Sag Harbor American Music Festival inaugural concert &
to feature Monica Mancini in a tribute to Henry Mancini
and a performance by Randy Brecker’s all-star East End band
Friday, September 30, 2011
8PM, pre-concert activities to begin at 7PM
Bay Street Theatre (1 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, NY, 631.725.9500)
Tickets $30; VIP Sponsorship Tickets with Backstage Reception: $1,000 & $500
Sag Harbor, NY – The Sag Harbor American Music Festival is excited to announce that the
inaugural main stage concert at the Bay Street Theatre will feature the inimitable singer
Monica Mancini. Ms. Mancini will be performing a concert of music honoring her father,
the late composer Henry Mancini. Joining her on the bill is Sag Harbor resident and
world-renowned jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker leading his all-star East End band.
This concert kicks off a two-day extravaganza of music, running September 30 – October 1 in the
picturesque seaport village of Sag Harbor on Long Island’s South Fork. Created to celebrate
American music within this unique community, the Festival will feature many local performers, as
well as international superstars such as Ms. Mancini and Mr. Brecker. Information on all the
concerts, tickets and venues can be found at www.sagharbormusic.org.
Concord Records recording artist and double-Grammy nominee Monica Mancini, daughter of
famed film composer Henry Mancini and the notable studio singer Ginny O’Conner Mancini, has
carved out an impressive career as a concert performer, appearing with major symphony
orchestras worldwide, including the Chicago Symphony, New York Pops, Boston Pops, Dallas
Symphony, Seattle Symphony and the London Metropolitan Orchestra.
She began singing early on as a member of the Henry Mancini Chorus, which led to a successful
career in the Los Angeles studios, where she appeared on countless film scores and recordings
with such notable artists as Placido Domingo, Quincy Jones, and Michael Jackson. Her debut
CD, simply titled Monica Mancini was the companion to her PBS television special, Monica
Mancini: On Record.
On June 15, 2010, Monica released her fifth album I’ve Loved These Days - a collection of classic
60s songs featuring collaborations with Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Jackson Browne, and Take
6, arranged for full orchestra.
To celebrate the release of the USPS Henry Mancini Commemorative Postage Stamp, Monica
kicked off an extensive 60-city tour, followed by sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall,
Boston Symphony Hall and Tanglewood with John Williams and the Boston Pops.
The New York Times has described Mancini’s rich, expressive voice as “the glamorous
vocal equivalent to diamonds flashing.” On her approach to interpreting a song, she says,
“I always keep in mind the composers intention because I believe melodies and lyrics are
crafted with a definite purpose. I want to bring out the beauty of the writer’s word
Composer John Williams writes: “Monica Mancini brings her talent, musicality and most of all,
love to the music, and proves that the passage of musical genes didn’t stop with the Bachs,
Strausses or Ellingtons!”
Randy Brecker has been shaping the sound of Jazz, R&B and Rock for more than four decades.
His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of
artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament-Funkadelic to Frank Sinatra, Steely
Dan, David Sanborn, Jaco Pastorius, Horace Silver and Frank Zappa.
Randy's history is as varied as it is distinguished. Born (1945) in Philadelphia to a piano-playing
father, Randy's musical talent was nurtured and encouraged from an early age. He began playing
R&B and funk in local bar bands while in his teens, and developed an ear for Hard Bop through
his father's record collection. "I'd listen to Sonny Rollins, Lee Morgan, Miles' Quintets, Art Blakey,
Horace Silver, the Clifford Brown/Max Roach group."
Randy attended Indiana University from 1963-66 where he played with the IU Big Band and in
various jazz groups and soul bands including Booker T and the MGs (Booker T. Jones was at IU
pursuing an education degree at the time). As a member of the IU Big Band, Randy toured the
Middle East and Asia for three months on a tour sponsored by the State Department in 1966. He
stayed on in Europe for another three months and was a winner in the first (and only)
International Jazz Competition in Vienna. He moved to New York City later that same year, where
he landed gigs with Clark Terry's Big Band, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, and the
Duke Pearson Big Band, with whom he recorded two albums. Randy also began his foray into
jazz-rock by joining Blood, Sweat and Tears. He worked with BS&T for a year and played on their
Innovative 1968 debut, 'Child is Father to the Man.'
Randy left BS&T to join the Horace Silver Quintet. "BS&T was a very structured situation...I
needed to stretch out and play." In 1968, Randy recorded his first album as a leader, 'Score' (re-
issued in 1993 on Blue Note), which also featured a young and then unknown 19 year-old tenor
saxophonist named Michael Brecker.
Randy's newest release on the Half Note Red/Dot label is Randy Brecker with the Danish Radio
Big Band + Strings
"The Jazz Ballad Song Book. Just released in July 2011 it's garnering much national airplay. In
2008, Randy in Brasil,' was recorded in Sao Paulo with a full complement of great Brazilian
musicians. Released on Summit/MAMA Record in the U.S., JVC in Japan, and on XYZ in Europe
in 2009. Chosen one of the Top 10 CDs of 2008 by AllAboutJazz.com, the CD won the Grammy
for "Best Contemporary Jazz Album," bringing Randy's Grammy total to five.
A "Tribute to the Brecker Brothers" featuring Randy and recorded live at the Hamamatsu Jazz
Festival in Japan with Yoichi Murata's Solid Brass & Big Band was released by JVC Victor in
Japan in late 2008. Many of the Brecker Brothers most famous compositions were included,
along with famous tunes from the Jaco Patorious catalogue.
And in 2009, Randy's roots were celebrated with the release of 'Jazz Suite Tykocin,' a project
initiated and conceived by the Polish pianist and composer Wlodek Pawlik, featuring Randy as a
soloist with members of the Bialystok Philharmonic. Tykocin is the area in Poland where Randy's
ancestors (mother's maiden name: Tecosky) hail from, a fact that Pawlik discovered while helping
to search for a donor for Michael.
As a composer, performer and in-demand Yamaha clinician, Randy Brecker continues to
influence and inspire young musicians around the world. He feels like he is just starting out!
The Sag Harbor American Music Festival was created to celebrate the unique community of
Sag Harbor through a weekend of live performances of Jazz, Blues, Folk, R&B and Americana.
Running September 30 – October 1, 2011, the inaugural Festival will feature main stage concerts
at Bay Street Theatre and Old Whalers Church, while local galleries and restaurants will serve as
more intimate venues alongside outdoor locations, offering a variety of free performances
throughout the weekend. Organizers hope the Festival will become an annual event that
promotes collaboration between professional musicians, businesses, educators, and community
organizations of Sag Harbor, along with local media outlets and the broader East End community.
The Sag Harbor American Music Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations
are tax deductible.
Celebrating Sag Harbor Through Music
President & Co-Artistic Director
Sag Harbor American Music Festival
PO Box 2323
Sag Harbor, NY 11963