Land of Make Believe
Composer: Chuck Mangione
Arranged: Henk Ummels
- Performed by the West City Concert Band
For more than five decades, Chuck Mangione’s love affair with music has been characterized by his boundless energy, unabashed enthusiasm, and pure joy that radiates from the stage.
Mangione first attracted attention with his brother, Gap, in a mainstream jazz band, The Jazz Brothers, in which he played trumpet much like that of the man who he refers to as his musical father—Dizzy Gillespie. In fact Dizzy gave Chuck an ‘updo’ horn just like his own.
Chuck’s years with the Jazz Brothers overlapped with his attending the Eastman School of Music and eventually resulted in his solo album debut. Chuck left home to play with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, assuming the trumpet chair that had belonged to such great players as Clifford Brown, Kenny Dorham, Bill Hardman, Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard.
Another important step in Mangione’s career development was his return to the Eastman School of Music as director of the school’s Jazz Ensemble. His “Friends & Love” concert with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra was recorded live and ultimately led to a recording contract with a major label, Mercury records, and his first Grammy nomination.
Those early years with Mercury records culminated in the title tune of one of Mangione’s most popular albums, Land of Make Believe.
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