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.
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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