that occasionally recorded, big bands led by Mike Barone, Bob Florence, Terry Gibbs, Bill Holman, Pat Longo or Tommy Vig always knew how to stoke up the heat with the best book (The collection of arrangements.)

Now another name can be added to that list: Chris Tedesco, who’s been on the L.A. scene since 1987, is an exciting trumpeter/clinician originally from Niagara Falls, N.Y. Like the above-named, he has managed to corral the cream of the studio crop — the most proficient readers and swingers on the West Coast — to put together a cohesive 18-piece band, and then some: adding thirty strings for a lush studio sound to support his good buddy, singer Tony Galla, on two of his four selections.

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