ANGELES, Thursday January 12, 2012 - Grammy-winning American jazz
composer, arranger and pianist Clare Fischer was taken to the hospital
in Los Angeles on Sunday January 8, 2012. He suffered a cardiac arrest
few days after having a minor surgery. Wife, Donna was at his side
and performed CPR which saved his life. According to son, Brent Fischer,
he's on life support in ICU. All plans for recording and performances
continue "because that's what Dad would want. He would want us
to continue," says Brent.
The planned concert with the Clare Fischer Big Band is celebrating
this year's Grammy nomination*.
It will take place at
Monday, January 16th, 2012
4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604
One Show Only at 8 PM
This year Grammy winner Dr Fischer received his eleventh nomination
in the Best Instrumental Arrangement category for In the Beginning*
from his new album, Continuum, directed and produced by Brent
Fischer won in 1986 for his album, "Free Fall," and in 1981
for "Salsa Picante plus 2 +2."
Continuum showcases Fischer's extra-large big band (up
to 30 players on some songs), with world-class musicians: Andy
Huffsteter, and Peter
Erskine. "Having absorbed my style over the decades, he is
uniquely qualified to direct these recordings, in some cases finishing
works for me so, at my age, I can just listen and enjoy," Clare
says about Brent in the album notes.
The Fischers released two new albums on Clavo label on September 2011.
50th Clare Fischer solo CD is titled: The Clare Fischer Voices
Sometimes Instruments. His 51st album is Continuum.
Some of the music legends the Fischers have arranged and/or orchestrated
for include: Prince,
The family asks that "Get Well Wishes" are sent to clarefischer.com
Grammy-winning American composer, arranger and pianist Dr. Clare
Fischer has secured an honorable place in jazz history. Born on
October 22, 1928 in Durand, Michigan, he worked with jazz legends
such as Donald Byrd and Dizzy Gillespie before becoming the go-to-guy
for arranging pop albums from the 80s to the present. His influences
range from Stravinsky to Ellington to Jobim. Dr. Fischer's symphonic
works like Rhapsody Nova, and The Duke, Swee'pea
and Me, are performed by symphony orchestras around the
world. A multi-instrumentalist who earned two degrees at Michigan
State University, Fischer also received an honorary doctorate from
his Alma Mater for his outstanding contributions to the field of
jazz. He has also scored music for TV and motion pictures, and with
the help of his son, Brent Fischer (a composer/arranger in his own
right), Clare made the leap to popular music, writing charts for
Prince, Paul McCartney, Cal Tjader, Poncho Sanchez, Rufus and Chaka
Khan, Brandy, Raphael Saadiq, and Carlos Santana.
Fischer Discography on AllMusic
Fischer on Wikipedia
Fischer was a major influence on my harmonic concept
Bill Evans, and Ravel and Gil Evans, finally. You know, thats
where it really came from. Almost all of the harmony that I play
can be traced to one of those four people and whoever their influences
were." -- Herbie Hancock
About Brent Fischer
Working professionally in the music industry since age 16, Brent
Fischer has enjoyed a wide variety of roles as arranger, composer,
producer, conductor, book editor, and a music ethnologist, performing
and recording worldwide with groups from more than 20 different
countries on 10 different instruments. Fischer has a Bachelor of
Music Degree in Symphonic Percussion from California State University,
Northridge. As a writer, his three-dimensional musical palette makes
use of many lesser known orchestral instruments effectively and
effortlessly to create a distinct aesthetic. His arrangements for
pop, jazz and R&B royalty include artists such as: Michael Jackson,
Usher, Toni Braxton, and Al Jarreau.
Fischer Discography on AllMusic
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