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Unless otherwise specified, all music copyright © and (P) 2010 John Sawoski, published by Million Oaks Music (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved. International Copyright Secured. Any use, transmission, broadcast, synchronization, or reproduction without owner consent is prohibited. All web content copyright ©2006 John Sawoski, PO Box 7060, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. (310) 590-6000. All rights reserved.

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Updated: July 06, 2013 

For Immediate Release - Performances in China, Gregg Marx in Palm Springs, The Color Purple, Disney Candlelight, and More

October 16 and 18, 2008 - American Reflections in China
November 8 - Gregg Marx and Luba Mason at Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs
November 18-30, 2008 - The Color Purple at Orange County Performing Arts Center
December 6-7, 2008 - Candlelight Concerts at Disneyland

News Update:

October 2008 - Keyboard Magazine calls Quantum Leap Pianos "The New Meaning of Heavyweight"
September 12 - Kodak Salute to Cinematography for Emmy Nominees
July-August - Pageant of the Masters
October 16 and 18, 2008 - American Reflections in China

Shandong University of the Arts 50th Anniversary
John Sawoski plays keyboards for Santa Monica College's musical revue American Reflections: Broadway in Concert, created in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Founding of Shandong College of the Arts, Jinan, China. Gary Gray, Musical Director.

Santa Monica College Main StageAmerican Reflections will also be performed at Santa Monica College's Main Stage September 25 through October 5. Click here for tickets.

November 8 - Gregg Marx and Luba Mason at Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs

John Sawoski will musical direct and play for Gregg Marx and Luba Mason in concert at the Annenberg Theater in Palm Springs, as part of Les Michaels' Life is a Cabaret concert series, at 8 pm, Saturday, November 8. This performance features a headlining male and female artist presenting their own cabaret shows with an intermission in between their acts.
Luba Mason

Luba Mason is the wife of Grammy-Award winner Ruben Blades, but as a singer/ actress/ producer/ songwriter - Luba Mason is a bonafide star in her own right. The stunning Slovak beauty has starred on Broadway opposite Brooke Shields in "Chicago," opposite Matthew Broderick in "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying", in "Jekyll & Hyde", and Paul Simon's "The Capeman." Making a smooth transition into nightclubs and recording, the classically trained vocalist and pianist's follow up to her debut CD "Collage" (PS Classics) is titled "Krazy Love" - executing Brazilian based jazz with a 5 piece acoustic band. Luba's writing talents will be showcased as well premiering 8 original songs written by herself and co-producer/ musician Renato Neto (Prince).

Luba's talents have garnered some impressive notices including:
"Too good to overlook."  - Time Out- NY
"Powerfully impressive."  -Jazz Times
Gregg Marx

Gregg Marx is a grandson and great-nephew of the legendary Marx Brothers, and probably best known to television viewers as "Tom Hughes" on the CBS daytime drama "As The World Turns" a role for which he received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

As a singer, Gregg has appeared in some of the most celebrated cabaret venues in Los Angeles, including the world-famous Hollywood Cinegrill, Masquers "Cabaret, The Gardenia, Feinstein" At The Cinegrill, and open-ended runs at both Maggiano's at The Grove and II Moro Supper Club. New York audiences have seen Gregg at Danny's Skylight Room. Most recently, Gregg joined forces with his cousin and local legend, pianist Bill Marx and bassist, Pat Senatore, for a sold-out performance at Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill in Los Angeles.

When he is not on stage, Gregg can most likely be found in a recording studio as the voice of hundreds of television and radio commercials, television promos and movie trailers.

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November 18-30, 2008 - The Color Purple at Orange County Performing Arts Center

John Sawoski works as keyboard sub in the orchestra of The Color Purple, at Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, CA.
December 6-7, 2008: Candlelight Concerts at Disneyland

John Sawoski will play keyboards with the orchestra for Disneyland's Annual Candlelight Concert, featuring a 650-voice choir, various soloists, and a celebrity guest narrator. Town Square, Disneyland. The orchestra, made up mostly of Los Angeles studio musicians, performs a beautifully moving collection of Christmas music, from Handel's Hallelujah Chorus to songs and carols arranged by Bob Krogstad, John Rutter, Jack Askew, Peter Knight, Ken Whitcomb, musical director Bruce Healey, and others. The conductor is Nancy Sulahian, Director of Chamber Singers in the Los Angeles Master Chorale. To get an idea of what this unadvertised yet huge event is like for Disneyland Park visitors, click here.

NEWS UPDATE - October 2008

John in the studioOctober 2008 Issue of Keyboard Magazine calls Quantum Leap Pianos "The New Meaning of Heavyweight"

Click here to read an excerpt of a review from the October 2008 issue of Keyboard Magazine calling the EastWest Quantum Leap Pianos “The New Meaning of Heavyweight,” “the biggest, most ambitious sampled piano project ever, with the sound quality to prove it,” and  “by far the most detailed and biggest-sounding pianos of the bunch.” (The entire article is here.)

John Sawoski, the pianist who actually played every note sampled in three of the four Quantum Leap Pianos (the Bosendorfer, the Steinway, and the Bechstein), is pictured here in August 2006 at the Bechstein at EastWest Studios in Hollywood during a break in the Quantum Leap Pianos recording sessions.

September 12, 2008 - Kodak Salute to Cinematography for Emmy Nominees

John Sawoski, Carl Rigoli, and Richard Maloof played John Sawoski's trio arrangements of themes from television programs nominated for 2008 Emmy Awards in Cinematography, as part of Eastman Kodak's Salute to Cinematography/em>, a private event and ceremony honoring eighteen of the 2008 Emmy nominees in cinematography.

A Glimpse of John Sawoski's Keyboard RigJuly-August 2008 - Pageant of the Masters

John Sawoski played first keyboard with the orchestra in all performances of the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, CA. For more information about the Pageant of the Masters, please click on

Pictured here is a glimpse of John Sawoski's complex keyboard rig as used on Pageant of the Masters: Keyboard Wizard software by Paul Nahay, triggering EastWest Quantum Leap Pianos and Orchestra, music orchestrated and composed by Richard Henn, and Roland RD-700GX Stage Piano.

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