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Such sad news from Hawaii. Trumpeter Ollie Mitchell has passed. Ollie became a top Hollywood studio musician during the ‘60’s and continued on into the ‘70’s and early ‘80’s. He became part of the sound of pop music on thousands of records, TV shows, jingles, cartoons, and movies during those years. The list of artists he has played with and for is several pages long and includes the Concert for Bangladesh held in Madison Square Garden in New York in 1971.
He has recorded with everyone...Barbara Streisand, BB King, Bing Crosby, Bobby Dari, Carole King, Donna Summer, Duke Ellington, Ella Firzgerald, Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton, Harry James, James Brown, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Sammy Davis, Jr., Santana, Ray ...
pledge special on PBS.
The show features rare footage not seen in
decades by Burt, Dionne, Dusty and others.
A DVD of the program with bonus material
not seen in the broadcast - including 1967
JUN 01 - Pabst Theatre - Milwaukee, WI
JUN 02 - Park West - Chicago, IL
JUL 17 - Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, CA (w/ Sergio Mendes)
I thought that the song was the hit of the show (the night of March 9th) at Café Carlyle in New York City. In fact, I told Herb that it's a real 'kick-ass' song! It has a very catchy melody and nephew Randy's loop adds a whole new dimension. Who knows, it could be the 'new' Mexican Shuffle. They have brought in the best people to put it together and are quite excited about it. I'll pass along more details as I know them.
Today we lost a friend of the family who was very special to my father. Charlie Chiarenza passed away today at his home at 82 years of age. Many of you may not know of Charlie or his name, but played with the Baja Marimba Band in the 1960s and toured with Burt Bacharach in the 70s and 80s. As kids, Charlie and my father grew up in Niagara Falls NY where they played like any other Italian kids. Playing cards and playing music. Soon my father came to Los Angeles in the 1950s, Charlie followed.
If you were around Los Angeles in the 80s and 90s, Charlie owned the popular Jazz club called Alfonse's Restaurant in Burbank. This is where all the local Jazz heavies would hang and play. But my fondest memories of Charlie is his ...