May 19, 2013

"I'll have another 'Mancini' please."

The music of Mr. Henry Mancini is the focus of our Mid-May JAZZ Hi Rotation list. Pittsburgh claims Henry Mancini as a hometown musician, having grown up in West Aliquippa. After his stint at Juilliard and the U. S. Army during WW II, during which he helped liberate a concentration camp, H.R began his composing and arranging career in television. His work on the shows Peter Gunn and Mr.Lucky are represented on our list by jazz pianists Dave Grusin and Harold Maybern. Another tune from Peter Gunn is 'Dreamsville' sung here by his daughter Monica Mancini and Kenny Rankin. Mr. M was nominated for an unprecedented 72 GRAMMY Awards during his lifetime, winning 20 of those. His 18 ACADEMY AWARD Nominations included 4 wins:  Moon River-best song, Breakfast at Tiffany's-best score, The Days of Wine and Roses-best song and Victor,Victoria-best score. One of his most joyous works was the Theme from The Pink Panther heard by Jazz great James Moody on WNJR. Filling out our 'Hank' tribute is vocalist Tiana Hall with Two for the Road. The music of Henry Mancini will survive the test of centuries and we have it all right here now on WNJR FM. Thanks for the tunes Man! WE DO JAZZ!