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Convergency

Dave Slonaker Big Band

Convergency

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Origin Records
UPC: 0805558285127
Catnr: ORIGIN 82851
Release date: 04 November 2022
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Origin Records
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0805558285127
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ORIGIN 82851
Release date
04 November 2022
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About the album

The Dave Slonaker Big Band, coming off its 2013 Grammy® nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble, returns with a dazzling collection of new music celebrating the tradition, but also pushing the possibilities of big band jazz. Featuring an all-star cast of West Coast jazz and studio legends including Bob Sheppard, Larry Koonse, Peter Erskine, Wayne Bergeron, and so many more, Convergency brings together the lives, stories and extraordinary talents of these great musicians, with the music of veteran Los Angeles composer/arranger Dave Slonaker, to create what will certainly be another touchstone recording for fans of the large jazz ensemble tradition.
Die Dave Slonaker Big Band, die 2013 für den Grammy® als bestes großes Jazz-Ensemble nominiert wurde, kehrt mit einer umwerfenden Sammlung neuer Musik zurück, die die Tradition feiert, aber auch die Möglichkeiten des Big-Band-Jazz auslotet. Mit einer Starbesetzung von Jazz- und Studiolegenden der Westküste, darunter Bob Sheppard, Larry Koonse, Peter Erskine, Wayne Bergeron und viele mehr, vereint Convergency das Leben, die Geschichten und die außergewöhnlichen Talente dieser großartigen Musiker mit der Musik des erfahrenen Komponisten/Arrangeurs Dave Slonaker aus Los Angeles zu einer Aufnahme, die mit Sicherheit ein weiterer Meilenstein für die Fans der großen Jazz-Ensemble-Tradition sein wird.

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Bob Sheppard (saxophone)

Some musicians’ careers are easily pigeonholed. Not so Bob Sheppard’s. For more than four decades, the multi-instrumentalist has played on countless sessions with an astounding crop of A-list jazz giants—among them Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard, Michael and Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, Herbie Hancock, Kurt Elling, Dianne Reeves, Lyle Mays, John Beasley and Steps Ahead—and artists within several other genres. He’s also recorded and toured as a leader, contributed to hundreds of movie and TV soundtracks, served as an educator and more. But what’s most astounding, perhaps, is that Bob Sheppard still has so much more he wants to do. “My career path was a product of taking intertwining roads, never really knowing where they would lead,” he says. “I continue to stay excited...
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Some musicians’ careers are easily pigeonholed. Not so Bob Sheppard’s. For more than four decades, the multi-instrumentalist has played on countless sessions with an astounding crop of A-list jazz giants—among them Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard, Michael and Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, Herbie Hancock, Kurt Elling, Dianne Reeves, Lyle Mays, John Beasley and Steps Ahead—and artists within several other genres. He’s also recorded and toured as a leader, contributed to hundreds of movie and TV soundtracks, served as an educator and more.
But what’s most astounding, perhaps, is that Bob Sheppard still has so much more he wants to do. “My career path was a product of taking intertwining roads, never really knowing where they would lead,” he says. “I continue to stay excited about future projects; the notion of slowing down does not appeal to me in the least.” He’s been at it since he was a child. Music entered Sheppard’s life via his amateur saxophonist father and was nurtured via a culturally aware high school that brought in big band legends like Woody Herman, Buddy Rich and Stan Kenton for the enrichment of the students. Although he originally wanted to play the drums, by the fifth grade sax and woodwinds became Sheppard’s calling. He got his first alto saxophone in junior high school. “Practicing became my friend, a place to escape,” he says.
From the start, it was jazz that lured him. “When I was a kid, there was jazz all over TV and radio. The sound of jazz and swing music was still in large part the norm on the radio and TV. I really didn’t need to search jazz out; it was all around me. I really liked the idea of finding melodies and the freedom of exploring sounds on my horn. I was constantly noodling and experimenting. I never waited for my teacher to tell me what to practice. Playing along with all of the music I heard was a huge factor in how I learned to use my ear, identify harmony and develop acute relative pitch, and to play in tune.”

Sheppard began playing professionally while still living in the Philadelphia area, where he grew up. He continued while attending college, working various stage shows and even the circus, and soon found gigs accompanying giants of the business such as Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr. and the 5th Dimension. A steady spot in the orchestra of Chuck Mangione provided vital learning experience.
As his reputation grew, Sheppard made the all-important decision to relocate to Los Angeles. The move paid off immediately when he went to work with trumpet legend Freddie Hubbard. The gig lasted several years. “Playing on the same stage as Freddie was a breathtaking and frightening experience,” Sheppard says. “Much like jazz survival training, it exposed everything good and bad about my playing and inspired me to work harder. How lucky I was to get that close to his talent.”

With a solid list of credentials building up, and his ability to play numerous instruments—he is virtuosic on all varieties of sax, flute and clarinet—Sheppard became a first-call musician, a valued sideman who could be counted upon to bring fresh ideas to any recording session or live gig. Along the way, his own horizons expanded. “I learned to function in so many environments,” he says. “Learning how to react and relate stylistically, to become a musical mind reader and deliver what’s needed is still fun for me. Certainly it’s a skill that only comes from the experience and the array of gigs I’ve done along the way. The cumulative effect of experience is a priceless education.” Those gigs included work not just with the top jazz artists cited above, but also stars of the pop, rock and R&B worlds, among them Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Queen Latifah, Elvis Costello, Natalie Cole, Randy Newman, Rickie Lee Jones, Boz Scaggs and many others. He also put in time playing in the TV bands of legendary hosts like Johnny Carson and Joan Rivers.
“Playing with the best of the best is huge; it makes me play better. I was able to get those calls mostly due to my improvisational and interpretive abilities, and of course my sound,” says Sheppard. “All those top 40 and funk bands in the ’70s were very much jazz gigs to me; they taught me styles, how to hear my way through music, how to play in horn sections with singers. The pop tunes of the ’70s and ’80s had great harmonies and forms that left much room for individuality and expression. Offers to play with artists don’t come by accident but from an accumulation of life experience, references and developing a reputation over time.”

By the early ’90s, it was time for Sheppard to step out front. In 1991, he recorded his first album as a leader, Tell Tale Signs, for the Windham Hill Jazz label. Since then he’s released several other solo projects, most recently Close Your Eyes and From The Hip, both for BFM Jazz. He remains involved with other leaders, however, and has spent significant time, in particular, working with pianist Billy Childs’ ensembles and drummer Peter Erskine’s trio. “All of these amazing players are friends that I love and have played with a lot over many years, and I also love being a part of a community of mutually respected professionals,” he says. “The musical connections are deep and comfortable. When I lead my own band, I know that all my musical history has contributed and helped me communicate something that’s my own.” One of Sheppard’s most rewarding ongoing involvements has been his work as an educator. For more than a decade he’s been a part-time faculty member at the USC Thornton School of Music and frequently conducts clinics at colleges. Still, he is pragmatic about the role that jazz education plays in the development of a musician. “Those days of a student playing tons of gigs are gone, so the only way for a young jazzer to find inspiration and camaraderie is through a college program,” Sheppard says. “I love the fact that there are institutions that offer this, and one of the great benefits of college is the many ensemble opportunities. But ultimately the language of jazz was never passed down and learned by courses,” he says. “We all learn differently and have different strengths and weaknesses. When I teach, I try to concentrate on how to develop a fun, personal and efficient way to practice that will continue for the decades to come. I enjoy the process of teaching someone how to teach themselves, how to develop a routine that motivates, attacks problems and simulates how we all learned before the advent of pedagogy and curriculum.” Now, says Sheppard, he is fortunate to be in the position of being able to choose how he spends his time—a luxury he’s earned after decades of paying his dues. But, he says, he still hungers for the experiences his craft affords him. “I’m enjoying what I’m doing: the touring, playing with artists that rely upon my creativity and working in the industry,” he says. “I certainly want to do more recording and performing my own music as a leader. I’m planning a new CD and expanding my clinic schedule in addition to developing my teaching concepts on the web. My goal is to bring my ideas to the many interested musicians who are inspired to learn to improvise, developing their saxophone skills and help finding their own voice.”

But, he adds, “At this point in my life, I really want to create and enjoy playing more than ever.”


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Peter Erskine (drums)

Peter Erskine has played the drums since the age of four and is known for his versatility and love of working in different musical contexts. He appears on 700 albums and film scores, and has won two Grammy Awards, plus an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee School of Music (1992). Fifty albums have been released under his own name or as co-leader. He has played with the Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson Big Bands, Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Kenny Wheeler, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Brecker Brothers, The Yellowjackets, Pat Metheny and Gary Burton, John Scofield, et al, and has appeared as a soloist with the London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Frankfurt Radio, Scottish Chamber, Ensemble Intercontemporain,...
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Peter Erskine has played the drums since the age of four and is known for his versatility and love of working in different musical contexts. He appears on 700 albums and film scores, and has won two Grammy Awards, plus an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee School of Music (1992).
Fifty albums have been released under his own name or as co-leader. He has played with the Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson Big Bands, Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Kenny Wheeler, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Brecker Brothers, The Yellowjackets, Pat Metheny and Gary Burton, John Scofield, et al, and has appeared as a soloist with the London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Frankfurt Radio, Scottish Chamber, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Royal Opera House, BBC Symphony, Oslo and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. Peter premièred the double percussion concerto Fractured Lines, composed by Mark-Anthony Turnage, at the BBC Proms with Andrew Davis conducting, and has collaborated frequently with Sir Simon Rattle. He also premiered the Turnage opera "Anna Nicole" at the Royal Opera House in London. Turnage has composed a solo concerto for Peter titled "Erskine," which received its world premiere in Bonn, Germany in 2013, with a US premiere at the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic. Peter has been voted 'Best Jazz Drummer of the Year' ten times by the readers of Modern Drummer magazine and was elected into the magazine's Hall of Fame in 2017. The Percussive Arts Society will be inducting Peter into its Hall of Fame at the November 2022 PASIC conference ins Indianapolis.
Peter graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and studied at Indiana University under George Gaber. In 1972 Peter commenced his pro career playing with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Four years later, he joined Maynard Ferguson before working with Jaco Pastorius in Weather Report and moving to Los Angeles. Peter recorded five albums with the band. He won his first Grammy Award with their album '8.30'. During this time in LA, he also worked with Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Chick Corea, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Farrell and George Cables. Peter then moved to New York City where he worked for five years with such musicians as Michael Brecker, Mike Mainieri, Eddie Gomez and Eliane Elias in Steps Ahead, John Scofield, Bill Frisell and Marc Johnson in the legendary group Bass Desires, the John Abercrombie Trio plus Bob Mintzer's Big Band.
Peter has lived in LA since 1987 but has been traveling around the world all of that time, working with such artists as Diana Krall, Joni Mitchell, Vince Mendoza, Steely Dan, plus European musicians Jan Garbarek, Kenny Wheeler, Palle Danielsson, John Taylor, Kate Bush, Nguyen Lê, Rita Marcotulli, the Norrbotten Big Band in Sweden plus Sadao Watanabe in Japan. He won his second Grammy Award as the drummer of the WDR big band in Köln along with Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Vince Mendoza and others for the "Some Skunk Funk" album. Meanwhile, Peter keeps busy in on the road and in LA with such artists as Seth MacFarlane, Patrick Williams, plus John Beasley, Bob Sheppard and Benjamin Shepherd (all 3 musicians members of his Dr. Um Band), as well as playing in the studios. Films where Peter's drumming can be heard include "Memoirs of a Geisha," all three of the Austin Powers movies, "The Secret Life of Pets," plus the title music of the Steven Spielberg/John Williams collaboration, "The Adventures of Tintin." He also played on the Academy Award-winning soundtrack for "La La Land," and can be heard drumming on "The Orville," "Let Them All Talk," "Mank" and "Babylon." Peter produces jazz recordings for his record label, Fuzzy Music, with 4 Grammy nominations to its credit. Peter is also the author of several books including "No Beethoven (Autobiography & Chronicle of Weather Report)," "Time Awareness for All Musicians" and his latest book (co-authored with Dave Black for Alfred Publishing), "The Musician's Lifeline." "The Drum Perspective" will enjoy a re-release including added content in late 2022. Peter has also authored a series of iOS Play-Along apps suitable for all instruments.
Peter is Professor of Practice and Director of Drumset Studies at the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California. Peter plays Tama Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Remo Drum Heads, Meinl Percussion, and uses Shure Microphones and Zoom digital recording devices.

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Rob Lockart (saxophone)

Adam Schroeder (saxophone)

Wayne Bergeron (trumpet)

Ron Stout (trumpet)

Alex Iles (trombone)

Bill Reichenbach (trombone)

Edwin Livingston (double bass)

Tom Luer (saxophone)

Brian Scanlon (saxophone)

Jay Mason (saxophone)

Dan Fornero (trumpet)

Ryan DeWeese (trumpet)

Clay Jenkins (trumpet)

Charlie Morillas (trombone)

Ido Meshulam (trombone)

Ed Czach (piano)

Dave Slonaker (conductor)

Dave Slonaker is a film and TV orchestrator, arranger, and composer and leader of the Dave Slonaker Big Band. His album, Intrada, featuring his compositions and arrangements, received a 2013 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.  In his work as a film and TV orchestrator, arranger, and composer, he has orchestrated and arranged for many Hollywood composers including John Addison, David Bell, Steve Bramson, Bruce Broughton, Danny Elfman, Joel McNeely, Alan Silvestri, Larry Rosenthal, and many others. Film credits include orchestration for many popular films including Oz the Great and Powerful, Alice in Wonderland, Spider-Man, and Air Force One. He has also orchestrated, arranged, and composed music for TV and animation including Jag, Murder, She Wrote, and the Tiny Toons...
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Dave Slonaker is a film and TV orchestrator, arranger, and composer and leader of the Dave Slonaker Big Band. His album, Intrada, featuring his compositions and arrangements, received a 2013 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. In his work as a film and TV orchestrator, arranger, and composer, he has orchestrated and arranged for many Hollywood composers including John Addison, David Bell, Steve Bramson, Bruce Broughton, Danny Elfman, Joel McNeely, Alan Silvestri, Larry Rosenthal, and many others. Film credits include orchestration for many popular films including Oz the Great and Powerful, Alice in Wonderland, Spider-Man, and Air Force One. He has also orchestrated, arranged, and composed music for TV and animation including Jag, Murder, She Wrote, and the Tiny Toons Adventures cartoon series. Equally at home as a jazz composer and arranger, Dave’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by Clark Terry, the Woody Herman and Count Basie Orchestras, as well as many other soloists and bands. Before moving to Hollywood, Dave was composer-in-residence at the Strasenburgh Planetarium of the Rochester Museum and Science Center, composing electronic soundtracks in an eclectic blend of music genres for worldwide distribution. Dave grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Handed down a trombone by his father, he studied trombone and piano as a youth. Curious about classical, jazz, and popular styles of music, he was determined to study both classical and jazz composition and performance. He earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Trombone and Composition at Indiana University, had advanced graduate study in composition at the University of Pennsylvania, and received a Masters Degree from the Eastman School of Music. His teachers include Rayburn Wright, Manny Album, David Baker, Bill Dobbins, John Eaton, and George Crumb.
Believing that passing the craft of composing and arranging to a new generation is important, Dave has taught or given master classes at USC, the Eastman School of Music, the ASCAP Television & Film Scoring Workshop, the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC), and the Los Angeles Ravel Orchestral Study Group.

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Composer(s)

Dave Slonaker

Dave Slonaker is a film and TV orchestrator, arranger, and composer and leader of the Dave Slonaker Big Band. His album, Intrada, featuring his compositions and arrangements, received a 2013 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.  In his work as a film and TV orchestrator, arranger, and composer, he has orchestrated and arranged for many Hollywood composers including John Addison, David Bell, Steve Bramson, Bruce Broughton, Danny Elfman, Joel McNeely, Alan Silvestri, Larry Rosenthal, and many others. Film credits include orchestration for many popular films including Oz the Great and Powerful, Alice in Wonderland, Spider-Man, and Air Force One. He has also orchestrated, arranged, and composed music for TV and animation including Jag, Murder, She Wrote, and the Tiny Toons...
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Dave Slonaker is a film and TV orchestrator, arranger, and composer and leader of the Dave Slonaker Big Band. His album, Intrada, featuring his compositions and arrangements, received a 2013 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. In his work as a film and TV orchestrator, arranger, and composer, he has orchestrated and arranged for many Hollywood composers including John Addison, David Bell, Steve Bramson, Bruce Broughton, Danny Elfman, Joel McNeely, Alan Silvestri, Larry Rosenthal, and many others. Film credits include orchestration for many popular films including Oz the Great and Powerful, Alice in Wonderland, Spider-Man, and Air Force One. He has also orchestrated, arranged, and composed music for TV and animation including Jag, Murder, She Wrote, and the Tiny Toons Adventures cartoon series. Equally at home as a jazz composer and arranger, Dave’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by Clark Terry, the Woody Herman and Count Basie Orchestras, as well as many other soloists and bands. Before moving to Hollywood, Dave was composer-in-residence at the Strasenburgh Planetarium of the Rochester Museum and Science Center, composing electronic soundtracks in an eclectic blend of music genres for worldwide distribution. Dave grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Handed down a trombone by his father, he studied trombone and piano as a youth. Curious about classical, jazz, and popular styles of music, he was determined to study both classical and jazz composition and performance. He earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Trombone and Composition at Indiana University, had advanced graduate study in composition at the University of Pennsylvania, and received a Masters Degree from the Eastman School of Music. His teachers include Rayburn Wright, Manny Album, David Baker, Bill Dobbins, John Eaton, and George Crumb.
Believing that passing the craft of composing and arranging to a new generation is important, Dave has taught or given master classes at USC, the Eastman School of Music, the ASCAP Television & Film Scoring Workshop, the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC), and the Los Angeles Ravel Orchestral Study Group.

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01.
Convergency
07:10
(Dave Slonaker) Bob Sheppard, Peter Erskine, Rob Lockart, Adam Schroeder, Wayne Bergeron, Ron Stout, Alex Iles, Bill Reichenbach, Edwin Livingston, Tom Luer, Ed Czach, Ido Meshulam, Charlie Morillas, Clay Jenkins, Dan Fornero, Brian Scanlon
02.
Uncommonly Ground
07:07
(Dave Slonaker) Bob Sheppard, Peter Erskine, Rob Lockart, Wayne Bergeron, Ron Stout, Alex Iles, Bill Reichenbach, Edwin Livingston, Tom Luer, Ed Czach, Ido Meshulam, Charlie Morillas, Clay Jenkins, Ryan DeWeese, Jay Mason, Brian Scanlon, Larry Koonse
03.
Duelity
07:14
(Dave Slonaker) Bob Sheppard, Peter Erskine, Rob Lockart, Wayne Bergeron, Ron Stout, Alex Iles, Bill Reichenbach, Edwin Livingston, Tom Luer, Ed Czach, Ido Meshulam, Charlie Morillas, Clay Jenkins, Ryan DeWeese, Jay Mason, Brian Scanlon
04.
A Gathering Circle
09:36
(Dave Slonaker) Bob Sheppard, Peter Erskine, Rob Lockart, Adam Schroeder, Wayne Bergeron, Ron Stout, Alex Iles, Bill Reichenbach, Edwin Livingston, Tom Luer, Ed Czach, Ido Meshulam, Charlie Morillas, Clay Jenkins, Dan Fornero, Brian Scanlon, Larry Koonse
05.
A Curve in the Road
07:54
(Dave Slonaker) Bob Sheppard, Peter Erskine, Rob Lockart, Adam Schroeder, Wayne Bergeron, Ron Stout, Alex Iles, Bill Reichenbach, Edwin Livingston, Tom Luer, Ed Czach, Ido Meshulam, Charlie Morillas, Clay Jenkins, Dan Fornero, Brian Scanlon
06.
Inner Voices
06:49
(Dave Slonaker) Bob Sheppard, Peter Erskine, Rob Lockart, Wayne Bergeron, Ron Stout, Alex Iles, Bill Reichenbach, Edwin Livingston, Tom Luer, Ed Czach, Ido Meshulam, Charlie Morillas, Clay Jenkins, Ryan DeWeese, Jay Mason, Brian Scanlon
07.
Sometimes a Notion
06:49
(Dave Slonaker) Bob Sheppard, Peter Erskine, Rob Lockart, Adam Schroeder, Wayne Bergeron, Ron Stout, Alex Iles, Bill Reichenbach, Edwin Livingston, Tom Luer, Ed Czach, Ido Meshulam, Charlie Morillas, Clay Jenkins, Dan Fornero, Brian Scanlon
08.
Vanishing Point
07:23
(Dave Slonaker) Bob Sheppard, Peter Erskine, Rob Lockart, Wayne Bergeron, Ron Stout, Alex Iles, Bill Reichenbach, Edwin Livingston, Tom Luer, Ed Czach, Ido Meshulam, Charlie Morillas, Clay Jenkins, Ryan DeWeese, Jay Mason, Brian Scanlon
09.
And Now the News
08:40
(Dave Slonaker) Bob Sheppard, Peter Erskine, Rob Lockart, Wayne Bergeron, Ron Stout, Alex Iles, Bill Reichenbach, Edwin Livingston, Tom Luer, Ed Czach, Ido Meshulam, Charlie Morillas, Clay Jenkins, Ryan DeWeese, Jay Mason, Brian Scanlon
10.
I Had the Craziest Dream
04:32
(Harry Warren, Mack Gordon) Bob Sheppard, Peter Erskine, Rob Lockart, Wayne Bergeron, Ron Stout, Alex Iles, Bill Reichenbach, Edwin Livingston, Tom Luer, Ed Czach, Ido Meshulam, Charlie Morillas, Clay Jenkins, Ryan DeWeese, Jay Mason, Brian Scanlon

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