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Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra

Buselli–Wallarab Jazz Orchestra is a jazz orchestra consisting of seventeen pieces.

BWJO co-founders Mark Buselli and Brent Wallarab are music educators, as well as musicians and composers. Their common commitment to America's jazz heritage brought the BWJO to life and helped define the mission of the organization. They regularly hold concerts and clinics at public schools in Indianapolis.


Album Review

Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra: Carol of the Bells

Read "Carol of the Bells" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Every band that records a Christmas album faces identical challenges: find fresh approaches to familiar repertoire or think outside the box and choose songs that weren't written with the holiday in mind. While the Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra sticks with traditional favorites, trombonist/arranger Brent Wallarab--who counts Duke Ellington, Sy Oliver, Billy Byers, Nelson Riddle, Billy May and Henry Mancini among his favorite arrangers--together with a top-notch group of instrumentalists and an outstanding vocalist, has produced a clear winner for Christmas ...

Album Review

The Buselli / Wallarab Jazz Orchestra: Heart & Soul / The Music of Hoagy Carmichael

Read "Heart & Soul / The Music of Hoagy Carmichael" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The second album by the superb Indianapolis-based Buselli / Wallarab Jazz Orchestra is comprised entirely of compositions by Hoagy Carmichael (1899-1981), a fellow Indianan who wrote mostly “popular” music (as in the Great American Songbook) but always saved a place for jazz in his Heart and Soul.

Carmichael penned hundreds of songs, a number of which have become jazz standards, and from that treasure trove the BWJO has chosen eleven sparkling gems including one of the earliest, “Washboard Blues,” and ...

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Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra: Happenstance

Read "Happenstance" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Almost every year, it seems, a marvelous new big band comes out of nowhere to bowl me over and leave an irrepressible smile on my face. In '98, the mile--wide grin was occasioned by the high--flying Hawk--Richard Jazz Orchestra from Austin, TX, followed last year by trumpeter Kevin Seeley's dazzling Emerald City ensemble from Seattle, WA. As the new millennium dawns I'm smiling rhapsodically again, and the impetus this time is the sharp and swinging Mark Buselli--Brent Wallarab Jazz Orchestra ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Carol of the Bells

Unknown label



Midcoast Music


Basically Baker 2

Patois Records


Harlem Pipes

From: Basically Baker 2
By Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra


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