“God bless your heart! Your chart is a masterpiece!”

These are the words written to me by the incomparable, world-renowned trumpet player Arturo Sandoval (http://www.arturosandoval.com) following my recording session for his upcoming CD “Dizzyland”, a tribute to Arturo’s friend and colleague Dizzy Gillespie.

It all started this past Monday with a call from Gregg Field, who had been the drummer on my Grammy winning NatalieCole sessions.  Wearing his other hat as a producer for Concord Records, Gregg had been looking for an opportunity to work with me, and this was it:  He needed an arrangement of “Con Alma.”   But what pressure!   It had to be done in 3 days, and the song, recorded numerous times as an uptempo jazz tune, was to be written as a ballad for a string quartet.

Immediately challenged, I began right away, knowing that my writing had to be fresh and unique, but also indigenous to the string quartet ensemble.  By that I mean:  every note counts, and each player has to have interesting lines to play.  I worked this out the old fashioned way, with pencil and paper.

Finally, with the hard part completed, the fun began.  I met Arturo at the session for the first time, and he couldn’t have been warmer or more down-to-earth.  Conducting the strings with the Arturo Sandoval playing his trumpet behind me, following my baton, was a thrill I won’t forget.  The track came out great, thanks to everyone’s exceptional musicianship, all recorded by esteemed engineer Don Murray. I’m so grateful to have gotten the chance to work on such a prestigious project, andI’m hoping it’s the beginning of many more collaborations with everyone involved. – See more at: http://musicindustryhub.com/nanschwartz/blog/2011/04/#sthash.nqYDLTz3.dpuf

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“God bless your heart! Your chart is a masterpiece!”

– Arturo Sandoval

For the first time…..
Nan Schwartz’s original symphonic music

Available 16 March, 2018

As a woman composer who has carved an enviable reputation inside the crucible of the Hollywood Film Music business, Nan Schwartz nonetheless remains an enigma to orchestras and concert music audiences around the world. This apparent anomaly can, in part, be ascribed to the imbalance in respect to opportunities for women composers generally, but given that Nan is a Grammy winner, 5-time Grammy nominee and seven-time Emmy nominee, it remains perplexing that the classical music world has taken so long to recognize her indisputable genius.

This album beautifully directed by the eminent Australian conductor, Kevin Purcell, brings to light through these premiere recordings the extraordinary music of this iconic, contemporary, American composer.