Play along with Alan Kaplan and a full big band featuring classic ballads from the great American song book.
In a world where the trombone is mostly considered just a background instrument, Alan Kaplan stands out. Growing up in Los Angeles he began playing at the age of eight. He tried to prepare for a “real” job, majoring in engineering at LA Valley College, but by the age of nineteen he was on the road with Buddy Rich. He was the youngest trombonist ever to play lead with that band. The next few years found him playing with big band legends such as Harry James, Louis Bellson, Don Ellis, and Lionel Hampton. By the late 70’s he was being compared to trombone greats like Carl Fontana and Frank Rosolino.
Recent years have found Kaplan settled back in his hometown. His skills honed on the road, he now enjoys his position as one of the top studio trombone players in Los Angeles. His recording credits vary vastly from Marvin Gaye to Johnny Mathis to Madonna to Placido Domingo to Sarah Vaughan to Oingo Boingo to Whitney Houston to the Hollywood Bowl orchestra, Josh Grobin, Michael Buble, Bob Dylan, Metallica, Muse, and countless more.
Kaplan’s TV credits include such shows as Hawaii 5-0, Dynasty, Voyager, Star Trek, Home Front, Buddy Faro and hundreds of others. He has been the featured trombone soloist on more than 1000 cartoons such as Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, Tazmania, Pinky and the Brain, 101 Dalmations, Timon and Pumbaa and many others. He is currently working on The Simpsons, Penny Dreadful, Family Guy, American Dad, Revenge, Agent Carter, and Galavant. He was a regular member of the staff bands on the Merv Griffin, Joan Rivers, and Star Search Shows. For several years, Alan has been in the orchestra on the Academy Awards. He also was in the band for the Jerry Lewis Telethon for many years. In 1994 and again in 2000 Kaplan performed and recorded with Barbra Streisand on her concert tour.
His movie credits are perhaps most impressive of all, a list of some 900 plus films including “Animal House”, “Airplane”, “Dances with Wolves”, “Out of Africa”, “Sleepless n Seattle”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Hercules”, “Apollo 13”, “The Lion King”, “Con-Air”, “Batman and Robin”, “Silverado”, Godzilla”, “Zorro”, “Planet of the Apes”, “Spiderman 1,2, and 3”, and “Men in Black 2”, “Pirates of the Carribean 1,2, and 3”,”Star Trek XI”,”The Incredibles”,”Up”, “Transformers 1&2” , “Annie”, “Mission Impossible 1,2,3, and 4”, “Alice in Wonderland”,and ”Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” to name a few.
Alan was one of the principals in a Windplayer Magazine article featuring LA’s elite studio trombone players and was recently featured in the Brass Herald. In January of 2002 Alan released his first solo album. It is a beautiful collection of standard ballads arranged for a thirty piece orchestra called Lonely Town. It was nominated for a Grammy that year. He more recently put out the CD “Secrets of Hoyt’s Garage” where he plays all the tenor and bass trombone parts himself. Information on these can be found at: www.alankaplan.org