Alan Copeland doesn't just bring the how of jazz, He brings the why of jazz
From Broadway to Birdland, during a very fertile era when more than 700 big bands were delivering their music around the USA on any one night, Copeland fine-tuned his talents. And with his genius for harmony and his arrangements––custom made for particular performers––he earned the respect of many of the top jazz players and singers of his time,... Henry Mancini, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Horace Silver.
As well as winning a Grammy for The Alan Copeland Singers with his arrangement of "Mission Impossible/Norwegian Wood." From the early 50's on, when the silver screen was reconfigured for TV in our living rooms, Copeland was a vital source of creativity for a variety of live programs which all needed new musical scores around the clock.
Perhaps not too surprising, he has also garnered stories as fun as the California sun, Los Angeles movie dreams in their hay-day, garnished with impersonations from firsthand knowledge.
Now, with a musical career spanning seven decades, Alan "Weaver" Copeland's natural gifts continue to grow. With his current jazz quartet you can experience the spontaneous process of jazz as you hear familiar songs re-emerging as fresh and viable possibilities.
Moment by moment, Jazz mimics a living system, a positive feedback loop of listening and music-making in real time which results in that thing called Swing. And although you might refrain from dancing on your feet, you will nevertheless dance in your heart because...Now You Hazz Jazz.
Written by Gwynn Popovac