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All the news fit to print from 2013:
Was a great year for the Budman/Levy Orchestra, ending with a 3-week run at Rockwell Table and Stage in Los Angeles. Teaming up with vocalist/pianist Spencer Day, we arranged his original music and standards for the band and made a splash for sure-- fans of his music became fans of ours and vice versa! We also played our debut show at the Blue Whale in downtown LA and in January will be featured at the Jazz Education Network Conference in Dallas.
Still thrilled to be playing the music of Clare and Brent Fischer. The album Ritmo by the Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band won the Grammy award for best Latin Jazz album, so of course we're all quite proud of that! The band also made a trip to Recife, Brazil this summer, performing at the Moacir Santos Jazz Festival. The Latin Jazz Sextet traveled over Thanksgiving weekend to Playa Del Carmen in Mexico and played a huge stage on the beach for the thousands attending the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival.
I'm pleased to still be playing saxophone and keyboards with singer/songwriter Christopher Cross. Fun touring this year with his band and also with the Sail Rock tour. Related story: Played several shows this year with CC pianist/vocalist Kiki Ebsen-- one particular show was opening for Al Stewart in Virginia. After our set, Al invited us to join him onstage with me playing the iconic Year of the Cat saxophone solo. Also was excited to join the legendary Poncho Sanchez for a few shows in 2013.
Was called into the studio to record many cool things this year. I got to record my bass clarinet with the Brent Fischer Orchestra on the collaboration between Elvis Costello and the Roots. Indie favorite Leftover Cuties released their sophomore album, and I played clarinet and/or saxophone on most tracks. Also played on TV shows Family Guy and Arrested Development. Many big bands recorded albums this year and I was fortunate to take part in several: Kim Richmond's Concert Jazz Orchestra (with Grammy-nominated arrangement), Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra, Gary Urwin, Chris Stewart and Tim Davies. Scott Healy's Tentet album recorded last year also has a Grammy-nominated track this year.
And there you have it! Well, most of the highlights I could remember... Thanks for tuning in-- hope to have more exciting adventures to share with you in 2014. Best to you and yours this coming year.
Since his move to Los Angeles from San Francisco in 2005, Alex Budman has been in heavy demand as a session musician and soloist, recording on a wide variety of albums, TV shows and movies. His command of the saxophone, clarinet and flute keeps him busy playing in the top tier of LA's musical community. Alex can be found touring with songwriter Christopher Cross and has been fortunate over the years to perform or record with artists including Eric Clapton, Boz Scaggs, D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Clare Fischer and Rosemary Clooney.
As a bandleader in the San Francisco Bay Area, Alex directed his 16-piece Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, playing more than 300 shows and recording two albums. The second, Instruments of Mass Pleasure, was released in 2005 to critical acclaim. In 2012, he and trombonist/composer Jeremy Levy released the Budman/Levy Orchestra's debut album From There to Here, featuring a top-flight group of young Los Angeles musicians, solos by Alex, and Jeremy's original compositions and arrangements.
photo by David Carlson
Instruments of Mass Pleasure continues to make waves in the sea of big bands. I'm proud of everyone who worked on the album and grateful for their contributions. Released by OA2 Records, the album showcases original compositions, arrangements and a cohesiveness that comes from 10 years of playing together. Read reviews
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