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Chuck Berghofer’s 75th Birthday Bash!

Chuck Berghofer’s 75th Birthday Bash!Terry Trotter on piano

Early in his career, Trotter gained a wide variety of valuable musical experiences. “I worked at the Lighthouse with Art Pepper for a year and a half, toured with Les Brown and played with Chet Baker and Joe Pass off and on for a couple of years.

When I came back to Los Angeles after a tour with Lena Horne, Victor Feldman recommended me for the job with Miles Davis’ group. Miles wanted me to come up to San Francisco to play with his group and see how it felt, but I had been through some negative experiences living the jazz life and I didn’t want to travel anymore. Instead I decided to become a studio musician, a decision that changed my life because I spent the next 20 years in the studio. I loved getting a chance to play with the greatest musicians in the world even if I did not care for the constant pressure you had to always be perfect and of course a lot of the music was not that rewarding.”

Chuck Berghofer on bass

Nancy Sinatra’s «These Boots Are Made For Walkin’» starts with the most famous bass sliding sound that has ever been recorded in pop music. The song was arranged by Billy Strange and produced by Lee Hazlewood, who also wrote it. The simple, catchy, and ingenious slide was played on string bass by Chuck Berghofer (sometimes you find his name written «Berghoffer»). There’s also an electric bass on «Boots», played by Carol Kaye, that starts after the opening. Chuck Berghofer (born 1937) is one of the many jazz musicians who helped with their skill to makepop and rock records sound good.

Peter Erskine on drums

Peter Erskine began playing the drums at the age of four and has been at the forefront of world-class jazz ensembles for more than 35 years.

His first major professional work was with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, which he joined in 1972. After a three year stint with Kenton and a two year stay with Maynard Ferguson, Erskine joined Weather Report in 1978. The excellence of the partnership between Erskine and bassist Jaco Pastorius was an integral part of that group’s success.

Following his four years in Weather Report (having recorded five albums with them – including the Grammy Award winning “8:30?), he began to play with Mike Brecker, Mike Mainieri, Don Grolnick and Eddie Gomez in the group Steps Ahead. Erskine’s other touring and recording credits (500 albums & film scores) include Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Chick Corea, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Gary Burton & Pat Metheny, Joni Mitchell, Kurt Elling, Sadao Watanabe, Eliane Elias, Mike Stern, Kate Bush, Miroslav Vitous and Jan Garbarek the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ensemble Modern, the ASKO, Avanti, Remix & Absolute Ensembles, Bass Desires (with John Scofield, Bill Frisell, and Marc Johnson), the John Abercrombie Trio, the Kenny Wheeler Quintet & Big Band, the Yellowjackets and the Bob Mintzer Big Band. He has also recorded with his own groups, including trios with John Taylor, Palle Danielsson, Rita Marcotulli, and his current bands with guitarist Nguyen Le and bassist Michel Benita (“Trio E_L_B”), as well as a trio he shares with pianist Alan Pasqua.

Erskine’s solo albums include: “Peter Erskine”, “Transition”, “Motion Poet”, “Sweet Soul”, “Big Theatre”, and his ECM recordings “You Never Know,” “Time Being”, “As It Is” and “Juni” as well as “History of the DRUM”, “Behind Closed Doors” and “Side Man Blue” on his own label FUZZY MUSIC. Peter is the co-leader of several albums, including “Prism” with Bill Dobbins and the WDR Big Band, “Cologne” with Bill Dobbins and John Goldsby, and “Dream Flight” with Nguyen Le and Michel Benita. The latest release on Fuzzy Music is “The Trio” featuring Peter, bassist Chuck Berghofer and pianist Terry Trotter.

Enjoy the “LIVE” musical experience in an intimate setting in “LA’s best listening room.” See and hear Grammy Award Wining and world class recording artists specializing in all types of jazz, latin, blues and fusion music. Enjoy Italian comfort food at reasonable prices and five star entertainment.

$18 food or drink minimum.

Presenter / Producer: Vitello's Jazz & Supper Club

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Music > Jazz / Blues

Event Phone: 818-769-0905

Upstairs at Vitello's
4349 Tujunga Ave
Studio City CA 91604

LA - San Fernando Valley

Performance Dates: 6/16/2012
Saturday, 06/16/2012

Performance Times
Two Shows 8pm & 10pm  

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