Everyone at the Universal Hilton knew that Thursday night’s ASMAC Golden Score Award winner can arrange, compose and play just about anything. But who knew that the Citrus College Blue Note Orchestra could swing out like the best of them?
Those teen- and twentysomethings wowed the mostly Boomer crowd that make up the American Society of Arrangers and Composers, including the legendary Sammy Nestico, whose broken hip postponed the festivities from April.
“He’s up and he’s full of piss and vinegar,” joked host Rob Reiner after he and others raved about Nestico’s work with Count Basie and countless others. “It’s a great life and this is the cream at the top,” Nestico said with teary eyes.
Then the roast began, as Reiner revealed the evening’s second honoree. “Marc Shaiman and I have done 11 movies together,” he groused with a grin, “and he wins many, many awards, so I end up doing these events, and I’m sick of it! Marc, you have to lose your talent or piss me off!”
Shaiman, the night’s other Golden Score winner, was serenaded by his “Hairspray” stars Marissa Jaret Winokur and Jenifer Lewis. “I feel like Tom Sawyer,” Shaiman joked, “I feel like I just sat through my own funeral.”