Johnny Mandel on harmonizing standards
NOW, A JAZZ MOMENT...
MUSIC: Let's Fall In Love (Frank Sinatra)
Johnny Mandel: You know, some guys really try to have a style and I don't. I just work with what's there and try to do the best for what I have to work with.
MUSIC: swells on vocal
NEA JAZZ MASTER JOHNNY MANDEL HAS COMPOSED AND ARRANGED FOR MANY OF THE GREATEST VOCALISTS IN HISTORY ? OL' BLUE EYES FRANK SINATRA... PLUS TONY BENNETT, PEGGY LEE, SHIRLEY HORN, AND ANITA O'DAY...
MUSIC: Trav'lin Light (Anita O'Day)
Johnny Mandel: Johnny Mandel: I got sort of mesmerized by the whole thing of mixing the colors of the various instruments. There's many ways of harmonizing a standard song for instance. If you're writing an arrangement, you're going to write lines that go against the melody, or in back of a singer or in back of a player, and what I wanted to do was to just furnish a nice smooth pathway with the chords, which is like you're making trails.
MUSIC: Little Did I Ever Dream (Tony Bennett)
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THIS JAZZ MOMENT WITH COMPOSER AND ARRANGER JOHNNY MANDEL WAS CREATED BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS. I'M CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE.