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Lalo Schifrin celebrates his life with autobiography
6-Dec-2008 -
Mission Impossible: My Life in Music
Reflects On Life’s Work in Classical,
Jazz, and Film

Scarecrow Press has released the autobiography
of six-time Academy Award® nominated composer
Lalo Schifrin.
Richard Palmer, is a journey from Schifrin's formative
years in Argentina to the classical and jazz
atmospheres in Paris in the 1950s; from his jazz
career with Dizzy Gillespie to his development as a
film composer.
Organized in eight parts, the book reflects on
Schifrin's cosmopolitan experience providing
impressions and vignettes of the extraordinary
people with whom he worked. His music bridges
three styles—jazz, classical, and film/TV—his
autobiography offers insights on all three genres,
as well as politics, literature, and travel.
It includes over 30 photos, appendixes listing
Schifrin's works, a discography, and an audio CD
featuring some of Schifrin's greatest compositions.
As a young man in his native Argentina, Lalo Schifrin
received classical training in music and studied law.
He came from a musical family, and his father was
the concertmaster of the Philharmonic Orchestra of
Buenos Aires at the Teatro Colon.
After his studies at the Paris Conservatory, Schifrin
returned to Argentina and formed his own big
concert band. Dizzy Gillespie heard Schifrin perform
and asked him to become his pianist, arranger, and
composer. In 1958, Schifrin moved to the United States
and began his remarkable career.
Since then Schifrin’s career has taken him in many
directions. As a jazz musician he performed and
recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan,
Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Count Basie, Dee Dee
Bridgewater, and George Benson.
His classical activities include Zubin Mehta, The T
hree Tenors, Rostropovich, Barenboim, and others.
His longtime involvement in both the jazz and
worlds came together in 1993 as pianist and conductor
for his on-going series of “Jazz Meets the Symphony”
recordings, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra,
and jazz stars like Ray Brown, Grady Tate, Jon Faddis,
Paquito D’Rivera and James Morrison.
Schifrin has written over 100 film and television scores
including Mission Impossible, Mannix, Cool Hand Luke,
Bullitt, The Cincinnati Kid, Amityville Horror, four of the
Dirty Harry films, and more recently Abominable and
the Rush Hour trilogy.
To date, Lalo Schifrin has won four Grammys®
(twenty-one nominations), one Cable ACE Award,
and six Academy Award® nominations.
The book with CD is available from

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