SOURCE: Saxophonist Bill Trujillo

October 16, 2012 14:25 ET

What a Trip It's Been for Legendary Saxophonist Bill Trujillo, Who's Played With Frank, Dino, Elvis, Tony Bennett and Peggy Lee, and Now Takes Center Stage on 'Vegas,' a Jazz-Driven Homage to His Longtime Home Set for Release October 23

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - Oct 16, 2012) - A fixture for several decades in the orchestras at such legendary hotels as the Tropicana, Sands, Stardust, Dunes, Frontier, Flamingo and MGM Grand, Los Angeles native Bill Trujillo has made Las Vegas his home for 50 years while backing everyone from Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack pals Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. to Elvis, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee.

Another legend on the veteran saxophonist's resume of icons is Tony Bennett, who called Bill's tenor solo during his performance of The Beatles' "Something" as the best he had ever heard. Even legendary jazzman Stan Getz trekked to The Strip to see Trujillo do his thing.

Now, with the October 23rd release of his traditional jazz driven full length album Vegas, the 82-year-old Trujillo is giving something back, adding a solo and riffs to a trippy, easy grooving title track that is poised to be Sin City's next theme song.

What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas? Catchy -- but not as hip, super cool and "now" as "What a trip it would be,..." the refrain written and spoken-sung, Bennett style, by the saxman's 85-year-old brother Chuck about crossing the desert and seeing your name up in lights back in the Rat Pack days. The colorful closer to the 13-track set is, like the rest of Vegas, a true family affair, featuring music composed by Trujillo's nephew Christopher and soulful background vocals of the saxophonist's daughter Michelle Marie, who sang in Las Vegas in the '70s and '80s.

The collection was produced and executive produced by Bill's son Nick Trujillo (, who despite growing up in a musical household, successfully pursued a career in academia before entering the independent music world in a unique way several years ago after his wife died of ovarian cancer. Trujillo has recorded two CDs of quirky songs (Is That Viral Enuf 4 U?, That Is (Still) The Question) under the name Gory Bateson, the mythical nephew of the late British anthropologist Gregory Bateson. With Vegas, Nick adds acid jazz and bebop to his eclectic catalogue. 

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