Saturday Night Live Band

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Saturday Night Live Band
Also known as
  • The Live Band
OriginNew York City, New York, United States
Years active1975–present
Members
Past membersSee below

The Saturday Night Live Band (referred to in the closing credits as The Live Band) is the house band of the NBC television program Saturday Night Live (SNL).

Role on Saturday Night Live[edit]

The band consists of mostly jazz, R&B, and some rock musicians and features a strong horn section. They normally play the opening theme music (after the cold opening), musical pieces in between commercial breaks, and the closing theme music "Closing Theme (Waltz in A)," written by Howard Shore.[1] Often, the band will provide the music to a sketch when necessary.

Band leaders and musical directors[edit]

Katreese Barnes also served as the music director for a time, around the year 2000.[2] [3]

Other projects[edit]

Mariah Carey utilized the horn section of the Saturday Night Live Band (Lew Delgatto, Lenny Pickett, George Young, Earl Gardner, and Steve Turre) for her performance of "If It's Over" during her 1992 MTV Unplugged special.

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

Past members[edit]

References[edit]

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  8. ^ a b c "Mariel Hemingway/Blues Traveler". Saturday Night Live. Season 21. Episode 1. September 30, 1995. Event occurs at Closing credits. NBC.
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  11. ^ "Talking about Rahsaan: Q&A with Steve Turre". The Mercury News. August 8, 2014. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  12. ^ "SNL drummer Pelton donates kit to Indiana U." The Oklahoman. Associated Press. April 18, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  13. ^ McHugh, Ryan (October 30, 2015). "Saturday Night Live Band percussionist to perform with Virginia Tech percussion, jazz ensembles". Virginia Tech Daily. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
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  15. ^ a b c "Alumni Profile: SNL Band Members". New York University. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  16. ^ "Chris Rock/Megan Thee Stallion". Saturday Night Live. Season 46. Episode 1. October 3, 2020. Event occurs at Closing credits. NBC.
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "George Carlin/Billy Preston & Janis Ian". Saturday Night Live. Season 1. Episode 1. October 11, 1975. Event occurs at Closing credits. NBC.
  18. ^ Schudel, Matt (November 4, 2016). "Bob Cranshaw, jazz bassist who spent five decades with Sonny Rollins, dies at 83". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  19. ^ a b "Ed Koch/Kevin Rowland & Dexys Midnight Runners". Saturday Night Live. Season 1. Episode 1. May 14, 1983. Event occurs at Closing credits. NBC.
  20. ^ "Blue Lou Marini, TI Jazz Band to perform". The Dallas Morning News. February 15, 2011. Retrieved October 18, 2020 – via PressReader.com.
  21. ^ Hall, Phil (March 29, 2017). "Paul Shaffer is ready for his next gig". WAG Magazine. Westfair Communications. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  22. ^ a b c d e f Micaleff, Ken (December 2009). "Drumming On TV". Modern Drummer. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  23. ^ Branco, Shellie (March 17, 2009). "SNL's former band leader G.E. Smith comes to Fishlips". The Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  24. ^ "Chevy Chase/Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories". Saturday Night Live. Season 21. Episode 2. October 7, 1995. Event occurs at Closing credits. NBC.
  25. ^ "Dr. Luke: The Man Behind Pop's Biggest Hits". National Public Radio. September 20, 2010. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  26. ^ James Egolf (August 15, 2008). "Live from L.A.: SNL''s Jared Scharff". Premierguitar.com. Retrieved August 22, 2014.

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