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Jack Smalley, film and television composer, mentor of mentors and mentor of composing legends will share valuable film and television scoring techniques. Learn more about Jack during an interview by special guest Perry Botkin, Jr.  followed by Jack’s in depth demonstration which includes printed scores, study material and audio examples.

Jack Smalley presents
“Composition Techniques for Film and T.V.”
with special guest Perry Botkin

Jack Smalley

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 @ 7pm

@ Musician’s Local 47
817 Vine St.
Hollywood, CA 90038

FREE for Members & $10 Guests; Free Parking

ABOUT JACK:  After the war (WWII), Jack took the G.I. bill back to Europe and studied composition with Darius Milhaud at the Conservatoire de Musique in Paris France for almost 4 years. While in Paris, he performed with guitarist Django Reinhardt, and American singer Annie Ross.

Back in the states, he worked a bit with Vido Musso, Gerry Mulligan, Alvino Ray and Ray Conliff, then over five years with the Page Cavanaugh trio and he studied serial composition with George Tremblay in Los Angeles.

Smalley’s television work included composing for episodes of Streets of San Francisco and Barnaby Jones, and then he joined Jack Elliott and Allyn Ferguson working on Swat, Love Boat, Starsky and Hutch, and five years of Charlie’s Angels. In the meantime, Smalley wrote episodes for Knight Rider and Murder She Wrote and also orchestrated many films such as The Gladiator, Last of the Mohicans, and Conan the Barbarian.

Professor of Film Composition at USC for 20 years, and member of the permanent faculty at the Aspen Summer Music Festival, Jack was also on the faculty at the Dick Grove Music Workshop, and headed up  the composition program at the Henry Mancini Institute.

Authored “Composing Music for Film“, “Lyrics Lyrics Lyrics” which are both available at
Also authored a biographical book about his first year in France called “The Music Came First” available at


Perry Botkin grew up in California and graduated from North Hollywood High School moving on to the University of Indiana and U.S.C as a trombone major. He joined the Army in 1953 and, after two years of service in the West Point Band, moved back to California and began his professional career.

In 1955, he joined the Rock group “The Cheers” as a singer, trombone player, and arranger. The Cheers had a hit record – Leiber/Stoller’s “Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots”. Perry left the group in 1956 and began his career as a freelance group singer, arranger, songwriter, and composer. He wrote arrangements for dozens of artists in Pop Rock and the “American Song book” world.

In the 70’s and 80’s were movies and TV.  He won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement (Nadia’s Theme) and was nominated for a Best Song Oscar (Bless the Beasts and Children). He is currently composing Avant/Garde electronic music. Perry also plays an important role, musically and personally, in a Documentary film about the creation of Hip Hop. “Sample This” is the title…. It was released in art theaters in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. More info at

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