Los Angeles Jazz Society Honor (excerpts)

October 28, 2001—”Even if you wanted to, you couldn’t escape from Elmer Bernstein. His music has stirred you, excited you, inspired you, amused you, and kept close company with you for the past fifty years. Kept close with you, your family, and your family’s family—no matter where you live in the world.”

“How is he thought of by the other members of the music community? With deep respect and a lot of envy. Somehow, he has managed to stay on the cutting edge throughout his career. His innovative concept for ‘The Man With The Golden Arm’ was a ground breaking, all-jazz score—and a Hollywood first. Previously, jazz was treated as a specialty item. He proved it could sustain mood for an entire film.”

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