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Glenn Zottola “Remembering Clifford Brown”

My record label hired the great Nick Mondello who did my recent interview in “All About Jazz” to write for their website on their jazz catalogue which is extensive. I can’t tell you how much it warms my heart to have a writer of this level write about my music. I have been reviewed by everyone but Nick is in another category and a really nice guy. His writing is like a great chorus.

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Classic Jazz Records
– By Nick Mondello
Glenn Zottola – Clifford Brown Remembered
It’s no secret among jazz musicians that, as much as they enjoy stretching out over a speedball tempoed selection, almost to a person they’d tell you that they would love to make a recording with a lush string section behind them. None less than Bird himself – Charlie Parker set a standard for all with his classic effort, Charlie Parker with Strings (Mercury Records, 1950) It produced by – of all people – that “singalong” sultan, Mitch Miller, who also played oboe on the Parker session!). Multi-instrumentalist Glenn Zottola will indeed tell you that, as much of an influence Louis Armstrong was and is on his fine trumpeting, he, Zottola, spent many a sleepless nights endlessly listening to a turntable spinning Clifford Brown with Strings (EmArcy, 1955), Brownie’s classic strings album. While Clifford blew gorgeous tones, Zottola dreamed of one day saluting a trumpet idol. With Clifford Brown Remembered Zottola does just that – and does so brilliantly.
Zottola achieves a near-impossible achievement on this sublime effort. He has, with incredible interpretive shadings – re-created the entire Brown recording nearly note-for-note without written music. And, he performed the session completely from memory! Further, the original Neal Hefti arrangements used by Brown were transcribed also note-for-note by ear by this album’s arranger.
The album follows the sequence of the original recording with Zottola’s lush and highly emotionally-charged tone covering the Brown ballad takes. He simply doesn’t miss. He soars as he salutes the gone-way-too-soon Brown on a dozen Great American Songbook selections (“Laura,” “Stardust,” Willow Weep for Me”). There’s tons of emotion here as Brown’s original interpretations are further interpreted – not mimed – by another Master trumpeter. The strings and rhythm section employed here are a perfect platform for Zottola’s lyric style.
With Clifford Brown Remembered Glenn Zottola distinguishes himself not only as an adoring acolyte and student of Greatness, but also as a marvelous master of the trumpet.

Glenn Zottola – Jazz Titans

My record label hired the great Nick Mondello who did my recent interview in “All About Jazz” to write for their website on their jazz catalogue which is extensive. I can’t tell you how much it warms my heart to have a writer of this level write about my music. I have been reviewed by everyone but Nick is in another category and a really nice guy. His writing is like a great chorus.

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Titans

Classic Jazz Records
by Nick Mondello
The Classic Jazz Trio – The Jazz Titans
In Greek Mythology, the “Titans” were extremely powerful divine beings surpassed in their eminence only by the Gods themselves. With this marvelously entertaining effort, multi-instrumentalist – and supremely talented – Glenn Zottola, superb pianist, Mark Shane and ever-so-tasteful drummer, Mark Manaitt – “The Classic Jazz Trio” – deliver a 16-selection mainstream jazz lightning bolt. Covering selections associated with artists on the Mt. Olympus of jazz – Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker and others – Zottola and his bass-less brethren let it all fly in this hot session.
A truly gifted musician of Herculean abilities, Zottola steps up brilliantly on both trumpet and saxophone – and nails both. That’s no easy task. His melodic and improvisational stylings on the trumpet are spectacular as he shades the great Louis Armstrong. One can easily tell that Zottola is an attentive student and “ear” of the Armstrong legacy. Blowing all-to-the-wall, he soars high and low (“Jubilee,” “I Can’t Believe that You’re in Love with Me,” “After You’ve Gone”). Simultaneously, his alto work channels both that other trumpet-sax genius, Benny Carter and Bebop great, Charlie Parker (“Yardbird Suite,” “Whispering”). Pianist Mark Shane is absolutely ideal in this wonderful Swing vein (“Whispers in the Dark,” “If I Had You”), displaying obvious salutes to Teddy Wilson, Earl “Fatha” Hines, et al. There’s elegance as well as heat here, too (“Polka Dots and Moonbeams”). Drummer Manaitt is shrewdly “there but not there” as he supports but never intrudes on the swingfest – and, festive it certainly is.
While The Classic Jazz Trio is salutes “Jazz Titans,” with this heavenly recording the appellation certainly could also apply to its very mighty performers.

Glenn Zottola – “Jubilee”

This is a trio without bass I did in Europe for several tours patterned after Benny Goodman’s historic trio with Teddy Wilson and Gene Krupa. After working with Benny for 2 years I wanted to see what that format would be like. I left for Hollywood right after that band and the last tour was 35 concerts in 30 days !! Jubilee was a big Louie tune !

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New Release 2015 – Glenn Zottola with Strings “Inspired By Ben Webster”

New Release 2015 – Glenn Zottola with Strings “Inspired by Ben Webster”

Zach Smart – Publicist for Classic Jazz Records

Ben Webster always had a split musical personality, On uptempo tunes the great tenor saxophone could sound quite intense and had a great affinity for intensified growls, screams, and high-pitched honks capable of jolting the crowd out of sleep. This was, at times, his calling card. To electrify the crowd and even send shockwaves was part of his natural image, a code of conduct that he subscribed to diligently and faithfully.
On the ballads, he morphed into a completely different personality. He had a softness about him when he began purring, often being likened to the harmless and soothing sound of a pussycat. He became enamored with his romantic side on ballads, playing with a soft and sweet touch that set the crowd’s mood. He made every sound resonate and touched the crowd in a heart-warming way, giving way to soft, kind feelings and romance.
Shaped by the persuasive ways of Coleman Hawkins, Webster could not rehydrate the majestic way in which he understood and located his chords.
In Ben Webster revisited, Glenn Zottola pays special devotion to honoring one of the influential legends of his time frame. He replicates the romantic, relaxed, and jubilant approach which defined Webster’s touch in his ballads.
Implementing feeling and nostalgia into each note, Zottola churns out a number of songs revisiting the romantic livelihood embodied by Webster.
Songs such as “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man,” “Blue Moon,” “Laura,” “Stardust,” and a bevy of others make this item complete. Zottola doesn’t replicate or revive the style of Webster as much as he captures the true nature of Webster’s romanticism.

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Butch Miles Basie Tribute with Glenn Zottola

Butch Miles is one of the greatest jazz drummers of all time and a really beautiful cat. I had not played with the great Freddie Greene before and I never forgot after my solo I heard him whisper to Milt Hinton “he reminds me of Buck” meaning Buck Clayton. Those are moments in your life that you never forget better than the Grammy’s ! This band sounds a lot bigger than it is just 4 horns 2 trumpets and 2 saxophones. Butch having played with Basie all those years adding Milt Hinton , Freddie Greene and John Bunch make this another “All American Rhythm Section”.

Glenn Zottola – Carnegie Hall “Life Goes To A Party”

It was January 16th 1988 same day as the original concert and I found myself at Carnegie Hall to a packed house sitting in Harry James chair playing lead trumpet and jazz for the 50th anniversary of the historic Benny Goodman 1938 concert. Anyone who was at the concert in 1938 was allowed to sit on stage with the band. Playing next to Benny in his septet for 2 years every night prior set the stage for me for this event. As i was playing I could see decades dropping off the faces of those sitting on stage as they relived the excitement of that historic night when they were in their 20s now in their 60s and 70s. We did the exact program of 1938 with the same music all brown from the Library Of Congress with notes scribbled on my parts by Harry James 21 years old at the time. If one could ever turn back time this is as close as you can get.
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Glenn Zottola – Carnegie Hall

It was January 16th 1988 same day as the original concert and I found myself at Carnegie Hall sitting in Harry James chair for the 50th anniversary of the historic Benny Goodman 1938 concert. Anyone who was at the concert in 1938 was allowed to sit on stage with the band. Played next to Benny in his septet for 2 years every night prior set the stage for me for this event. As i was playing I could see decades dropping off the faces of those sitting on stage as they relived the excitement of that historic night when they were in their 20s now in their 60s and 70s. We did the exact program of 1938 with the same music all brown from the Library Of Congress with notes scribbled on my parts by Harry James 21 years old at the time. If one could ever turn back time this is as close as you can get.

Butch Miles Basie Tribute

This is another one from Butch Miles Basie Tribute. They asked Frank Wess , Myself and George Anders to call off 3 tunes for a ballad medley. Frank Wess called “Don’t Worry Bout Me” I called “These Foolish Things” on Alto and George Anders did “If I Had You” in which he wrote a little ending prior. What a great Rhythm section Butch Miles , Freddie Greene , Milt Hinton and John Bunch top of the line. These were some sessions and I ended up playing Trumpet , Tenor and Alto on this session !

Glenn Zottola’s first recording on Tenor Saxophone “I Can’t Believe You Are In Love With Me”

This is my very first time ever I was recorded on tenor sax. All this nice response to my tenor album got me searching my archives. I did a tribute to Count Basie for Butch Miles 35 years ago. Great band Butch on drums , Milt Hinton , The great Freddie Green on guitar, John Bunch on piano myself and Marky Markowitz on trumpets and Frank Wess and George Anders on Tenor. I brought my tenor to the session not sure why was just starting to fool with it. Marky took the first trumpet solo and I was supposed to take the second one but got so inspired by the tenor battle with Frank Wess and George I pulled the tenor out of the case and took a solo on tenor from the trumpet section after they finished ! Amazing the producer allowed that surprise and made a note of it in the liner notes !

New Release 2015 – Glenn Zottola “Don’t Take Your Love From Me”

When I came out of retirement a few years ago what I have tried to do with these 14 releases is cover the “golden age of jazz” from 1920 Louis Armstrong to 1950 Charlie Parker a glorious 30 year period. I wanted to share all the influences that made me who I am Louis Armstrong , Lester Young, Roy Eldridge , Dizzy Gillespie , Charlie Parker and even slightly beyond into the 50s with Miles Davis , Clifford Brown , Zoot Sims and Stan Getz. This was the “renaissance” and melting pot that created this art form and i feel so privileged to have been a part of it these last 55 years.

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Glenn Zottola – Carnegie Hall “Shine”

Carnegie Hall 1988 a packed house the 50th anniversary of the historic Benny Goodman 1938 concert another high point in my career. Same exact program as 1938 sitting in Harry James chair all night playing lead trumpet and jazz. The music was from the library of congress with handwritten notes on my part’s by Harry who was 21 years old at the time. Harry was enamored with Louis Armstrong and wanted take a shot at a short version of Shine a big hit for Louie. I played my own solo that night not Harry’s. Isaac Stern did the intermission and much to my surprise he was big jazz fan talked about 52nd street when he first came to NY. Benny’s daughter gave Issac Benny’s clarinet for the Carnegie Hall archives at the end of the night the first time jazz was every in Carnegie Hall. I put this track on my anthology didn’t know it was ever recorded until someone who was there gave me a tape 25 years later !

Zoot Sims and Glenn Zottola “Undecided”

Zoot Sims , Glenn Zottola , Teddy Wilson , Milt Hinton and Gus Johnson. I was very young and all the guys were 45 years my elders but you would never know it from the intensity of the band.This was recorded by someone in the audience so the sound quality is not great but you can certainly hear the energy. I felt Like I was at “Jazz At The Philharmonic”. Zoot was one of the great swingers of all time   or as Milt Hinton called him “the salt of the earth” !

New Release – Glenn Zottola “Come Back To Me”

What an amazing journey it has been these last few years after coming out of retirement. I have several new releases coming out in 2015 and I wanted to cover with all these albums the full scope that my musical life has been on both trumpet and saxophone . My Clifford Brown tribute was my return to trumpet after several years away from it and it has gotten so much acclaim it inspired me to spread my wings and “chops” so I did 3 more trumpet albums since that point. This album returns to some of the “Bravura” on trumpet that attracted me to the instrument when i was very young. I want to thank Irv Kratka at Classic Jazz Records for giving me the opportunity to do this.

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Glenn Zottola – Charlie Parker With Strings Re-Visited

I would like to thank my dear friend and jazz legend Terry Gibbs for helping me to select this take on this song “everything happens to me”. Terry is a huge admirer of Charlie Parker’s work as I am and no better person to help me as he played with Charlie Parker and knew him. This project is very close to my heart like my earlier Clifford Brown remembered album and I want to pay homage to those greats that helped make me who I am and who I owe everything to. This was the first time any jazz artist recorded with strings which paved the way for future artists like Clifford Brown and Stan Getz. I wanted to see what it would feel like if I walked the studio on that historic day in 1949. Of course it helps to have Charlie Parker open the door and point the way. I am doing my own solos and even playing in different places than Bird just as I hear it. The project is going a little slowly due to some illness in the family of my arranger but it should pick up shortly.

Bob Wilber and Glenn Zottola “China Boy” at The Smithsonian.

I spent several years with great soprano player Bob Wilber. We formed the Bechet Legacy band and did many albums and toured the world. We recorded this concert at the Smithsonian in DC. Bob was a great foil for me. In put China Boy on my anthology “Life In Jazz”.

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Glenn Zottola’s solo on “Stardust”

Terry Gibbs and I were talking yesterday day about “Stardust”. He mentioned Artie Shaw’s classic version and I mentioned Lionel Hampton. Of course Louis Armstrong’s definitive version pre-dates them all. I have recorded Stardust several times through the years on record and television but in 1981 I walked in the studio to record an album. I had just signed with Selmer Instrument company and they delivered a Bach trumpet I never played before to the studio for the session. I hired Norris Turney on alto who was playing lead in Duke Ellington’s band at the time. An idea came to me in the studio of paying tribute to Louis Armstrong and asked the rhythm section to give me a certain rhythmic thing on my solo reminiscent of Louie’s version. I wanted to do a second take but Norris and the producer wouldn’t let me I guess that was a compliment. Leonard Feather gave the album 5 stars noting Louie’s influence on the Stardust solo. I put the whole track on my “life in jazz” anthology.

Glenn Zottola – Suzanne Somers TV Show “Georgia”

Tomorrow will be the 3rd and final Interview of my “Life In Jazz” with Nick Mondello in the “All About Jazz” magazine. In that interview we will cover the Suzanne Somers TV at Universal Studios which was a wonderful cap to a great career I truly have been blessed. This track is coming out of commercial break on the Naomi Judd show.

Glenn Zottola “Remembering Miles Davis” All Star Quintet

I met Miles when I was 13 years old at Birdland in NYC. He was there with his historic sextet with John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley. This album is half with all star small group and half orchestra concentrating on Miles work in the 50s that changed jazz forever. My good friend Chick Corea gave me a beautiful quote for this album which is heartwarming as he worked a lot with Miles.

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New Release – Glenn Zottola “Getting Sentimental”

All my albums come out in 2 formats a regular jazz CD and a play along version. My intention is to try to pass down what was passed down to me. Feel free to make a comment on this new release of the great american songbook the label loves hearing from my friends and fans. Click on album to sample tracks and add a comment to the record label website. Thank you !

http://musicminusone.com/brass/trumpet/glenn-zottola-standards-for-trumpet-getting-sentimental.html

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New release – Glenn Zottola “Sinatra Classics”

All my albums come out in 2 formats a regular jazz CD and a play along version. My intention is to try to pass down what was passed down to me. Feel free to make a comment on this new release of Sinatra classics the label loves hearing from my friends and fans. Click on link to sample tracks and add a comment to the record label website. Thank you !

http://musicminusone.com/glenn-zottola-plays-classic-arrangements-for-alto-saxophone.html

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Glenn Zottola Starts 3 Part Interview “Life In Jazz”

I am about ready to start a 3 part interview this morning on my “Life In Jazz” with Nick Mondello for “All About Jazz” digital magazine one of the best publications in jazz. Nick is a total pro and great guy and trumpet player and did one of the best reviews I have ever received in my career on my Clifford Brown album which inspired me to continue recording on trumpet ! Here is the link to “All About Jazz” with the 3 recent reviews on my tributes to Charlie Parker , Clifford Brown and Stan Getz for Classic Jazz records. It is heartwarming that my homage to these legends that made me who I am is being noticed and appreciated. See link below.

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article_center.php?in_artist=glenn+zottola&in_album&in_label&in_author&in_type=0

New Release – Glenn Zottola – “All Star Rhythm Sections”

 

Check out the personnel on this album !!  Jimmy Raney , Mundel Lowe, Milt Hinton , Oscar Pettiford , Nat Pierce , Don Abney , Kenny  Clark , Osie Johnson etc.  Okie Johnson was in the house band at my parents jazz club and I got to play with him every week when I was 13 years old !

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Glenn Zottola and NYC Jazz

In the 80s for several years before I left for Hollywood to do television, I was part of a jazz record label that had some of the finest jazz musicians in NY on it’s roster. The label was called Famous Door Records started by producer Harry Lim of Keynote and Mercury fame and run similar to the old Blue Note label and we would all take part in each other’s albums. I did about 30 jazz albums during that period, a very special time in my Jazz life and cross section of the albums are included on my anthology “A Jazz Life”.

New Release – Glenn Zottola “Body and Soul”

I am pleased to announce my record label “Classic Jazz Records” is re-issuing a Jazz CD of something I did several years ago. This album truly has an all star rhythm section with Nat Pierce , Barry Galbraith , Milt Hinton and Osie Johnson.

Will be available shortly on iTunes, CD Baby , Amazon and innercittyjazz.com.

Glenn Zottola – Carnegie Hall and “Ziggy Elman”

I was with Benny Goodman’s septet for 2 years. In 1988 I played Carnegie Hallfor the 50th anniversary of the historic 1938 Benny Goodman concert. I played lead trumpet all night sitting in Harry James chair but also played Harry James and Ziggy Elman solos.I played my own solo on this famous Ziggy Elman piece as I did with everything that night and even though I am Italian but I played enough jewish weddings to pull it off 🙂

Doc Cheatham and Glenn Zottola “Carnegie Hall Jam”

Doc Cheatham plays the first solo and I play the second. This is the jam session portion of that night in 1988 at Carnegie Hall on the 50th anniversary of the Benny Goodman concert. Doc Cheatham , Myself , Bob Wilber , Buddy Tate, Al Grey , Norris Turney , John Bunch , Al Casey and Panama Francis. What a band and what a night !

Glenn Zottola Carnegie Hall “Shine”

I put this on my anthology as it was one of the high points in my career. I was with the Benny Goodman septet for 2 years. This is a performance at Carnegie Hall in 1988 on the 50th anniversary of the historic 1938 Benny Goodman concert. I was sitting in Harry James chair playing lead trumpet and jazz. This was recorded from the audience that night.

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Glenn Zottola “Dewey Square”

One of the joys I have had is playing every style of jazz from Benny Goodman to Chick Corea. When I first got to LA great bass player Jim Dejulio did a album using all his favorite players. I did 2 songs , Eddie Daniels did 2 and Bill Watrous did 2. I included this track on my anthology from that album and this track has great drummer Roy McCurdy from Cannonball Adderly’s quintet. Steve Allen did the liner notes for this album and he had never heard me and that is how I got to do his album for Concord records also on my anthology.

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