The Jazz Arts Group is ready to roll out the red carpet for the Columbus Jazz Orchestra’s next installment of the Great American Songbook season with Grammy Award-winning film composer Dave Grusin. From Mancini favorites “The Pink Panther Theme” and “Baby Elephant Walk” to movie classics like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “As Time Goes By,” A Night at the Movies (January 14-15) will revisit some of the most memorable movie music ever written.
When legendary Grammy Award-winning composer Henry Mancini died in 1994, he left behind an incredible legacy of film and television music whose jazzy and orchestral innovations inspired a whole generation of film scorers and jazz performers. Among his great friends and admirers was Dave Grusin, who drew upon the early Mancini influence to carve out his own Oscar-winning niche as one of the premier movie music writers of the past thirty years, as well as a prolific career as a contemporary jazz pianist.
More About Dave Grusin
Among his Academy Award-nominated work over the years have been scores for Heaven Can Wait, The Champ, On Golden Pond, Tootsie (he co-wrote the Stephen Bishop hit, “It Might Be You”), The Milagro Beanfield War (which won the 1988 Oscar), Havana, The Fabulous Baker Boys and The Firm. Other well known films include The Graduate, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Three Days of the Condor, The Goodbye Girl, And Justice for All, Reds, and Tequila Sunrise. In 1987, Grusin released Cinemagic, a compilation of new versions of his classic scores. Grusin also penned the theme songs for Norman Lear-produced ’70s sitcoms Good Times and Maude, as well as the TV series Baretta and St. Elsewhere.
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