Rich Iacona: You've Never Heard of Him But You've Heard Him

Chances are high you've never heard of pianist/composer Rich Iacona. But believe me, you've heard him.

While Iacona, a New Yorker who comes to town this week for a series of clinics and shows with the Houston Community College big band program at the invitation of HCC professor Woody Witt, has never toured much or had hits on the radio, he has a resume of recordings he's worked on and compositions he's written that would be the envy of anyone claiming to make their living in jazz.

In a career spanning 50 years, Iacona has played with or provided arrangements for an amazing array of artists ranging from Charles Aznavour to Lisa Minelli, Chuck Berry to Clark Terry. He composed the theme for Telemundo's hit series, 12 Corazones, commercials for Sears, Acura, Folger's Coffee, and has appeared in movies such as Mighty Aphrodite and Woody Allen's Celebrity. His music has been heard on Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, and The Maury Povich Show. He has also produced four albums of his own as The Bad Little Big Band. His most famous composition is "Sin Palabras."

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William Michael Smith