Marty PaichMarty (*1925 in Oakland, CA) learned accordion and piano at an early age. In the 1930s, when he was ten years old, he was leading bands and performing at weddings. At sixteen, he wrote arrangements with Pete Rugolo. He served with the U.S. Air Corps in World War II. He attended the University of Southern California and received a master's degree in composition from the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music. Among his teachers were Julia Bal de Zuniga, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Arnold Schoenberg.
In the 1950s, in addition to working as music director for Peggy Lee, he wrote arrangements for Chet Baker, Ray Brown, Stan Kenton, Shelly Manne, Dave Pell, Buddy Rich, Shorty Rogers, and for the movie Lady and the Tramp. He began recording with Mel Tormé in 1955 on the album It's Blue World when Tormé was moving from pop singer to jazz singer. During the next year, his ten piece band accompanied Tormé on the album Mel Tormé and the Marty Paich Dek-Tette, which contained a version of the 1930s song "Lulu's Back in Town". He wrote arrangements for Art Pepper for the album Art Pepper + Eleven - Modern Jazz Classics.
In the 1960s, he spent less time as a musician and more as an arranger for pop singers such as Sammy Davis jr., Dean Martin, Barbra Streisand, Andy Williams, Dinah Shore, and Jack Jones. In the 1970s he worked as a composer and arranger in film and television, winning an Emmy award for the TV drama Ironside. He led the studio orchestras for television variety programs such as The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and replaced Nelson Riddle in The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. He orchestrated and conducted scores for the films The Fugitive, Pretty Woman, and Prince of Tides. Marty died in 1995.
A Jazz Profile Of Ray Charles
Reprise Records R9-2004
recorded May 1961
Jack Sheldon, trumpet
Marty Paich, organ
Joe Mondragon, bass
John Markham, drums
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