The following set list and artist biographies is from a UCLA Live concert that featured Kenny Burrell and special guests on November 12, 2011. It airs on KCET's "Open Call" on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 9 p.m.
Composed by Bobby Rodriguez
Performed by Kenny Burrell, Bobby Rodriguez and the Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited.
Written by Kenny Burrell and Jimmy Smith
Performed by Kenny Burrell and the Jazz Heritage All Stars
Written by Dizzy Gillespie
Performed by Kenny Burrell, Lalo Schifrin, Clayton Cameron and Trevor Ware
"We Must Find A Way"
Written by Kenny Burrell
Performed by Kenny Burrell and the Tribute Vocal Ensemble, directed by Michele Weir
"K.B. - B.B. Blues"
Written by Kenny Burrell and B.B. King
Performed by Kenny Burrell, B.B. King and his band
Written by Kenny Burrell and Charley Harrison
Performed by Kenny Burrell and the Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimted
Written by Kenny Burrell and Richard Evans
Performed by Kenny Burrell, Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimted
Written by Kenny Burrell
Orchestrated by Roger Bourland
Performed by Kenny Burrell, Dee Dee Bridgewater, the Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimted and the UCLA Philharmonia
"Kenny's Birthday Surprise"
Written and performed by Kenny Burrell, B.B. King and his band, Stevie Wonder and Dee Dee Bridgewater
About the Artists
After 60 years as a jazz professional, appearing on hundreds of albums as leader and sideman, Kenny Burrell is among the handful of guitar greats who have forever changed the role of their instrument. "Master instrumentalist and composer," "virtuoso," "historic figure of American guitar." "Ellington's favorite guitar player" - this is a typical sampling of the critical praise often bestowed on Burrell, who pioneered the guitar-led trio with bass and drums in the late 50s.
Although he has since worked in countless other formats, from big band to three guitars plus rhythm to solo, he has remained constant in his quest to get the most out of a natural, low-volume, acoustic sound. Aside from his performing, recording and composing schedule, Kenny has been a teacher at UCLA for many years. Included in his schedule is a special course that he developed on the music and life of Duke Ellington called "Ellingtonia." Started in 1978, it was the first regular college course on Ellington taught in the United States. In addition, he is also the founder and director of the Jazz Studies program at UCLA where he is a professor of music and ethnomusicology. He is also a lecturer and director of workshops on guitar and Jazz studies, founder of the Jazz Heritage Foundation and the Friends of Jazz at UCLA. Burrell is recognized as an international ambassador for jazz and its promotion as an art form.
Riley B. King - better known as B.B. King - has defined the blues for a worldwide audience. Since he started recording in the 1940s, he has released over fifty albums, many of them classics. He was born on a Mississippi plantation, played on street corners for dimes, and later hitchhiked to Memphis to pursue his music career. Known first as Beale Street Blues Boy, his name was shortened to Blues Boy King and eventually B.B. King. In the mid-1950s, a fight over a woman named Lucille broke out at a hall where B.B. was performing and a knocked over kerosene stove started a fire. B.B. rushed back inside to retrieve his guitar and, since then, his trademark Gibson guitars have all been named Lucille to remind him never to do a crazy thing like fight over a woman. B.B. has mixed traditional blues, jazz, swing, mainstream pop and jump into a unique sound. B.B. has received numerous awards including induction into the Blues Foundation and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame. He has received the NARAS Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, as well as several honorary doctorates from stellar universities.
Lalo Schifrin is a true renaissance man. As a pianist, composer and conductor, he is equally at home conducting a symphony orchestra, performing at an international jazz festival, scoring a film or television show, or creating works for prestigious orchestras. His ability to switch musical gears makes him unique in the music world. Schifrin received classical training in his native Argentina and also studied law. He continued his formal education at the Paris Conservatory and when he returned to Buenos Aires, he formed his own big concert band. It was during a performance of this band that Dizzy Gillespie heard Schifrin play and asked him to become his pianist and arranger. In 1958, Schifrin moved to the U.S. and began a remarkable career. His music is a synthesis of traditional and twentieth-century techniques, and his early love for jazz and rhythm are strong attributes of his style. Schifrin has written more than 100 scores for films and television, was the Music Director of the Glendale Symphony Orchestra, has been commissioned to write for several World Cup Soccer Championships, and tours extensively conducting symphony orchestras particularly featuring his repertoire of "Jazz Meets the Symphony."
Few entertainers have ever commanded such depth of artistry in different arenas. Ms. Bridgewater received a Tony Award for her role as Glinda the Good Witch in The Wiz, and captured the hearts of audiences worldwide with her signature song, If You Believe. She has also received two Grammy Awards -- for her album Dear Ella and, this year, for Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee -- and France's top honor Victoire de la Musique (Best Jazz Vocal Album). In 1999, Ms. Bridgewater joined the battle against world hunger and was named Ambassador to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization. Dee Dee Bridgewater is the jazz lover's ears and eyes in the world of live music as she continues to host NPR's JazzSet. She presents today's best jazz artists in performance on stages around the world, taking listeners to Puerto Rico and Cuba, the French countryside, or to Montreal or Monterey.
Heralded by the Los Angeles Times as ". . .a shining example of podium authority and musical enlightenment," Neal Stulberg has garnered international acclaim for his performances as conductor and pianist. Mr. Stulberg has conducted many of the world's leading orchestras. He has appeared as opera and ballet conductor with New York City, San Francisco and Netherlands Ballets, Norwegian National Ballet, Long Beach Opera, Philharmonia Baroque and Hollands Diep Opera Company in venues including the New York State Theater, Kennedy Center Opera House, San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, Barcelona Liceu and Athens Megaron. Formerly assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Carlo Maria Giulini and music director of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, he is a recipient of the Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts Conductors Award. A native of Detroit, Mr. Stulberg is a graduate of Harvard College, the University of Michigan, the Juilliard School and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He currently serves as Professor and Director of Orchestral Studies at UCLA and Director of Chamber Music at the Crossroads School in Santa Monica.
Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimted
Co-directed by Kenny Burrell, Charley Harrison, Dr. Bobby Rodriguez Alto: Sal Lozano, Randall Willis Tenor: Justo Almario, Kamasi Washington Baritone: Charles Owens Trombone: Andy Martin, Nick DePinna, George Bohanon, Maurice Spears Trumpet: Charlie Davis, Harry Kim, Scotty Barnhart, John Daversa, Dr. Bobby Rodriguez Guitar: Charley Harrison Piano: Llew Mathews, Tamir Hendelman Bass: Trevor Ware Drums: Clayton Cameron
Jazz Heritage All-Stars
Trumpet: Dr. Bobby Rodriguez Alto: Charles Owens Tenor: Justo Almario Trombone: George Bohanon Piano: Tamir Hendelman Bass: Roberto Mirando Drums: Clayton Cameron