[Dixielandjazz] Jack Sheldon
Robert S. Ringwald
robert at ringwald.com
Thu Sep 8 17:44:55 PDT 2005
starwaterlogo at mpinet.net writes:
> I really believe Jack Sheldon's talent on the horn is largely
> under-recognized. Even though he had a fairly high profile gig with Merv
> Griffin (which as a kid is where I first heard of him) my recollection is
> did more wisecracking than playing. I was actually more familiar with his
> voice from the "Grammar Rock" cartoons than his playing. It wasn't until
> much later that I came to realize what a fantastic player he really is.
Since I do not live in Tinsel Town any longer, it is not often that I get to
hear Jack Sheldon. About the only time these days is at the Los Angeles
Sweet & Hot Music Festival over Labor Day weekend.
Not only is he usually booked there with his California Cool Quartet, he
usually does a big band set. This year was no exception.
As he often says, "What a band!"
Quite a few of his arrangements are by Tom Cubas (SP).
Do yourself a favor. Go to Jack's web site (I am not on line right now so I
can't check the URL but it is probably Jack Sheldon.com) or look for
Butterfly records, & order some of his CDs. I especially like the one
recorded live on the Queen Mary. The balance is not quite studio quality
but it has the excitement of a live recording.
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