Thursday, January 05, 2012




Music of South America and Spain showcased by world-class group

Jay Brandford With Marvin Stamm, Ed Xiques And Larry Farrell

The Westchester Jazz Orchestra – “the best we’ve had since those wonderful aggregations headed by Duke Ellington, Count Basie” ( – will perform Bossa! Tango! Flamenco! on Saturday, January 28 at 8 PM at the Irvington Town Hall Theater, 85 Main Street, Irvington, NY. WBGO’s Gary Walker is set to host the concert.

“Two years ago, WJO performed a program of South American music. The band played to a packed house and standing ovations,” says WJO’s Executive Director Emily Tabin. “For January’s concert, we are adding some flamenco as we revisit a crowd-pleasing evening.”

WJO will also offer Open Mike, an interactive chat hosted by Artistic Director Mike Holober, before the concert. Holober will preview the evening’s music with the aid of returning guest musicians Rogerio Boccato on percussion and Juan Pablo Jofre on bandoneĆ³n. The talk is free for ticket holders.

Following the August release of their second CD Maiden Voyage Suite, WJO is enjoying a year of tremendous popularity and critical acclaim. The CD spent 12 weeks on the national radio airplay chart peaking at #8. Reviewers call the disc “nearly flawless” (DownBeat), “a top big band outing of the year” (AllAboutJazz) and “as near perfection as one could wish for” (Irish Times). Maiden Voyage Suite was also lauded in The Wall Street Journal and was named among the “Best of 2011” by AllAboutJazz and the Huffington Post.

The January 28 program will include works by Brazilian bossa nova king Antonio Carlos Jobim, tango master Astor Piazzolla as well as original flamenco by Barcelona composer Perico Sambeat. WJO will round out the evening with additional Brazilian music – Maxixe, Samba and Choro by the great Egberto Gismonti.

“With its invigorating rhythms and beautiful settings for soloists, the music of this concert suits WJO so well,” explains Mr. Holober. “Our guest musicians – on guitar, percussion and bandoneĆ³n – will enhance the authenticity of the evening.”

Looking ahead, WJO will perform The Music of Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles in Irvington on April 14.

WJO’s concerts are partially funded by NYSCA, Arts Westchester, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and numerous individuals.

Reserved seating tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and only $10 for students. Group discounts are available. Tickets:, 914-861-9100. Theater box office, 914-591-6602. Concert snow date: Sun., Jan 29 at 2 PM.

Photo Courtesy Of: Darryl Estrine

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