Vince Guaraldi
American musician
Vince Guaraldi
Vincent Anthony "Vince" Guaraldi was an Italian-American jazz musician and pianist noted for his innovative compositions and arrangements and for composing music for animated adaptations of the Peanuts comic strip. Guaraldi was born in San Francisco, California. He was the nephew of musician, singer, and whistler Muzzy Marcellino. Vince graduated from Lincoln High School, attended San Francisco State University, and served as an Army cook in the Korean War.
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Live: John Vanderslice Witnesses Cop Bust, Marriage Proposal at Speakeasy ... - Broward-Palm Beach New Times (blog)
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Earlier, they had muscled through the roots-rock of Shadows of the Summertime with a few tambourine assists from Grey & Orange drummer Jesse Dalton and some keyboard work by Chris Horgan rivaling Bruce Hornsby (or jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi,
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Bellingham jazz keyboardist will perform at Thomas Harris All-Star Jam - Bellingham Herald
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A: I didn't hear a lot of jazz when I was growing up, but I always looked forward to Christmas time, when my parents broke out the Harry Connick Jr. and Vince Guaraldi's "A Charlie Brown Christmas." I loved the feel of that music, and I actually
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Crossing musical styles - Big Bear Grizzly
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“Gemini's Dream” is a culmination of a lifetime of musical progression, leading up to the recording that incorporates various influences, from piano greats like Ramsey Lewis, George Shearing and Vince Guaraldi, to more modern players like David Benoit
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Jazz-Fusion All-Star Trio Scott Henderson Jeff Berlin Mike Clark To Tour The US - Jazzcorner
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He's performed with jazz greats such as Herbie Hancock, Chet Baker, Vince Guaraldi, Tony Bennett, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Eddie Henderson, Rob Dixon, Bobby Hutcherson, Woody Shaw, Donald Harrison, Larry Coryell, Jack Wilkins, Mike Wolff,
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Ten New Tracks: Ronnie Dunn, Randy Travis and More - CMT.com
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To my ears, it sounds as if Vince Guaraldi got Charlie Brown stoned on Christmas morning. The respected Texan teams with an old-fashioned ensemble on a unique album of hillbilly music. His plaintive, distinctive vocal neatly fits this longing ballad
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Songstress Heather O'Day to perform free concert Tuesday - Explorer News
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The group takes its cue from classic jazz stars like Billie Holiday, Dave Brubeck, Vince Guaraldi, Thelonious Monk and more. They feature a set list of the most beloved standards for vocals, piano, drums and bass, with a few unique surprises
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Former Beloiter to rock out on the big screen - Beloit Daily News
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At one point, they also go to meet Vince Guaraldi's bass player. “For us, it was like meeting a legend,” said Mike. The trio is continuing to work with the film's directors and producers, including Brooks Arthur. Their songs may be featured in the film
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Curtis Jackson comes home to WKRC - Cincinnati.com
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Do you love Vince Guaraldi's "Charlie Brown" TV specials' sound tracks? The second half of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra's "Music from the Peanut Gallery" concert 7:30 pm Saturday in Covington's Devou Park features the KSO Flood Wall Jazz Quintet playing
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George Winston's Summer Show - The Sacramento Press
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He has interpreted and recorded music of The Doors and of jazz great Vince Guaraldi of the “Peanuts” soundtracks fame. On Winston's own label, Dancing Cat Records, he has made many recordings celebrating the New Orleans R&B piano style of Professor
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Kids Get an Inside Look at the Piano and its Parts at Attleboro Public Library - Patch.com
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The Vince Guaraldi inspiration, "Linus and Lucy" was popular with the audience who related to "Charlie Brown." And not to be forgotten through a question from one eager young participant, "Who invented the piano?" "Great question," Whipple said to the
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Ticket Roundup: Comedy and music in Sacramento - Sacramento Bee
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Winston has been a fan of composer Vince Guaraldi since 1965 when he first saw Charles Schulz's "A Charlie Brown Christmas" with a soundtrack by Guaraldi, and has recorded two albums of "Peanuts" music. (The latest is "Love Will Come – The Music of
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MOJO to celebrate Nat King Cole at Monday's Jazz Jambalaya - Press-Register - al.com (blog)
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But in recent years he's tackled Vince Guaraldi's “Peanuts” music in some delightful concerts, and this should be a similarly enjoyable treat. Regular visitors know to expect a relaxed atmosphere with an appreciative audience that tends to be very
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George Winston to perform in Brainerd Aug. 12 - Brainerd Daily Dispatch
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Winston performs a variety of styles, including his melodic folk piano, stride piano, New Orleans Rhythm and blues piano, Vince Guaraldi's Peanuts pieces, songs by The Doors and more. Listen to his new recording, “Love Will Come – The Music of Vince
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David Benoit at Yoshi's in Oakland July 22nd and 23rd - Jazz Police (blog)
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... Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years and the star-studded 40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas) that reflect his lifelong passion for the music of original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi and solidify Benoit's role as his musical heir
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A Charlie Brown Christmas visits The Pullo Center in York, Dec. 4 - Penn State York
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... with “A Charlie Brown Christmas, with The David Benoit Quartet” This inspirational concert features the classic music of Vince Guaraldi along with Charlie Brown Christmas originals from David Benoit, who took over the helm as the music composer for
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The piano man - Sonoma Valley Sun
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And don't forget the Vince Guaraldi pieces from the Peanuts specials – the kids in this family-friendly hotel love to hear him play 'Linus and Lucy' and all the others. “I had the pleasure of recording and performing with Guaraldi when I was a member
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Pack the perfect picnic - The Journal News | LoHud.com
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The pre-concert festivities are wandering brass quintets at 6:15 pm and an "instrument petting zoo" at 6:30 pm Fans of Vince Guaraldi will want to circle July 24 for the Jazz Knights 7:30 pm concert "The Music of Charlie Brown
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Vince Guaraldi
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  • 1976
    Guaraldi died at age 47 on February 6, 1976.
    More Details Hide Details The evening before, he had dined at Peanuts producer Lee Mendelson's home and was reportedly not feeling well, complaining of indigestion-like chest discomfort that his doctor had told him was nothing to worry about. The following evening, after concluding the first set at Butterfield's Nightclub in Menlo Park, California, with his interpretation of the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby", Guaraldi and drummer Jim Zimmerman returned to the room they were staying in that weekend at the adjacent Red Cottage Inn, to relax before the next set. Zimmerman commented, "He was walking across the room and just collapsed. That was it." His cause of death has been variously described as a heart attack or an aortic aneurysm. Guaraldi had just finished recording the soundtrack for It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown earlier that afternoon. Guaraldi's death was a blow to his colleagues. "It was totally unexpected", said Mendelson. "The day of his funeral, they played the Charlie Brown music over the sound system in the church. It was not an easy day; he was so young. It was one of the saddest days of my life. He was up to my house the night before death, and said he had not been feeling well, and didn't know what it was." Peanuts animator Bill Meléndez added, "He was a real good guy and we miss him." He was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, California.
  • 1969
    Guaraldi went on to compose scores for seventeen Peanuts television specials, plus the 1969 feature film A Boy Named Charlie Brown as well as the unaired television program of the same name.
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    In the early days of the Haight-Ashbury scene in San Francisco, Vince had become friends with members of the Grateful Dead, and supposedly sat in with them on occasion. He appears in the crowd shot taken by Tom Weir on the back of the Dead's 1969 Aoxomoxoa.
    More Details Hide Details He is the one by the horse. While searching for music to accompany a planned Peanuts television documentary, Lee Mendelson (the producer of the special) heard a single version of "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" by Guaraldi's trio on the radio while traveling in a taxicab. Mendelson contacted Ralph J. Gleason, jazz columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and was put in touch with Guaraldi. He proposed that Guaraldi score the upcoming Peanuts Christmas special and Guaraldi enthusiastically took the job, performing a version of what became "Linus and Lucy" over the phone two weeks later. The soundtrack was recorded by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, with drummer Jerry Granelli, and bassist Fred Marshall.
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  • 1965
    Utilizing his Latin influences from his bossa nova days with Bola Sete, Guaraldi composed a number of pieces with waltz tempos and jazz standards and later recorded this performance in 1965.
    More Details Hide Details Guaraldi appreciated the potential in some of the radio waves' pop tunes of the day. For instance, he recorded his own version of "I'm a Loser", written by John Lennon and originally a hit for the Beatles.
  • 1963
    While "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" by Guaraldi achieved modest chart success as a single in 1963, a cover version two years later by British group Sounds Orchestral cracked the Billboard top 10 (in the spring of 1965).
    More Details Hide Details Unlike many songwriters who grow weary of their biggest hits, Guaraldi never minded taking requests to play it when he appeared live. "It's like signing the back of a check", he once remarked. Guaraldi then recorded an album called Vince Guaraldi, Bola Sete and Friends with guitarist Bola Sete, Fred Marshall (bass) and Jerry Granelli (drums). This began a period of collaboration between Guaraldi and Sete where Guaraldi began experimenting with bossa nova-influenced music as well as with the electric piano. This led to the recording and release of his album The Eclectic Vince Guaraldi. Shortly after this, Guaraldi undertook the role of composer and pianist for the Eucharist chorus at the San Francisco Grace Cathedral.
  • 1962
    He probably would have remained a well-respected but minor jazz figure had he not written an original number to fill out his covers of Antonio Carlos Jobim/Luis Bonfá tunes on his 1962 album, Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus, inspired by the French/Brazilian film Black Orpheus, which won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
    More Details Hide Details Fantasy Records released "Samba de Orpheus" as a single, trying to catch the building bossa nova wave, but it was destined to sink without a trace when radio DJs began flipping it over and playing the B-side, Guaraldi's "Cast Your Fate to the Wind". A gentle, likeable tune, it stood out from everything else on the airwaves and became a grass-roots hit. It also won the Grammy for Best Original Jazz Composition.
  • 1959
    Guaraldi left the group early in 1959 to pursue his own projects full-time.
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  • 1958
    Guaraldi made a big splash with his performance with Tjader at the 1958 Monterey Jazz Festival.
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  • 1956
    He then reunited with Tjader in June 1956 and was an integral part of two bands that the vibraphonist assembled.
    More Details Hide Details The first band played mainly straight jazz and included Al Torre (drums), Eugene Wright (bass) and Luis Kant (congas and bongos). The second band was formed in the spring of 1958 and included Al McKibbon (bass), Mongo Santamaría (congas and bongos) and Willie Bobo (drums and timbales). Reed men Paul Horn and Jose "Chombo" Silva were also added to the group for certain live performances and recordings.
  • 1955
    By 1955, Guaraldi had his own trio with Eddie Duran and Dean Reilly.
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  • 1953
    Guaraldi's first recording was made in November 1953 with Cal Tjader and was released early in 1954.
    More Details Hide Details The 10-inch LP was called The Cal Tjader Trio, and included "Chopsticks Mambo", "Vibra-Tharpe", and "Lullaby of the Leaves".
  • 1928
    Born on July 17, 1928.
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