Come help us celebrate our CD Release Party/Concert on October 6 at Feinstein's at Vitello's in Studio, City, CA. Link for tickets and reservations:  Feinstein's at Vitello's

 

The Convergency reviews are in!

“One of the best big band albums I've heard in many a long day's listening. Convergency gives me the same kick that I got from when I first heard the big bands of Boyd Raeburn, Stan Kenton, Dizzy, Woody, Gil, Thad and Mel... Slonaker is up there with them." Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here

“While his charts exemplify the best of contemporary big-band jazz, each one is fresh and sparkling, with more than enough dynamism and ingenuity to capture a listener's interest and hold it from start to finish. When one enters the fray with an album as impressive and well-received as Intrada, it is often difficult to produce a second recording that lives up to that promise. Slonaker has done so with room to spare.” Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

"His debut release, Intrada (Origin Records, 2014), received a well-earned Grammy nomination, and his sophomore effort is no less accomplished, with the well-designed compositions and outstanding ensemble work that justify all the attention it will no doubt receive. The album features Slonaker's compositions, all of which are fully realized, multifaceted journeys that evolve in intriguing directions. It's a testament to Slonaker and his band's vision and dedication that they were able to pull this off, and with such excellent results to boot.” Troy Dostert, All About Jazz

"Dave Slonaker’s Convergency is just what a Big Band fan would hope to hear from the composer/arranger who gave us Intrada. From hard swings to delicate ballads to glorious romps, Slonaker’s arrangements are amazing… this is a wonderful addition to the world of Big Band jazz.”  Travis Roger's Jr., The Jazz Owl

“An artistic production that celebrates big band beauty in an unforgettable way. Part of the reason for this masterpiece are Dave Slonaker’s compositions and arrangements.  The other part of the brilliance is thanks to the A-list of Southern California jazz cats.  They bring their own mastery to the party, interpreting each of Slonaker’s original songs the way a diamond cutter polishes his stones.”  Dee Dee McNeil, Musical Memoirs

“His charts are immaculate, the playing impressive and the swing is undoubtable.  Class, classy and classic, this big band date is one for the record books.”  Chris Spector, Midwest Record

“Many of the tunes have an Aaron Copland type of majesty, with rich section work on the swinging “Convergency” or elegiac harmonies on “A Gathering Circle"… a rich mix of familiar thoughts and fresh colors…Impressive ideas!” George Harris, Jazz Weekly

 

About Dave Slonaker

Composer, orchestrator, arranger, and leader of the GRAMMY® Nominated Dave Slonaker Big Band. 

Orchestrator for many popular films including Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Oz the Great and Powerful, Alice in Wonderland, Spider-Man, Air Force One, and The Mummy Returns.

The Dave Slonaker Big Band…contemporary in the best sense of the word, harmonically sophisticated yet always accessible thanks to an unswerving reliance on time-honored melodies and rhythms. In other words, this is big-band jazz that quickens the pulse, swings hard and enhances the tradition.”

— Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

Cover painting by Hyatt Moore

Cover painting by Hyatt Moore

Dave Slonaker Big Band - Convergency EPK - Releasing August 19

The Dave Slonaker Big Band recorded our second album on October 20-21, 2021 at East West Studio One, Hollywood CA. Release Date: August 19, 2022. Pictured left to right: Ron Stout, Edwin Livingston, Ed Czach, Bill Reichenbach, Ido Meshulam, Peter Erskine, Brian Scanlon, Alex Iles, Dan Fornero, Rob Lockart, Wayne Bergeron, Tom Luer, Dave Slonaker, Bob Sheppard, Adam Schroeder, Charlie Morillas, and Clay Jenkins. (not pictured: Larry Koonse, Ryan DeWeese, Jay Mason, and Brian Kilgore) Photo by Diane Allencraig

The Dave Slonaker Big Band recorded our second album on October 20-21, 2021 at East West Studio One, Hollywood CA. Release Date: August 19, 2022. Pictured left to right: Ron Stout, Edwin Livingston, Ed Czach, Bill Reichenbach, Ido Meshulam, Peter Erskine, Brian Scanlon, Alex Iles, Dan Fornero, Rob Lockart, Wayne Bergeron, Tom Luer, Dave Slonaker, Bob Sheppard, Adam Schroeder, Charlie Morillas, and Clay Jenkins. (not pictured: Larry Koonse, Ryan DeWeese, Jay Mason, and Brian Kilgore) Photo by Diane Allencraig

Please visit my STORE to purchase music from the 2013 GRAMMY-nominated CD, Intrada. More charts coming this fall.