The oldest community supported big band in America.
Tickets are now on sale for the 2013-2014 Spokane Jazz Orchestra season. Single show tickets are now on sale at all Ticketswest outlets.
The Spokane Jazz Orchestra is pleased to announce our upcoming concert season, featuring an outstanding cast of nationally and internationally renowned guest artists! Our theme this year, “Mad Jazz,” will take our listening audience on a musical journey through the decades, with jazz music from the 1920’s to the present.
December 7, 2013
“Big Band Christmas,” featuring the Glenn Miller Orchestra’s Nutcracker Suite.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra’s Nutcracker Suite was such a huge success last year, we’re building our Christmas show around it once again. “Big Band Christmas” will surely be a night to remember. What a great way to kick off the holiday season, complete with many more holiday favorites from the swing era! Guest artists will include a couple of our favorite singers, Nicole Lewis and John Brownell, along with the luscious vocal sounds of our own six piece vocal group, “The Jazz Tones.” Join us in December, for a cozy combination of holiday hits!
March 8, 2014
“The Piano Man,” Brent Edstrom and The Brent Edstrom Trio.
Back by popular demand: one of Spokane’s most cherished musicians! Our own Brent Edstrom will once again pay homage to the Legends of Jazz Piano, and include his own outstanding arrangements and compositions too. With Brent on piano, Eugene Jablonsky on bass and Rick Westrick on drums, The Brent Edstrom Trio and the entire Spokane Jazz Orchestra, will wail—on music by Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, Marian McPartland, and many others. What’s more, SJO is thrilled to premier Brent’s latest original composition, for piano and jazz ensemble, entitled Gumbo.
But that’s not all!
As part of our student outreach program, the SJO will present the winners of our “Young Giants of Jazz” competition. Part of our March concert will showcase a selected group of outstanding high school jazz musicians from the Spokane area.
Brent Edstrom, the Trio and the Young Giants of Jazz—wow! Yet another concert you won’t want to miss!
Brent Edstrom's active performance career has placed him on stage with many well-known performers including Clark Terry, Ron Carter, Ernie Watts, John Clayton, Jon Faddis, Carmen Bradford, Dee Daniels, Freda Payne, Peter Erskine, and many others. His arrangements have been featured by notable performers including Joshua Redman, Freda Payne, and Carmen Bradford, and he has toured extensively as a pianist and musical director for Ms. Payne.
An active music scholar and professor of music at Whitworth University, Edstrom has published extensively including over 100 note-for-note transcriptions of historically significant pianists including Art Tatum, Bill Evans, Kenny Barron, Oscar Peterson and others. He has published numerous books, including: Recording On a Budget, distributed internationally by Oxford University Press, Musicianship In the Digital Age, distributed by Thomson (Cengage), and Bill Evans Signature Licks, Hard Bop For Piano, and Latin Jazz Piano, distributed by Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation. Edstrom has published nearly 30 jazz piano books in the Hal Leonard Jazz Piano Series as well as numerous jazz, classical, and popular folios.
Edstrom’s compositions and arrangements have been featured by numerous orchestras including the Dallas Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Kentucky Symphony, Orchestra Seattle, Coeur d’Alene Symphony, and the Spokane Jazz Orchestra. In 2013 he premiered his second Concerto for Jazz Piano and Orchestra with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony. His compositions have also been featured at numerous festivals including the International Trumpet Guild, Southeast Horn Workshop, and International Tuba Euphonium Conference, and his sonata for French Horn and Piano was reviewed in Horn Call, an international journal.
May 10, 2014
Mambo, Salsa, Samba, Bossa Nova, Tango………The beat continues with an entire program dedicated to Latin Jazz, featuring outstanding local singers Ellie Tappa, Julia Keefe, Jennifer Vigil, and Kathleen Gemberling. Together with guest percussionists from several local ensembles, our divas will partner with SJO for a wide variety of Latin Jazz favorites. Spice up your spring with the sensuous melodies and infectious beats of South America and the Caribbean, as our 39th season concludes with the SJO and “Latin Divas.”
Ellie Tappa is a recent graduate of Whitworth University, where she studied with Dan Keberle in his vocal jazz class for four years. She had the opportunity to travel to Chicago with the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble, where she received an outstanding recognition award for vocal solo. She has also received 2nd and 3rd place awards for her musical theatre performances for NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing). Around Spokane, she performs with the Master Class Big Band, and Fly Right, a jazz combo. Ellie is newly married and works as an Assistant Manager at a girls clothing store.
Julia Keefe (Nez Perce) discovered jazz performance as a seventh grader at St. George's School and at Gonzaga Prep where she received and outstanding soloist award at the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival in 2007. She is a 2012 honors graduate of the Frost School of Music of the University of Miami, where she was named outstanding solo vocalist. Ms. Keefe has performed in jazz clubs in Spokane, Seattle, Miami, Los Angeles and Paris. Her show "Thoroughly Modern: Mildred Bailey Songs" was a signature event at the Smithsonian Institution's National Jazz Appreciation Month on the National Mall in April 2009, where she performed before two standing room only crowds at the National Museum of the American Indian. Her advocacy of the life and work of Mildred Bailey has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles, recognition by the governor and legislature of the State of Idaho, and the focus of a major story on National Public Radio. Julia currently resides in Los Angeles.
Sultry and infused with sabor, Jennifer Vigil's powerful voice has set fire to Spokane’s Latin Music scene for more than a decade. She credits her musical roots to her gigantic family, and began performing with Los Vigiles-a family band. Jennifer went on to form the band Milonga with her brother, Nicolas Vigil, and later branched out to assemble Son Dulce-Live Salsa. "Music has always been a part of our family, and I'm so happy to be able to share that with our community." As lead vocalist for our city's own 12-piece salsa band, Son Dulce, which features many of Spokane's finest musicians, this Spokane native has contributed to the sound responsible for bringing audiences to their feet, and for causing many a hip to shake. "Stage or no stage, I will love this music 'til the day I die. You can't help but move. Baila!"
Kathleen Gemberling has performed a variety of styles from classical to country to jazz. Her background includes stage shows at Busch Gardens Theme Parks and a leading role in the Idaho Repertory Theatre production of “My Way, A Tribute To Frank Sinatra” as well as performances with Dee Daniels and several other recording artists. Kathleen was a featured vocal soloist with the Spokane British Brass Band and continues to perform throughout the Northwest as a founding member of the Hamptones®, the premier vocal quartet from Moscow, Idaho and with the Charles Argersinger Quintet. Kathleen enjoys every opportunity to perform with her husband of 21 years, Gary, as well as their two musical children, Kyle and Hanna.
Be Bop Brew
Help support the oldest community supported Big Band in the Northwest,
The Spokane Jazz Orchestra
The Spokane Jazz Orchestra is now offering Be Bop Brew, a special roast of coffee beans from Anvil Roasting Company.
Each pound of coffee sold helps the band to continue its tradition of fine jazz performances for the public and music education for students.
Available in one pound bags for $12.
Join the SJO Coffee Club and get five regular deliveries of "Be Bop Brew" coffee.
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