promoting the art of Music Arranging, Composition and Orchestration within the entertainment industry community and the general public.

promoting the art of Music Arranging, Composition and Orchestration within the entertainment industry community and the general public.

The Sounds and Scores of Don Ellis

LA 12 PM  |  NY 3 PM  |  UK 8 PM

The Sounds and Scores of Don Ellis

ft. Nick Di Scala, David Crigger, Fred Selden and Scott Healy

An in-depth look at the sounds and scores of Don Ellis. Featuring Don Ellis band alumni arrangers and members: Nick Di Scala, David Crigger and Fred Selden. Score analysis, Q&A with ASMAC arranger – composer Scott Healy. Documentary film maker John Vizzusi will offer insight on the life of Don Ellis and the creation of his film Electric Heart: Don Ellis Story.

Don Ellis

Donald Johnson Ellis (July 25, 1934 – December 17, 1978) was an American jazz trumpeter, drummer, composer, and bandleader. He is best known for his extensive musical experimentation, particularly in the area of time signatures. Later in his life he worked as a film composer, contributing a score to 1971's The French Connection and 1973's The Seven-Ups. Ellis won a GRAMMY in 1972 for Best Instrumental Arrangement for the Theme From The French Connection

David Crigger

David Crigger joined the Don Ellis Orchestra at the age of 18 and as a drummer went to record and tour with artists like Burt Bacharach, Klaus Doldinger's Passport. Elvis Costello, Brain Auger, Stu Goldberg and Willie Bobo, and played theater productions like "Lion King", "Les Miserables", and "Jerome Robbins' Broadway"."

Long before the onset of drum machines, David created the Drum Drops series of play-along albums. He later wrote numerous books and magazine articles on drum machine programming and music production. He recorded and produced a number of jazz projects included the restoration and mastering work that resulted in the "Don Ellis in India" CD, Currently David is focused on continuing his exploration of odd meters through a series of video/recording productions featuring his own compositions and arrangements for large and small jazz ensembles.

Nick Di Scala

California born and raised Nick Di Scala, a professional freelancing Bay Area instrumentalist, has been playing all the members of the clarinet, saxophone, and flute families – including Indian and Chinese flutes, pan flute, recorders, and penny whistles – for more than 50 years. He teaches clarinet, saxophone and flute to students ranging in age from 8 to the late 70’s at Sunset Music and has been teaching there since the early 1980's. He also teaches virtual lessons. Nick received his Bachelor's of Music, Magna Cum Laude, in clarinet performance from San Francisco State University. He studied clarinet with Donald Carroll (San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera), flute with Paul Renzi (San Francisco Symphony, NBC Symphony), Jim Walker (San Francisco Opera), Victor Morosco (NY and LA studio and show musician), and Barbara Breeden (San Francisco Symphony Orchestra), and saxophone with Jim Matheson (San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera). He studied conducting with Louis Magor (San Francisco Symphony Chorus Director), Lazlo Varga (Principal cellist New York Philharmonic), and with David Ramadanoff (San Francisco Symphony Assistant Music Director). Nick is a member of the American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP). American Federation of Musicians - Local 6, and former member of NAfME (formerly California Music Educators Association).


● Played with the Oakland Symphony, Sacramento Symphony, Napa Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, Monterey Symphony, California Symphony Pops, Santa Rosa Pops, West Bay Opera, West Edge Opera, U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, the Don Ellis Alumni Orchestra, and Beach Blanket Babylon. Guest artists included Ray Charles, The Temptations, Kevin Spacey, Beatlemania, Manhattan Transfer, Johnny Mathis, Della Reese, and Isaac Hayes.

● Regularly plays with TheatreWorks, 42nd St. Moon, San Francisco Playhouse, American Musical Theater of San Jose, Broadway by the Bay, Woodminster Summer Musicals, The Willows, other local regional theaters, as well as the Oakland Municipal Park Band and Golden Gate Park Band.

● Served as Music Director/conductor for ~ 20 theater productions in the Bay Area.

● Orchestrated works by Mozart, Ravel, Gottschalk, Gershwin, Hamlisch, Chaminade, Schubert, Milhaud and Prokofiev. Arranged Leonard Bernstein's "I Can Cook, Too" for Tony nominee Christianne Noll as part of Bernstein's 90th birthday celebration at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops.

● Worked as Arranger/Producer on an ongoing series of music therapy recordings by San Francisco Symphony violinist Daniel Kobialka.

● Reset and annotated the piano-vocal score of Stephen Sondheim’s "Anyone Can Whistle" for licensing agent Music Theatre International.

Don Ellis Project

● Works with the estate of jazz pioneer Don Ellis: Initiated the Don Ellis Critical Editions (Editor, annotator, engraver) which publishes authoritative editions of Ellis’ compositions. Serves as Co-Leader/conductor of the Don Ellis Alumni Orchestra. Produced a solo jazz piano CD–’Multiple Personalities’–by internationally renowned pianist Milcho Leviev. Produced an archival recording–’Pieces of Eight’– for first time CD release of the Don Ellis Octet. Wrote liner notes for several CD re-releases, as well as new recordings of various tribute orchestras. Artistic advisor to his estate and to UCLA where his library is housed. Administrator for the Don Ellis Appreciation group on Facebook. Clinician to ensembles focusing on the music of Don Ellis. Leading international expert on the music of the Don Ellis Orchestra.

Fred Selden

FRED SELDEN is one of L.A.’s top studio woodwind players, as well as a GRAMMY-nominated arranger, composer and producer. His musical talents have been featured in countless film soundtracks and recordings, including: March of the Penguins (featured flute soloist), The Last Samurai (featured flute soloist), Pirates of The Caribbean, TED 1 & 2, Tarzan, And, for television, he can be heard on: “Family Guy,” American Dad,” “Star Trek”: “Next Generation,” “Deep Space Nine,” “Voyager” and many more. He has recorded and performed with Diana Krall, Michael Bublé, Don Ellis, Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, José Feliciano, Shirley Bassey, the Four Tops, Dionne Warwick, Michael Jackson, Ringo Star, Bill Holman, Lionel Hampton to name a few. Fred is also one of the pioneers in the use of the “Electronic Wind Instrument” (E.W.I.), which can be heard throughout the Star Trek series. He received a Grammy Nomination for “Best Instrumental Arrangement” for his composition “The Magic Bus Ate My Donut” recorded by the Don Ellis Orchestra. He received a Gold Record (500,000 records sold) for his performance with the Rhythm Heritage Band for their recording of “Theme from S.W.A.T.” On occasion, he makes guest appearances and writes for the Flute Sonic Orchestra in Los Angeles READ MORE

Scott Healy

Moderator and ASMAC Board Member Scott Healy is an LA-based, GRAMMY-nominated composer, producer, pianist, and multi-keyboardist, best-known for playing in the house band for Conan O’Brien.


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Event Date Saturday, July 23, 2022 12:00 pm
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