Mitch Glickman makes his way in Hollywood.
MONICA GULLON photos by SAM URDANK
EASY TO SPOT Mitch Glickman '84
amid the boisterous musicians thronging the rehearsal hall
on a recent broiling Los Angeles summer morning. He's the relaxed-looking
guy at the center of the friendly storm.
this afternoon, this group, the American Jazz Philharmonic (AJP),
will perform Glickman's "Kaleidoscope March" at the Cerritos Family
Arts Festival. Though he's been with the orchestra for years--and
newly promoted to associate music director--this is Glickman's
AJP premiere composition. That in itself would be cause enough
for some jitters. Add in that contract negotiations have prevented
the AJP from rehearsing for the last 18 months, and the musicians
are only now seeing the piece for the first time, and you'd expect
the lanky composer to be a basket case. But he's not. Dressed
in slacks and a polo, Glickman is cool as can be. Huddled with
his longtime mentor, the orchestra director and film and TV composer
Jack Elliott, he just smiles and waves at the late arrivals finding
their seats in the packed rehearsal space. "This is a 'red-light'
orchestra," Glickman explains from the sidelines as Elliott warms
up the orchestra. "They may sound ragged in rehearsal, but when
the record light goes on or the curtain goes up, they really pull
AJP (which actually sound pretty terrific as they practice) is
very close to Glickman's heart. Perhaps because no matter what
other projects he's working on--scoring the TNN film Proudheart,
producing albums, or arranging music for Leon Redbone, Bud Shank,
and Barry Manilow--it always seems like home.