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Super Composer Michel Legrand

Michel Legrand

Take your seat in the Eisenhower Theater of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

We are here to honor a man who says that the only thing he ever wanted to do in life was to make music. When he was young, he was often alone, and the piano became his closest friend. He opens his concert with that friend, but not alone. The Kennedy Center All Star Jazz Orchestra is onstage with the renowned composer, Michel Legrand.

Legrand composes in silence, sitting at a table and writing music from his head. He has 200 film and television scores to his credit, along with three Oscars and five Grammy Awards. But when he finishes an album, he never listens to it again -- he doesn't even keep a copy at home. He's looking to the next project.

Furthermore, he has not performed in Washington in almost 20 years. He loves the orchestra, and is a fan of vocalist Patti Austin, herself the goddaughter of Quincy Jones and Dinah Washington. So this retrospective of his career is very special for him. And we hope you will enjoy it as well!

"Stop C'est du Bop" (Legrand)
"Ray's Blues" (Legrand) for Ray Charles, featuring solos by Eric Felten, trombone; Ronnie Cuber, baritone sax; John Clayton, bass; John Riley, drums
"Dingo Lament" (Legrand & Davis) from the film Dingo, score by Michel Legrand and Miles Davis, featuring trumpeter Scott Wendholt
"What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" featuring Michel Legrand, singing
with Patti Austin, Guest Vocalist: "I Will Wait for You" from the film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
"The Way He Makes Me Feel"
"How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman

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    Trumpets: Scott Wendholt, Glenn Drewes, Joe Mosello, Tom Williams
    Trombones: Eric Felten, Dennis Wilson, Don Mikkelsen, Earl McIntyre
    Saxophones: Don Braden, Patience Higgins, Jeff Clayton, Bill Easley, Ronnie Cuber
    Piano/conductor: Michel Legrand
    Bass: John Clayton
    Drums: John Riley

    This career celebration was presented by the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., January 31, 2004. Thanks to Derek Gordon, Kevin Struthers, Jean Thill and the extraordinary production and stage staff for their fine work. Also, field producer Mark Schramm and music mixer Duke Markos with Greg Hartman, Chris Weal and Big Mo Recording; recording engineer Ginger Bruner at KUNV Las Vegas; and the JazzSet team at WBGO Jazz 88 in Newark, NJ.

    Copyright 2007 NPR