Johnny Mandel

Johnny Mandel (November 23, 1925) [1] is an American composer and arranger of popular songs, film music and jazz. Among the musicians he has worked with are Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Anita O’Day, Barbra Streisand, and Shirley Horn.

“Emily”

“The Shadow Of Your Smile”

 Born John Alfred Mandel, New York, N.Y., to Alfred, a garment manufacturer, and Hannah, an opera singer, who discovered when he was aged 5 that he had perfect pitch.[2] Piano lessons ensued but Johnny switched to the trumpet and later the trombone.[2] Mandel married Martha Blaner in 1970 and has a daughter, Marrisa, born in 1976.[1]

He studied at the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School. In 1943 he played the trumpet with Joe Venuti, in 1944 with Billy Rogers and trombone in the bands of Boyd Raeburn, Jimmy Dorsey, Buddy Rich, Georgie Auld and Chubby Jackson. In 1949 he accompanied the singer June Christy in the orchestra of Bob Cooper. From 1951 till 1953 he played and arranged music in Elliot Lawrence‘s orchestra, and in 1953 with Count Basie. Later he resided in Los Angeles, where he played the bass trumpet for Zoot Sims. A 1944 Band graduate of New York Military Academy, in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, he wrote jazz compositions like “Not Really the Blues” for Woody Herman in 1949, “Hershey Bar” (1950) and “Pot Luck” (1953) for Stan Getz, “Straight Life” (1953) and “Low Life” (1956) for Count Basie as well as “Tommyhawk” (1954) for Chet Baker.

“MASH”

Johnny Mandel has composed, conducted and arranged the music for numerous movie sound tracks. His earliest credited contribution was to I Want to Live! in 1958, which was nominated for a Grammy. Mandel’s most famous compositions include “Suicide Is Painless” (theme from the movie and TV series M*A*S*H), “Close Enough for Love”, “Emily” and “A Time for Love” (nominated for an Academy Award). He has written a great many film scores, perhaps most notably The Sandpiper. The love theme for that film, “The Shadow of Your Smile“, which he co-wrote with Paul Francis Webster, won the 1965 Academy Award for Best Song and the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1966. He performed an interpretation of Erik Satie‘s “Gnossiennes #4 and #5″ on the piano for the 1979 film Being There. He won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s) in 1981 for Quincy Jones‘s album Velas, and again in 1991 for Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole‘s “Unforgettable“, and one year later once more for Shirley Horn‘s album Here’s to Life. In 2004 Mandel arranged Tony Bennett‘s album The Art of Romance. Bennett and Mandel had collaborated before on Bennett’s The Movie Song Album (1966), for which Mandel arranged and conducted his songs “Emily” and “The Shadow of Your Smile”, and was also the album’s musical director.

“A Time For Love”

“A Time For Love” -Shirley Horn version

Mandel is a recipient of the 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Award.[3] Johnny’s most recent project is a CD called Johnny Mandel, A Man and His Music, featuring The DIVA Jazz Orchestra and vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway, Recorded “LIVE” at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in May 2010, released by Arbors Records in March 2011.

“Where Do You Start?” Kenny Rankin version

“Here’s To Life”

Sources: Wikipedia, youtube, imdb.com, nmdb.com

 

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Lonny Price

Lonny Price (born March 9, 1959) is an American actor, writer, and director, primarily in theatre. He is known for making statements on current events in versions of his musicals. His acclaimed May 2008 New York Philharmonic production of Camelot[1] was making a statement about the current war including having different ethnicities and modernized characters. Mr. Price stated this in an interview before Camelotopened.

Born in New York City, Price grew up in Metuchen, New Jersey.[2] He attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts. His early career was spent performing in off-Broadway productions. His first major Broadway credit was the ill-fated Stephen Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along (1981), which underwent constant changes during an unusually long preview period and closed after only sixteen performances. He had better luck with his next project – the Athol Fugard play MASTER HAROLD…and the Boys, in which he portrayed a South African student opposite Danny Glover and Zakes Mokae as the family servants – which ran for eight months.

“Franklyn Sheppard Inc.” from Merrily We Roll Along

In 1989, he appeared as File:Jimmy Durantein the musical bio DURANTE. It was playing in San Francisco during the earthquake. Excellent in the role but Durante’s life was uneventful and the musical closed on the road.

From “A Class Act”

Price made his directorial debut with the off-Broadway revival of The Education of H* Y* M* A* N K* A* P* L* A* N, followed by The Rothschilds and Juno, both of which received Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Revival. His most significant off-Broadway performing credit is the William FinnJames Lapine musical Falsettoland.

He has also directed numerous musical productions, both concert and non-concert, with the New York Philharmonic, which include Stephen Sondheim‘s Sweeney Todd with Patti LuPone and George Hearn, for which he won an Emmy Award, Leonard Bernstein‘s Candide, with Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth, Sir Thomas Allen, and students from Juilliard, Passion with Donna Murphy amongst others.

He has also directed numerous productions at the Chicago Ravinia Festival, including Sweeney Todd, Gypsy and Annie Get Your Gun all with friend Patti LuPone.

“Our Time”

In 2000, Price co-wrote, directed, and starred in A Class Act,[3] based on the life and career of composerlyricist Edward Kleban, whose sole Broadway credit was A Chorus Line. The score consisted of songs Kleban had written for other shows that remained unproduced. After a two month run at the Manhattan Theatre Club, it transferred to the Ambassador Theatre, where it fared less successfully and closed after three months. It earned Price his sole Tony Award nomination to date, for Best Book of a Musical.

Price served as Associate Artistic Director for the American Jewish Theatre from the late 1980s through the mid-1990s. He currently is resident director at Musical Theatre Works, the only non-profit theatre dedicated solely to the development of new musicals. One of his latest projects was a Broadway revival of 110 in the Shade, which opened in May 2007 and ran for 94 performances.[4]

In April 2011, Price directed a concert production of Sondheim’s Company with Neil Patrick Harris as Robert and Patti LuPone as Joanne, backed by the New York Philharmonic.[5][6]

 

Price’s limited film and television credits include small roles in The Muppets Take Manhattan and Dirty Dancing and guest appearances on The Golden Girls and Law & Order. Behind the scenes, he was a staff director for the ABC soap opera One Life to Live, for which he was part of a team that received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Drama Series Directing in 1995.[7] 

Lonny Price has always been among my favorite actors and directors since I first heard him live in, “Merrily We Roll Along” on Broadway in 1981. There isn’t a lot of material available on Lonny, but I believe I found enough to give you an idea of just how talented he is.

 

Sources: wikipedia, youtube, imdb.com

Additional Broadway credits