David Hardiman's San Francisco All Star Big Band | 37th Anniversary

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37th Anniversary

by David Hardiman's San Francisco All Star Big Band

The band is hard-swinging, free-spiited which combines a solid, Basie-Ellington style foundation with plentiful space and freedom for long improvisations-largely be-bop, and beyond with a trademark of warmth, fun and good spirits with great vocalist.
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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1. Portrait of David Hardiman (feat. David Hardiman, Sr.)
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2. Teach Me Tonight (feat. "Sweetie" Mitchell)
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3. Santos By the Sea (feat. David Hardiman, Sr.)
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4. Ellington Medley-Don't Get Around Much Anymore (feat. Denise Perrier)
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5. Ellington Medley-Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me (feat. Denise Perrier)
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6. Ellington Medley-Mood Indigo (feat. Denise Perrier)
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7. Ellington Medley-Satin Doll (feat. Denise Perrier)
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8. Take the "A" Train (feat. Denise Perrier)
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9. Grandpas' Thang
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10. Rocks in My Bed (feat. "Sweetie" Mitchell)
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11. He May Be Your Man But He Comes to See Me Sometimes (feat. Nina Causey)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The San Francisco All-Star Big Band was formed in September of 1975 under the auspices of the San Francisco Art Commission’s Neighborhood Arts Program. The intent of this project was to allow for the continuing development of writing and playing abilities of members of the local professional jazz community. Members of the band include a mixture of seasoned veteran jazz musicians and younger developing talents. Since its inception, the band has gained a wide San Francisco Bay Area following, performing at a number of festivals, colleges, universities, private parties, dances, churches, benefits, night clubs and shows just to name a few:

SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ FESTIVAL, UNION STREET FAIR
PALO ALTO STREET FAIR, SF ART FESTIVAL
GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL, FILLMORE ST. FESTIVAL
OAKLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL YOSHI’S NIGHT CLUBS

The band’s arrangements and sound emphasizes the improvisational blowing abilities of it members. In reviewing the band, San Francisco Chronicle jazz critic Tom Albright said:

“In a place where even small ensembles often have trouble surviving, David Hardiman has assembled many of the area’s finest jazzmen into a hard-swinging, free-spirited San Francisco All Star Jazz Band that is now entering its second year with hopes of recording and festival appearances.”

“Including such stellar soloists as Alto Saxophonists John Handy and Bishop Norman Williams; Guitarist Michael Howell, Bassist James Leary, Trombonist “Tricky” Lofton and Frank Fisher, John Hunt and Hardiman himself on trumpet, the band combines a solid, Basie-style foundation with plentiful space and freedom for long improvisations- largely be-bop, and beyond. Its special trademark is perhaps the warmth, fun and good spirits that seem to bind the group’s highly individualistic members together, projecting a personality and freewheeling feeling that is generally more common among small combos than big bands.”

The nineteen piece professionals have performed, recorded, traveled, and associated with such notables as “DUKE” ELLINGTON, TONY BENNETT, “DIZZY” GILLESPIE, EARL “FATHA” HINES, RAY CHARLES, FREDDIE HUBBARD, “SUN-RA”, etc. The unique song styles of featured vocalist, “SWEETIE” MITCHELL, MARY STALLINGS (formerly with “COUNT” BASIE), DENISE PERRIER, NINA CAUSEY are reminiscent of ELLA FITZGERALD, BILLIE HOLIDAY, DINAH WASHINGTON, and NANCY WILSON. Collectively members of the band have performed all over the world.
The band’s leader, David Hardiman, comes from Indianapolis, Ind. Where his early jazz training was developed with other hometown associates Willis Kirk, David Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Larry Ridley, and James Spaulding. He received a Bachelor’s degree
in Music Education from Indiana University and a Master of Music degree in Music Education with Trumpet Emphasis from Butler University, Indianapolis, Ind. After teaching in the Indianapolis Public Schools for 11 years, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, and taught in the Berkeley Unified School District for several years before taking a post in the music department at City College of San Francisco. He is now retired, after 30 years, as Professor Emeritus where he developed the Jazz Studies program. In addition to his teaching, he has been active in the Bay Area jazz scene playing, writing/arranging, recording, adjudicating, consulting, and has also directed the African American Jazz Caucus Big Band 6 years (under the auspices of the International Association of Jazz Educators). MORE INFO. www.freewebs.com/davidhardiman

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