October 23, 2010 – As the L.A. Jazz Festival drew to a close this evening, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra certainly pulled out all the stops to a rapturous response from the audience. It felt great to be back in Los Angeles again and this time with the full compliment of strings, harp and French horns, playing this music as it was really supposed to sound. The whole weekend was filled with high quality big band performances but the Nelson Riddle Orchestra’s definitive interpretation and signature sound made this show stand head and shoulders above the rest.
Special Guest for the evening, Sue Raney, really sang her heart out and the audience loved every minute. It had been several decades since Sue joined forces with the Riddle family. Not only did she dust off the original charts from her 1957 album produced by Nelson Riddle at Capitol Records, but she delivered with such passion and gusto to bring the enamored crowd to their feet.
Gary Williams filled the male role with suave panache swinging, and rocked the Marriott Marquis Ballroom from foundation to rafters.
A New star shone tonight with the Sinatra Hit South Of The Border. Young David Marino from Montreal made his Los Angeles debut with the full orchestra. This performance marks the first action of the recently established Nelson Riddle Foundation’s mission to nurture the gift of music within future generations. We hope to hear a lot more from David in the years to come.
As for The Orchestra… well, what can we say… simply the best musicians working today!
Our West Coast band is comprised of many of the finest studio musicians in the United States, several of whom have been performing with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra since Nelson was conducting himself.
Despite the potentially bland acoustic of the LAX Marriott Marquis ballroom, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra sounded resplendent thanks to the help of none other than legendary film score recordist and mixer John Richards. For more on the band and the Nelson Riddle sound please visit the following pages which we are constantly updating.
That Nelson Riddle Sound