One of the founding fathers of West Coast Jazz, saxophonist Dave Pell, will be coming to Jazz LiveTONIGHT. Dave will be bringing his usual octet (Bobby Efford- Baritone, Carl Saunders- Trumpet, Scott Whitfield- Trombone, Charlie Ferguson - Piano, Barry Zweig- Guitar, Richard Simon- Bass, Ray Brinker- Drums) for a night of music that you won't forget. If you are a valid Jazz 88 member you can reserve your tickets in the Speakeasy. For the general public, you can purchase tickets by calling 619-388-3301. Please print the parking pass to make you legit. MORE ON DAVE PELL OCTET...
Dave Pell Octet - The Jazz Live San Diego Concert
Here is the entire Jazz Live San Diego concert featuring the Dave Pell Octet at San Diego City College's Saville Theater on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. The concert was broadcast on Jazz 88.3 KSDS-FM San Diego and worldwide at Jazz88.org.
Here are some photos from the evening, from setup by the City College crew, to the show...
Dave Pell Does The Jazz Live San Diego Interview
Dave Pell sat down with Jazz Live San Diego host Vince Outlaw in the green room at the Saville Theater to chat about members of his current Octet, which led to some great stories of the many other Jazz legends who sat in this band over it's over 50 year span. First up, here's the audio of the interview, which aired on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, immediately after the concert.
then played with the Les Brown band from 1947 to 1955
he began leading his own groups in 1953, usually in an octet format, augmented by guests like Pepper Adams, Benny Carter, Mel Lewis, Red Mitchell, Marty Paich, and Art Pepper
His primary focus of activity in the 1950s and '60s was in the record business, working as a producer for the budget Tops label in the '50s, and Liberty (where he supervised a few hit pop/rock records for Gary Lewis & the Playboys) and briefly Uni in the '60s.
He formed a group in the late '70s called Prez Conference, a variation on the theme of Supersax, as a tribute to Lester Young, recording two albums for GNP/Crescendo.
In the '80s and '90s, Pell revived his octet for recordings on the Fresh Sound (1984) and Headfirst (1988) labels, and sporadic live dates in the Los Angeles area, including an appearance at the Jazz West Coast festival in 1994.
In 1953 he began working with his own ensembles, mostly as an octet: Pell on tenor sax, another saxophone (either a baritone or an alto), trumpet and trombone, guitar, and a piano-bass-drums rhythm section). Among the octet players were Pepper Adams, Benny Carter, Mel Lewis, Red Mitchell, Marty Paich, Art Pepper and, early his career, John Williams.
When Saunders was five, he and his mother settled in Los Angeles, living with his aunt and her husband, tenor-saxophonist Dave Pell. That's when Saunders heard the records of the Dave Pell Octet and was influenced by the style and phrasing of trumpeter Don Fagerquist.
In 1994 he became a member of the Dave Pell Octet.
I used to be in the record business. Sold them in the supermarkets for 99 cents. I'd record "Dave Pell Plays Benny Goodman," "Dave Pell Plays whatever." I must have made 50 albums, "The Best Songs of Italy." I'd go to England for a couple weeks and record 20 albums. Put them in Kresge, Woolworth, the same albums but change the songs on each one.... It was the beginning of the compilation disc.