We’re going to take the club concept to the next level this time with something really different.
Clazzical Notes is a regularly occurring free music and discussion program that is part of the Pasadena Symphony’s educational outreach efforts. It’s designed for adults, as a way to bridge the often yawning gap between the classical and jazz communities, and to offer enhanced cultural experiences for all members of the community.
Monday night, the program comes to Pasadena’s McKinley Elementary School auditorium. This event should be of interest to serious music fans as well as working musicians. The topic before the house: “The Studio Musician.” Studio musicians are the people who perform a large portion of the recorded music that you hear on the radio, on TV and in the movies.
Monday’s performance features Latin jazz saxophonist Justo Almario. Locally he’s known for playing with Poncho Sanchez, but he’s also toured and recorded with the likes of Placido Domingo, Linda Ronstadt, Charlie Mingus, Chaka Khan and Queen Latifah, among others. His film credits include “Dirty Dancing,” “Trading Places,” “The Mambo Kings” and “The Birdcage.”
Representing the classical side of the equation, Pasadena Symphony cellist Roger Lebow has performed for decades. He’s worked with the LA Opera and the chamber ensemble Xtet, served as principal cellist for the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra and is the founding cellist of the Armadillo String Quartet and the Clarion Trio.
In keeping with the program’s tradition of bringing in experts from the field of music and related services, Lindsey Nelson of Flowerpot Productions will moderate Monday’s post-performance exchange. Among other posts, Nelson has served as general manager of Hollywood’s Doolittle Theater, company manager of the Mark Taper Forum and general manager of programming at the Hollywood Bowl.
— John Sollenberger