All that Jazz #27

All that Jazz #27

As a teenager getting hooked on jazz in the 1970's and living in northern New Jersey, the Los Angeles jazz world seemed an amazing place. Although there was certainly a thriving jazz scene in the NY metropolitan area, because so many LA-based jazzmen not only were featured on the jazz albums I was buying, but were paying their bills working pop and rock recording sessions and playing on film and TV soundtracks, the names and sounds of guys like Conte and Pete Candoli, Pete Christlieb , Don Menza, Ernie Watts, Lou Levy, Dick and Ted Nash , Jack Sheldon, Frank Rosolino, Buddy Collette, and Plas Johnson became familiar to me even though the farthest west I had ever travelled was Gettysburg.

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