Westchester, NY -- The Westchester Jazz Orchestra has been called a local" orchestra in about the same way as, say, the New York or Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras are local." On June 7, this world-class big band will welcome summer with the works of Antonio Carlos Jobim, who first captivated Americans with his early-1960s mega-hits The Girl from Ipanema and Desafinado. The concert will be held at 8 PM at the Seven Bridges School, 222 Seven Bridges Road, Chappaqua, NY. WBGO's Gary Walker is set to host the concert. Reserved seating is $30/$25 for seniors/ $5 for students. WJO, 914-861-9100. www.westjazzorch.org. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early as WJO's April performance was a sellout.
WJO was propelled to national recognition recently as its debut CD, All In, has been one of the most frequently played jazz CDs in the nation. In January, All In zoomed onto the JazzWeek chart, a weekly account of the top 50 jazz CDs played by radio stations nationwide, reaching a high of number 4 on March 10. After 13 weeks, All In remains on the chart today. The Orchestra's CD had already been named among the Best CDs of 2007 by JazzImprov magazine and the Montreal Gazette.
Antonio Carlos Jobim, who died in 1994, was a key force in creating the international bossa nova craze of the early 1960s. His many musical contributions include movie soundtracks and hundreds of songs. On June 7, WJO will premiere newly-commissioned arrangements of his more famous tunes like Desafinado and How Insensitive and of lesser known contributions including Sabia and Look to the Sky.
Led by Artistic Director Mike Holober, WJO musicians will include trumpeters Craig Johnson, Tony Kadleck, Chris Rogers and Jim Rotondi; saxophonists Kenny Berger, Jay Brandford, David Brandom, Ralph Lalama and Jason Rigby; trombonists Bruce Eidem, Larry Farrell, George Flynn, and Keith O'Quinn; pianist Ted Rosenthal; bassist Harvie S and drummer Andy Watson. WJO will be joined by Brazilian percussionist Rogerio Boccato and guitarist Keith Ganz.
WJO's concerts are partially funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.
Reserved seating tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and only $5 for students. Call WJO at 914-861-9100 or order online at our website.
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