March 4, 2000
Featuring Special Guest Artist Pete Christlieb
The first half of tonight's program was performed on the ensemble's April, 2000 trip to the Reno Jazz Festival.
Mel Jim McNeely
The Cheese That Time Forgot Dan Gailey
Willow Weep for Me Anne Ronnel/arr. by Bob Brookmeyer
Thumbs Doug Walter
Featuring Saxophonist Pete Christlieb
Though identified with the West Coast where he lives and thus assumed to be a cool, detached player, Pete Christlieb has always been one of the more powerful soloists in any style. His blistering lines, especially on uptempo numbers, are often red hot, while he can also play effective blues and stirring ballads. Pete Christlieb initially studied violin before starting sax at 13. He played with Si Zentner, Chet Baker and Woody Herman in the '60s, then began working with Louis Bellson, with whom he has maintained a musical relationship through the '80s and into the '90s. Christlieb has worked extensively in the studios doing film and television projects since the late '60s, and was a regular member of the "Tonight Show" orchestra. He has played in the backing bands of Della Reese and Sarah Vaughan among other vocalists, and has also done sessions with Count Basie, Quincy Jones, Mel Lewis, Shelly Manne, Gene Ammons, Frank Rosolino and Carl Fontana. In addition, his own albums have been nominated for several Grammy Awards.
St. Thomas Sonny Rollins/arr. by Bill Holman
Three Ton Blues Pete Cristlieb
Jitterbug Waltz Fats Waller/arr. by Bill Hood
All the Things You Are
Featuring UCSB Jazz Combo
Lover Man Frank Ramirez/arr. by Bill Holman
Battle of the Bop Brothers Matt Catingub