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Dave Grusin, a part-time Santa Fe resident, extraordinary composer, conductor, musician and jazz legend will be starring in a benefit concert for the Santa Fe Waldorf School at the James A. Little Theater on Thursday, May 22 at 6:30pm. This event will be the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Northern New Mexico to see an extraordinary Dave Grusin performance. This concert promises not only to be a sell-out crowd, but a historic event showcasing the talents of Grusin’s “Friends” with local Jazz pianist John Rangel and two other well-known Jazz musicians; Michael Glynn, from Seattle and Ryan L. Lee from Kansas City. Vocals will be performed by Waldorf’s Choir Director and jazz artist, Barbara Bentree.
Dave Grusin, won the Oscar in 1988 for "Best Original Score" for The Milagro Beanfield Wars, and received Oscar nominations for The Champ, The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Firm, Havana, Heaven Can Wait, and On Golden Pond. He also received a best original song nomination for "It Might Be You" from the film Tootsie. He composed six of the fourteen cuts on the soundtrack from The Graduate. Other film scores he has composed include Three Days of the Condor, The Goonies, Hope Floats, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and The Firm.
Mr. Grusin’s extraordinary career as a composer, conductor, musician and jazz legend and who is graciously donating his time and many talents to support the Santa Fe Waldorf School; due in part to his life-long commitment to music and his belief in the importance of music education in schools. We are especially honored that Mr. Grusin has created a special arrangement for the evening and will perform with a select group of Santa Fe Waldorf School music students.