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Grammy-Winner Clare Fischer Hospitalized at 83
Scheduled Grammy-Celebration Concert at Vitello's Will Go On
Monday, January 16, 2012 at 8PM

LOS 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
Reservation: 818.769.0905

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.
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 Martin, Carl Saunders, Bob Sheppard, Ron Stout, Scott Whitfield, Larry Koonse, Steve 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…And Sometimes Instruments. His 51st album is Continuum.

Some of the music legends the Fischers have arranged and/or orchestrated for include: Prince, Michael Jackson, Raphael Saadiq, Branford Marsalis, Paul McCartney, Usher and Brandy.

The family asks that "Get Well Wishes" are sent to

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About Clare Fischer

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.
Clare Fischer Discography on AllMusic
Clare Fischer on Wikipedia

"Clare Fischer was a major influence on my harmonic concept… He and Bill Evans, and Ravel and Gil Evans, finally. You know, that’s 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.
Brent Fischer Discography on AllMusic

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