Dave Slonaker Big Band


Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Origin Records
UPC: 0805558285127
Catnr: ORIGIN 82851
Release date: 04 November 2022
1 CD
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€ 19.95
Origin Records
Catalogue number
ORIGIN 82851
Release date
04 November 2022

About the album

The Dave Slonaker Big Band, coming off its 2013 Grammy® nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble, returns with a dazzling collection of new music celebrating the tradition, but also pushing the possibilities of big band jazz. Featuring an all-star cast of West Coast jazz and studio legends including Bob Sheppard, Larry Koonse, Peter Erskine, Wayne Bergeron, and so many more, Convergency brings together the lives, stories and extraordinary talents of these great musicians, with the music of veteran Los Angeles composer/arranger Dave Slonaker, to create what will certainly be another touchstone recording for fans of the large jazz ensemble tradition.
Die Dave Slonaker Big Band, die 2013 für den Grammy® als bestes großes Jazz-Ensemble nominiert wurde, kehrt mit einer umwerfenden Sammlung neuer Musik zurück, die die Tradition feiert, aber auch die Möglichkeiten des Big-Band-Jazz auslotet. Mit einer Starbesetzung von Jazz- und Studiolegenden der Westküste, darunter Bob Sheppard, Larry Koonse, Peter Erskine, Wayne Bergeron und viele mehr, vereint Convergency das Leben, die Geschichten und die außergewöhnlichen Talente dieser großartigen Musiker mit der Musik des erfahrenen Komponisten/Arrangeurs Dave Slonaker aus Los Angeles zu einer Aufnahme, die mit Sicherheit ein weiterer Meilenstein für die Fans der großen Jazz-Ensemble-Tradition sein wird.


Dave Slonaker is a film and TV orchestrator, arranger, and composer and leader of the Dave Slonaker Big Band. His album, Intrada, featuring his compositions and arrangements, received a 2013 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.

In his work as a film and TV orchestrator, arranger, and composer, he has orchestrated and arranged for many Hollywood composers including John Addison, David Bell, Steve Bramson, Bruce Broughton, Danny Elfman, Joel McNeely, Alan Silvestri, Larry Rosenthal, and many others. Film credits include orchestration for many popular films including Oz the Great and Powerful, Alice in Wonderland, Spider-Man, and Air Force One. He has also orchestrated, arranged, and composed music for TV and animation including Jag, Murder, She Wrote, and the Tiny Toons Adventures cartoon series.

Equally at home as a jazz composer and arranger, Dave’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by Clark Terry, the Woody Herman and Count Basie Orchestras, as well as many other soloists and bands. Before moving to Hollywood, Dave was composer-in-residence at the Strasenburgh Planetarium of the Rochester Museum and Science Center, composing electronic soundtracks in an eclectic blend of music genres for worldwide distribution.

Dave grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Handed down a trombone by his father, he studied trombone and piano as a youth. Curious about classical, jazz, and popular styles of music, he was determined to study both classical and jazz composition and performance. He earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Trombone and Composition at Indiana University, had advanced graduate study in composition at the University of Pennsylvania, and received a Masters Degree from the Eastman School of Music. His teachers include Rayburn Wright, Manny Album, David Baker, Bill Dobbins, John Eaton, and George Crumb.

Believing that passing the craft of composing and arranging to a new generation is important, Dave has taught or given master classes at USC, the Eastman School of Music, the ASCAP Television & Film Scoring Workshop, the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC), and the Los Angeles Ravel Orchestral Study Group.



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