Westchester Jazz Orchestra to Perform Free Concert in Nyack


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Westchester Jazz Orchestra
Westchester, NY -- The Westchester Jazz Orchestra, a world-class ensemble made up of 17 jazz greats, was propelled to national recognition earlier this year when its debut CD became one of the most frequently played jazz CDs in the nation. On Tuesday, July 22 at 7:30 PM, WJO will perform its first concert outside of Westchester - a free concert in Nyack's Memorial Park. The performance will be part of the week-long Nyack jazz festival and the program will feature arrangements commissioned by WJO and written by Nyack residents, including WJO's Artistic Director Mike Holober.

In January, WJO's CD All In zoomed onto the JazzWeek chart, a weekly tally of the top 50 jazz CDs played by radio stations nationwide and in Canada, peaking at number 4 the week of March 10. All In enjoyed a 13-week run on JazzWeek. The Orchestra's CD had already received outstanding reviews and had been named among the Best CDs of 2007 by JazzImprov magazine and the Montreal Gazette.

Led by Artistic Director Mike Holober, WJO musicians include trumpeters Craig Johnson, Tony Kadleck, Jim Rotondi and Marvin Stamm; saxophonists Jay Brandford, David Brandom, Ralph Lalama, Jason Rigby and Ed Xiques; trombonists Bruce Eidem, Larry Farrell, George Flynn, and Keith O'Quinn; pianist Ted Rosenthal; bassist Harvie S and drummer Andy Watson.

After attracting sell-out crowds during 2007-08, WJO will begin its sixth concert season on Saturday, September 20th, at 8 PM at the Irvington Town Hall Theater. For more information on WJO's 2008-09 season, call 914-861-9100 or visit the band's website, www.westjazzorch.org.

The Nyack concert will be held at Memorial Park, at the bottom of Depew Avenue just east of Piermont Avenue. The rain location is Riverspace on Main Street in Nyack.

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