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Soundtrack For Los Angeles

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Saturday, June 30, 2007, at 07:51PM

We covered Grand Performances first weekend of concerts to encourage and support an idea that's been working for 20 years, and enhances the experience of living Downtown.

Tonight is the second part of LAFilmFest colloboration with a screening of "Chicago 10." We noted the comments earlier of a preference of history that prompts dialoug and blogdowntown will always be all for that and will continue it.

However, for the many residents of Downtown who like the pedestrian experience, nothing beats having a well produced concert series to walk to that's free to the public (Still, we encourage you to donate).

GP now includes a late add of "El Vez", scheduled August 18, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death.

For those interested there's a pic, with a look back at Double G's and Concert 9Net from last evening, after the jump:

GP HornsThe aesthetic cultural identity of Los Angeles is film noir and we found the soundtrack last night. It's a jazz-based collection that has the ghost of Coltrane hiking up Bunker Hill alongside Angels Flight with a full moon behind him hovering over the Historic Core.

That scene was arranged by Grand Performances Friday evening by commissioning Geoff “Double G” Gallegos to arrange film scores for his "smaller" jazz ensemble, Concert 9Net, to welcome the Los Angeles Film Festival to California Plaza. Director of Programming Leigh Ann Hahn requested music from the Disney catalog, and also got snippets from Clockwork Orange, Taxi Driver and The Godfather.

Double G's arrangements used more hip and less hop as Miles Mosley anchored center stage with his bass and Gallegos rode shotgun stage left as they both drove the group through film scores. Bernard Herman's "Betsy's Theme" from Taxi Driver felt like you were along for a ride down South L.A.s Central Ave on hot summer night; and the "Prelude" from Pyscho reintroduced the often parodied theme-o-terror as fear charging at you with raging trumpets (Jordan Katz, WIlliam Artope Jr) and trombone (Tom Bone) rather than escaping through orchestra strings.

Even music from Mary Poppins wore a darker black as "Chim Chim Cheer-ee" wasn't whimsical Brit cheeriness floating into the fountain; it was a wind blown sugar rush of saxes from Tracy Wannomae (Alto Sax) Matt DeMerritt (Tenor Sax) and Goeff Gallegos (Baritone Sax). Crowd favorite "I wanna be like you" from Jungle Book converted the song about the ambitious Prima orangutan demanding to assimilate into another culture into a brass monkey of wordless urgency escaping into another person's life.

I hope Hahn requests another GP/DoubleG/LAFF colloboration next year. Think how Raymond Scott's 1936 industrial music library that includes "Powerhouse" and "The Toy Trumpet" –– music that was "sampled" by Warner Bros animation composer Carl Stalling––would sound revisited with this full force jazz ensemble. While we are at it, throw in a Double G inflection of Stalling's own "Putty Tat Trouble" and "To Itch His Own."

Make it China-toon, Jake.


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