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Published on Feb 24, 2008
"Playing Around the Corners" will offer glimpses into the dynamic life of Hal McKusick as a legendary musician, teacher, woods craftsman, pilot and a jazz griot whose stories embody the atmosphere of 20th century jazz. Hal McKusick is a a world renowned musician who has worked with the big bands of Les Brown, Woody Herman, Boyd Raeburn, Alvino Rey, Buddy Rich, and Claude Thornhill. Hal has also made musical contributions as a studio musician, recording as a leader for Jubilee, Bethlehem, Victor, Coral, New Jazz, Prestige, and Decca. Through Hal's story, the film casts light on how novel technology resulted in the demise of the big band era. The trailer will be developed into a complete documentary that will premiere at the Chamberlain/Fairweather Scholarship event at the Ross School in East Hampton.