Cover: $40 per person // Show: 7:30pm
A historic music celebration is planned for April 25, 2019 at Vibrato Grill and Jazz. The legendary Lalo Schifrin was presented with an Honorary Academy Award at the 10th Governors Award on November 18. Tonight we celebrate!! Jean-Michel Bernard is a composer and brilliant pianist visiting us from Paris. Celebrating the legendary Lalo, as well as other film music greats such as Jerry Goldsmith, Alex North, John Williams and Henry Mancini, Jean-Michel will be accompanied by some of L.A.'s finest! Peter Erskine on drums, Bob Sheppard on sax and Bob Leatherbarrow vibes and percussion will be joined by special guests, Sara Andon on flute, Cecelia Tsan on Cello. Vocalists include the great Sally Stevens and Kimiko Ono. Legendary film music producer Robert Townson will host the evening.
Jean-Michel Bernard is an experienced and versatile composer who has most recently scored the feature film ‘Money’ for director Gela Babluani.
Jean-Michel began playing the piano at the age of two. When he was 14, he received first place at the Bordeaux Conservatory and later graduated from the Paris ‘Ecole Normale de Musique’. At 19, he recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, whilst pursuing a career as a jazz musician and performing with prominent Jazz artists such as Wild Bill Davis, Jimmy Woode (Duke Ellington’s bassist) and Eddie Davis among others.
His career as a composer began with animated films, then as musical director of the successful radio show L’Oreille en Coin on National Pubic Radio France Inter from 1987 to 1991. Collaborators include Philip Kaufman, Lalo Schifrin, Ennio Morricone, Claude Bolling, and many more. Between 2000 and 2003, he performed with the Ray Charles Quartet on the European and Australian tours as organist and conductor, “this guy is a genius” Ray used to say concerning Jean-Michel Bernard. He also scored many documentaries and commercials during the 90s.
He frequently works with director Michel Gondry and has composed songs for films including ‘Human Nature’ and ‘The Science of Sleep’, which screened at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals. He was nominated for the World Soundtrack Awards in 2007 as Discovery of the Year and won the France Musique/UCMF award at the Cannes Film Festival the same year.
In 2008 he scored the music for Michel Gondry’s ‘Be Kind Rewind’, ‘Cash’ by Eric Besnard, and ‘A Pain in the Ass’ by Francis Veber.
Jean-Michel Bernard has performed at the Cannes Film Festival, Audi Talent Awards in Paris, Braunschweig Festival and at Soundtrack Cologne Festival, Fimucité in Tenerife and Krakow Film Music Festival.
Jean-Michel Bernard Plays Lalo Schifrin was released on Varèse Sarabande in October of 2017.
Argentine-born American pianist, composer, conductor and arranger Lalo Schifrin (Bullitt) has been active for over 50 years and has composed some of the most memorable and acclaimed music in cinema and television. Among them, the iconic original themes of such films as Dirty Harry, and the TV show Mission: Impossible, a theme that was later reprised in the Tom Cruise-starring film franchise. He was also nominated for six Academy Awards, five of which were for writing the original scores for Cool Hand Luke (1967), The Fox (1967), Voyage of the Damned (1976), The Amityville Horror (1979) and The Sting II (1983).
Despite these six nominations, he never won an Oscar, until November 18, when he received an Honorary Oscar at the 10th Governors Awards, which is the annual ceremony that honors extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences itself.