Ed Vodicka 



May 20, 2010 at 08:00 PM 


Doors open and cocktail/dinner service begins at 6:30pm. 

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Catalina Jazz Club 
6725 West Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028

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The Ed Vodicka Organ Quintet featuring Plas Johnson and Nolan Shaheed 

Ed VodickaAs as follow-up to last month's successful big band evening featuring vocalist Marlene VerPlanck,  pianist Ed Vodicka will change it up in May and lead a jazz organ quintet spotlighting some of the most respected names in the business.

Ed will be joined by the great tenor saxophonist Plas Johnson and the stellar trumpeter Nolan Shaheed.

 Plas Johnson (click for website)/>Jazz aficionados know Plas by name, but almost anyone exposed to music is familiar with his playing. His is the purring sax solo on Henry Mancini's famous "Pink Panther" movie theme song. His is the saxophone counterpart to Harry "Sweets" Edison's trumpet on Neal Hefti's signature music for "The Odd Couple" TV series.

Plas is the featured soloist heard on countless albums, including those of such artists as Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Linda Ronstadt and Sarah Vaughan.

Nolan Shaheed websiteNolan Shaheed's career as a trumpet player and music director has cris-crossed genres and styles that range from music director for Marvin Gaye to lead trumpet with the Count Basie Orchestra, to touring and recording with Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole and Phil Collins, to name a few.   But even with those diverse credentials, one of the most exciting ways to hear Noland is soloing in a small group setting.

Roy McCurdyDrummer Roy McCurdy will probably always be best-known for his important contributions to Cannonball Adderley's Quintet (1965-1975), but he has been a tasteful and stimulating participant in many other sessions through the years. Early on, he worked with Chuck and Gap Mangione in the Jazz Brothers (1960-1961). McCurdy gained recognition for his playing with the Jazztet (1961-1962), Bobby Timmons, Betty Carter (who was fairly obscure during his stint with her in 1962-1963), and Sonny Rollins (1963-1964) before joining Adderley. The supportive drummer was flexible enough to evolve with Cannonball's popular group during the decade of change. After Adderley's death, McCurdy relocated to the Los Angeles area, where he has played and recorded with the top local musicians ever since.

John ChiodiniJohn Chiodini's body of work as a guitarist, arranger and producer speaks as much to his extreme talents as his musical diversity.  His discography is deep with major recordings for Peggy Lee, Natalie Cole, Diane Schuur, Louis Bellson, Al Jarreau, Barry Manilow and Celine Dion, just to name a few.



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