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We are involved in a very special idiom of music, with a rich history, innovative musical possibilities, an infectious spirit and, above all, a great deal of fun. Join us in our dedication to progressive big band jazz!
Hear the Band Live!
The Gary Urwin Jazz Orchestra, featuring soloists Bill Watrous, Carl Saunders and many others, will be performing live in concert on Saturday, May 27 at 1:30 pm at the Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival.
“Big Band Spectacular"
A Festival Presented by the Los Angeles Jazz Institute
The Westin Los Angeles Airport
5400 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Gary's all-star, 18 piece big band will be performing favorites from its four existing CDs, as well as some entirely new material from the new CD currently in progress. Jazz critics have consistently described:
- (1) the band's soloists as among "the greatest bop-based soloists in the world",
- (2) the band's personnel as “a veritable who’s who among the Los Angeles area’s most accomplished studio and big-band artists”, and
- (3) the band's musical arrangements ("charts") as "Sublime .... Gary Urwin pens arrangements that recognize the [big band] heritage ... , with 21st Century enhancements of daring harmony, adventurous instrumentation, and innovative musical ideas."
For more information online, visit:
The Los Angeles Jazz Institute: http://www.lajazzinstitute.org/