Robert Mandell (born August 22, 1929) is an international conductor. While American, he is noted in the United Kingdom for his popular family concerts, young people's concerts, and stage musicals. Between 1955 and 1967, Mandell was executive music director of the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Massachusetts. Between 1961 and 1968, he recorded over 50 LP discs in London for Readers Digest Records under a variety of pseudonyms, including Eric Hammerstein, Johnny Gibbs, Ray Thomas, Juan Ramirez, Pablo Mendez, Dick Mahi, The Button-Down Brass, The Romantic Saxophones and Strings, and The Collegians. In 1968 Mandell took up residency with his family in England. He concentrated his career initially in musical theater and then on bringing popular classical concerts to a new audience through his "Concerts for the Family" series. WIKIPEDIA VIDEO:
Born in Aberbargoed in the south Wales valleys, Eales began his musical education at the age of eight, in the late 1950s. His father Horace, pianist in a well-known local dance band, taught him to play the 12-bar blues. He was also introduced to piano masters Erroll Garner, George Shearing and Oscar Peterson, as well as Bud Powell, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Early in his career he cruised the world on a Greek liner. During this period he spent a great amount of time in New Orleans where he played with many American jazzmen such as Buddy Tate, Jimmy McPartland, Earl Warren and Major Holley. He then moved to London, where he joined Joe Loss's band. The following year he became the pianist in the BBC Big Band, where he remained for over four years. For the next 15 years Eales worked with a vast array of conductors, composers and singers including Henry Mancini, Lalo Schifrin, Jerry Goldsmith, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rosemary Clooney, Adelaide Hall, Tammy Wynette, Shirley Bassey, Andy Williams, Kiri Te Kanawa and José Carreras. WIKIPEDIA | Official Website
VIDEO: Geoff Eales is regarded as one of Europe's most inspirational jazz pianists and composers. Though he has been pro-active in a vast variety of musical situations throughout his long and distinguished career - accompanying pop stars, country singers, opera divas, blues artists and funk legends as well as working extensively on TV shows, commercials and film soundtracks - it is within the realm of jazz and improvised music and as a soloist in his own right that the full extent of Geoff's musical personality is revealed.
They say music soothes the soul. It also soothes the brain, according to recent scientific studies. People with all kinds of neurological disorders like dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease are responding well to music therapy. In fact, some of the results doctors and music therapists are seeing are quite remarkable.
Philip Green was born in Whitechapel, London, England, UK and passed away on 6 October 1982, Donnybrook, Dublin, Ireland (cerebral metastases) He is known for his work on many film scores including Sergeant Cork (1963), The League of Gentlemen (1960) and Tiara Tahiti (1962). Although the composer always gave his original name as Harry Philip Green, he was in fact registered as just "Henry Green" at Whitechapel Register Office six weeks after his birth in 1911. His parents were Phillip Green (a boot clicker by profession, which meant he made the holes for the laces) and Elizabeth Green, née Vogel. Their son's middle name was added at a later date. The Philip and Dorothy Green Music Trust, founded by the composer and his wife, was established to help young musicians and composers. Projects included the Philip and Dorothy Green Making Music Award for Young Concert Artists, also the Philip and Dorothy Green Composer in Residence Scheme. Dorothy died in 1995. At the peak of his career in the 1950's, he composed as many as fourteen film scores per year. Began his recording career with EMI in 1933 and was for some time 'house arranger/conductor' at Decca. He later became resident musical director for the Rank Organisation. Played piano by the age of seven. Studied at the Trinity College of Music on a scholarship. Green became London's youngest West End conductor at the Prince of Wales Theatre.WIKIPEDIA
VIDEO: Philip Green (1911-82) started his career as a dance band pianist and West End pit conductor, but later turned his attention to film music, and provided scores for some 150 movies - becoming for a time resident musical director for the Rank Organisation. Towards the end of his career he wrote for TV (eg, the theme for ITV's 'The Golden Shot') and also composed some religious music following his move to Ireland - commercial recordings of which are available. Green's name lives on in the Philip and Dorothy Green Music Trust, which supports young musicians. This published piano solo arrangement is from Green's music to the little-remembered 1952 movie '24 Hours of a Woman's Life', starring Merle Oberon and Richard Todd, and based on a novella by Stefan Zweig. I am grateful to Walter Schofield for kindly letting me have this and some other obscure light music piano scores from his collection.