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Byron Olson

p, US
Musician / Arranger / Conductor of Jazz, Soundtrack and Classical

Orchestrator, Arranger, Conductor, Pianist Olson’s great passion is the merging of classical and jazz. This led him to write a work for jazz piano and orchestra for pianist Mike Lang, which premiered at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. The premiere of “Nardis” at Carnegie Hall, written for jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker and chamber ensemble “Music Amici,” also led to two groundbreaking albums of his own—which blend classical chamber ensemble and jazz soloists: “Sketches of Miles” and “Sketches of Coltrane” on Angel/EMI records. These are two tribute albums to two great artists, but Olson has made this music very much his own. This music brings a whole new audience of classical and jazz music lovers together through its beauty, excitement, and originality. Now living in New York, this is what he continues to do today. He has worked in many genres: from writing jingles, to orchestrating movies and theatrical productions, to working in the recording industry with instrumental and vocal artists. He has recorded five of his own albums on the Manhattan/EMI, and Angel/EMI labels. His credits include jazz, choral, chamber and orchestral music. Olson has conducted and played piano on many recordings. His musical spectrum is vast. He is a highly versatile artist. Currently, he has teamed up with producer John Vanore and French horn virtuoso Adam Unsworth (2) on a project for jazz quintet and chamber orchestra.

     
Instruments
  • Piano
  • Keyboards
Genres
  • Jazz
  • Soundtrack
  • Classical
  • Pop
Popular Tracks   
Flow on Balance by Adam Unsworth, Byron Olson & John Vanore
Blues Nocturne on Balance by Adam Unsworth, Byron Olson & John Vanore
Tilt on Balance by Adam Unsworth, Byron Olson & John Vanore
Find Your Way on Balance by Adam Unsworth, Byron Olson & John Vanore
Balance on Balance by Adam Unsworth, Byron Olson & John Vanore
Bittersweet on Balance by Adam Unsworth, Byron Olson & John Vanore
One Last Fling on Balance by Adam Unsworth, Byron Olson & John Vanore
After The Rain on Sketches Of Coltrane by Byron Olson
Giant Steps on Sketches Of Coltrane by Byron Olson
Michele on Balance by Adam Unsworth, Byron Olson & John Vanore

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Band Members
Discography
Title Artist Year Type
Sketches Of ColtraneByron Olson1994Album
Sketches Of MilesByron Olson1993Album
Digital Chart BustersOrchestra Manhattan, Byron Olson1987Album
Digital BroadwayByron Olson, Orchestra Manhattan1986Album
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