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A Jazz Life: Glenn Zottola's Story (CJ03) (2CD)

I would like to say something about this "jazz life" I have traveled, that I would not have traded anything for in the world. In selecting the material for this 2 CD set, from all my recorded work, over the last 52 years I tried to give as much variety in musical style and settings to match the enjoyment it has been for me to have the opportunity to do all these different things. So many people to thank starting with my Mom and Dad who were wonderful musicians, my brother Bob, an inspiration on trumpet from early on and my sister Yvonne a wonderful singer and pianist, all part of my musical family where all this started. Also the many jazz legends and celebrities I have had the privilege of recording and performing with from Benny Goodman to Chick Corea and Suzanne Somers, all who gave me so much support and inspiration. My wife Diana of 33 years who helped me take this journey to a whole other level along with my wonderful daughter Christine and special thanks to my nephew Chris Vitti who helped me so much with my website glennzottola.com that parallels this album and documents my life in visual form with video. Thank you to all my fans through the years for listening, you made it all worth it. lastly my good friend Irv Kratka who made it possible for me to tell this musical story, thank you Irv!

With Love,
Glenn Zottola
SKU: CJ03

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Greensleeves, Cottontail, Alligator Hop, Struttin With Some Barbeque, China Boy, Samba Rioja, Shake It Break It, Stardust, Cheek to Cheek, Lady's In Love With You, Killing Time, Zoot and Glenn, Hotter Than That, I Got To Wear You Off Of My Mind, Jubilee, Polkadots and Moonbeams, I'm Confessin', Shine, Life Goes to A Party (Carnegie Hall), Dewey Square, Milt Hinton Clearwater Jazz Festival, Fine and Dandy (Steve Allen), Steve's Blues (Steve Allen), I Got Rhythm (Suzanne Somers TV Show), But Beautiful (Suzanne Somers), But Not For Me (Chick and Glenn), Three Little Words, April in Paris, Moonlight in Vermont, Embraceable You, I'm In The Mood For Love, Triste, Yesterdays, Memories of You, Willow Weep For Me, I Remember Clifford

Additional Info

Additional Info

Format: CD Only
Soloist/Artist Glenn Zottola
Instruments All Instruments , Vocal - Low Voice
Composer Various
Accompanist/ Conductor Various
SKU CJ03

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CJ 03 – “A Jazz Life: Glenn Zottola’s Story”Review by Big Toots
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In most instances, recorded compilations of a musician’s recording career - especially one as lengthy and significant as this talented artist’s - are usually produced when the body of work is “warmer” than the musician’s body itself. That’s certainly not the case here, thank God. For you see, Glenn Zottola, thankfully, is not only alive, kicking and swinging as incredibly as he always has, but, there’s plenty that is and will surely be emanating from this multi-instrumentalist genius’s trumpet and saxophones. Based on this superlative compilation, you can count on that.

A true wunderkind, Zottola is a scion of a truly talented family. He was a child prodigy (and talent show winner) on trumpet and began playing professionally at an age when most kids can’t spell it. He’s played with – wait! Who hasn’t he performed with over a half-century-plus career that’s taken him from Westchester, New York to world-wide acclaim? From Goodman to Sinatra and from “chicks” Somers to Corea, Glenn’s hot and inventive trumpet has covered it all. And the story so far is here. Rest assured, there’s lots more coming.

The 2-disc compilation is unique in that it is presented in a chronological manner, starting with Zottola’s first recording in 1964 (“Kids Christmas Album”). Even as a youngster, you’ll hear marvelous shades of Louis Armstrong, to this day a Zottola idol and influence. Those Armstrong-esque stylings resonate in his work heard here with saxophonist Bob Wilber (with whom Zottola soared in “The Bechet Legacy”) and other legendary musicians, including Steve Allen, Terry Gibbs and the rest of the Encyclopedia of Jazz. He can play hot a la Louis and cook a la Brownie (whose “Clifford with Strings” Zottola recently recorded with his Brownie-like interpretations without written music – all from his memory! (“I Remember Clifford”).

A musical savant of incredible abilities, Zottola is equally adept (self-taught, by the way) on saxophones. He recently recorded tribute albums to Charlie Parker and Stan Getz for Classic Jazz, cuts of which are included here. No amateur on sax, he channels Bird and Stan with an uncanny flair.

This is a big bite of splendid jazz music. It depicts a musician – an artist – of incredible talent and vision. Sit back, pop up the feet and dig in. You’ll dig.
(Posted on 4/28/2015)
A Legendary "Jazz Life"Review by Big Toots
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CJ 03 – “A Jazz Life: Glenn Zottola’s Story”

In most instances, recorded compilations of a musician’s recording career - especially one as lengthy and significant as this talented artist’s - are usually produced when the body of work is “warmer” than the musician’s body itself. That’s certainly not the case here, thank God. For you see, Glenn Zottola, thankfully, is not only alive, kicking and swinging as incredibly as he always has, but, there’s plenty that is and will surely be emanating from this multi-instrumentalist genius’s trumpet and saxophones. Based on this superlative compilation, you can count on that.
A true wunderkind, Zottola is a scion of a truly talented family. He was a child prodigy (and talent show winner) on trumpet and began playing professionally at an age when most kids can’t spell it. He’s played with – wait! Who hasn’t he performed with over a half-century-plus career that’s taken him from Westchester, New York to world-wide acclaim? From Goodman to Sinatra and from “chicks” Somers to Corea, Glenn’s hot and inventive trumpet has covered it all. And the story so far is here. Rest assured, there’s lots more coming.
The 2-disc compilation is unique in that it is presented in a chronological manner, starting with Zottola’s first recording in 1964 (“Kids Christmas Album”). Even as a youngster, you’ll hear marvelous shades of Louis Armstrong, to this day a Zottola idol and influence. Those Armstrong-esque stylings resonate in his work heard here with saxophonist Bob Wilber (with whom Zottola soared in “The Bechet Legacy”) and other legendary musicians, including Steve Allen, Terry Gibbs and the rest of the Encyclopedia of Jazz. He can play hot a la Louis and cook a la Brownie (whose “Clifford with Strings” Zottola recently recorded with his Brownie-like interpretations without written music – all from his memory! (“I Remember Clifford”).
A musical savant of incredible abilities, Zottola is equally adept (self-taught, by the way) on saxophones. He recently recorded tribute albums to Charlie Parker and Stan Getz for Classic Jazz, cuts of which are included here. No amateur on sax, he channels Bird and Stan with an uncanny flair.
This is a big bite of splendid jazz music. It depicts a musician – an artist – of incredible talent and vision. Sit back, pop up the feet and dig in. You’ll dig.
(Posted on 4/25/2015)
GOTTA LOVE THIS OVERLOOKED GUY…Glenn Zottola: Clifford Brown Remembered, A Jazz Life-Glenn Zottola’s StoryReview by George W. Harris
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One of the things I love about jazz is that there’s always some artist that you’ve heard as a sideman, but never realized how great he was until someone draws your attention to him. Here’s a classic case: trumpeter Glenn Zottola is the perfect guy for the song “I Wanna Be A Sideman,” as he’s played with EVERYONE from Benny Goodman to Dave Liebman to Milto Hinton and Zoot Sims. These two releases will make you appreciate this overlooked guy.

The first one is a tribute to the iconic Clifford Brown with Strings album from 1955. The original arrangements by Neal Hefti are still intact, and Zottola handles pieces like “Blue Moon” and “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” with grace and style. He doesn’t have the restrained bravura as Brown, but makes up for it in a gentle lyricism. Delightful.

The two disc Glenn Zottola’s Story spotlights the diversity of this trumpeter. One minute he’s blasting away on a swinging “Life Goes to a Party” with Benny Goodman’s Orchestra, and then he slips into a hip little bebopper on “Dewey Square” with Roy McCurdy without missing a beat. Trad pieces such as “China Boy” have him with Bob Wilbur while Maxine Sullivan is featured on “Killing Time.” He backed Peggy Lee on “I Got To Wear You Off of My Mind” and he holds his own with Zoot Sims, Milt Hinton and Gus Johnson on “Zoot and Glenn Blues.” You’re gonna love this guy; he’s got the heart of a lion! (Posted on 6/30/2014)
From jazzpensacola.comReview by F. Norman Vickers
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Trumpeter and reedman Glenn Zottola has had a full and varied career. He was born in 1947 in a musical family. A child prodigy, he toured with Jack Teagarden and Bobby Hackett. He toured with the Glenn Miller Band when Buddy de Franco was leading it. He subsequently recorded with Bob Wilber. Along the way he’s recorded with Milt Hinton, Steve Allen and many others.

Subsequently, he met actress Suzanne Somers and became her bandleader for nine years. With the help of Irv Kratka of Inner City Records, Music Minus One and Classic Jazz Records, Glenn has released a two-album CD. The personnel on the recording are a “who’s who” of jazz.

Personal reference: Glenn was guest performer at some Dick Gibson Colorado Jazz Parties when I attended ’85-’93. This, in itself, is a great recommendation as Gibson would invite sixty of the finest musicians to perform over that three-day, elegant event. Twelve page liner notes with detailed designation of sources are written by Scott Yanow. (Posted on 6/10/2014)

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