I wanted to put this comment from Monk on my website regarding my new album and video as it meant so much to me as he is a legend in the Jazz interview world and has done many interviews with Jazz legends who made me who I am musically. Thank you Monk for all you do.
“Super! Glenn has the chops on brass and reeds to play anything he hears and what he hears is HIP!”
This recording was done a new mouthpiece just sent to me by Theo Waynne the “Ambika”. Having worked with Frank Sinatra , Tony Bennet , Mel Torme and Ella Fitzgerald , Joe Williams and many others that vintage and nuanced sound of Coleman Hawkins , Ben Webster , Gene Ammons and Stan Getz is very important to me. I would like to applaud Theo Waynne for his dedication and accomplishments and Bryan Vance General Manager for his incredible care and service. This beautiful arrangement is by my good friend Alan McPike in Scotland. This video was done by my good friend Zvonimir Tosic in Australia.
This was a cassette given to me by someone in the audience excuse the fidelity. This is a classic jam session format which you might not see in this day and age let me explain. I was leading a quintet at the Elkhart Jazz Festival and I had the great Red Hollyway on alto and tenor and the great Butch Miles in the band Basie alumni. Frank Foster was on the bill leading the Basie band. When Frank finished his set he came in to hear my set. I saw him in the audience and invited him up on stage. Here is what occurred from the inside on this tune. I played the first solo on trumpet then Red on Alto. When Red and Frank started trading at the end of the tune I got inspired so picked up my alto and Red put down his alto and grabbed his tenor so you have 3 saxophone’s trading Frank on tenor , Red on tenor and me on alto. Then I switch back to trumpet to take the tune out !!
My good friend David Pomeranz multi platinum song writer sent this track to Alan Bergman who won 2 academy award’s and wrote the lyrics to this beautiful Michel Legrand song and he gave me this wonderful comment which was heartwarming. By the way the picture is my daughter and her husband from their wedding on a beautiful ship in Newport Beach great times.
“What a wonderful rendition of the song. It is great to hear a jazz sax player with feeling. He has a great sound “ Alan Bergman
Glenn Zottola, born in Port Chester, New York, is an American jazz trumpeter and saxophonist. Zottola is known for his work with Lionel Hampton, the Benny Goodman Sextet and Bob Wilber, and has played for a broad range of vocalists, including Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson , Tony Bennett , Mel Torme , Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Williams. He has recorded over 50 albums, performed at major jazz festivals throughout the world, and was a featured soloist at Benny Goodman’s Carnegie Hall 50th Anniversary in 1988. In 1995, Zottola was band leader on the Suzanne Somers daytime TV Talk Show at Universal Studios. Recently he has recorded a series of albums on the the Classic Jazz record label paying tribute to jazz legends including Charlie Parker, Miles Davis ,Stan Getz, Clifford Brown and Ben Webster. The most recent album, Glenn Zottola “A Jazz Life,” is a 2 CD anthology of selected tracks with many celebrities including Chick Corea, Suzanne Somers and many more.
I was so moved by the comment by my good friend Kabir Sehgal world acclaimed author , musician and grammy winning producer on my last recording with Chick Corea I wanted to put it on my website.
Thanks for your note. Yes, you were dear friends, and it’s a pure joy to hear your music with him. I’d call your music “When 2 Geniuses Come Together!!” Congrats on your upcoming singles. I’ll be listening and sharing with my family and friends. Honored to know you, maestro!!
This is my first collaboration with great guitarist , producer and arranger Ray Burghardt more to come. Ray has a long history of making music in many celebrity settings as I do and what a joy to make music with him and “lock in”.