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Adventures In Big Band Jazz
18 Big Bands plus Rare films & Special Presentations

May 22-25, 2014

New Venue:
The new hotel is the
Sheraton Gateway at LAX
6101 W. Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

The special rate is $108.
To reserve the hotel call 1-800-325-3535 and tell them it's for the Los Angeles Jazz Institute event.

Stan Kenton referred to his early 60's band as "A New Era in Modern Music" which also describes the amazing array of new big band sounds that started at the beginning of the decade. There were innovative new bands as well as established leaders forging new directions.

The concept of Adventures in Big Band Jazz is to present all of this outstanding music as well as paying tribute to the alumni of the various bands that created it. We're doing this by bringing musicians in from all over the world to make this a very special and one of a kind event. Signing up now includes a free ticket for our Wednesday night Big Band Party featuring 3 additional bands.


* 1st 100 registrants get in free
A unique concert experience featuring music by the three significant figures of cool jazz: Gerry Mulligan, Gil Evans and Shorty Rogers.

  1. Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band One of the great ensembles in the history of jazz, it started in 1960 and lasted for just a few years. It represented the natural evolution of Mulligan's music since the Birth of the Cool

  2. Gil Evans: Out of the Cool Since the Birth of the Cool Gil Evans had done sporadic projects throughout the 50's. A re-birth with Miles Davis led to his innovative 1960's ensemble.

  3. Shorty Rogers Like Space, The Suite of the Invisible Orchard Shorty's masterwork from 1962. It's a brilliant work that remained unheard for many years and now a rare opportunity to hear it live in it's entirety.

There is an important musical thread that tie the three artists together making this program a not to be missed listening experience.

There is no extra charge for the first 100 VIP registrants but you have to order now to get it.
This is an extra bonus and an incredible bargain, something that I know you won't want to miss. Call now to make sure you don't miss out! (562)200-5477

Festival Highlights

For Adventures in Big Band Jazz we've put an emphasis on filling each band with their original star soloists and arrangers. We've listed a few names under each concert but this is only a fraction of the artists who will be involved. We're literally flying musicians in from all over the world making this a very special big band reunion.

  1. Terry Gibbs Dream Band
    A very special event bringing the Dream Band out of retirement for one night only featuring Chuck Redd and Terry Gibbs

  2. Stan Kenton's Mellophonium Adventures
    Kenton's New Era in Modern Music band helped usher in the decade and continued the tradition of finding new ways to approach the music. Most of the band will be made up of alumni of the original Mellophonium Orchestra including: Jiggs Whigham, Marvin Stamm, Steve Huffsteter, Tommy Porello, Carl Saunders,, Joel Kaye, Bobby Knight, Tony Scodwell, Pat Senatore and more tba

    Since so many alumni are involved we're going to do three separate concerts throughout the festival with the band:

    • Adventures in Jazz featuring music written by Bill Holman, Dee Barton

    • Adventures in Blues featuring music written by Gene Roland

    • Adventures in Time featuring music written by Johnny Richards

  3. Woody Herman Sixties Herd Alumni Reunion
    One of the greatest eras of Woody's band resulting in classics for the Phillips label and for Columbia Records. Many alumni of that era of the band will be involved including: Larry McKenna, Larry Covelli, Don Rader, Marvin Stamm and more tba

  4. Maynard Ferguson Birdland Reunion Band
    One of the greatest big bands of all time with a host of incredible writers and soloists. The reunion band will include: Slide Hampton, Lanny Morgan,, Don Rader and more tba

  5. Gerald Wilson Big Band:
    Moment of Truth

  6. Thad Jones-Mel Lewis
    Monday Nights at the Vanguard Revisited

  7. Buddy Rich's Swinging' New Band

  8. The Bill Holman Band

  9. Remembering Gary McFarland

  10. Collegiate Neophonic Orchestra
    of Southern California

The Platinum VIP registration fee is $450 or $425 for Jazz Institute members. The VIP registration also includes reserved priority seating which is assigned in the order received. Call now and plan to join us for this very exciting program. (562)200-5477

Optional Sunday Brunch
May 25

We've once again added a Sunday Brunch option as a fundraiser for the Jazz Institute. Since most of our audience comes from outside Los Angeles we've found we have more success doing an extra concert during the festival as opposed to a stand alone event during the year.

Stan Kenton's
Adventures in Standards
Woody Herman's
My Kind of Broadway

Adventures in Standards
Stan Kenton Mellophonium Alumni
Directed by Lennie Niehaus
Alumni Band includes: Marvin Stamm, Carl Saunders, Joel Kaye, Steve Huffsteter, Pat Senatore, Tommy Porello, Bobby Knight, Tony Scodwell and more tba

Since we're bringing together many members of the Kenton Mellophonium era to create an all-star alumni band we thought it would make sense to add a 4th performance as part of the brunch. During the festival you will be seeing the band performing Adventures in Jazz, Adventures in Blues and Adventures in Time. Adventures in Standards was the 4th in the Adventures series but was not issued until many years later on Creative World. It features Niehaus arrangements of standards from Broadway Shows.

My Kind of Broadway
Woody Herman Sixties Alumni Band
Dusko Goykovich, Don Rader, Larry McKenna, Larry Covelli and more tba
In keeping with the 'Broadway' theme, Woody Herman did a spectacular album in 1965 that featured arrangements by Dusko Goykovich, Bill Holman, Don Rader and Raoul Romero. This will be another opportunity to hear the Herman Alumni band.

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Membership

In addition to producing a number of live jazz events throughout the year, The Los Angeles Jazz Institute is the largest jazz archive and research center on the west coast and one of the largest and most comprehensive in the world.

The Los Angeles Jazz Institute is a 501c3, tax exempt, public benefit corporation. All donations are tax-deductible.

Basic membership is $50 per year


*The special "Members Only-Limited Edition" CD
*Advance notice and discounts to all events

We also encourage monetary donations beyond the $50 membership level. All contributions go directly to the maintenance and operation of the Jazz Institute Archive. We also welcome donations of all types of jazz materials including recordings in all formats, books, magazines, paper items, artwork

Members Only CD
Currently there are 4 "members only" CDs to choose from. Quanities are extremely limited.

    features unissued radio broadcasts of the 1957 All Stars live from the Lighthouse. These broadcasts come from a short lived Los Angeles radio program called Nightlife that aired on KMLA on Wednesday nights at 11:30. This edition of the All-Stars featured Conte Candoli, Bob Cooper, Frank Rosolino, Victor Feldman, Howard Rumsey and Stan Levey.

    Rare and Unissued Chet Baker from the 1950s
    LAJI 009

    Chet Baker, Ascent of the Cool features rare and unissued recordings that document Chet's early years on the west coast. These recordings come from a variety of sources all of which are part of the Los Angeles Jazz Institute archive. The recording quality varies from track to track but the historical importance makes up for whatever flaws may exist. The sessions range from Chet's first known recording in 1949 to an appearance on the Stars of Jazz Television program in 1956. We've programmed the disc in chronological order which creates a fascinating listening experience. We hear Chet grow from a 19 year old trumpet player who is just beginning to find his way around the horn, to a full fledged jazz giant fully in command of his instrument.

    LAJI 007
    Shorty Rogers, Art Pepper, Wardell Gray, Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Bob Enevoldsen, Hampton Hawes, Joe Mondragon, Lawrence Marable and June Christy. An unprecended gathering jazz stars captured live at the beginning of the west coast jazz movement.

    Shorty Rogers, Art Pepper, Wardell Gray, Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Bob Enevoldsen, Hampton Hawes, Joe Mondragon, Lawrence Marable and June Christy.

Click here for a printable, faxable membership form

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Our mission is to collect and preserve jazz materials and make them accessible to scholars, students, researchers and the jazz community. To accomplish this, we actively acquire new materials and continue to seek out important private collections. We also provide a setting where musicians and their estates can donate or loan their materials with the assurance that they will be preserved for future generations.

One of the things that makes the LAJI unique is that we actively use the materials in the Archive by maintaining a busy schedule of outreach activities including concerts, festivals, broadcasts, publications and the release of important recordings on compact disc. Member support along with private and corporate gifts play a vital role in keeping the Jazz Institute alive. Please consider becoming a member today.

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