Don Randi is recording a new jazz album featuring the hit music of the Beach Boys he originally played on back when you first “heard his hands.” Great musicians join Don on this album: John DePatie (guitar), Chris Roy (bass), Pete Korpela (percussion). Look forward to this release later this year! (photo taken at Behringer Studios, Los Angeles )
July 4: Don Randi appeared on the Jake Feinberg Show. Listen Here
June 25: Don Randi and Quest performed at The Baked Potato in Studio City, CA.
May 7: Don Randi and Quest performed at The Baked Potato in Studio City, CA.
April 30: Don Randi spoke at the SFV Assistance League Authors Luncheon, Saturday 4/30/16 at The Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City. Nish was also there.
April 8: Don Randi and Quest performed at The Baked Potato in Studio City.
March 26: Don Randi and Quest performed at The Hillcrest Center for The Arts in Thousand Oaks, CA.
March 12: Don Randi and Quest performed at The Baked Potato Studio City, CA. 9:30pm & 11:00pm.
February 6: Don Randi and Quest performed at The Baked Potato Studio City, CA.
January 21 to 24: NAMM – Nish and Don Randi attended the convention. Don Randi performed at the Hal Leonard booth (5720 Hall B) on Jan 23.
January 4: Jeff Floro interviewed Don Randi on his show, “All About Guitar,” on LAtakradio.com .
January 1:An interview Don Randi did with Oscar Garza on KPCC 89.3 Los Angeles aired on The Frame with John Horn. The show was previously preempted due to the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13. You can listen to the interview at this link.
December 31: NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY! Don Randi and Quest at The Baked Potato, Studio City CA.
December 5: Don Randi and Quest performed at The Commons in Calabasas CA for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles charity. Don and Nish signed copies of “You’ve Heard These Hands” at the Barnes & Noble in The Commons.
November 30: Don Randi was live on BBC Radio “Up All Night” with Leonard Klady 6:00pm PST to 7:00pm PST.
November 28: Don Randi and Quest at The Baked Potato Studio City, CA.
November 21: Barnes & Noble at The Commons in Calabasas CA. Noon to 2PM PST special book event on Vinyl Day with Don Randi and Nish. And a private event at Olandar in Malibu.
November 19: Special concert and book event with Don Randi at the Musicians Union Local 47 in Hollywood. 6:30pm to 8:30pm,
November 14: Don Randi and Quest appeared for a book signing and concert event at Barnes & Noble Valencia, CA @ 2PM.
November 13: Don Randi on KPCC, “The Frame”
November 10: N.Vernon IN, Lakeside Wood Fired Pizza, Noon to 3:00 pm CST Don Randi had a delicious book signing event at the best pizza restaurant in Indiana.
November 9: In Indiana, Don Randi appeared on 106.1 The River with Todd Berryman on the Morning Show at 9:00AM CST
November 7: Performance and book signing event with Don Randi at Barnes & Noble, Jensen Beach FL for “You’ve Heard These Hands.” Time 5:00pm EST.
November 4: Sirius XM radio ch.146, Road Dog Truckin’ with Meredith Ochs and Chris T; Don Randi appeared live @1:30PM EST to talk about “You’ve Heard These Hands.”
November 4: Sirius XM radio ch. 121, Insight with John Fugelsang. Don appeared live @ 2:30PM EST to talk about “You’ve Heard These Hands.”
November 2: Brad Mercer interviewed Don Randi on The Iceman Show. If you missed the broadcast you can listen to it here:
October 27: Nashville TN, The Musicians Hall of Fame, screening of “The Wrecking Crew” 7:00pm EDT with Q&A after the film and DVD and book signings with Don Randi and Denny Tedesco.
October 24: Book signing event at Barnes & Noble Thousand Oaks, CA @4pm for “You’ve Heard These Hands.” Meet Don Randi and Karen “Nish” Nishimura.
October 23: Performance by Don Randi at Twisted Oak Tavern in Agoura Hills, CA. Time 9:00 PM.
October 10: Don Randi and Quest book event @ The Baked Potato Studio City, CA. Time 9:30 PM.
October 6: KABC AM Talk Radio Los Angeles – Don appeared on the Doug McIntyre in the Morning show 6:15 AM PDT If you missed it, hear it here:
Book Review Oct. 8, 2015
A review by Martin Rovang Jensen on Cue Castanets!
I was really looking forward to this book and sure enough, once I picked it up it was hard to put down again. ‘You’ve Heard these Hands’ turned out to be a very worthwhile read…(click to read full review)
Book Review: on September 26, 2015
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Even if you’ve never heard of the subject of “You’ve Heard These Hands,” you are likely to enjoy this account of his many decades in the music business. Written by Don Randi with Karen “Nish” Nishimura, it deftly, often humorously, relates stories of the noted personalities he worked with as keyboard artist, composer, arranger and music director. Many of the biggest names in jazz and pop music are represented, among them: Elvis, the Righteous Brothers, the Beach Boys, Nancy Sinatra, Linda Ronstadt, Sonny & Cher, the Jacksons, Phil Spector. The Wall of Sound and the Wrecking Crew. Plus Raquel Welch?! What comes through is a love of music, from growing up in the Catskills through his adult years in LA, as well as his regard for other musicians, his fight to see they got their due, and the pranks they played on each other. Especially fascinating are the memories of the many jazz clubs in Hollywood during the 50s, 60s and 70s. Of course, there is the story of the venue he started in 1970 and which is still going strong in Studio City, the Baked Potato. As with the club, there’s nothing half-baked about this book.
August 11, 2015: Insightful interview with Don Randi on Cue Castanets! He gives a revealing look into his life as a session player with the Wall of Sound and working with Phil Spector. Just enough to wet your appetite for “You’ve Heard These Hands.”
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Photos from a 7/23/15 interview with Lou Simon on Sirius XM radio 60s on 6:
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