September 14th 2014 Concert from 3:00pm to 5:30pmPurchase_Tickets
Guest Vocalists Scott Whitfield and Ginger Berglund.

Scott Whitfield

Scott Whitfield (trombonist, composer, arranger, and vocalist) is internationally recognized for his work with many contemporary big bands, including the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra and the new edition of Johnny Griffin’s Big Soul Band, as well as his own Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestras (East and West). Whitfield’s discography includes 7 recordings as leader and more than 50 recordings with other artists.  In addition to his own recordings, his compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by such artists as Diva, Maurice Hines, The Pied Pipers, Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band, and Pete Petersen’s 23-strong Collection Jazz Orchestra.

A clinician and guest artist for Getzen trombones, Whitfield has appeared throughout the world, from Australia to Zurich, sharing his expertise on trombone technique, improvisation, composition, arranging, and jazz history.  He was featured as guest soloist with the United States Army Blues Jazz Ensemble at the 2007 Eastern Trombone Workshop.  His transcription book “The J.J. Johnson Collection” (published by Hal Leonard) has inspired not only trombonists, but also jazz improvisers on many instruments, young and old.

Upon settling in New York in 1993, Whitfield became a member of the Nat Adderley Sextet, which also included Jimmy Cobb, Walter Booker, Vincent Herring and Rob Bargad.  The group’s engagements at Sweet Basil led to fruitful associations with Nnenna Freelon, Frank Wess, Lionel Hampton, Wayne Andre, and many others.  Whitfield has also performed in many Broadway show orchestras, and backed the likes of Robert Goulet, Rita Moreno, Marilyn McCoo, Vic Damone, Jack Jones, and Frank Sinatra, Jr.  Most recently, he was part of the orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl for a special seventieth birthday tribute to Nancy Wilson, which also featured Nnenna Freelon, Patti Austin, James Ingram, Tom Scott, Terence Blanchard, Natalie Cole, and a host of others.

Whitfield served on the jazz faculty at Rutgers University from 1998 to 2002, teaching trombone, composition and arranging, and improvisation, while also coordinating the school’s combo program.  During this period, one of his composition students placed third in a worldwide field of contestants in the Thad Jones International Jazz Composition Competition.

The Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra (first founded in 1986, while Whitfield was pursuing his Master’s degree at North Texas State University) now has two incarnations:  the SWJO East, based in New York; and the SWJO West, based in Los Angeles.  Both of these aggregations feature the top players in the business.

For more than a year, the Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra East was in residence at New York’s Birdland, the Jazz Corner of the World, culminating in the exciting “Live at Birdland” CD, released in April 2004 on Summit Records.  “The Minute Game,” featuring the SWJO West, was released in February 2005, and features Whitfield’s groundbreaking composition “Hiccups.”  Most recently, “Diamonds For Nat,” released in February 2006, is a special 75th Birthday tribute to Whitfield’s mentor, the late Nat Adderley, featuring the SWJO East once again.  The CD skyrocketed to number five in jazz radio airplay in its third week!

Although Scott Whitfield makes his home in Los Angeles, he continues to commute to New York for appearances.  His playing, writing, and singing has been compared to that of some of his biggest influences, including Carl Fontana, Frank Rosolino, Thad Jones, Sammy Nestico, Mel Torme, and Jack Jones

Ginger Berglund,

Musical gem, Ginger Berglund, has been crafting a multi-faceted career since her earliest days as cornerstone of her church's children's choir. Ginger has sung with Kenny Rankin, Bob Dorough and Dave Frishberg, recorded with Steve Allen and pianist Paul Smith, and worked with Brazilian jazz vocal great Flora Purim and premier percussionist Airto Moreira. She is a featured singer with the Jumpin' Joz swing 'n jive band, Pasadena Pops Big Band, Bruce Eskovitz quartet, and the Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra. Whenever she's in town, Ginger stars with the Tracy Wells Big Band at Alpine Village in Torrance, CA every month.

In addition to her gigging life, Ginger's talents have led her to have been concurrently involved in other interesting business endeavors such as for Jane Fonda's Workout and the UCSD's new Rady School of Management. While at UCLA's Anderson School of Business, her work with international schools of business afforded her opportunities to sing in many cities around the world. She's worked in commercials (acting and singing), and has her image permanently etched into the artwork of the Pasadena Gold Line, Lake Metro station west.

Ginger was admitted to the Screen Actor's Guild for her work in the comedy movie "Kiss My Grits." She also appeared in the Martin Scorsese film "The King of Comedy" with Jerry Lewis and Tony Randall. Along the way Ginger has worked and sung with one jazz great after another: Jennifer Leitham, Danny Gottlieb, Mark Egan, Kei Akagi, Roy McCurdy, and Joe Farrell. Ginger's 1/08 CD release "Dreamsville", with the great trombonist, Scott Whitfield, features her work with the Grammy award winning pianist and arranger, Bob Florence.

Ginger got her first break at 15, debuting with Pasadena's favorite choral director, Jim Coday, and singing with his group Vanity Fair at Ronald Reagan's Gubernatorial Inaugural Ball. Other dates quickly followed, including performances at the Dodger Stadium Fourth of July Family Show and Mitzi Gaynor's Christmas Show at LA's Shrine Auditorium.

While earning her degre, she toured with the famed St. Olaf Choir across Europe, even singing for Pope John Paul I in the Sistine Chapel. While at St. Olaf, Ginger caught kudos for her lead in "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well" and toured in the school's production of "Godspell," which won the National College Theatre Festival Award. Ginger trained as an opera singer right after St. Olaf, and performed with the USC Opera Workshop on tour of just about every K-12 school in the Los Angeles area. However, the music of singers Flora Purim and Joni Mitchell precipitated Ginger's study of jazz music and the genre of music she continues to love and perform around the world. When Mahalia Jackson came to sing at Messiah Lutheran Church in Pasadena, it was the first time she heard gospel music - she was hooked.

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