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A Jazz Life: Glenn Zottola's Story

by Glenn Zottola

A comprehensive look at Glenn Zottola's career, featuring recordings from the past 50 years.
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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19. Life Goes to a Party
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20. Dewey Square
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21. Milt Hinton Clearwater Jazz Festival
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22. Fine and Dandy
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23. Steve's Blues
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24. I Got Rhythm
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25. But Beautiful
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26. But Not for Me
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27. Three Little Words
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28. April in Paris
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30. Embraceable You
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31. I'm in the Mood for Love
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32. Triste
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33. Yesterdays
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34. Memories of You
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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I would like to say something about this "jazz life" I have traveled, that I would not have traded anything for in the world. In selecting the material for this 2 CD set, from all my recorded work, over the last 52 years I tried to give as much variety in musical style and settings to match the enjoyment it has been for me to have the opportunity to do all these different things. So many people to thank starting with my Mom and Dad who were wonderful musicians, my brother Bob, an inspiration on trumpet from early on and my sister Yvonne a wonderful singer and pianist, all part of my musical family where all this started. Also the many jazz legends and celebrities I have had the privilege of recording and performing with from Benny Goodman to Chick Corea and Suzanne Somers, all who gave me so much support and inspiration. My wife Diana of 33 years who helped me take this journey to a whole other level along with my wonderful daughter Christine and special thanks to my nephew Chris Vitti who helped me so much with my website glennzottola.com that parallels this album and documents my life in visual form with video. Thank you to all my fans through the years for listening, you made it all worth it. lastly my good friend Irv Kratka who made it possible for me to tell this musical story, thank you Irv!

With Love,
Glenn Zottola


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Nick Mondello

Glenn Zottola "A Jazz Life" : Glenn Zottola Story
CJ 03 – “A Jazz Life: Glenn Zottola’s Story” by Nick Mondello
In most instances, recorded compilations of a musician’s recording career - especially one as lengthy and significant as this talented artist’s - are usually produced when the body of work is “warmer” than the musician’s body itself. That’s certainly not the case here, thank God. For you see, Glenn Zottola, thankfully, is not only alive, kicking and swinging as incredibly as he always has, but, there’s plenty that is and will surely be emanating from this multi-instrumentalist genius’s trumpet and saxophones. Based on this superlative compilation, you can count on that.
A true wunderkind, Zottola is a scion of a truly talented family. He was a child prodigy (and talent show winner) on trumpet and began playing professionally at an age when most kids can’t spell it. He’s played with – wait! Who hasn’t he performed with over a half-century-plus career that’s taken him from Westchester, New York to world-wide acclaim? From Goodman to Sinatra and from “chicks” Somers to Corea, Glenn’s hot and inventive trumpet has covered it all. And the story so far is here. Rest assured, there’s lots more coming.
The 2-disc compilation is unique in that it is presented in a chronological manner, starting with Zottola’s first recording in 1964 (“Kids Christmas Album”). Even as a youngster, you’ll hear marvelous shades of Louis Armstrong, to this day a Zottola idol and influence. Those Armstrong-esque stylings resonate in his work heard here with saxophonist Bob Wilber (with whom Zottola soared in “The Bechet Legacy”) and other legendary musicians, including Steve Allen, Terry Gibbs and the rest of the Encyclopedia of Jazz. He can play hot a la Louis and cook a la Brownie (whose “Clifford with Strings” Zottola recently recorded with his Brownie-like interpretations without written music – all from his memory! (“I Remember Clifford”).
A musical savant of incredible abilities, Zottola is equally adept (self-taught, by the way) on saxophones. He recently recorded tribute albums to Charlie Parker and Stan Getz for Classic Jazz, cuts of which are included here. No amateur on sax, he channels Bird and Stan with an uncanny flair.
This is a big bite of splendid jazz music. It depicts a musician – an artist – of incredible talent and vision. Sit back, pop up the feet and dig in. You’ll dig.