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The Nelson Riddle Orchestra is back and planning to hit the World Music Expo (WOMEX) in Denmark this October. Join us on our journey!

Our goal is to bring the legendary Nelson Riddle Orchestra back to the international stage by representing at the World Music Expo (WOMEX) in Copenhagen this October. For the past three years the Riddle family have worked to rebuild the orchestra into one of the tightest and most reputable institutions in the jazz world. We are proud to say that we are now ready to make our return to the world stage.... but we need your help.


THE GOAL

By raising at least $15,000 we can hit the World Expo with a bang! Armed with shiny modern literature and new demo material, in a well positioned booth along with our happy and impassioned team we will reintroduce this epitome of American cultural goodness to the world... and get the orchestra firmly back on the road in 2012. Kickstarter funding would allow us to make a short promo film/teaser of the band in action, design and print materials, rent booth space, pay for flights/hotels and WOMEX membership to bring the music of the people back to the people!!!


THE NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA TODAY

Nelson passed the mantle of director of his orchestra to his son and former bass trombonist Christopher Riddle. Today Chris is back at the helm with some of the world's finest jazz musicians and the full support of the family. We have our own dedicated production team and Empire Artists International as our exclusive booking agency. With several exciting programs and a wealth of incredible talent we are on the verge of breaking back into the live music world and we are asking you to help us overcome the only obstacle we have left. It has been a heck of a ride thus far and we hope you will join us in this last big push.


THE HERITAGE

Nelson Riddle and his orchestra first came to prominence in the early 1950s when he arranged Unforgettable and Mona Lisa. Both hits were instant successes and really set Nelson on the road. With over 300 of America's most memorable hits, many of which were recorded with Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney and Linda Ronstadt the Nelson Riddle Orchestra was the Midas of the music industry for more than four decades selling over half a billion records. Nelson's compositions and arrangements have also rewarded him with an Academy Award, numerous nominations, several Grammys and other notable accolades. What most people don't realize is that neither Nelson nor the Orchestra reap the lavish financial rewards of the soloists with whom he worked, since he was essentially 'talent for hire'.

Having a solid representation at WOMEX would be a major step in getting the Nelson Riddle Orchestra firmly back on the world stage as this is the premiere marketplace for theaters and venues to book their acts for the coming year.

FAQ

  • The Nelson Riddle Orchestra is a registered trademark of the Riddle Family in the US, UK and various other territories worldwide. Nelson's son Christopher is the primary conductor of the orchestra and has performed on many of those iconic tracks we all know and love. Rosemary, his sister is President of the foundation which owns and manages the orchestra as well as preserves the musical legacy. Nelson's grandchildren also play a large part in the day to day operations of both the orchestra, foundation and booking agency.

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  • No, like Frank Sinatra, Nelson was born and raised here in New Jersey. Born in 1921 the family lived in Oradell before moving to the Jersey Shore (Rumson & Fair Haven). Following his time in the military he moved out to CA where he lived for the remainder of his career.

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  • Back in 2006 we collaborated on a concert with the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin, Ireland. The phenomenal success, good will and positive audience feedback prompted us to look at bringing the orchestra back. Our goal was to reform the Nelson Riddle Orchestra with a dedicated group of the worlds finest jazz musicians adhering to the energy and artistic nuance for which Nelson was renowned. Following test runs from 2007 in the UK and 2009 here in the U.S. our decision to pursue this revival was reaffirmed. For the past 3 years we have worked full-time to get all the legal, operational and logistical ducks in a row and now we are ready to hit the world stage with a bang!

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  • Well folks, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra is run by the Nelson Riddle Foundation Inc. a New Jersey registered not-for-profit organization. As such all pledges (if we make our goal) that become donations are tax deductible. We'll send out a receipt and you just make sure it's included in the charitable donation section of your next tax return.

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  • The Foundation uses any net profits from the orchestra to give kids and exceptional professional music educational opportunities. There is a catch, these beneficiaries must then go out and use their talent to do something of benefit within their communities or for a cause that is close to their heart. This is our pay-it-forward model. By getting the Orchestra back on the road again we can begin to fuel and drive the Foundation and really use the music for good.

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    Nelson Riddle Orchestra - WOMEX promo pack (literature, photos, DVD in a nice folder).

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    As above but we will include a NRO t-shirt and CD.

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    As above but you also get a Nelson Riddle signature coffee mug and another of Nelson's CDs.

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    At this level you will receive a pair of ticket vouchers for one of our live shows near you plus a video chat with the Riddle team, as well as the WOMEX promo pack, Nelson Riddle coffee mug and some CDs.

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    Added to the $250 rewards you will receive VIP passes to our after-party at one of our selected shows for 4 people.

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    Spend the day at our demo shoot in NJ. Meet the Riddle family and get behind the scenes access to the band in action as the video material for WOMEX is being shot. We can promise good people, good food, GREAT music and a goody bag.

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    You're now in the Riddle Club, our new exclusive group of fans and supporters for a lifetime of insider access, personal content and invitations to some of our private events.

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    Join us at WOMEX... Fancy a trip to Denmark to see what's going on in the world of music? With this reward you would be part of our team for the week. Just be aware that we're on a budget so it's economy all the way.

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    $15,000 - Have the orchestra come play in your back yard! You provide the stage and we'll bring the magic. Kickstarter won't allow us create anything more than a $10k reward so you would have to make 2 donations for this one. Yes it's true, for the mere sum of $15,000 you can invite all your friends over to your place, park, club house etc... for a night to remember. If you are within a couple of hours of either NYC or Los Angeles we will take care of transport but beyond that you would be responsible for travel, meals and accommodation. Our basic sound package is just that.. basic.. so if your planning something for a larger venue please factor that in as an additional expense. Please e-mail: francis@nelsonriddle.org for more details or call us at 646-248-7707.

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