Westchester Jazz Orchestra to Perform Bossa Novas and Tangos on January 30 in Irvington Music of South America Featured by Premier Group


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Westchester Jazz Orchestra
Westchester, NY - The 16-piece Westchester Jazz Orchestra is a local orchestra with a national reputation for excellence. On Sat., Jan. 30, this world-class big band will perform From Bossa to Tango: Sounds of South America at 8 PM at the Irvington Town Hall Theater, 85 Main Street, Irvington, NY. WBGO's Gary Walker is set to host the concert.

WJO's debut CD, All In, thrust WJO into the national spotlight. The CD made multiple “Best CDs" lists, was celebrated by critics and placed #50 in radio airplay of jazz CDs across the United States during 2008.

WJO has also been lauded by jazz musicians of the highest caliber. Bassist John Patitucci calls WJO “a fantastic ensemble, world-class, yet right in our own New York backyard." Saxophonist Joe Lovano describes the group as “one of the hippest bands on the scene today, exploring all kinds of music with a fresh approach."

Long before the bossa nova craze of the 1960s, musicians from North and South America influenced and inspired each other. In this concert, WJO recreates well-loved bossas and sambas, while also delving into Brazilian Choro and Maxixi, Tango from Argentina and Candombe from Uruguay.

“We are excited to showcase the extraordinary music of South American composers like Astor Piazzolla from Argentina and Antonio Carlos Jobim from Brazil," explains WJO's Artistic Director Mike Holober. “Our stunning arrangements feature invigorating rhythms and beautiful settings for WJO's soloists. We will have guests--on guitar, percussion and bandonen--who will enhance the authenticity of the evening."

WJO will close their 2009-10 season on April 10 with the world-premiere of the group's first commissioned original work, whose creation was funded with a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.

WJO's performance season is partially funded by NYSCA, ArtsWestchester, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and numerous individuals.

Reserved seating tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and only $5 for students. Group discounts are available. Tickets: westjazzorch.org, 914-861-9100. Irvington Theater box office, 914-591-6602. Concert snow date is Sun., Jan 31 at 3 PM.

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