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The Empire Jazz Orchestra: Out of the Mist

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Out of the Mist is the sixth album (and first in a studio) recorded by the Empire Jazz Orchestra, a professional repertory ensemble founded in 1992 and in residence since then at Schenectady County (NY) Community College. While there is no comprehensive theme underlining its latest enterprise, the EJO's stated purpose is to perform music from the earliest days of jazz to its most contemporary manifestations. In that spirit, Out of the Mist embraces compositions and arrangements from Chick Corea, ...

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The Empire Jazz Orchestra: Anniversary

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Any time a big band in this country marks its tenth anniversary (or even its first), it’s a cause for celebration -- which is exactly what the Empire Jazz Orchestra did last October, taping much of the music on its third album during a gala decade concert at its home base, Schenectady (NY) Community College.

As is its custom, the EJO spans eras and canvasses styles from swing to bop, standard to contemporary with historic charts by ...

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The Empire Jazz Orchestra: Live and Kickin' / The EJO Plays Ellington

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The Empire Jazz Orchestra, founded in 1992, is a professional Jazz repertory ensemble in residence at Schenectady County (NY) Community College. These high-powered albums, the first featuring guest artist Mark Vinci on alto saxophone, the second embracing appearances by tenor saxophonist Leo Russo and poll-winning baritone Nick Brignola, were recorded in 1999 during concerts spaced roughly six months apart (the first in April, the second in October). As the EJO specializes in performing original scores by important composers and arrangers, ...