If you live in Los Angeles or will be there later this month, here’s good news from the L.A. County Museum Of Art (LACMA). On April 26th The Bill Holman Band will open the museum’s season of summer jazz concerts. Word from the Holman organization is that, inspired by the continuing success of the band’s Brilliant Corners album, the repertoire will include a variety of Thelonious Monk compositions. Holman’s writing for Brilliant Corners won a Grammy that year. He has had fifteen Grammy nominations. A National Endowment For The Arts Jazz Master, Holman has been at the helm of his 16-piece ensemble for 45 years and before that was a key figure as a tenor saxophonist and arranger. He has written extensively for Stan Kenton, Gerry Mulligan, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Shorty Rogers, Maynard Ferguson and Charlie Barnet, among other major leaders. He has written arrangements for singers including Tony Bennett, June Christy, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan and Anita O’Day.
From the Brilliant Corners album, here is Holman’s arrangement of Monk’s “Ruby My Dear.” Bob Summers is the trumpet soloist, Pete Christlieb the tenor saxophonist.
Further good news: admission to the April 26th Holman concert at LACMA is free.