Best of the Beautiful Earth Jazz Band
Hi,my name is Jake Lentz,originator of The Beautiful Earth Jazz Band which began several years back when I had a working band at one of the top resorts in the Catskill Mts. In upstate NY. I was studying with John Carisi at the time and thru much encouragement from him I wrote some original tunes which I recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studios and then went on to form a working band,BEJB. The players on this 'Best of'CD are of some of the best in the business including: tenor sax, Arnie Krakowsky, David Earle Johnson on conga dr,Lanny Fields on bass and Carl Deitz on drs. You can tell we all enjoyed playing this music by giving it a listen!! Some of you may be interested in my background and where I'm from.I was born in Minnesota [New Ulm]worked in polka bands in my teens,studied in Hollywood,Ca.,worked with J Dorsey, Billy May,Glenn Miller, Woody Herman big bands plus a few more. I was assistant conductor, pianist and arranger for The National Ice Capades. I studied composition with John Carisi and Meyer Kupferman. I would love to hear from anybody out there to talk music,arranging,composition,anything.I love music!!