The American Legacy Jazz Band is a musical experiment created by songwriter Ernest Michael Olivarez. A motley crew of culturally diverse musicians representing four distinct generations of music (ages 25-79) imparted their talents to help realize this vision of creating a group of original “American Jazz” songs. The first project by the “Legacy Band” is a collection of New Christmas songs with a familiar feel of songs recorded by Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole & Dean Martin and yet with fresh melodies contemporary and unique.
The Great American Song Book boasts some of the most familiar and amazing melodies that are known to man. Iconic singers such as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, & Dean Martin were instrumental in shaping the original sound of the “American Standards” we enjoy so much. Today, we see singers such as Michael Bublé, and Harry Connick Jr. interpreting those rich and wonderful melodies and bringing the music to an entirely new generation.
During the holidays, some of our earliest memories are of the most popular Christmas Songs such a White Christmas, Home for Christmas, and The Christmas Song. We’ve heard hundreds of renditions of these songs through the years. Have you ever wondered if there would ever be another great Christmas song that would come along in your lifetime that would capture your imagination?
Here’s where The American Legacy Band comes in. We felt there was a need for something old yet something new. Was it even possible to write a new song in the standards style? Could this new melody pass as if its been with us all along? You decide.
Leader - Ernest Olivarez
Piano & Strings -Shatan Mack
Bass - Paul Gabrielson
Drums – Mack James
(Will You Marry Me) Bass - Tim Miller
(Will You marry Me) Drums: John “Sticks” Eichelberger
Congas: Julian Gonzoles
Lead Guitar, Electric & Acoustic - Brian Brokaw
(Italian Christmas Waltz) Guitars/bass – Hugo Wainzinger
(Italian Christmas Waltz) Mandolin – Al (Anselmo) Fabrizio
Horns & Orchestra: “Real Live Horns” Reallivehorns.com
Bass, Tenor & Alto Sax - Jay Davison
Flutes- Jay Davison
Trumpets - Steve Jankowski
Trombones - Randy Andos
Christmas Triangle – Rick Belfort
Lead Vocal – Jim Mola
Guest Vocal – Sonia Evans
Guest Vocal – Alan Villatoro