Neumann, who plays the tenor, soprano and bari saxophones, flute and clarinet, was honored as the jazz composer and arranger of the year at the 20th Annual Jazz Tribute and Awards in Los Angeles along with internationally acclaimed jazz pianist, Herbie Hancock, John Levy, Annie Ross, and many more. Neumann said he is honored to be recognized by the Los Angeles Jazz Society.
Besides being a busy arranger, composer and performer, Neumann has produced two CD’s entitled, “Introducing Roger Neumann’s Rather Large Band,” “Instant Heat!” and “This is my Lucky Day, featuring the vocal talents of his wife, Madeline Vergari.
As an arranger and composer, Neumann has written for Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Ray Charles, The Raelettes, Ray Brown, The Beach Boys, Jerry Garcia, Ann Jillian and many more. He has written arrangements and compositions for the T.V. series, “The Young and the Restless,” “Moonlighting,” “Hollywood Housewives,” and “My Favorite Martian.” He has also composed arrangements for several “Ice Capades” Christmas specials.
Roger became involved with the jazz camp in 1984.
Neumann has performed on his sax with Woody Herman, Lee Castle/Jimmy Dorsey Band, The Beach Boys, Ray Anthony, Les Brown, and Bob Crosby to name a few. His music has been featured on the sound-tracks of several Showtime movies including, “Atlantis,” “Three Men and a Little Lady,” and “Mumford.” He has appeared in the movies, “LaBamba,” “My Favorite Year,” and “For the Boys.”