Legendary Arranger, Composer, Conductor: RUSSELL GARCIA
TAKES THE PODIUM IN THREE RARE U.S. APPEARANCES
With Shaynee Rainbolt SINGS Russell Garcia
(Published: August 21, 2008)
Legendary arranger, composer and conductor, Russell Garcia, who is now 92 years young, (and now living in New Zealand), will join New York singer, Shaynee Rainbolt, on stage, conducting his Four Trombone Band - in a concert of his original music.
These concerts are to both honor this legend in music, and celebrate the release of Charmed Life: Shaynee Rainbolt SINGS Russell Garcia. This new album is the first of it's kind. An all-vocal album of 16 Russell Garcia originals, arranged and conducted by the master himself.
It is not often that you can reach out to someone and know you are touching nearly a century of musical history. Legendary composer, arranger, conductor, Russ Garcia is that someone, and singer Shaynee Rainbolt reached out. What followed is Charmed Life: Shaynee Rainbolt Sings Russ Garcia, an historic recording of 16 Russ Garcia originals, featuring the Russ Garcia Four-Trombone Band, arranged and conducted by Garcia himself.
Still working regularly, at 92, Garcia's life is far from the glamorous world of Hollywood he used to inhabit. However, he has been active in every area of the entertainment world - from radio and television to theatrical films and recordings - since the late ‘40s. His early ‘60s scores for George Pal's "The Time Machine" and "Atlantis, the Lost Continent" virtually created the music template for the many science fiction films that followed. His jazz arranging and composing can be heard on recordings by Stan Kenton, Roy Eldridge, Stan Getz, as well as a classic version of "Porgy and Bess " featuring Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. When trying to describe the orchestral sounds that emerged from the West Coast jazz scene during the ‘50s, the name Russ Garcia always comes to mind. Not only did he provide arrangements for many singers and instrumentalists, he recorded over 60 albums under his own name. As if all that wasn't enough, his book, "The Professional Arranger-Composer, "has been a valued tool for both beginners and veterans since it was written in the mid-‘40s.
Always an innovator, Russ Garcia is a living legend, and his music deserves to be heard by a new generation. His unexpected and groundbreaking Four-Trombone Band with famed brass players Frank Rosolino, Tommy Pederson, Maynard Ferguson and Herbie Harper led him to use this instrumentation to great success in collaborations with singers Frances Faye and Anita O'Day, and he now brings it back to us in his most recent collaboration with singer Shaynee Rainbolt. Having arranged for Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day, Mel Torme, Julie London, Oscar Peterson, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Andy Williams, Judy Garland and Henry Mancini - just to name a few - he has chosen to entrust his originals to Shaynee Rainbolt, one of the rising stars singing jazz and standards today. Russ and his wife (and frequent lyricist) Gina were so impressed that they are quick to say, "You may not know who Shaynee is now, but you will. "Together, they have created this historic recording of all Russ Garcia originals, and the welcome return of the Russ Garcia Four-Trombone Band.
Now, it is time to listen to the music of Russ Garcia. The music, like the man, is timeless.
Sept. 8th 8p.m. The Jazz Bakery
www.jazzbakery.com - (310) 271-9039
Sept. 15th 8p.m. Yoshi's, Oakland
www.yoshis.com - (510) 238-9200
Sept. 23rd 8 p.m. Highline Ballroom
www.highlineballroom.com - (212) 414-5994
More Information: http://www.ShayneeRainbolt.com