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LA Jazz Society Tribute Awards & Concert - Honoring Oscar-Winning Songwriters Alan & Marilyn Bergman

By Dana Anderson

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Hosted by Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. , performers include Lifetime Achievement Awardee George Bohanon, Alan Bergman, Steve Tyrell, Johnny Mandel, Roger Kellaway, John Clayton, Shelea, an All Star Big Band, and more! 

HOLLYWOOD, CA (October 25, 2015) – The Los Angeles Jazz Society presents the 2015 Jazz Tribute Awards Concert on Saturday, November 7th 7:30pm at The Montalban Theatre in Hollywood, honoring two of music’s greatest living treasures, Oscar-winning songwriters, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, for their outstanding contributions to the great American Songbook. 

Such classics as The Windmills of Your Mind, from the 1968 film, The Thomas Crown Affair, starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway, You Don’t Bring me Flowers, a Billboard number one hit for Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand, and The Way We Were, as well as Nice ‘n’ Easy, popularized by Frank Sinatra, are consistently being performed by many of today’s noted Jazz artists. 

 Barbra Streisand, who has teamed with The Bergman’s on several award- winning musical projects, serves as Honorary Chair of the event. “Marilyn and Alan have played a prominent role in my sweetest memories. In fact you might say I remember the way we were, and I cherish the way our collaboration and friendship has stood the test of time," commented Ms. Streisand. 

Grammy Award-winning recording artists Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. will serve as hosts. 

 Also honored that evening are renowned jazz trombonist, George Bohanon, who will receive the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award---having worked with hundreds of performers on albums and concert dates for over 50 years; and newcomer, Julian Gomez, who will receive the Shelly Manne Memorial New Talent Award

The program will feature an All-Star Tribute Big Band conducted by musical director and Grammy award-winning bassist, John Clayton, with performances by The George Bohanon Group, The Julian Gomez trio, and numerous artists who have worked with or recorded Bergman compositions (Steve Tyrell, Johnny Mandel, Roger Kellaway, Shelea, McCoo & Davis, Alan Bergman, himself) and a few surprises. 

The annual Los Angeles Jazz Society’s Jazz Tribute Awards Concert attracts Jazz musicians and appreciators as it celebrates Jazz and the talented people who have made this extraordinary music their life’s passion. The event raises funds for important Jazz education programs that benefit thousands of young people in the LAUSD public schools (see lajazz.org for more info). With dramatic budget cuts over the years, many music and arts programs in the schools have been eliminated. This annual tribute is the society’s primary fundraiser to “keep Jazz alive” with their highly-acclaimed programs: Jazz in Schools, the Bill Green Mentorship Program, Jazz Coolcats and New Note. 

For tickets ($40-$125), visit themontalban.com. For information on VIP tickets ($200 includes orchestra seats and a VIP reception), tribute ads and sponsorship, please contact the Society office at: (818) 994-4661. 

 

Published on Nov 04, 2015

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