Following the highly acclaimed sell out shows on their first UK tour, we are very proud to announce this 'Special Gala Performance'. The music of Nelson Riddle is legendary. His music set the mood for a generation and helped to make the careers of artists like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald. His son Christopher Riddle now conducts and leads the orchestra in the same tradition and style set by his father, using all the original charts and arrangements to give you the most wonderful evening of music now known as 'The American songbook' - Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Sammy Cahn. Also featured in the show are the vocal talents of American singing sensation Bryan Anthony, who hails from New Jersey.
Cross Country Suite was composed by Nelson Riddle for Buddy DeFranco more than 50 years ago. The album was recorded in 1958; Nelson Riddle won a Grammy that year for this original series of eleven pieces describing various regions of the United States. The Riddle Family is happy to announce the reissue of this work fifty years after it was out on vinyl. The idea for this project first began when Nelson Riddle and Buddy DeFranco met when they both played in the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. It is a unique collaboration highlighting each of their talents.
Nelson Smock Riddle, Jr. (June 1, 1921 – October 6, 1985) was a well-known American bandleader, arranger and orchestrator whose career spanned from the late 1940s, struggled with the advent of rock n roll, and saw a career revival in the early 1980s. In the 1950's, Riddle was forever associated with his work for Capitol Records, providing arrangements and musical direction to such vocalists as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Peggy Lee and Keely Smith and in the 1980's his career was brought back into focus and prominence, working with singer Linda Ronstadt on a series of highly successful platinum selling albums and international concerts...more Wikipedia bio