L.A. Studio Legends: Malcolm McNab

The legendary trumpeteer talks his unparalleled career as studio musician in Hollywood and his journey with composer John Williams as principal trumpet on 40+ films between 1973 and 2011, including some of the Maestro’s most beloved scores such as Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., Jurassic Park and the Indiana Jones films

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L.A. Studio Legends: Ralph Grierson

Legendary pianist/keyboardist recollects his impressive career as a studio musician performing in thousands of film scores in Hollywood and his many collaborations with John Williams from 1969 until 2001, including his unforgettable playing on Jaws and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

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L.A. Studio Legends: Jim Walker

Legendary flutist discusses his life as a studio musician recording hundreds of film and television scores over 30+ years, including his many collaborations with John Williams in scores such as The River, Jurassic Park and Memoirs of a Geisha

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L.A. Studio Legends: Glenn Dicterow

World-renowned violinist, former concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, discusses his career as studio musician in film recordings in Los Angeles and his collaborations with John Williams

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L.A. Studio Legends is a new series of podcast talks on The Legacy of John Williams dedicated to legendary orchestra musicians from the Los Angeles area who performed in hundreds of film soundtrack recordings, including many by composer John Williams.

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A Herald for All Musicians

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Photo by Jamie Trueblood /Lucasfilm Ltd.

With The Rise of Skywalker, composer John Williams has completed his own musical cycle, putting the final coda on a rich musical glossary he started to work on 42 years earlier. When the composer wrote and recorded that film score in 1977, he couldn’t imagine how big the impact of his music would have been, and how long it would have resonated with audiences throughout the subsequent decades. As he told recently to film journalist and film music historian Jon Burlingame:

“Forty years ago, if you said to me, ‘Here’s a project, John, and I want you to write 25 hours of music,’ I would have dropped my pencil case and said, ‘It’s impossible. No one can do that,’”

Yet the composer was able to return to that musical world always with the same amount of enthusiasm, creativity, and devotion for all the subsequent scores he penned for the intergalactic space opera initiated by George Lucas, which now covers a time span of almost half of his life.

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Legacy Conversations: Sandy DeCrescent

The legendary Music Contractor talks about her 50+ years career in Hollywood’s film music industry and her long and fruitful collaboration with composer John Williams

Hosted by Maurizio Caschetto

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Sandy DeCrescent

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