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There was not a dry eye in the house when Oscar-winning songwriter, Alan Bergman, sang three of the songs that earned he and his wife, Marilyn, the Los Angeles Jazz Society’s 2015 Jazz Tribute Award Saturday evening at The Montalban Theater.  Composer/arranger, producer, Quincy Jones, took the stage to conduct his own arrangement of “Lil’ Ol Groovemaker” and, to make the presentation to the Bergmans.  Performing “The Way We Were”, (from the film of the same name, penned by the Bergmans and composer Michel Legrand) were Grammy-winning recording artists Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., who also served as the hosts for the evening.  Director of the film, Norman Jewison, was there to honor the two songwriters who composed many songs for his films over the years including “The Windmills of Your Mind,” another LeGrand collaboration for “The Thomas Crown Affair” (1968) starring Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen.  Barbra Streisand sent a heartfelt video message for The Bergmans and noted that she has recorded 61 of their songs. Trombonist, George Bohanon, received a Lifetime Achievement award and the Shelly Manne New Talent Award went to young bassist, Julian Gomez, whose family was on hand to cheer him on.  Both performed with their groups.  Julian’s trio included two past recipients – Alex Smith and Jamael Dean.   Bassist/composer/conductor John Clayton presented to George, and served as Musical Director conducting the jazz orchestra during the evening.. The great composer/arranger, Johnny Mandel, best known for composing the M*A*S*H Theme, conducted his arrrangement of “I Won’t Believe My Eyes”.  Other performers included Grammy Award winning vocalists Steve Tyrell who brought the audience to their feet, and Tierney Sutton, who ran in to perform duets with Roger Kellaway and Alan Bergman, Shelea – currently touring with Stevie Wonder, pianist/composer Roger Kellaway who has collaborated with the Bergmans several times — Katie Thiroux and her quartet opened the evening. Also spotted at the concert were Marla Gibbs, Hal Linden, Florence LaRue, Jeff Hamilton, Denise Donatelli, and many other Jazz appreciators includings the president of the L.A. Jazz Society, Flip Manne, widow of legendary Jazz drummer, Shelly Manne, who welcomed the guests. Special gratitude to our sponsors without whom these events would never happen – Herb Alpert Foundation, Cathy & Howard Stone, Carole & James Barrall, ASCAP, Barbara Abell, Jackie & Howard Banchik, Kathlen McGrath & J.J. Abrams Family Foundation, Remo, Inc., KJAZZ, Martha 7 Johnny Mandel, Flip Manne, Angeles & Albert Nassi and VIP Reception Co-Host 1600 Vine Street for such a lovely reception venue.  Also, Jacqueline & Clarence Avant, Cecilia Brown, Bill Kobin & Fran Goodman, John McCure & Joe Rothman, Cherrill Manne, Lois Saffian, Rita Zwrn and Local 47.