Originally recorded in 1979 and released on LP by Palo Alto Jazz Records in 1981, Blues & Other Happy Moments has now been released on
CD. The band is lead by trombonist Mike Barone and trumpeter Gary Barone, and features the legendary jazz drummer Shelly Manne, Tom
Scott on lyricon, Alex Acuna on percussion, Theo Saunders on piano, Dick Spencer on alto saxophone, and John Heard on bass.
Mike Barone, composer, arranger, trombonist from 1967-92 wrote over 300 compositions and arrangements for Doc Severinsen and the
Tonight Show Band. He had more original music performed on The Tonight Show during that period then anyone else, including two ending
themes, “Peachy” and “Superslick.” which were used for years. Mike came to LA in 1959 where he began writing and playing with the bands of
Sy Zenter, Louie Bellson, Gerald Wilson, and Terry Gibbs. In 1962 he recorded with Lalo Schifrin and the Dizzy Gillespie quintet, and later played
with them at the Monterey Jazz Festival. His many writing and playing credits include: Quincy Jones, Hank Mancini, John Williams, Bill Conti,
Frank Rosolino, Maynard Ferguson, Ernie Watts, Dave Grusin and Carl Saunders to name a few. Mike has written for the Academy Awards since
1987 and more recently in 2000, 01, 03, and 05. His New Big Band is scheduled to record in Sept 05 and release a CD by the end of 2005.
Gary Barone came to Los Angeles in 1965 after college [BA in economics] where he worked for many years with the big bands of Stan Kenton,
Gerald Wilson, Bill Holman, Terry Gibbs and his brother Mike Barone. He also played with the small groups of Bud Shank, Frank Rosolino, Willie
Bobo and was featured with Shelly Manne's quintet from 1969-72. His other credits include: Hank Mancini, Dave Grusin, John Williams Lalo
Schifrin and many others. He was the featured soloist in the movie New York, New York. Gary also did the TV shows Starsky and Hutch and
Barney Miller. Between studio gigs Gary toured with Supersax, Frank Zappa, Canned Heat, and the Mark-Almond Band. In 1992 Gary received a
M.S. from Portland State University in economics. He is now living in Freiburg Germany where he is teaching, playing, and recording jazz.
BLUES & OTHER HAPPY MOMENTS
The Barone Brothers
Mike Barone - Trombone / Gary Barone - Trumpet
Rhubarb Recordings #677357-0158-2 - CD release June 2005
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in Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, then joined Weather Report. Acuña recorded
the very popular album “Heavy Weather” during his 2-year stint with the group. In 1980
he formed his own band, Koinonia. He also did many recording dates with Clare Fisher, Ella
Fitzgerald, Tania Maria, Chick Corea, Paco De Luciaa and Joni Mitchell. Acuña was also
part of Lee Ritenour's group for a while. His current band has recorded for JVC, and mixes
Afro-Latin and Latin jazz with funk and fusion.
Dick Spencer stayed in Europe after his Army stint in 1960 and played with many German
Radio Orchestras, including the Kurt Edelhagen Big Band. He came back to the US and was
a member of the Toshiko Akiyoshi Orchestra for years. Spencer then joined the Tonight
Show Band with Doc Severinsen for about 15 years when the show was broadcast from
Burbank, California. He played in the style of Phil Woods and Cannonball Adderly. Dick
Spencer is now retired and does not play anymore.
Theo Saunders has been an LA-based pianist for the past 20 years. He has worked and
recorded with his own groups as well as with Dave Pike, Bob Shepard, Sal Marquez, Carl
Saunders [no relation], Doug Webb, Bill Perkins and many others. Theo Saunders can be
found working in LA jazz clubs just about every week of the year.
John Heard spent two years (1966-68) working with Al Jarreau after his discharge from
the Army. His many credits include working with Booker Ervin, Wes Montgomery, Sonny
Rollins, Randy Weston and Ahmad Jamal (1972-77). Heard also worked with Count Basie
(1974-76), Toshiko Akiyoshi, Louie Bellson, Oscar Peterson, Joe Williams, Barney Kessel,
Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and many others. He now lives in LA and works all the time.
ABOUT THE OTHER MUSICIANS:
Shelly Manne was one of the most recorded drummers from the 1940’s to the 1980’s. He
worked with the big bands of Will Bradley, Raymond Scott,Les Brown, Stan Kenton and
Woody Herman, and recorded the famous “The Man I Love” session with Colman Hawkins.
Manne moved to LA and became the most in demand jazz drummer in the early 1950's. He
did a long string of recordings as a leader for Contemporary Records from 1955-62. Sidemen
included Conte Candoli, Joe Gordon, Charlie Mariano, Herb Geller, Victor Feldman, Monte
Budwig, Russ Freeman and many more. Manne had a hit record with the Andre Previn Trio
of songs from My Fair Lady. He later worked with Shorty Rogers, Jimmie Giuffre and even
Ornette Coleman. He acted in the movie “The Man With The Golden Arm” and ran the popular
jazz club Shelly's Manne-Hole from 1960-74. His later group was musicially freer and featured
Gary Barone and John Gross during 1969-72. Shelly Manne led groups on at least 20
different record labels and also made hundreds of recordings as a sideman.
Tom Scott was playing in his teens with the big bands of Don Ellis, Oliver Nelson and Mike
Barone. He became a great studio player and arranger and made hundreds of recordings
with the likes of Jonie Mitchell, Carole King and George Harrison. Scott formed his own
group, The LA Express, which made many successful albums. He wrote the score for the
movie Conquest of the Planet of the Apes in 1972. Scott also has written for over 40 TV
shows, including Starsky and Hutch, Baretta, and Barnaby Jones. On this CD he plays the
lyricon [beautifully]. Tom Scott is still very active in writing and playing music.
Alex Acuña, by the age of 16. was a studio musician in his native Lima, Peru. He joined
Perez Prado in1964 and came to the US. He worked as a studio musician from 1966-75
1. Double Toe (Gary Barone) 4. Other Happy Moments (Mike Barone)
2. Beef Stew (Gary Barone) 5. Song For Our Father (Mike Barone)
3. Estate (Bruno Brighetti/Bruno Martino) 6. Almost Blues (Mike Barone)