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Jazz Round Table #6 – Don Randi – Studio and Jazz Legend

Jazz Round Table

Jazz and Studio Legend Don Randi is our guest this week. He tells us stories from the days in the studio with artists like Elvis, Nancy Sinatra, Frank Zappa, The Beach Boys, and more. he also talks about the producers back then including Phil Spector, and Brian Wilson. Don played keyboards on over a thousand popular recordings and was a member of the remarkable “Wrecking Crew” of studio musicians during the explosive pop music era of the 1960s and early 1970s. Nancy Sinatra, the Beach Boys, the Jackson 5, Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis Jr., Neil Diamond, and Linda Ronstadt are among the many music greats Randi has worked with and writes about in You’ve Heard These Hands Don founded The Baked Potato jazz club in Los Angeles in 1970 and has owned it ever since, and he has released 20 jazz albums of his own, including the 1980 Grammy nominated New Baby and the 2013 Acoustimania. Here are some links to things we discuss on the show: Phil Spector Christmas albumDon’s Book: You’ve Heard These HandsDon’s albums – (here are two we talk about)Good Jazzy VibrationsAcoustimaniaThe jazz club Don founded: The Baked PotatoWrecking Crew Movie website Don Randi – Keyboards Performed with: Jazz Round Table #6 5-18-21, Acoustimania – 7/15/21 Bio – Don Randi is a composer, arranger, music director, and keyboard musician. As part of the legendary “Wrecking Crew” group of studio musicians, he made hundreds of hit records in the 1960s and 1970s. He founded The Baked Potato jazz club in Los Angeles in 1970 and has owned it ever since, and he has released 20 jazz albums of his own, including the 1980 Grammy-nominated New Baby and the 2013 Acoustimania. Randi played keyboards on over a thousand popular recordings and was a member of the remarkable “Wrecking Crew” of studio musicians during the explosive pop music era of the 1960s and early 1970s. Nancy Sinatra, the Beach Boys, the Jackson 5, Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis Jr., Neil Diamond, and Linda Ronstadt are among the many music greats Randi has worked with and writes about in You’ve Heard These Hands...MORE INFO!

1hr 15mins

21 May 2021

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The Wrecking Crew's Don Randi reflects on his life in music. The Sunset Sound Roundtable

Sunset Sound Roundtable

At 84 years of age, Don Randi is still playing piano and is still sharp as a tack. He sat down in studio 1 at Sunset Sound to share his life story of playing in Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound", The Wrecking Crew, Brian Wilson, and The Beach Boys and so much more. He has played on over 4,000 tracks and Don gives insight to the "studio musicians" of the 1960s and even sits down at the piano he bought for Sunset Sound in 1960 to play his original "Mexican Pearls". Don still plays piano at his LA club The Baked Potato and is an eternal treasure to music. Merchandise: https://sunset-sound-merchandise.myshopify.com Host: Drew Dempsey: https://www.instagram.com/dfdproductions/ Studio Mgr: Phil MacConnell Owner: Paul Camarata https://www.instagram.com/sunsetsoundrecorders/ Filmed at Sunset Sound Recorders Studio 1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunsetsoundrecorders Facebook: @sunsetsoundrecorders Website: www.sunsetsound.com #thebeachboys #sunsetsound #brianwilson #petsounds

1hr 26mins

7 Apr 2021

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The Don Randi Interview

The Jake Feinberg Show

Legendary session pianist talks about his career on the bandstand and in the studio. 

56mins

25 Feb 2021

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Legendary Musician DON RANDI

Movie Geeks United

The Movie Geeks speak with legendary musician Don Randi about his collaborations with Phil Spector, The Wrecking Crew, Linda Ronstadt, Mama Cass, Brian Wilson, Glen Campbell and many others, as well as his film scoring duties for Roger Corman's delirious 1970 crime film Bloody Mama.

1hr 26mins

10 Jul 2020

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Don Randi and Don Peake from The Wrecking Crew

Don Cromwell LIVE

Don Randi and Don Peake from The Wrecking Crew

1hr

17 Jan 2019

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Don Cromwell Live - Don Randi

Don Cromwell LIVE

Don Cromwell Live - Don Randi

1hr

18 May 2017

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OTH 001: Don Randi and Denny Tedesco (The Wrecking Crew)

On the Hit with Deane Ogden

Hosted by American recording artist, session drummer, and producer Deane Ogden, ON THE HIT with DEANE OGDEN (OTH) features one-on-one conversations with the most intriguing personalities in rock, pop, rhythm and blues, jazz, hip-hop, country and classical music… the artists, musicians, and moguls who make the hit music you know best.

1hr 26mins

19 May 2015

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Episode 53: Johnny and Walton get Wrecked over an Interview with Hal Blaine, Don Randi, and Denny Tedesco - THE SUNDAY SHOW WITH JOHNNY O AND THE GREAT WALTON JORDAN

The Sunday Show with Johnny O

Walton and Johnny celebrate their 53rd show with an interview with session music legends Hal Blaine and Don Randi. Plus they talk about the upcoming documentary "The Wrecking Crew" with director Denny Tedesco.

2hr 3mins

8 Mar 2015

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Episode 53: Johnny and Walton get Wrecked over an Interview with Hal Blaine, Don Randi, and Denny Tedesco - THE SUNDAY SHOW WITH JOHNNY O AND THE GREAT WALTON JORDAN

The Sunday Show with Johnny O and the Great Walton Jordan

Walton and Johnny celebrate their 53rd show with an interview with session music legends Hal Blaine and Don Randi. Plus they talk about the upcoming documentary "The Wrecking Crew" with director Denny Tedesco.

2hr 3mins

8 Mar 2015

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TCK #1: Geoffrey Keezer, Roger Manning & Don Randi

The Caffeinated Keyboardist

In this debut "Caffeinated Keyboardist", legendary "Wrecking Crew" pianist Don Randi, Jellyfish founder/Beck keyboardist Roger Manning, Jr., and world class jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer join Jeff Babko at his TudorTones Studio in Los Angeles and discuss their experiences as keyboard players in their respective and varied careers. Engineer John Paterno captures the dialogue as these 4 colleagues chat over coffee, provided by Little Tokyo's Cafe Demitasse, whose founder Bobby Roshan gives us a brief synopsis of the history of his shop/roaster. Recorded on Feb. 21, 2014.

1hr 43mins

26 Mar 2014