FROM TEMECULA- Greetings, Jazz lovers and Friends!
Thanks for selling out the Merc again last week! Bruce Lett, Ramon Banda and Nick Mancini had a great time - so did we! They were especially appreciative of the audience, so give yourselves a hand!!!!
I'm so proud and excited to bring you the Carl Saunders Quartet. Carl is one of the best trumpet players around today. He will be bringing along with an equally gifted group of colleagues -- Christian Jacob on piano, Kenny Wild on bass, and Santo Savino on drums. I've worked with Carl and experienced his virtuosity first hand. Don't miss this!
Thursday, April 26
Jazz at The Merc
Carl Saunders Quartet with Christian Jacob, Kenny Wild and Santo Savino
Hear Carl Saunders and read more about his schedule at http://carlsaunders.com/home.htm
Carl Saunders - Jazz listeners living in the Los Angeles area and musicians worldwide have long known that Carl Saunders is one of the great trumpet players around today. Now with the release of five remarkable recordings (Out Of The Blue, Eclecticism, Bebop Big Band, Can You Dig Being Dug and The Lost Bill Holman Charts) Saunders' musical talents can be heard and enjoyed by a much wider audience.
Carl Saunders was born on Aug. 2, 1942, in Indianapolis, Indiana and his first five years were mostly spent on the road. His uncle was trumpeter-bandleader Bobby Sherwood. Saunders' mother Gail (Bobby's sister) sang for the Sherwood Orchestra and Stan Kenton, among others. When Carl was five, he and his mother settled in Los Angeles; living with Carl's aunt Caroline and her husband, tenor-saxophonist Dave Pell. At the time, Saunders heard the records of the Dave Pell Octet and was influenced by the style and phrasing of trumpeter Don Fagerquist.
Saunders began playing trumpet in the seventh grade and he quickly found that he had a natural ability, mostly learning to play by ear and never having any lessons. Saunders auditioned for Kenton's band and was given a choice: wait for the first opening in the trumpet section or join the band the following week as a member of the mellophonium section. He chose the latter and spent much of 1961-62 on the road with Stan Kenton.
After spending part of 1962-63 traveling with Bobby Sherwood's group (playing drums), Carl settled back in Las Vegas where during the next 20 years he played with a countless number of show bands, including lead trumpet with Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennet, and Frank Sinatra. Saunders also traveled as a lead player with Paul Anka and Robert Goulet and with such bandleaders as Si Zentner, Harry James, Maynard Ferguson, Benny Goodman and Charlie Barnet. In 1978 he also played drums one night in Las Vegas with Harry James and his band when Sonny Payne missed his plane and couldn't get to the gig.
In 1984, Carl Saunders moved to Los Angeles where he was soon playing lead trumpet with Bill Holman's Orchestra, a position he still holds. Saunders has also worked with John Williams and the big bands of Bob Florence, Johnny Mandel, Gerald Wilson, and the Phil Norman Tentet. In 1994, he became a member of the Dave Pell Octet (in Don Fagerquist's old chair.) In addition, he is often heard at the head of his own groups including the Carl Saunders Be Bop Big Band, his sextet and a quartet.
Each of Saunders' CDs is a gem while being quite different from each other. Out Of The Blue has the trumpeter showcased in quartet and sextet settings. His warm tone and long melodic lines are featured on such numbers as a miraculous version of Chopin's "Minute Waltz." Eclecticism has Saunders joined by 25 strings and three French horns, and he overdubs sections with five trumpets. Many of his favorite arrangers (including Bill Holman, Bob Florence and Clare Fischer) contributed charts. Bebop Big Band is most notable for the high musicianship of the band, the colorful originals, the hard swinging, and the arrangements of the late Herbie Phillips. Can You Dig Being Dug is Carl's first "live" recording, recorded at Charlie O's jazz club, and features Carl with Christian Jacob, Dave Stone, and Santo Savino. The Lost Bill Holman Charts is a dazzling array of Holman's arrangements for trumpet, tenor, trombone, baritone and rhythm that feature some of the principal players from the Holman big Band--Pete Christlieb, Andy Martin,Bob Efford, and the same rhythm section as the Be Bop Big Band--Christian Jacob, Kevin Axt and Santo Savino. Sam Most is featured on baritone and flute solos.
Carl Saunders, who has inspired students and kids all over the world conducting clinics says that he gets inspiration from them because they share his energetic dedication and passion towards the creation of beautiful music. Asked to define jazz, Carl says, "It's a combination of intellectual funk and hypnotic swinging". His five recordings show that not only is he a prolific composer but he is one of the finest jazz trumpeters of the 21st century.
Christian Jacob - Jacob was born in Lorraine, France on May 8, 1958. A pianist by age 4, he was immersed in study of the French classics. Something of a prodigy, Christian had perfect pitch and natural talent. He did not discover jazz until age 10, but when he did, its improvised nature appealed to him immediately. Early influences were Dave Brubeck and Oscar Peterson. As a teen, Jacob studied under Pierre Sancan at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris. Later, he would teach piano at the Conservatoire National de Region in Metz.
In the early 80s, Jacob entered Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and won many awards as a student, including the Joe Zawinul Jazz Masters Award, Oscar Peterson Jazz Masters Award, and Downbeat Magazine "Top Collegiate Jazz Soloist" before graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1985. Jacob then took a teaching position at Berklee.
Jacob left Boston to tour with vibist Gary Burton in the late 80s and then with Maynard Ferguson through 1992. Christian served as performer, writer, and arranger with Ferguson's band. This led to Ferguson producing Jacob's first piano trio record, featuring John Patitucci and Peter Erskine. Sidemen for his follow-up trio project "Time Lines" were Steve Swallow and Adam Nussbaum. Jacob developed material with a third trio featuring Miroslav Vitouš and Bill Stewart.
Jacob has extensive credits as a sideman, including Flora Purim, Terje Gewelt, Carl Saunders, Tom Garling, and others, but his most visible association has been as music director and pianist for Telarc recording artist Tierney Sutton. As well as performing and recording with Sutton, Jacob with bassist Trey Henry and drummer Ray Brinker perform as the Christian Jacob Trio, and recorded a live album on tour in Japan in 2007.
Kenny Wild - Born in New York City in 1951 Kenny was a member of a military family which traveled extensively in his early years. He learned clarinet in grade school, then switched to saxophone in high school. The family settled in Hawaii in 1965 where he began playing bass in a trio with Dave Wile around 1966. He attended the University of Hawaii from 1970-1972, studying bass with Armand Russel but he left before graduating to go on the road with Seawind. He has performed with the likes of Sammy Davis Jr, Steve Lawrence and Edyie Gorme, Barbara McNair and others. Wild was a founding member of the band Seawind in 1972 and opened for Herbie Hancock, Herbie Mann, George Benson and many others. Seawind moved to LA in 1976 and began recording for CTI records with noted drummer Harvey Mason as producer Later records were released on A&M records; their last record was produced by George Duke.
Ken became a very active studio musician starting in 1976 working in TV, film, and records; he was also a member of Natalie Cole's touring band 2002-04. His active schedule continues today.
Santo Savino - Savino began "playing drums" at age two in Buffalo, New York, wielding his aunt's clothes-pins in place of drumsticks! While still in kindergarten, he was already displaying both a fervent passion and a budding talent for the drums. At age twelve, he landed his first professional job and his career has since been interrupted only by a four-year stint with the US Air Force Band.
Santo has performed internationally with such great talents as Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Michelle Le Grand, Billy Ecstein, Sarah Vaughn, Mickey Rooney, Nancy Wilson, Tom Jones, Vic Damone, Paul Anka, Juliet Prowse, Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Danny Thomas, Donald O'Connor, Frank Gorshin, Jerry Van Dyke, George Gobel and Rodney Dangerfield. He has toured with Mr. Goulet in concert and in National tours of South Pacific, The Fantasticks and Camelot. His unique flair and exciting style contribute to the excellence of Robert Goulet's concert appearances around the world. Santo plays often with Carl Saunders in Los Angeles.
Jazz at The Merc
42051 Main Street, Temecula, CA 92590
1.866.OLD.TOWN or 951.308.6377