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WEAVER: Who are a few musicians you have done work for?
DAMON: Well.... Buddy Collette, Joel Peskin, Richard Simon, Thom Rotella, Tim May, Dominic Genova, Mike Kowalski... mostly studio musicians.
WEAVER: There are plenty of location recording facilities, what do you think separates you from them?
DAMON: I would have to say, my crews experience in feature film and TV music scoring. I have been at Warner Bros. as the music scoring stage manager for the past few years. The similarities are amazing - fast and furious. Working with orchestras, big bands, and rhythm sections on a daily basis, we have all grown accustomed to high pressure situations.
WEAVER: Who have you assembled as the MD&D crew?
DAMON: Well, the crew consists of myself, Dominic Gonzales, music scoring stage manager of Paramount, Pete Elia from Westwind Studios, and Rich Wheeler formerly of Evergreen/Ground Control. We had all started out together at Evergreen years ago. Scoring on this level makes us all very fast.
WEAVER: I understand that you have taken many projects from the recording phase all the way to finished CDs. How has this helped your business?
DAMON: It has helped immensely. People feel very comfortable knowing that there will be quality control through all phases of their CD production; recording, mixing, digital editing, mastering, and manufacturing. Taking projects from start to finish has really helped our business.
WEAVER: What project are you currently working on?
DAMON: We have just finished recording Buddy Collette live in concert at the Thousand Oaks Civic Auditorium. It was absolutely amazing! The band was incredible. It was a real treat to work with Buddy and Richard Simon.
WEAVER: How do you know Buddy?
DAMON: Well years ago, he was my saxophone teacher at Loyola Marymount University. Buddy taught us in a Jazz Band. We were pretty bad. He has the patience of a saint.
WEAVER: Now Denny, you run the CD music compilation business with your brothers. What is that all about?
DENNY: We started a company about 3 years ago producing CDs for corporate premiums.
WEAVER: Who are some of your clients?
DENNY: We produced KLON's first compilation CD called "Jazz for Members". Other clients are Eastman Kodak, Hilton Hotels, and KXLU radio.
WEAVER: How did you come up with this idea?
DENNY: We started it because we knew that between us we could pull it off. Dale has the publishing experience and Damon has the CD mastering and editing chops.
WEAVER: How has the business done?
DENNY: It is going well now, but it is very hard to find the decision makers in all of the process. We have been very persistent over the years and it is starting to pay off.
WEAVER: I understand that you are directing a documentary on L.A.'s session players of the early 60's.
DENNY: That's right, itís called, "Behind the Curtain of the West Coast Sound & the Wrecking Crew". There was a time in the in the early 60's that a group of studio musicians could be heard on popular radio at anytime and anyplace. They were virtually unknown to the listening public but they played behind almost everyone that came through L.A. If they weren't creating Phil Spector's Wall of Sound, they were recording with the Beach Boys or Frank Sinatra. When you see the musicians credits, its awesome. Certain surf groups like the Marketts & Routers were the same group of session players. They were the Milli Vanilli of their day.
WEAVER: Howís the filming going?
DENNY: Excellent. Last month, we had a round table discussion with four legends of the time. Drummer Hal Blaine, bassist Carol Kay, and saxophonist Plas Johnson and our father, guitarist Tommy Tedesco. The stories were amazing. Last week we filmed Nancy Sinatra & pianist Don Randi and we're hoping to talk to Brian Wilson to hear his thoughts and memories of the time
WEAVER: Is this your first documentary?
DENNY: No, I've been working in film for about 15 years now and the last 8 years, Iíve been working almost exclusively in IMAX documentaries. From volcanoes & sharks to lions and bears (oh my)... most of the time its easier dealing with musicians.
WEAVER: Dale, how long have you been a music publisher
DALE: I started with producer Snuff Garrett in 1967. He had produced Sonny & Cher, Gary Lewis and the Playboys and many more. Since Snuff, I've worked with MCA, Warner Bros., ABC and for the last 15 years I've had my own publishing consulting company called Dale Tedesco Music.
WEAVER: What is DTM working on now?
DALE: I service background and vocal material to motion pictures and television series. Sometimes, Iíll be called to supply tunes to artists that are looking for new material.
WEAVER: How often do you get called for jazz tunes.
DALE: In the old days, very little. But now with cross over radio stations like the wave, and clubs like B.B. Kings & House of Blues, there tends to be more demand. A couple of years ago, we had two songs on Ernestine Anderson's album "Here & Now".
WEAVER: Wasn't that up for a Grammy Award?
DALE: Yeah, Stix Hooper did a killer job. The tunes weren't necessarily jazz type tunes but Ernestine & Stix turned them around to work in her style.
WEAVER: What do you brothers see in the future?
DENNY: There are too many great musicians in this town that are not known except by other musicians. Itís great when I get calls from someone that has received a premium CD and they want to know where they can find a Brandon Fields, Cecilia Coleman, or LA Jazz Quartet CD.
DAMON: Our hope is to keep recording live jazz music and introduce non-jazz lovers to new sounds.
Dale: Spread jazz to the masses.


John Michael Weaver is a guest writer for MIX magazine and the Head of Recording Arts Department at Loyola Marymount University.