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 Posted:   Aug 30, 2013 - 2:00 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Last year's movie event must have been popular. The LA Jazz Institute are doing a whole weekend this time. And instead of a couple of events of interest to me there are a dozen!

Particularly " A Conversation with Johnny Mandel" with Jon Burlingame and the Ron Jones Orchestra doing TV themes like CHECKMATE, THRILLER, M SQUAD, THE FUGITIVE, STACCATO, MIKE HAMMER, etc.

But composers played during the weekend (in more than 20 events) run the gamut including Andre Previn, John Williams, Elmer Bernstein, Franz Waxman, Henry Mancini, Leith Stevens and many more.

My favorite oddball show is "Great Songs from Lousy Movies".

 Posted:   Oct 26, 2013 - 1:07 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Heading off to see Johnny Mandel and all the other cool composers!

 Posted:   Oct 27, 2013 - 5:24 PM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

So, Mr. Morricone, how was the show? I totally missed out on this. I would've gone. frown

Sometimes living in Carson is like being on the dark side of the moon.

 Posted:   Oct 28, 2013 - 2:29 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

A lot to talk about. This is only the second film music event I have ever attended by the LA Jazz Institute but these are great!

The performances are mindblowing and the interviews incisive. If there is a downside, these are severely underattended. This reminds me of Peter's FFM event in that the aficionados come from far and near and there is over a hundred for each performance (which looks sparse in a room that can take 4 times that). The upside is I have everybody to myself. This older crowd doesn't go in for autographs. So, for instance, my wife Nancy and I arrive early, go to the Sport's Bar and there is Johnny Mandel ready for autographs and film talk. I go to the first venue and there is Marilee Bradford and hubby Jon Burlingame (looking more than a bit tired from non-stop events and an oppressive writing assignment). Again, got to mingle briefly and then the pro that he is, he walks into a blind interview and Jon comes to life with energy verve, including all his homework done, which he always does. And lucky for him the interviewee Johnny Mandel, despite being physically frail (at 88), is totally lucid and filled with stories of a very long career. They all sounded crisp with plenty of knowing humor along the way. All this stuff would continue later in the night when he conducted his band for over an hour with lots of his film music and a few big band hits added for good measure. He literally rocks the place. And that day I got to hear both the famous and obscure with music from I WANT TO LIVE, MASH, THE SANDPIPER, HARPER, AGATHA, THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING! THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING!, THE VERDICT and THE AMRICANIZATION OF EMILY. That is the way to be 88.

The same went for the other events with John Altman, Ron Jones and the rest of the attendees. All to myself. Thanks guys for not attending. Don't know who will be there next year but I really love this non-competing attention for composers, I am older now and like the relaxed atmosphere. So keep not showing up.

 Posted:   Oct 28, 2013 - 9:42 PM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

"I would have gone! I didn't know! Why won't anyone believe me-e?"

 Posted:   Oct 28, 2013 - 9:46 PM   
 By:   TJ   (Member)

Damn, wish I knew about this, sounds like it was great.

 Posted:   Oct 29, 2013 - 9:05 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

To tell the truth they seem to be not so well organized and the publicity is minimal, and tends to be directed toward jazz fans.
Nevertheless I did post the weekend and announced again as I was leaving for it.

And I really did enjoy not getting in line or trying to get past very pushy autograph hounds. This was a heavenly weekend and maybe rare. They may go back to one or two Hollywood events next year.

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