The L.A. Jazz Quintet is Kenny Kotwitz on accordian and celeste, Nick Mancini on vibraphone, John Chiodini on guitar, Chuck Berghofer on bass and Kendall Kay on drums and percussion.
As some of the West Coast’s stellar sideman the members of The LA Jazz Quintet have performed live, recorded and toured with such artists as Stan Getz, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Barbra Streisand, Joni Mitchell, Michael Buble, Maynard Ferguson, Louis Bellson, Tony Bennett, Michael Bolton, Bobby Caldwell, Celine Dion, Dr. John, Shirley Horn, Barry Manilow, Diane Schuur, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, Mary Wilson, Rickie Lee Jones, Michel Legrand and Dave Grusin to name a few.
Together, as The L.A. Jazz Quintet, they bring a life-time of experience to their new CD When Lights Are Low. The disc, features 13 standards and is dedicated to the late jazz accordian player Art Van Damme.
As quintet leader Kenny Kotwitz states, “Art led the way and defined the use of accordion in Jazz, the unique sound of Art’s quintet is easily recognizable with the special gifts of his accordian along with the vibraphone, guitar, bass and drums and Lou Skalinder’s arrangements. Our CD is a collection of ballads and standards and our salute to Art and the quintet.
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When Lights Are Low
The L.A. Jazz Quintet’s debut CD When Lights Are Low is a collection of ballads and standards, arranged by Kenny Kotwitz, that are a salute to jazz accordianist Art Van Damme and his quintet.
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