ASMAC NYC: Billy Byers: His Life and Music

LA 12 PM  |  NY 3 PM  |  UK 8 PM


Bill Byers was a legendary trombonist of the post WW II era, an arranger for Frank Sinatra and Quincy Jones, and an orchestrator for television, film and musical theater ("A Chorus Line", "City Of Angels", "The Will Rogers Follies", "The Sting", The Oscars).

Join us as friends, colleagues and family members discuss Bill's genius for orchestration and share anecdotes about working alongside this remarkable 20th Century musician. Scheduled to speak are Larry Grossman, Jonathan Tunick, Chris Boardman, Nan Schwartz, Yaron Gershovsky, Marvin Laird, Gordon Harrell, Jim Pugh, and Yuriko and Bryant Byers.

Composer-orchestrator Ned Paul Ginsburg will moderate and demonstrate collected scores from Broadway and the recording studio. A rare, inside look at a master of the orchestra!



Bryant Byers is a low brass instrumentalist and raconteur of tall tales. Born on the isle of Manhattan, Bryant Byers moved from the steel and glass of The Big Apple to be raised on the gilded sandy shores of Gidget’s Malibu. Bryant has played concerts ranging from world renowned soprano Sumi Jo and legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma to icons, Tony Bennet and Johnny Mathis. Credits include TV's American Idol seasons 1, 2, & 3. Film: Lalo Schifrin sound tracks Rush Hour II, and III and After The Sunset. Bryant Byers can be heard on other recordings with entertainers, Steve Lawrence, Keely Smith, Andy Williams, Frank Sinatra Jr. and Michael Feinstein. Now living in the mossy environs of The Pacific Northwest, Bryant enjoys painting and sketching and playing classic Jass. Member Local #99

Beginning his career in the film, television and recording industry in 1974, Chris Boardman has consistently worked at the top echelon of the entertainment industry. He has received an Academy Award nomination for The Color Purple, 6 Emmy Awards, 13 Emmy nominations, ASCAP and BMI film awards and multiple platinum records for his work with such iconic artists as Quincy Jones, David Foster, Steven Spielberg, Julie Andrews, Shirley MacLaine, Barbara Streisand, Marvin Hamlisch and Josh Groban.

Well known in Hollywood circles as one of a handful of musicians who can write anything, Boardman’s credits span both industry and genre. Whether it be conducting David Foster’s World Children’s Day for television, composing the 70’s inspired score for Mel Gibson’s Payback, arranging period dance music for Swing Kids and Meet Joe Black, orchestrating Anthony Newley’s Chaplin for Broadway or producing solo recordings as an artist, Boardman embraces these challenges with characteristic integrity and passion. He is one of the most uniquely versatile and highly respected musicians in the industry.

In May 2018 Boardman finished a six year stint as the Director of the Media Writing and Production program at the Frost School of Music at The University of Miami. In recognition of his teaching abilities, Boardman was twice nominated for “Mentor Of The Year” honors by The Graduate School of the University of Miami. Continuing his commitment to sharing his expertise, he has launched an online education company for those desirous of pursuing a career in the music industry.

His current projects include creating an event for the concert hall that focuses on expressing the emotional lives of trauma sufferers with music and story, public speaking, and appearing as a guest lecturer at universities across the country and around the world.

Yaron Gershovsky ( is a world-renowned Pianist/Keyboardist, Arranger, Composer and Producer. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Yaron has launched his musical career touring with the great Jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and recording with Wayne Shorter (on the album “Atlantis”). Since 1979, Yaron has been the Musical Director and Pianist/Keyboardist for the world-renowned vocal group The Manhattan Transfer. He has toured and recorded with them, as well as written instrumental and vocal arrangements for them. Yaron is a participant both as a player and as an arranger in to 2of The Manhattan Transfer’s Grammy awards: “Corner Pocket”, (Piano), and “Why Not” (Piano and Instrumental arrangement).In addition, Yaron has recorded and/or performed with Lonnie Smith, SteveGadd, Abraham Laboriel, Lew Soloff, Janis Siegel, Ray Brown, Grady Tate, DonSebesky, The Count Basie Orchestra, Richie Havens,Take 6,and Toots Thiemann.Yaron’s work also featured on the Broadway stage. He was the Vocal Arrangerfor thehit BroadwayMusicals “City of Angels”, “Song of Singapore”, and “Swing” aswell as numerous other workshops and productions.Yaron performed in Carnegie Hall under the direction of the famed conductorMichael Tilson Thomas,(Musical Director/Conductor of the San Francisco PhilharmonicOrchestra). Among his numerous CD’s-“Personal Notes”, and “Stateof Mind”.The latterfeatures guest appearances by The Manhattan Transfer (On LeeMorgan’sclassic“The Sidewinder”, with lyrics by Jon Hendricks), and Janis Siegel.Recently, Yaron released two album projects, all recorded remotely during the pandemic. “Up Close from Afar–Solo Piano”, and “Up Close from Afar–Collaborations”. A new Studio album release is nowinthe works.

Ned Paul Ginsburg is a composer and orchestrator whose recent songwriting includes “Find You Dancing” (w/Debbie Ward), and “Nobody’s Princess” (w/Adryan Russ). Composing awards: National Endowment for the Arts, NARAS, SGA, Jazz Educators, Downbeat Magazine. Shows: BOYNTON BEACH CLUB (Equity premiere 2019), BETWIXT & BETWEEN (Radio premiere upcoming), A CROWN OF STRAW (Ben Yehuda Press), THEY CHOSE ME (published by TRW); tv/film: Maiden Voyage Pictures, Disney Channel, CBS, ABC, etc. Orchestrations: Broadway (contributor): KISS ME KATE, ALADDIN, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ZHIVAGO, LIZA AT THE PALACE, MINNELLI ON MINNELLI, GERSHWINS’ FASCINATIN’ RHYTHM; Off-Broadway/Regional: SAMMY (Old Globe), PAPER MOON (Goodspeed), A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK (LDK Productions) and for many other theaters and celebrity entertainers. In tv/film: “Galavant” (ABC/Alan Menken), “Michael Collins” (Warner Bros, Oscar nom for Elliot Goldenthal), “Wonder Pets” (Nickelodeon), “Christmas with Kathie Lee” (CBS), etc. Ned produced and arranged six albums in the 90s for The Broadway Kids (Lightyear Entertainment), and more recently, “Have Yourself a Merry Cello Christmas” (Guild Records of London; James Kreger, cello). His lecture, “The Composer/Orchestrator Collaboration” has been delivered in academic and professional settings in the U.S., France, Germany, Taiwan, Bosnia, New Zealand and Australia. He lives in Manhattan with his wife Jill Slaymaker, a visual artist. Their son, Alex, attends college in Los Angeles.

Music arranger and supervisor Gordon Lowry Harrell is honored to be creating his musical arrangements for, and sharing some of his original compositions with, the Broadway production of “Fosse”. Among other original Broadway productions to his musical credit are Bob Fosse’s last two original Broadway musicals, “Dancin’” and“Big Deal”, as well as “1776”, “Canterbury Tales”, “La Cage Aux Folles”, “Jesus ChristSuperstar”, “City of Angels”, and “The Life”. Gordon has also arranged for Broadwa composers Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman and Cy Coleman; forc horeographers Bob Fosse, Ann Reinking, Tommy Tune, Edward Villella, Lar Lubovitch, Chet Walker, and Joey McKneeley; and for performers Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, Betty Buckley, and Angela Lansbury. In addition to his theatrical endeavours, Gordon also arranges music for television and documentary films, and composes for ballet. His original score for the Emmy-Award-winning CBS production of “Harlequin” starred Edward Villella and other principal dancers from the New York City Ballet. His dance music was featured in “The Red Shoes”, presented by American Ballet Theater. He has also arranged music for Sesame Street, Radio City Music Hall, the Tony™ Awards, and the Miss America Pageant. Gordon is a member of the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers, and the National Academies of Television and Recording Arts and Sciences.

Nan Schwartz is a Grammy®-winning (Natalie Cole) and five-time nominated Grammy arranger, as well as a seven-time Emmy nominee for her compositions for television and film (In The Heat of the Night). She is currently composing two musicals, both in development: The Grammarians and In The Wash. In 2018, a symphonic album of her orchestral compositions was released on Divine Art Records; these works are now being performed live around the world. As a conductor and orchestrator, Nan has worked on such major Hollywood films as Mank, Harry Potter, Argo ,Benjamin Button, and Julie & Julia. She produces and writes songs for the Latin market, and has conducted her music with an all-star cast and a17-pieceorchestra in three sold-out concerts at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Jazz Grill. Nan teaches annually in Vienna, Austria. A proponent of melodic, harmonically-rich music, Nan’s unique style, diversity and depth of experience–from synthesizer projects to hundred-piece orchestras--have helped create her sterling reputation as one of the world’s most talented composer/arrangers.

A native New Yorker, Jonathan Tunick grew up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and attended the High School of Music and Art, Bard College (AB 1958) and Juilliard (MS 1960), where he studied composition under Vittorio Giannini.

His first major credit as an orchestrator was Promises, Promises (1968), which led to a long series of other Broadway musicals, notably those of Stephen Sondheim. (He has orchestrated nearly all of Sondheim’s musicals.) Notable shows include Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, A Chorus Line, Sweeney Todd, Nine, Into The Woods, Passion, The Color Purple, Road Show and A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder, plus the recent revivals of Carousel and West Side Story.

He has composed and conducted film scores for Mike Nichols (The Birdcage), Franco Zeffirelli (Endless Love), and Sidney Lumet (Find Me Guilty), as well as for such TV classics as Murder, She Wrote and Columbo. Other film work includes Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, A Little Night Music, and The Fantasticks.

He has also served as arranger/ conductor of recordings for such artists as Bernadette Peters, Bette Midler, Judy Collins, Itzhak Perlman, Placido Domingo, Neil Diamond, Kate Bush, Barbra Streisand and Paul McCartney. In 2002 he conducted Company at the Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration, Washington, D.C.

In recent years he has returned to serious composition, premiering his Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Cheever Country suite for orchestra and Serenade For Strings. He has also composed extensively for voice, both solo and chorus.

Previously holding the Emmy, Grammy and Academy Awards, in 1997 he was awarded the first Tony ever given for orchestration for Titanic, elevating him to “EGOT” status; one of the very few persons to hold all four major awards. He holds 11 Tony and 13 Drama Desk nominations. In 2009 he was inducted into Broadway’s Theatre Hall of Fame.




Event Date Saturday, July 17, 2021 12:00 pm
Cut off date Saturday, July 17, 2021 3:00 pm
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