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NeoClassic Jazz "Auctet" Presents: A Tribute to the Dave Pell Octet

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THE AU BROTHERS!!! NeoClassic Jazz "Auctet"

Presenting: A Tribute to the Dave Pell Octet

The Neoclassic Jazz “Auctet” is a highly arranged, focused Jazz ensemble hand picked by the Au Brothers. Join us as we pay tribute to one of the great corner stones in West Coast Cool Jazz, Dave Pell. Pell's Octet took seldom-heard songs by famous Jazz composers (like Irving Berlin, Burke & Van Heusen, and Rodgers & Hart) and gave them to contemporary West Coast Jazz arrangers to produce commercial recordings. Expect to hear arrangements by Shorty Rogers, Marty Paich, Bill Holman, Bob Florence, Med Flory, Harry Betts, and even one by John Williams (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter). Come on out for a “Pell” of a good time!


Pell first played in his teens with the big bands of Tony Pastor, Bob Astor, and Bobby Sherwood, and then moved to California in the middle of the 1940s. There he played on Bob Crosby's radio show in 1946, and was a member of Les Brown's band from 1947 to 1955.

In 1953, he began working with his own ensembles, mostly as an octet: Pell on tenor sax, another saxophone (either a baritone or an alto), trumpet and trombone, guitar, and a piano-bass-drums rhythm section). Among the octet players were Pepper Adams, Benny Carter, Mel Lewis, Red Mitchell, Marty Paich, Art Pepper and, early his career, John Williams. These ensembles recorded in the 1950s for Atlantic, Kapp, Coral, Capitol, and RCA Victor; alongside this, he played as a sideman for Shorty Rogers, Pete Rugolo, Benny Goodman, and Gene Krupa. He also produced in the 1950s and 1960s for Tops, Uni and Liberty; among his credits in production were some singles by Gary Lewis & the Playboys.

In 1961, Pell switched to alto sax and clarinet for I Remember John Kirby, a tribute album to bassist/bandleader Kirby who led a successful small group in the 1930s and 1940s.

Pell was the recording session leader for the 1965 hit song "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)", performed by Los Angeles studio musicians known as The Wrecking Crew but attributed to The T-Bones.

In the 1970s, he assembled the group Prez Conference, a Lester Young tribute ensemble. In the 1980s, he returned to the octet format, and played on and off into the 1990s.

NeoClassic Jazz "Auctet"

Justin Au – Trumpet

Brandon Au – Trombone

Reagan Branch – Tenor Sax

Byron Colborn – Bari Sax

Krista Sturgis – Piano

Arlyn Anderson – Guitar

Tim Metz – Drums

Avery Jeffry – Bass

More About Midtown Vanguard Jazz Series at CLARA

Drawing its title from The Village Vanguard in (NYC), who booked jazz legends like Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Jimmy Giuffre,

Sonny Rollins, Anita O'Day, Charlie Mingus, Bill Evans (a regular), & Stan Getz...

The term “Vanguard,” represents a group of people leading the way in new developments or ideas. The Music presented at MVJ reflects these legends and this concept.

Hosted by:

Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy (SPMA)

A 501C3 Nonprofit Organization

Sac Prep Music Academy

MISSION is to support and advance access to lifelong learning opportunities in music arts education.

VISION is To create an environment where students and performing artists can meet for the study of music arts education, performance and related art forms.

PURPOSE is to present public performances and recitals of music and related art forms; To sponsor lecture-demonstrations of topics related to music education and related art forms & To increase community awareness of the importance of artistic expression for individual satisfaction and growth, and the wide variety of expression available through music arts.

  • MVJ is Located at:

The Auditorium at CLARA

1425 24th St, Sacramento, CA 95816

  • MVJ operates on 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, year round.


Midtown Vanguard Jazz Series prints Full-Color Playbills four times during the year; one for each quarter of the year. Ad space in the Playbill is awarded to MVJ Sponsors. MVJ Artists and patrons can help in getting the word out to local business owners & other patrons of the arts, who support the concept of Midtown Vanguard Jazz Series. It is very essential for the continuation and sustainability of Sac Prep Music Academy’s efforts towards maintaining MVJ as the Artist Series it is intended to be.

Thank you for your support!

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