The evening will feature world-renowned Academy Award and multiple Grammy-winning pianist/composer, Dave Grusin presenting his ingenious jazz interpretation of Bernstein’s classic West Side Story featuring contemporary Big Band arrangements by Pepe Lienhard and his Big Band.
~ Leonard Bernstein gained worldwide fame in 1961 with his musical «West Side Story» A musical in which a modern day Romeo and Juliet are involved in New York street gangs. On the harsh streets of the upper west side, two gangs battle for control of the turf. The situation becomes complicated when a gang members falls in love with a rival’s sister. The turf war between the American «Jets» and the Puerto Rican «Sharks» forms the dramatic backdrop of a gripping tragic romance in the style of Romeo and Juliet and plays in New York of the 1950s.
WHEN: AUGUST 3, 2018
VENUE: Hotel Reine Victoria
ADDRESS: Via Rosatsch 18, 7500 St. Moritz, Switzerland
TELEPHONE: +41 81 553 90 00
- Dave Grusin – Conductor/Piano/Keyboards
- Pepe Lienhard and his Big Band
- Lee Ritenour – Guitar
- John Beasley – Additional Keyboards/Synthesizers
- Tom Kennedy – Bass
- Jean Paul Höchstädter – Drums
- Bob Sheppard – Tenor Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute
Very recently, we lost a very good friend & amazing musician, Ndugu Chancler. A innovator, educator, drummer extraordinaire and personality that was so present and influential that it seems impossible that he’s gone. I felt the same way when we lost George Duke. Hopefully they’re up there today jamming away.
Ndugu & I both grew up in Los Angeles and we met each other when we were both 16… 1968… Wow… We would occasionally play casuals together and he introduced me to a 14-year-old pianist that he said was unbelievable… That was Patrice Rushen. Patrice, Ndugu and I would collaborate and be friends for the rest of our lives.
Ndugu went on to have an amazing career that included stints with Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Weather Report, Michael Jackson… Just to name a few! His drum style was entirely original and his grooves we’re undeniable! He also became a fixture and an incredible educator at USC. His flame went out way too soon, but he accomplished enough for several lifetimes… Myself & many, many others will miss him dearly…