"...HBO, always a big winner, unambiguously celebrated another change this year: the ceremony’s move from September to August. The cable network acknowledged the shift from the brink of fall to the waning days of summer by transforming the Pacific Design Center’s fountain plaza into a wonderland setting for what event designer Billy Butchkavitz called “an enchanted evening by the sea.” He added, “I got to have fun with it because it was in the summertime.”
When speaking with Billy about his vision, he gave me two ideas to build my set around. The idea of a luxurious sound that one may enjoy while vacationing by the sea and the inspiration for that sound was a song Billy suggested called Night & Day.
I used Night & Day as the "leitmotif," or recurring theme/musical idea and used the three instances of the song in this mix as pivot points to go in other directions of vibes and feeling.
This set was played with 3 drummers who also did their own thing at times throughout the night. After the Jazz grooves we got into dancing music and all and it was a great night.
I even wore a suit that was 'Salmon,' or kind of pink...so did the drummers! I don't mind costumes at all as this isn't just a dj thing, it's a spectacular spectacle.
A breezy and celebratory evening under the stars entertaining the entertainers and I'm glad that I can share what that sounds like.
Footprints On The Moon - Johnny Harris
Night & Day - ?
Call Me - Jimmy Smith / Wes Montgomery
California Dreamin - Wes Montgomery
Fiesta - Klaus Doldinger
Night In Tunisia - Ella Fitzgerald
I Love Being Here With You - Peggy Lee
Satin Doll - Ray Bryant
California Soul - ?
Take Five - George Benson
Night & Day - Ella Fitzgerald
Satin Doll - Ella Fitzgerald
Fever - Sarah Vaughn
Night & Day - Art Blakely
House OF Bamboo - Earl Grant
The "In-Crowd" - Ramsey Lewis
Bye-Ya - Thelonious Monk
What I Say - Ray Charles
Call Me - ?
It Better Be Tonight - The Roy Meriwether Trio
Twisting The Night Away - Sam Cooke
Far More Drums - Dave Brubeck
Outrageous - Johnny Pate
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Thanks to my people at 1100 A-Squared