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Suite 150 / A Big Band Portrait

Label: WJO
Released: 2018
Track listing: A Common Place Fanfare; From Far & Wide; Wenen; Waves; Ontario’s Memories; Here: 49 Degrees 52’ 34” N 97 Degrees 8’ 42” W; The More You Know; In Paradisum; Cirrus; Maple; La Nouvelle Nation (The New Nation).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra: Suite 150 / A Big Band Portrait

Read "Suite 150 / A Big Band Portrait" reviewed by Jack Bowers

To commemorate Canada's one hundred-fiftieth anniversary in 2017, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra commissioned eleven of the country's foremost jazz composers to write music “reflecting some aspect of Canada or being Canadian." The resulting Suite 150 was performed for appreciative audiences and recorded for posterity in November 2017 and March 2018 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Würzburg Jazz Orchestra

The Würzburg Jazz Orchestra (WJO) was founded in 2005 in Würzburg (Germany) by Markus Geiselhart. Since then the founder and leader has moved to Vienna and, there, works most actively and successfully as a musician, composer and band leader. The WJO is one of the few existing freelance jazz-orchestras in germany. The band-members are not only from the town Wuerzburg itself but also from the entire German and Austrian territory. The WJO has set itself a goal to include in concerts the rarely performed big band literature and compositions of both young European composers and of its band members

Suite Messiah

Label: WJO
Released: 2014

Maiden Voyage Suite

Label: WJO
Released: 2012
Track listing: Prologue; Maiden Voyage; Eye of the Hurricane; Little One; Interlude; Survival of the Fittest, Part One; Survival of the Fittest, Part 2; Dolphin Dance; Epilogue.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Westchester Jazz Orchestra: Maiden Voyage Suite

Read "Maiden Voyage Suite" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Imagine a painter, sculptor or writer attempting to recreate a masterpiece done by a Picasso, Michelangelo or Shakespeare. The task redefines challenge and chutzpah. While jazz recreations are more common than those in other arts--Clark Terry and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra's marvelous revisit (Americana Music, 2004) of the Miles Davis/Gil Evans' Porgy and Bess (Columbia, 1958), ...

Maiden Voyage Suite

Label: WJO
Released: 2011
Track listing: Prologue; Maiden Voyage; Eye of the Hurricane; Little One; Interlude; Survival of the Fittest, Part One; Survival of the Fittest, Part 2; Dolphin Dance; Epilogue.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Westchester Jazz Orchestra: Maiden Voyage Suite

Read "Maiden Voyage Suite" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Maiden Voyage (Blue Note, 1965) was a classic quintet recording from pianist Herbie Hancock, a concept album with the sea as the theme. With a clear view in hindsight, The Westchester Jazz Orchestra's re-imagination of that timeless music with Maiden Voyage Suite seems a natural. The sound of the original had oceanic ebb and flow, from ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Westchester Jazz Orchestra: All In

Read "All In" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Fondata e diretta da Mike Holober, la Westchester Jazz Orchestra è un ensemble di all-stars del miglior jazz newyorkese di oggi. Diciassette sono i suoi elementi, che pur mirando ad un compatto suono di gruppo, mettono anche qui in mostra diverse individualità. Dai trombettisti (Jim Rotondi, Marvin Stamm), al pianista (Ted Rosenthal), sono tutti eccellenti musicisti, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Westchester Jazz Orchestra: All In

Read "All In" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The Westchester Jazz Orchestra (WJO) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 to promote jazz within Westchester County, New York through jazz education outreach programs and the performance of classic standards and commissioned pieces in a series of concerts. All In is the group's debut album containing a repertoire of several jazz standards and one pop ...


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