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Nelson Riddle A Study of Pop Musics Supreme Orchestrator Webinar

'Nelson Riddle: A Study of Pop Music's Supreme Orchestrator' Webinar

Wed Oct 06, 2021

'Nelson Riddle: A Study of Pop Music's Supreme Orchestrator' Webinar

Time Wed Oct 06 2021 at 05:30 pm to 07:30 pm

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In a career that lasted from the Golden Age of Big Bands like Tommy Dorsey to the modern era of rock and roll stars like Linda Ronstadt, Nelson Riddle (1921-1985) worked with nearly every major singing star to help them create their biggest hits and most memorable music. But who exactly was this major American maestro, and how did he become the kingpin musical producer of his day? It's time to explore the relatively short, but incredibly prolific career of this remarkable musician who not only arranged classic backgrounds for legendary singers like Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole, but who also wrote the hit songs for classic TV themes and oscar-winning films.

Join New York Adventure Club as we celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Riddle, the all-time great arranger / orchestrator / conductor / musical director of American popular music.

Led by award-winning author Will Friedwald, who is widely considered one of the nation's most prolific music writers, our musical analysis surrounding Nelson Riddle on what would have been his 100th birthday will include:

  • The remarkable Nelson Riddle sound — in an age when most casual listeners couldn't tell one arranger from another, Riddle possessed a unique and highly distinct sound that everyone knew
  • An analysis of his unique use of instruments almost never heard in jazz and popular music at the time, such as bass clarinets, oboes, flutes, and bass trombones
  • An overview of Riddle's superstar collaborators: Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Keely Smith, Linda Ronstadt, Rosemary Clooney, Steve Lawrence, Peggy Lee, Buddy DeFranco, Jack Jones, Sammy Davis Jr., and many others
  • A discussion of Riddle's own albums and hits, including the chart toppers "Lisbon Antigua" and "Brother John," and his major extended work, "The Cross Country Suite," which combined jazz and classical music into a brilliant and whole original work
  • A look at Nelson's private life, from his marriages, to children, to longtime relationship with star singer Rosemary Clooney
  • A review of the awards that Nelson won throughout his life, including an Oscar for Best Original Score for his music in the iconic 1974 film "The Great Gatsby"

Afterward, we'll have a Q&A with Will — any and all questions about Nelson Riddle are welcomed and encouraged!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

About Will

Will Friedwald is a featured arts writer for The Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair, and the award-winning author of ten books on music and popular culture, including the new Straighten Up and Fly Right: The Life and Music of Nat King Cole, as well as A Biographical Guide To The Great Jazz And Pop Singers, Sinatra: The Song Is You, Stardust Melodies, Tony Bennett: The Good Life, Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies, and Jazz Singing. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.


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Wed Oct 06 2021 at 05:30 pm to 07:30 pm
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