USC CONCERT JAZZ ORCH TRIBUTE TO BOB FLORENCE
Bob Florence was a giant among music arranges and band leaders: he toured with Alvino Rey, wrote for Harry James, Les Brown, and others; He helped Si Zentner score perhaps the last big band hit with a rockin' version of the Hoagy Carmichael tune, Up a Lazy River,"
He often worked with Liberty's leading pop vocalist, Vicki Carr, and he arranged a long and highly successful series of instrumental albums with saxophonist Bud Shank.
Florence wrote for a number of television shows, including The Red Skelton Show" and The Dean Martin Show." He reunited with Les Brown on an album for Decca, arranged a fine bossa nova album with Sergio Mendes (sans Brasil '66) on Atlantic, and worked with one of his idols, Count Basie, on an album of Beatles hits.
In the late 1980s, he organized yet another group, Limited Edition. The band's name referred to the small and elite group of session musicians who could master just about any material with little or no fuss. The band's album, Serendipity 18, received the 2000 Grammy for Best Jazz Performance by a Large Ensemble.
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