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The Broadway Bit was taped in January 1959 (the exact recording date or dates is/are unknown), four years
after Marty Paich (1925-1995) began recording under his own name. His earliest music lessons were on the
accordion, followed by the piano, the instrument he played throughout The Broadway Bit. By age 10, he had
formed the first of his numerous bands, and by age 12, he was already playing regularly at weddings and similar
affairs. His private teachers included Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Arnold Schoenberg. The Gary Nottingham
Orchestra provided his earliest paying work as an arranger; together with Pete Rugolo he wrote some of the
band's best-known charts. From the beginning of his professional career, he also learned music in the timehonored
ways: he transcribed countless tunes and charts from recordings, he attended innumerable concerts,
and he sat-in on a thousand jam sessions. And from the beginning, Paich had an extraordinary ear for style,
and tremendously eclectic taste. These gifts would serve him well in his career and provide the opportunity
to work with an amazingly large circle of musicians. After finishing his formal studies, Paich took a series of
jobs in the Los Angeles music and recording industry. These included arranging (and playing) the score for
the Disney Studio's full length animated film Lady and the Tramp, working as accompanist for vocalist Peggy
Lee, playing piano for Shorty Rogers’ Giants, touring with Dorothy Dandridge, and providing arrangements
for many local bands in Los Angeles.