Bill Trujillo’s new album, “Vegas,” will be released on Tuesday, October 23rd. Four of the tracks, including the cool “Bossa Nico,” were recorded at the Las Vegas studio of Garrett Hypes, a baritone sax player and owner of saxophone.com. Trujillo, 82, and a quartet of veteran Vegas musicians including Howard Agster (drums), Tom McDermott (guitar), Bob Sachs (bass), and Ronnie Simone (piano) recorded additional tracks at Digital Insights Recording in Vegas. The CD was mastered at Moonlight Studios in Los Angeles.
You can hear the album by clicking on the MUSIC page, then clicking on VEGAS.
The title track, “Vegas,” is an acid jazz song co-written by Bill’s 85-year-old brother Chuck and 60-year-old nephew Christopher, and produced by Bill’s son Nick. Chuck performs the lead vocals in a cool Tony Bennett style. Bill adds his trademark tenor riffs and a solo, and Bill’s daughter Michelle Marie performs additional background vocals. So it’s a family affair. Also performing on the title track are Jeff Lewis on trumpet and David Vasquez on keyboards, along with background vocals by Cathy Segal-Garcia and Irene Cathaway.
Several of the other tracks on the album have Las Vegas references, such as Howard Hughes Blues, Our Lady of Vegas, Bishop G, The Strip, and Thank You Mr. Bennett.
Bill and his wife Claudia have lived in Las Vegas since 1960. Their three kids, Nick, Michelle, and Lisa, were raised there and attended Our Lady of Las Vegas and Bishop Gorman High School. Bill played in the orchestras of the Tropicana, Stardust, Dunes, Flamingo, MGM, and other hotels, and he traveled with Frank Sinatra, and other stars as well.
“I am very honored to have produced my dad’s album,” his son Nick said. “He is a jazz legend, and this album displays his incredible talent and the importance of Las Vegas in his life.”