Leonard Bernstein conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Shostakovich’s ‘Leningrad’ Symphony in 1988, a couple of years before his death. From a spectacular book of photographs celebrating his centenary, ‘Leonard Bernstein 100’ by Steve J Sherman (who took this photograph) and LB’s daughter Jamie Bernstein. Jamie has published her own memoir this year too, ‘Famous Father Girl: A Memoir if Growing Up Bernstein’. I met him in Vienna when I was 22, at a supper with friends where I was much the youngest present. He quoted reams of ‘The Hunting of the Snark’ at me - presumably because I had lost the power of speech on finding myself face to face with such a charismatic force of nature - unforgettable. He was wearing a white velour track suit, and said that it was made by Armani and that only the Pope had one like it.
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HIPNESS REPORT ÜBER EDITION - My supreme thanks to all the musicians and arrangers that are part of the Multiverse Big Band extended family. Because of their dedication, commitment, and artistry our latest release, WEST SIDE REIMAGINED just got a GRAMMY nomination for best Latin jazz recording. We have been fortunate, all of our previous CDs have been Grammy nominated. But this one is special because it is in honor of the greatest musician this country has produced, Maestro Leonard Bernstein. It is also the most ambitious project we have ever done. The sheer scope of it is beyond the pale, and the fact it was recorded live is testimony to the incredible musicianship if the players. It is especially heartfelt because our lead trumpet player, Kevin Bryan, just passed away a year almost to the day after we recorded the album live, no jive, at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in NYC. Kevin didn’t miss a single freakin’ note. Thank you to our brother for your virtuosity and friendship, what you did was superhuman. I know you are smiling in heaven and hopefully we can win it for you, the orchestra, and the people of NYC. When you purchase WSSR, most of the money goes to the musicians of Puerto Rico through the jazz Foundation of America’s Puerto Rican Hurricane Relief Fund. Congrats to the other nominees. ¡Gracias y mucho aché to everyone! #westsidestory#westsidestoryreimagined#bobbysanabria#bobbysanabriamultiversebigband#grammys#grammynominee#latinjazz#jazz#bigband#leonardbernstein#leonardbernsteinat100#bernsteinat100#tama#sabian#lp#remo#vicfirth#puertorico#jazzheads#jazzfoundationofamerica#hurricanerelief#puertoricanhurricanerelieffund
Immortal Beloved filminin sonunda çalmasa, ne Beethoven’ın Piano Concerto 5’iyle tanışabilecek, ne de piano concerto diye bir türün olduğundan haberim olacaktı. Belki uzun süredir klasik müzik dinleyen veya bunun eğitimini alan yahut anlatım sanatında dikkat çekici bir yeteneği olan biri olsaydım, bu eserin ne kadar güzel bir şey olduğunu anlatabilirdim. Bunun yerine, aslında “bölünmez bir bütündür, parçalanamaz” diyebileceğimiz, başından sonuna kadar hayranlık ve hayretle dinlenebilecek bu parçanın final bölümünden üç ayrı kesiti paylaşıyorum.