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Author Talk: Derrick Bang

July 11 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Have you ever wondered about the musician behind the iconic Peanuts tv specials? Then join us on Thursday, July 11th at 6:30 to listen to local author Derrick Bang speak about his most recent book: Vince Guaraldi at the Piano.

About Derrick Bang
Derrick Bang has written film, television, music, and general entertainment commentary for magazines and local newspapers since 1974, and supplies regular columns and features to The Davis Enterprise. He lives in Davis, California.

About the Book
Although Vince Guaraldi’s playful jazz piano themes for the early Peanuts animated television specials are well known, the composer himself remains largely unheralded. More than merely “the Peanuts guy,” Guaraldi cut his jazz teeth as a member of combos fronted by Cal Tjader and Woody Herman, and garnered Top 40 fame with his Grammy Award–winning hit “Cast Your Fate to the Wind.”

This career study, extensively updated, gives Guaraldi long-overdue recognition, chronicling his years as a sideman; his attraction to the emerging bossa nova sound of the late 1950s; his collaboration with Brazilian guitarist Bola Sete; his development of the Grace Cathedral Jazz Mass; his selection as the fellow to put the jazz swing in Charlie Brown’s step; and his emergence as a respected veteran in the declining Northern California jazz club scene of the 1970s. Ironically, his place in the jazz universe has grown exponentially since this book’s initial 2012 publication, and this second edition acknowledges such honors and features a wealth of new material.



July 11
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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