All About Jazz Interview by Nicholas Mondello : Glenn Zottola: A Jazz Life – The Early Years.
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 !
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 !
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.
I did a 17 minute interview in a wonderful digital jazz magazine that went out to 64 countries. Click link and go to “audio clip” next to the interview button.
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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Classic Jazz Records – Glenn Zottola Plays Classic Arrangements inspired by Frank Sinatra by Jazz Writer Nick Mondello.
The arranger’s task is a multi-dimensional one. He/she must develop an aural landscape that – as one certainly would for a great work of art – frame the subject appropriately, while never being so ornate as to distract or misrepresent. The greatest of arrangers, especially those who worked with Frank Sinatra – Nelson Riddle, Gordon Jenkins, Quincy Jones, Billy May and others – also had the knack to present material which stimulates the soloist, urging him or her on and effectively simultaneously challenging artist and musicians. Ennui and complacency – whether actual or perceived – are the arrangers’ Satans and Hell on earth for musical artists.
With this superior and fascinating effort, multi-instrumentalist Glenn Zottola brazenly places himself in the “Sinatra spotlight,” performing a baseball team’s worth of Sinatra-affiliated tunes (“Teach Me Tonight,” “Angel Eyes,” “Street of Dreams”). Each selection was inspired by the actual arrangements and was impeccably transcribed – and performed same. It’s brilliant all around.
Zottola’s alto saxophone is a classic one – a throwback to when sonic beauty trumped technical wizardry and when melody reigned supreme. This is a lush, elegant send-up of the highest order. Zottola is a melody marvel, possessing that unique, indescribable element that only occurs when what is written on staff paper flows through the performer’s heart and soul and becomes a “feeling,” a “touch,” a “memory,” or “picture” in the listener’s mind. It’s magic, and Zottola has the wand with which to make it here. Voila!
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”.
Another tune from my 1981 album I put on my anthology which was a hit a the time on jazz stations with lots of air play. Great band with George Masso trombone , Harold Danko piano , Reggie Johnson bass and Butch Miles drums. I am playing Fluegalhorn here.
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This is my quintet in 1981 and that is my daughter on my shoulders. This is Benny Golsons “Blues March” and I am playing Trumpet and Alto Sax on this tune.
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.
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I am pleased to announce my record label Classic Jazz Records is re-issuing on CD something I did quite awhile ago. This album truly has an all star rhythm section with Nat Pierce , Barry Galbraith , Milt Hinton and Osie Johnson.
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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 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 !
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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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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In the old days we used to say he who could play a ballad would own the audience. Don’t know if that is true today but I certainly love to play ballads.
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I guess we could call this Maxine Sullivan week with all these posts celebrating Maxines amazing life in music. My life as been pretty wild also the producer asked me to bring my alto to the session beside the trumpet for one tune. Next thing you know I am in the “ring” dueling alto’s with the greatest studio reed player of all time in NYC Phil Bodner ! The great Bobby Rosengarden on bongos here also.
I worked with Frank Sinatra , Tony Bennett , Mel Torme , Ella Fitzgerald , Peggy Lee and Joe Williams but Maxine is one of my favorite singers of all time. When I mentioned her name to Peggy Lee during the album I did for her she said “Maxine was a huge influence” and sure enough that easy swingin style is priceless and what a “lady”. This track is from her Burton Lane album that I did.
How fortunate I am to have a record label “Classic Jazz” that has given me Carte Blanche to the record the music I love. I have 5 new releases in 2015 coming out 2 of which have just been released the Alto/Sinatra “Classic Arrangements” album and this great american songbook album “Getting Sentimental” on trumpet. My return to trumpet was my “Clifford Brown Remembered” album followed by this one and 2 more coming out shortly. Life is good !
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This album was inspired by Frank Sinatra. I worked with Frank on TV and he used some of the greatest arrangers of all time. My concept has always been to sing through the horn.
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This is a song from Maxine’s Jule Styne album I did. The lyrics were written by great lyricist Carol Leigh who wrote lyrics to “Witchcraft” , “The Best Is Yet To Come” and “Young At Heart” and she wrote these lyrics at the end of her life which was quite tragic and alone as you can hear in these lyrics. Maxine delivers this “poignant” song setting a mood that was quite easy for me to contribute to. This is also on my anthology.
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I worked with Frank Sinatra , Tony Bennett , Mel Torme , Ella Fitzgerald , Peggy Lee and Joe Williams but Maxine is one of my favorite singers of all time. When I mentioned her name to Peggy Lee during the album I did for her she said “Maxine was a huge influence” and sure enough that easy swingin style is priceless and what a “lady”. I included this track from her album we did together on my anthology.
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I did Steve Allen’s last album. Steve’s playing amazed me. No charts total jam session and Steve just started playing songs and we made up the arrangements as we went along. Great band – myself , Ken Peplowski , Howard Alden , Chuck Berghoffer and Frankie Capp. I put this track on my Anthology.
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This album was inspired by Frank Sinatra. I worked with Frank on TV and he used some of the greatest arrangers of all time. This is a classic Quincy Jones arrangement. I always wondered what it would of been like if Frank Sinatra and Charlie Parker two Icons of the 20th century had crossed paths !
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This album was inspired by Frank Sinatra. I worked with Frank on TV and he used some of the greatest arrangers of all time. This is a classic Nelson Riddle arrangement. My concept has always been to sing through the horn.
I have performed and recorded several versions of “Stardust” one of my favorite songs through the years and never tire of it.
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Great Tommy Dorsey Classic title tune from new release. Available on iTunes , CD Baby, Amazon, Innercityjazz.com
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Butch Miles is one of the truly great drummers of all time in jazz and a really great person. He is on a half dozen of my early albums and I am on the same of his. We also shared a quartet together and worked with Bob Wilber for several years in the Bechet Legacy and did many jazz festivals together. This is a track from one of Butch’s early album’s tribute to Gene Krupa which I believe has been re-issued on CD that I included on my anthology “A Jazz Life” which has tracks from over 50 albums I have done. “World Jazz” who bought the whole Famous Door catalogue which Butch and I recorded for early on graciously gave my current record label permission to use this track from the Famous Door catalogue on my anthology.
I completed several albums in the last quarter of 2014 for release in 2015. This one is part of the Great American Songbook just released. When I was 3 years old my mom who played piano like Count Basie sat me on her knee at the piano and taught me 500 standards without any music all by ear. These songs are a part of my musical DNA. I first heard Nat King Cole sing this song.
This is my first gig with Zoot Sims as a young lad. The band was Teddy Wilson , Milt Hinton and Gus Johnson. Teddy was late stuck in traffic so Zoot and I decided to start with a blues.When Zoot found out I was an “ear player” he said “me too” and we locked in immediately.. Priceless experience playing with Zoot and as Milt Hinton called him “The Salt Of The Earth” so true. I put this exchange on my anthology as it was an important moment in my career.
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Someone on the Grammy’s enlightened me It is the Clifford Brown’s Birthday Thursday October 30th. Click on link below.
Here is the story on my Clifford Brown tribute album. It was 1961 and I was 13 years old doing my first big jazz gig at the Atlantic City Jazz Festival on the bill with the legendary Dinah”The Queen” Washington , Oscar Peterson, Gerry Mulligan and Art Blakey. It’s like yesterday standing in the wings at 13 years old waiting to go on for my set memorized watching Dinah sing. Dinah recorded “I remember Clifford” a song written for Clifford shortly after his tragic death in that car accident almost 60 years ago at 25 years old which shocked the jazz world. I used her 1957 track and had my arranger add on a chorus for me for the last song on my album to pay homage to Clifford who changed my musical life very emotional for me. Here is the track check out the lyrics :
I wore out this album when I was 13 years old and this project was very emotional for me. I did the whole album with no music all by recall playing my own solos with Clifford’s spirit and inflections.
In 1956 almost 60 years ago one of the greatest jazz trumpeters in history Clifford Brown died in a tragic car accident at 25 years old that shocked the jazz world. Just prior to that fateful event Clifford recorded a historic string album that I wore out when I was a kid. I had my arranger transcribe all the original Neil Hefti arrangements and I revisited this work recording my own solos with Clifford’s spirit as he changed my musical life. I did this all with no music by memory. This album has been submitted in the jazz category for your consideration available on CD Baby and iTunes to listen further. This was a very emotional project for me. Peace.
My “Jazz Life” album is entered in the historical category for the 57th Grammy awards. This is an anthology of tracks from over 50 albums over 50 years including 20 time grammy winner Chick Corea , Peggy Lee , Steve Allen , Suzanne Somers , Zoot Sims , Milt Hinton and many more along with concerts at Carnegie Hall plus all my current tribute albums Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown and Stan Getz. My life’s work in jazz a 2CD set with a 10 page booklet by acclaimed jazz and film writer Scott Yanow author of 11 books on jazz. Available to listen on iTunes and CD Baby which I will post in October when voting starts.
I brought Jazz Legend and dear friend Milt Hinton to the Clearwater Jazz Festival in 1990 to guest with my quintet for his 80th birthday. I had 10,000 people sing Happy Birthday to him that night ! Milt was the most recorded bass player in history and is truly missed. I put this track on my anthology “A Jazz Life” which has been submitted to the 57th Grammy’s this year.
Glenn Zottola’s “A Jazz Life” is a 2CD set entered in the historical category for the 57th Grammy’s this year and is an anthology of his recorded and concert work and life spanning 50 years and over 50 albums with tracks with 20 Grammy winner Chick Corea , Suzanne Somers , Steve Allen , Peggy Lee , Maxine Sullivan , Zoot Sims , Milt Hinton and many more. It comes with a 10 page book by noted writer of Jazz and Film Scott Yanow . Available on iTunes , Amazon , CD Baby , Target , Best Buy , innercityjazz.com.
Paying homage to those jazz legends that made me who I am “I’m in the mood for love”.
30 second clips of Glenn Zottola’s 4 Grammy entry albums including track with 20 time Grammy Winner Chick Corea.
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Glenn Zottola: The Bossa Nova Story, Glenn Zottola, Salutes Stan Getz (2014)
By EDWARD BLANCO, Published: June 6, 2014 | 1,660 views
Glenn Zottola: The Bossa Nova Story, Glenn Zottola, Salutes Stan Getz
Trumpeter and saxophonist Glenn Zottola has been a serious part of the music business for more than four decades, recording thirty albums as a sideman and leader as well as adding Broadway and TV show musician to his resume. In 2014, Zottola decided to embark on the tribute circle recording a series of homage albums for the Classic Jazz Records label such as (Clifford Brown Remembered (Classic Jazz Records, 2014), Reflections of Charlie Parker (Classic Jazz Records, 2014) and now, The Bossa Nova Story, Glenn Zottola, Salutes Stan Getz. The album is a combine tribute to Getz’s involvement in the bossa nova, the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Brazilian jazz in general. The result of course, is a warm and beautiful portrait of the bossa style from the perspective of the tenor saxophone and the everlasting influence Stan Getz left on the music.
The world first learned of the samba and bossa nova from the 1959 film Black Orpheus by French director Marcel Camus where the original sound track had a Luiz Bonfa composition “Manha de Carnival” represented on this album as simply “Black Orpheus.” The album starts off with the Orpheus song led by a gorgeous introduction from Argentinian guitarist Marcelo Berestovoy leading to Zottola’s masterful solos on the piece. There have been many interpretations of Jobim’s signature piece, “The Girl from Ipanema” but somehow, Zottola’s Getz’s impersonation, along with Tom Hartman’s string arrangements, elevates this one to elite status. On the fiftieth anniversary of this classic and the twentieth anniversary of Jobim’s passing, this seemed a perfect inclusion to The Bossa Nova Story.
The Getz/bossa homage rolls right along with delightful treatments of such classics as “Gentle Rain,” “Once I Loved” and Zottola’s superb interpretation of Jobim’s “One Note Samba” equally as enchanting as the famous Getz instrumental rendition. Other immortal Jobim classic such as “Dindi,” Meditation,” and “Triste,” are all presented with the saxophonist leading the way with tasteful accompaniment from a stellar cast of players and a delightful string section. Also Included in this tribute album are non-bossa standards like Cole Porter’s “I Concentrate on You,” and the Robert Wright/George Forrest classic “Baubles, Bangles and Beads”—both transformed into bossa songs on the Grammy—nominated Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim (Reprise, 1967) recording.
The program ends as it began with a delicious interpretation of another Bonfa standard “Samba de Orfeu” where the saxophonist’s high flying solos are splendidly supported by guitarist Berestovoy with a little help from percussionist Emiliano Almeida capping off a memorable taste of Brazil. As tribute albums go, Glenn Zottola’s The Bossa Nova Story tells a tale of a jazz icon whose saxophone changed the music and of a musical style that changed the world. The great Stan Getz and Antonio Carlos Jobim are no doubt, smiling from heaven after hearing Zottola’s graceful treatment of their enduring music, well done!
Track Listing: Black Orpheus; The Girl From Ipanema; Gentle Rain; One Note Samba; Once I Loved; Dindi; Baubles, Bangles and Beads; Meditiation; Triste; I Concentrate On You; Samba de Orfeu.
Personnel: Glenn Zottola: tenor saxophone; Marcelo Berestovoy: guitar; Jamieson Trotter: piano; Tom Lerner: bass; Joe Dougherty: drums; Emiliano Almeida: percussion; Tom Hartman: string arrangements.
Record Label: Classic Jazz Records
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