Alex Hiele Paris Jazz Combo: Once Upon a Summertime: A Tribute to Michel Legrand
March 30 @ 8:00 pm
Preservation New Jersey and the New Jersey Jazz Society are pleased to welcome the Alex Hiele Paris Jazz Combo back to the 1867 Sanctuary for a program celebrating the music of Michel Legrand.
Once Upon A Summertime is a memorial tribute concert featuring unique and innovative arrangements of the classic love songs and film themes which Michel Legrand is most known for. The set list includes:
Summer of 42, featuring “The Summer Knows”
The Thomas Crown Affair featuring “The Windmills of your Mind”
Les Demoiselles of Rochefort, featuring La chanson des jumelles
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, featuring “I Will Wait For You” and “Watch What Happens”
The Swimming Pool, featuring “One at a Time”
The Happy Ending, featuring “What Are You Doing the Rest of your Life” The Young Girls of Rochefort, featuring “You Must Believe in Spring”
Between Yesterday and Tomorrow adult contemporary genre sang by Barbara Streisand
Once Upon a Summertime – jazz standard: Miles Davis and the Gil Evans Orchestra
Michel Legrand – About the Composer
Michel Legrand, perhaps the most renowned French composer of the 20th Century died in January 2019, at the age of 86 years old. Over a career of more than 60 years, Mr. Legrand collaborated onstage, onscreen and in the studio with dozens of celebrated musicians of his era, from Miles Davis to Perry Como, Barbara Streisand to Liza Minnelli, and recorded in a number of genres, from classical to jazz, to movie soundtracks featuring love songs that became popular hits and love anthems.
A three-time Academy Award winner and five-time Grammy winner — he was nominated for a total of 13 Oscars and 17 Grammys — Mr. Legrand made the love song his métier. Among his better-known compositions are The Windmills of Your Mind from “The Thomas Crown Affair” (1968), which won the Oscar for best song; The Summer Knows, the theme from “Summer of ’42” (1971) (Mr. Legrand won an Oscar for the movie’s score); and the Oscar-nominated What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? from the film “The Happy Ending” (1969). All three were written with the lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman.
Mr. Legrand recorded more than 100 albums, with such disparate stars as Maurice Chevalier (for whom he worked as an accompanist early in his career), Kiri Te Kanawa, Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne and Barbra Streisand. Others who recorded his music ranged from Frank Sinatra to Sting.
“Legrand Jazz” (1958), which featured reinterpretations of jazz standards by an all-star team that included: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Art Farmer, Milt Hinton and Donald Byrd. Decades later, Los Angeles Times jazz critic Leonard Feather called “Legrand Jazz” “unquestionably one of the most successful orchestral jazz albums of all time.”
He was also regarded as a prolific jazz pianist. Legrand later recorded jazz albums with Stan Getz, Bud Shank, Oscar Peterson, Stephane Grappelli and Arturo Sandoval.
About the Alex Hiele Paris Jazz Combo:
Alex Hiele, founder of the Alex Hiele Paris Jazz Combo, is from Paris, France and moved to the U.S. in 2005. He has played all over the globe (Moscow, Berlin, London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, New York). He studied at the conservatory of Paris and quickly became the city’s most in demand Bass player. He toured in Europe with The Spirit of Life Ensemble featuring Ted Curson, recorded three albums with Mina Agossi, toured in Europe in a quartet featuring Mark Turner in 96 and co-wrote an album featuring Russian, French and American musicians in 2003. Alex co-wrote an album featuring French and Malian musicians in 2000. He also lead a classical trio playing a mix of Haydn, Frank Zappa and Jimi Hendrix pieces featuring Russian violinist, Alexei Aigui. Alex was also very active in the underground jazz scene in Paris from the late 90’s to 2005 and taught at the conservatory. He played at the Cape May Jazz festival festival in 2010,the West Oak Lane Jazz Festival (Philadelphia) in 2009 as well as New York jazz clubs (Sweet Rhythm, Jazz Standard, Tonic, Joes Pub, Bitter End, the Cutting Room and Cleopatra’s Needle) as well as clubs in New Jersey and the Philadelphia area,and got a record deal with seargent major records and a publishing deal with BMI LONDON for commercials and movies.
Steve Rice is a pianist/ composer/ accordionist new to the Philadelphia area. Steve spent the last 25 years based out of Seattle, WA where he toured and recorded with a large eclectic mix of jazz and world music groups including the Harry James Orchestra, the Mazeltones (Klezmer), Gary Gibson (calypso-jazz fusion), Jean Jacques Perrey (electronica) and “Walk All Ways” (third stream). Steve’s musical personality starts with Bebop, then veers thoughtfully and widely fromthat center. Steve is a graduate of Berklee College of Music where he received a degree in Film Scoring and received the Oscar Peterson award. Steve’s jazz compositions and recordings have been heard in many popular television shows including The Big Bang Theory, The Blacklist, and Sons of Anarchy and films including Storks, Identity Thief, and Passengers.
Drummer Dave Stier has 30 years of experience performing with a wide range of music ensembles. He studied music at Chapman University near Los Angeles, California where he was taught by noted jazz drummer and co-founder of the Los Angeles Jazz Quartet, Kevin Tullius. David also studied with jazz drummer, Tony Denicola, an influential music professor at The College of New Jersey well known for working with Harry James, Charlie Ventura, Kenny Davern and many other jazz icons. David has worked with many area musicians including Darla and Rich Tarpinian, Michelle Wiley and Jeannie Brooks. He has been both a leader and has had supporting positions in groups ranging from small combos to Big Bands.
Rob Henke records, works and tours with many New York City bands including Dr. Nerve, Gary Lucas’ Fast and Bulbous, Diane Moser’s Composer’s Big Band, and the Henke/Sturm Duo. Additionally, he works as an actor, director and playwright. Mr. Henke, trumpet player and composer, graduated from William Paterson College in 1988. He has performed and recorded worldwide with many groups and musicians, including The Spirit of Life Ensemble (currently serving as musical director), The Walter Thompson Orchestra, Doctor Nerve, Tricycle, The Rob Henke/ Rolf Sturm Duo, Mina Agossi, Gary Lucas, Phillip Johnston, and The Strike Anywhere Theater Company.
Mr. Henke worked as actor and co- director with Good Clean Fun (1990-2005), an educational theater company. He currently teaches brass and music at the Montclair Kimberly Academy (since 2006) and the Montclair Music Studio (since 2001). Rob Henke records, works and tours with many New York City bands including Dr. Nerve, Gary Lucas’ Fast and Bulbous, Diane Moser’s Composer’s Big Band, and the Henke/Sturm Duo. Additionally, he works as an actor, director and playwright.
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