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Home video of John Sawoski conducting his Spaghetti Western / Romance Medley of music by Ennio and Andrea Morricone with the Capistrano Valley Symphony at Mission San Juan Capistrano on September 23, 2007 (5 days after he was hired as emergency substitute conductor, and 2 hours after he and the orchestra were told of the death of musical director Carlo Spiga). Video taken by Sawoski’s wife Perviz, with his daughter Isabella interrupting (causing a few cuts), and some strange audio artifacts (at the beginning of “A Fistful of Dollars”). Perviz Sawoski, Videography | Conductor / Arranger / Orchestrator: John Sawoski | Orchestra: The Capistrano Valley Symphony
Ladies Night in “The Wedding Singer”  
John Sawoski played keyboards in this scene from the popular film “The Wedding Singer.”

Playlist of 8 Judy Whitmore songs produced by John Sawoski, beginning with The Best Is Yet to Come (on Grammy YouTube channel) – John Sawoski, producer, arranger, orchestrator, conductor, pianist (some songs feature Mike Lang or Tamir Hendelman at the piano, and some were co-arranged with Tamir Hendelman – see video credits for details).

Some of the Wedding Singer footage was re-used on “The Goldbergs” on ABC-TV, 1-9-19.

In 2013, John Sawoski arranged, orchestrated, conducted, and produced an album of 10 songs using 30 musicians for singer-songwriter Shmueli, called Believe. This is a short, behind-the-scenes video clip of one recording session.

Trailer for “Lemo”  
In February 2009, John Sawoski played the piano with a 60-piece orchestra on a series of scoring sessions at Capitol Records Studios and Glenwood Place Studios for Finnish composer Tuomas Kantilenins score for Lemo, released in 2009 in Europe, but still unreleased in the USA.

Rehearsal of Korngold’s “Tomorrow”
Rehearsal Saturday afternoon, October 30, 2010: John Sawoski using Keyboard Wizard to enhance the Golden State Pops Orchestra, in their “Halloween Fright Night” concert. Conducted by Jeffrey Schindler, and featuring his wife, mezzo-soprano Bonnie Schindler, the concert featured a rare performance of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s lush and evocative tone poem Tomorrow, Op. 33 for mezzo-soprano, women’s chorus and orchestra. 8pm, at the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro, CA 90731. Keyboardist John Sawoski uses Keyboard Wizard to play synth, organ, celeste, tiefe glocke (deep bell) and female choir parts (from Quantum Leap Symphonic Choirs), simultaneously, live.

Transition to Bikini Muscle, from the musical “Locals Only.” Music by Adrian Lee. Orchestrated by John Sawoski. Sept. 2014

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Recently seen on YouTube: “Quake Rap”
John Sawoski and Scott Fivelson were the members of Scared Boy. Lyrics by Scott Fivelson, Music by John Sawoski, Arranging and Rapping by John Sawoski.

“The Last Time” – A Song About the Terrorist Massacre in Itamar DONATE NOW –
Composed and Sung by Shmuel Schwartz
Arranged and Performed by John Sawoski, Video by Daniel Sultan. Published March 15, 2011
Five members of an Israeli family were slaughtered Friday night, March 11, 2011, when a Palestinian terrorist broke into their home in the West Bank settlement of Itamar and stabbed them all to death. The innocent victims were Rabbi Udi Fogel, his wife Ruth, and three of their children Elad, Yoav and Hadas.

Just One Move – Composed and Sung by Shmueli, Produced and Arranged by John Sawoski
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Opening Scene from “Winning Ugly: Twenty Years Later” – Music by John Sawoski
First 5 minutes from Winning Ugly: 20 Years Later, a documentary on the 1983 Western Division Champion Chicago White Sox season and twenty year reunion. Produced, Edited, and Directed by Jeff Einhorn.
“Winning” from “Winning Ugly: Twenty Years Later” – Music by John Sawoski
From winning ugly to just plain winning, see how it all happened. Includes the pennant clinching moment and locker room celebration from September 17, 1983. From Winning Ugly: 20 Years Later, a documentary on the 1983 Western Division Champion Chicago White Sox season and twenty year reunion. Produced, Edited, and Directed by Jeff Einhorn.
“The Reunion” from “Winning Ugly: 20 Years Later” -​ Music by John Sawoski) 
From Winning Ugly: 20 Years Later, a documentary on the 1983 Western Division Champion Chicago White Sox season and twenty year reunion. Produced, Edited, and Directed by Jeff Einhorn.

“Hello Molly” – Opening Scene from The Starter Wife Season 1, Episode 6: “The Ex-Files.”
First broadcast on the USA Network November 7, 2008, starring Debra Messing.
“Hello Dolly” by Jerry Herman. Music adapted, arranged, orchestrated, and conducted as “Hello Molly” by Rick Fleishman. John Sawoski, pianist; and John Sawoski, keyboardist. Other musicians: Jeff Bunnell and Bob O’Donnell, trumpet; Les Benedict, trombone/bass trombone; Steve Carr, tenor sax; Paul Morin, bass; Paul Goldberg, drums; Delia Park, violin; Bobby Korda, violin; Joel Lish, viola. Recorded July 29, 2008 at Entourage Studios, North Hollywood, CA.
The Room Swayin’ and the Band Playin’ – During the recording session, at 11:42 am, the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area experienced its largest earthquake in years as a magnitude 5.4 event occurred 8.5 miles beneath the Chino Hills. This earthquake was felt across much of southern California, and as far away as Las Vegas, Nevada.

John Sawoski’s “Cradle Song”  
John Sawoski’s “Cradle Song,” sung by Sophia Sawoski and the Christmas children’s choir in A Festival of Lessons and Carols at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Los Angeles under the direction of renowned composer Christopher Walker, December 14, 2008

Vaughn Suponatime  
Frank Sinatra impersonator Vaughn Suponatime with The Capistrano Valley Symphony, “Swinging at the Mission.”
Live from The Mission San Juan Capistrano, California
John Sawoski, Keyboardist
The Late Carlo Spiga, Conductor
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Disneyland Candlelight Concert – 2011 Candlelight Concert at Disneyland. John Sawoski, keyboardist.
John Sawoski has played keyboards with the orchestra for Disneyland’s Annual Candlelight Concert since 2004. The concert includes a 650-voice choir, various soloists, and a celebrity guest narrator. Town Square, Disneyland. The orchestra, made up mostly of Los Angeles studio musicians, performs a beautifully moving collection of Christmas music, from Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus to songs and carols arranged by Bob Krogstad, John Rutter, Jack Askew, Peter Knight, Ken Whitcomb, musical director Bruce Healey, and others. The conductor is Nancy Sulahian, Director of Chamber Singers in the Los Angeles Master Chorale

Carosello, from the movie Showboy In this scene from the movie Showboy, the lead character tours the Liberace Museum in Las Vegas and fantasizes about playing a piece that sounds like something Liberace would play (actually composed and performed by John Sawoski).

Robert Drasnin’s Voodoo II Album
John Sawoski’s keyboard-playing can now be heard on the late Robert Drasnin‘s album, Voodoo II, with Mike Lang, Bobby Shulgold, Peggy Baldwin, and others. See these You-Tube Videos for more information.
The album is available for on-demand listening at your favorite streaming music stores. 

Sony Pictures’ “Walk Hard”
John Sawoski appears in several scenes of Sony Pictures’ 2008 release of “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” contracted by the late Rick Fleishman of Visual Music. Click above to watch the trailer, or below to see a scene in which John Sawoski appears momentarily in a scene with “Elvis Presley,” played by Jack White of White Stripe.
For more videos from this film featuring John Sawoski prominently on keyboards as part of Dewey Cox’s band, click here:

The 19th Annual Spotlight Awards
John Sawoski played keyboards, along with keyboardists John Beasley and the late Giovanna Imbesi, as Kim Richmond music directed The 19th Annual Spotlight Awards April 14, 2007 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles Music Center; 7 PM. John Lithgow hosted. Also in the band: bassist Joel Hamilton, drummer Ralph Razze, and guitarist Tom Hynes.
This program was broadcast on KCET-TV (PBS) in Los Angeles in 2008.

China Reflections
Scenes from Santa Monica College’s travel, cultural exchange, and performances in conjunction with the 50th anniversary celebration of Shandong University of the Arts in Jinan, China. October 2008.
To see photos from the tour, please click here. For more information, click here

Staar Clip (warning: rated R for explicit lyric and visual content)
Leslie Zemeckis, singer/dancer/actress (wife of film director Robert Zemeckis), performing one of her signature songs as Staar on stage at the Conga Room in Los Angeles, with pianist/musical director John Sawoski and his band (warning: explicit lyric content).

A short glimpse of the scene at the Playboy Mansion before the show April 30, 2011, when John Sawoski played keyboards for the show at the Thalians 55th Annual Gala honoring Hugh Hefner. John said: “The musicians in the band were allowed free reign in the ‘Game House,’ where we could play unlimited pinball and other arcade games for free, and we used the side rooms as our dressing rooms. But this was the first time that I had a dressing room that was also simultaneously being used for tour groups. Just as I was about to put on my suit for the show, an older lady came through with a camera, and said, ‘Go ahead, I’ve seen it all already… well maybe 25 years ago, but I still remember.’ In the show were Rich Little, Ruta Lee, James Caan, Joy Enriquez, Comedians Felipe Esparza and Jeffrey Ross, Hugh Hefner, Kyle and Christopher Massey, Billy Morrison, Mark McGrath, Steve Stevens, etc. Official photos at and

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