Gerald Wilson, jazz’s reigning composer/orchestrator pays homage to his adopted hometown, Chicago on his fifth Mack Avenue Records release, Legacy. Composers Igor Stravinsky and Giacomo Puccini also receive Wilson’s musical tips of the hat. Wilson’s son, guitarist/composer Anthony Wilson, and grandson Eric Otis are also represented by a composition/orchestration apiece, thus extending Gerald’s musical legacy.
The Gerald Wilson Orchestra assembled for Legacy comprises many of the great jazz artists who've been Gerald's collaborators for the lion’s share of his Mack Avenue canon. A first-class rhythm section of pianist Renee Rosnes, guitarist Anthony Wilson, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Lewis Nash anchors the group. Trumpeters Sean Jones, Jeremy Pelt, Tony Lujan and Mike Rodriguez and trombonists Dennis Wilson, Douglas Purviance, Luis Bonilla and Alan Ferber stud the brass section. Antonio Hart Dick Oatts, Kamasi Washington, Ron Blake, Jay Brandford and Gary Smulyan comprise the reeds. Al Pryor continues as Wilson’s producer for this collection of tributes and portraits.
Antonia Bennett was born on April 7, 1974 in Beverly Hills, California, to legendary singer Tony Bennett and Sandra Grant. Since the age of four, Antonia Bennett has been gracing the stage and serenading audiences internationally alongside her father, Tony Bennett. In fact, some of those early performances were with the legendary American jazz icon Count Basie. Antonia Bennett was surrounded by and received praise from such greats as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Gene Kelly, Rosemary Clooney, Les Paul and Ella Fitzgerald, so it was inevitable that she would be infected with a passion for the arts.
Antonia is an alumnus of the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston. Her experience and timeless sound make her a presence that captures audiences wherever she performs. Antonia Bennett has performed in opera houses, casinos, jazz clubs and amphitheaters worldwide. Her timeless qualities are reminiscent of the great female jazz vocalists of the twentieth century. According to The New York Times, the truly beautiful voice of Antonia Bennett "conjures echoes of Billie Holiday and Rickie Lee Jones, with a hint of Betty Boop"
Gordon L. Goodwin (born 1954) is a Grammy-award winning American studio pianist, saxophonist, composer, arranger and conductor. Goodwin has risen to prominence in the American studio music scene with his big band, The Big Phat Band. In the band, Goodwin plays piano and occasionally both the soprano and tenor saxophone. This band brings together the talents of such players as Wayne Bergeron, Eric Marienthal and Andy Martin. These detailed music charts are all written or adapted by Gordon Goodwin. Several of his songs are plays on old jazz tunes.