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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

MUSIC OF STEVIE WONDER AND RAY CHARLES

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The Westchester Jazz Orchestra

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The Music of Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles
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Stevie Wonder



The Westchester Jazz Orchestra, a Runner Up for “Best Big Band” in the recent JazzTimes readers’ poll, will perform The Music of Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles on Saturday, April 14 at 8 PM at the Irvington Town Hall Theater, 85 Main Street, Irvington, NY. WBGO’s Gary Walker is set to host the concert.



In October 2011, the Huffington Post said, “You must make it your business to see . . . WJO . . . this year.” The group’s recent performances have been advance sell-outs.



“This concert will have broad appeal,” said Emily Tabin, WJO’s Executive Director. “Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles are legendary in pop, soul, R&B and jazz. Both are multiple-Grammy winners, crossover artists with fans of all ages.”



The performance will feature WJO-commissioned world premieres of Ray Charles’ #1 hit “Hit the Road Jack” and of Wonder’s “Creepin’.” Also on the roster are “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing,” “Too High,” “One Mint Julep” and “Georgia,” among other tunes.



WJO’s second CD, Maiden Voyage Suite, released in August 2011, was called “nearly flawless” (DownBeat) and “a top big band outing of the year” (AllAboutJazz). The disc was named among the “Best CDs of 2011” by AllAboutJazz and the Huffington Post, and it reached #8 in national radio airplay.



WJO’s concerts are partially funded by NYSCA, ArtsWestchester and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.



Reserved seating tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and $10 for students. Group discounts are available. Tickets: www.westjazzorch.org; Theater box office, 914-591-6602. WJO: 914-861-9100.



Concert info in brief:


Westchester Jazz Orchestra
The Music of Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles

Saturday April 14, 8 PM

Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles are icons in the worlds of pop, soul, blues – and jazz. Their voices and music are instantly recognized and their songs beyond classic. From “Little Stevie” to “the Genius,” WJO will groove on their incomparable, funky and swinging hits.


Thursday, January 05, 2012

WESTCHESTER JAZZ'S WORLD CLASS GROUP

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WESTCHESTER JAZZ ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM
BOSSA! TANGO! FLAMENCO!

ON JANUARY 28th IN IRVINGTON

Music of South America and Spain showcased by world-class group
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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” (JazzScan.com) – 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: www.westjazzorch.org, 914-861-9100. Theater box office, 914-591-6602. Concert snow date: Sun., Jan 29 at 2 PM.


Photo Courtesy Of: Darryl Estrine

Friday, October 14, 2011

GARY WALKER TO HOST WESTCHESTER JAZZ

Westchester Jazz Orchestra



“You must make it your business to see . . . WJO . . . this year,” concluded the Huffington Post’s review of the Westchester Jazz Orchestra’s season opener in September. Music fans will have an opportunity to follow that directive as the sixteen-piece big band continues their season with Master Keys: The Music of Bill Evans, Ahmad Jamal and Herbie Hancock on Sat., Dec. 3, 8pm, at the Irvington Town Hall Theater. Gary Walker, Music Director and Morning Show Host at WBGO-FM, is set to host.



WJO’s new CD, Maiden Voyage Suite, inspired by Herbie Hancock’s seminal Maiden Voyage album, is garnering enthusiastic accolades nationwide. Early reviews call the CD “flawless” (wordpress.com), “a new jazz classic” (jazzbob.com), and among the best CDs of 2011 (about.com and AllAboutJazz.com). Maiden Voyage Suite is the current CD of the Month Club selection of WBGO 88.3FM, the major jazz radio station for the NY metropolitan area. Since its August release, the CD has made it into the top 10 for radio airplay of new jazz releases in the United States and Canada.



For the concert, WJO will perform selections from Maiden Voyage Suite as well as newly-commissioned arrangements by Artistic Director Mike Holober and frequent contributor Mark Lopeman. The Orchestra will also play Mark Patterson’s arrangement of Bill Evans’ “Turn Out the Stars,” which appears on WJO’s acclaimed debut CD. Ellen Rowe, Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Michigan, is contributing a medley of Ahmad Jamal tunes and an homage to Mary Lou Williams.



At 7:15, before WJO takes the stage, student musicians from the Lagond School of Music will perform a short set. The young players will include bassist Jordan Mendelson, a high school senior, who is WJO’s intern.



WJO Executive Director Emily Tabin explains the new collaboration: “We wanted to support Lagond – a top-notch jazz education school – by giving their students an opportunity to perform. We hope that this partnership will provide incentive for those students to grow, and will encourage other student musicians to practice and perform more as well.”



WJO’s 2011-12 season continues with Bossa! Tango! Flamenco! on January 28; and Music of Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles on April 14. WJO’s concerts are partially funded by the New York State Council on the Arts, Arts Westchester and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.



Reserved seating tickets are $35 adults/$30 seniors/$10 students. Subscription and group discounts are available. Tickets: www.westjazzorch.org. The Irvington Town Hall Theater is located at 85 Main Street, Irvington, NY. Box office: 914-591-6602. WJO: 914-861-9100. Concert snow date: Sun, Dec 4, 1pm, Short set 12:15.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

WESTCHESTER JAZZ WELCOMES JOE LOVANO

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WESTCHESTER JAZZ ORCHESTRA KICKS OFF
9th SEASON IN IRVINGTON SEPTEMBER 24th


Special guest Grammy-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano

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Joe Lovano



The world-class Westchester Jazz Orchestra will begin their 2011-12 season on September 24 welcoming special guest Joe Lovano, the Grammy-winning saxophonist and composer. A jazz superstar, Mr. Lovano boasts an illustrious career as a leader, elite guest performer and wide-ranging collaborator.



The concert will take place at 8 PM on Sat., Sept. 24 at the Irvington Town Hall Theater, 85 Main Street, Irvington, NY. “Open Mike,” an interactive chat with Joe Lovano hosted by Artistic Director Mike Holober, will begin at 7:15 and is free for ticket holders. Gary Walker, Music Director and Morning Show Host at WBGO-FM, is set to MC.



With a roster of internationally renowned musicians, WJO “has built a reputation for … strikingly executed performances” (The New York Times). This status was further enhanced by WJO’s March 2011 selection as a STAR Initiative participant by WNYC, New York’s flagship public radio station.



During his celebrated career, Mr. Lovano has won one Grammy award, been nominated for eight more, and has been honored as DownBeat magazine’s Jazz Artist/Musician of the Year, Tenor Saxophonist of the Year and Album of the Year. A leader of many superlative and diverse groups, he has also been a member of premiere big bands, most notably the Mel Lewis Orchestra (now Vanguard Jazz Orchestra), with which he played for 12 years. His brilliant collaborations include work with the esteemed artists Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, John Scofield, Herbie Hancock, Elvin Jones, Charlie Haden, Carla Bley, Bobby Hutcherson, Michel Petrucciani, McCoy Tyner, Ornette Coleman and numerous others.



Mike Holober succinctly summed up Mr. Lovano’s career: “Joe is arguably the greatest tenor saxophonist of this era and one of the most important voices in jazz, period.”



In August, WJO released their second CD, Maiden Voyage Suite, a powerful re-imagining of Herbie Hancock’s classic 1965 album. This release follows the group’s acclaimed debut, All In, which peaked at #4 on the national jazz radio chart, and which the Toronto Star called “an expertly woven and thrilling collection.”



WBGO 88.3FM, the major jazz radio station for the NY metropolitan area, has already honored WJO’s new effort by selecting it for the station’s CD of the Month Club for October 2011. Early reviews laud the CD.



The September 24 concert will feature newly-commissioned arrangements of Mr. Lovano’s songs by Mr. Holober as well as by band members Tony Kadleck and Jason Rigby. WJO will also perform selections from Maiden Voyage Suite.



WJO’s 2011-12 season continues with Master Keys: Music of Bill Evans, Ahmad Jamal and Herbie Hancock on December 3; Bossa! Tango! Flamenco! on January 28; and Music of Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles on April 14. WJO’s concerts are partially funded by the New York State Council on the Arts, Arts Westchester and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.



Reserved seating tickets for the Sept 24 Lovano concert are $40 for adults, $35 for seniors and $10 for students. Ticket for the remaining concerts are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and $10 for students. Subscription and group discounts are available. Tickets: www.westjazzorch.org, Irvington Theater box office, 914-591-6602. WJO: 914-861-9100.


Tuesday, August 02, 2011

WESTCJESTER JAZZ ORCHESTRA SETS SAIL

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NEW CD “MAIDEN VOYAGE SUITE”

Herbie Hancock’s classic 1965 album re-imagined on big-band’s second recording.

*Featuring NYC’s top players including Marvin Stamm, Ralph Lalama, Ted Rosenthal, Harvie S, Jay Brandford, Jason Rigby, Jim Rotondi*

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Westchester Jazz Orchestra



The summoning seas of creative adventure and superb jazz artistry await on the new CD from the Westchester Jazz Orchestra (WJO), Maiden Voyage Suite, an ambitious and powerful re-imagining of Herbie Hancock’s classic 1965 album.



Set for release on August 16 on the band’s own label, Maiden Voyage Suite features WJO-commissioned arrangements from Artistic Director/Conductor Mike Holober, WJO saxophonist Jay Brandford and WJO trumpeter Tony Kadleck, as well as from frequent WJO contributor Pete McGuinness, the famed trombonist and Grammy-nominated big band leader. In the hands of such gifted writers, Maiden Voyage Suite beautifully balances the spirit and intention of the source material with the exploratory zeal and sterling musicianship of the band’s sixteen musicians.



WJO, an esteemed group of seventeen musical artists (16 musicians plus artistic director Mike Holober) who are pillars of the New York jazz community, “has built a reputation for … strikingly executed performances,” (The New York Times), a status that was further enhanced by WJO’s March 2011 selection as a STAR Initiative participant by WNYC, New York’s flagship public radio station.



Maiden Voyage Suite follows the group’s acclaimed 2007 debut, All In, which peaked at #4 on the JazzWeek chart, finishing at #50 for the year, and which the Toronto Star called “an expertly woven and thrilling collection.” WBGO 88.3FM, the major jazz radio station for the NY metropolitan area, has already honored WJO’s new effort by selecting it for the station’s CD of the Month Club for October 2011.



“What WJO has done on Maiden Voyage Suite is revisit one of the great evergreens in the jazz canon and make it their own,” said WBGO Music Director and Morning Show Host Gary Walker, a member of WJO’s advisory board. “I was invited to one of the recording sessions and, in the studio, Mike Holober and the sixteen band members were truly all in. Their interplay and soloing made me realize what a great band WJO has become.”



WJO spotlights a number of stellar jazz soloists, who are given ample space to realize their ideas and inventiveness. From the album’s start, as pianist Ted Rosenthal paints a picture of a mariner looking out across the water and readying his ship hands to set sail, WJO members display their brilliance as ensemble players and improvisers. Trumpeter and flugelhorn master Marvin Stamm takes a hand-off from soprano saxophonist David Brandom delivering a shimmering turn on “Maiden Voyage” and then shows his smoking side on “Eye of the Hurricane” after tenor saxophonist Jason Rigby lights up the proceedings. Elsewhere, trumpeter Jim Rotondi blows both hot and cool on “Survival of the Fittest—Part 1” and “Dolphin Dance,” while bassist Harvie S displays his tasteful vision on “Little One.” Saxophonist Ralph Lalama graces “Dolphin Dance” with a gliding tenor solo while Rosenthal and drummer Andy Watson keep the rhythm churning.



In 2007 when Mike Holober was hired as WJO’s artistic director and conductor at the prompting of the group’s executive director and co-founder Emily Tabin, one of his immediate tasks was to organize an upcoming concert featuring big band arrangements of Maiden Voyage. Holober was the right person for a task that many in the music world would characterize as daunting. A remarkably adroit and forceful pianist and composer who first came to prominence during the early 1990s in a quartet led by late baritone sax great Nick Brignola, Holober has won wide acclaim in the past 15 years for his own small group and big band efforts around the globe. In addition, he serves as associate director of the BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop, following in the steps of famed jazz writers like Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and the late Manny Albam, and he was recently appointed to a two-year stint as Associate Guest Conductor of the venerable Frankfurt Radio Big Band (HR), while remaining at the helm of WJO.



Pete McGuinness, who has been working closely with Holober over the years, contributed the “Maiden Voyage” chart for what Holober was envisioning as the “Maiden Voyage Suite.” WJO members Jay Brandford and Tony Kadleck penned charts for the “Little One” and “Dolphin Dance” sections of the suite, respectively.



Holober, meanwhile, took care of the charts for “Eye of the Hurricane” and the two-part look at “Survival of the Fittest,” as well as segueing material that became the “Prologue,” “Interlude” and “Epilogue.” Holober and WJO premiered “Maiden Voyage Suite” at the band’s April 14, 2007 performance. In many ways, it announced that the 17-member outfit was taking a new direction—an intensely creative one.



“With Maiden Voyage Suite we created an artistically unified work that provides many opportunities for the arrangers and soloists,” said Holober in an interview. “WJO is truly a writers’ and blowers’ band. This really comes together here on the album in a powerful and passionate way.”


WJO begins its 2011-2012 season with a concert on September 24 featuring guest performer and tenor sax titan Joe Lovano.


Watch WJO’s 2 minute video at their homepage www.westjazzorch.org.

Monday, June 06, 2011

SCOTT WENDHOLT JOINS WESTCHESTER JAZZ

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TRUMPETER SCOTT WENDHOLT JOINS THE
WESTCHESTER JAZZ ORCHESTRA
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Scott Wendholt



Emily Tabin, Executive Director of the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, announced that trumpeter Scott Wendholt has joined WJO. Mr. Wendholt replaces Jim Rotondi, who moved abroad for a university teaching post. “We are sorry to see Jim leave, but we can’t imagine anyone better than Scott to fill his position,” Ms. Tabin said.



Mr. Wendholt boasts an illustrious career. A member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra since 1996, he also performs with the John Fedchock NY Big Band, Bob Mintzer Big Band, and toured extensively with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. His five CDs as a leader have been well received and he is a faculty member of Purchase College and the Manhattan School of Music.



He has also performed with WJO as a “substitute” player numerous times since his first gig with the Orchestra in April 2005. He says, “WJO is one of the great big bands on the New York scene. I really look forward to being a regular member of this fine group.”



Jim Rotondi, who had been with WJO since its inception, is the new Jazz Trumpet Professor at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria. “While I am happy to embark on a new chapter in my professional life,” he said, “I am also very sad to leave New York and, in particular, WJO. I am honored to have been a part of such a wonderful group of musicians, and such a wonderful group of human beings.”



WJO recently recorded their second CD, to be released in September. The group will kick off their 9th season on Saturday, September 24 in Irvington with special guest Joe Lovano.


Photo By: Lynda Shenkman Curtis

Friday, March 04, 2011

WESTCHESTER JAZZ ORCHESTRA SELECTED

The Westchester Jazz Orchestra



Emily Tabin, Executive Director of the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, announced that the organization has been selected for the Salute The ART's (“STAR”) Initiative of WNYC, New York’s flagship public radio station. As a STAR participant, WJO will benefit from on-air promotional announcements on WNYC 93.9 FM and AM 820, as well as on WQXR 105.9 FM, New York’s classical radio station. The Orchestra will also receive website support from these stations.


“To be selected by WNYC is quite an honor,” said Ms. Tabin. “We are proud to join the roster of extraordinary arts organizations whose work has been highlighted by the STAR program."


WJO’s radio and website coverage will begin during the second week of March and continue into April.


WJO performs an annual concert series and additional concerts throughout the County. The group’s next season concert, “Monk Meets Mulligan,” will be held on Saturday, April 2, 8 PM, at the Irvington Town Hall Theater. Gary Walker, Music Director and Morning Show Host at WBGO-FM, is set to host the performance. Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and $10 for students at www.westjazzorch.org or 914-591-6602. Irvington Town Hall Theater, 85 Main Street, Irvington, NY.


Before then, the Orchestra will perform a program of Gershwin, Ellington, Miles Davis and John Coltrane at the Emelin Theatre on Saturday, March 12 at 8 PM. Tickets are $35 at www.emelin.org or 914-698-0098. Emelin Theatre, 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck, NY 10543.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

MARTHA STEWART BATTLES HOME TOWN

Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is set to battle her New York state neighbors after locals voted to fight her attempts to trademark the town's name. Stewart's company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, already boasts a furniture collection bearing the name of her hometown of Katonah in Westchester County, but locals have objected to the trademark application filed to patent the name for use with other household products. The Katonah Village Improvement Society agreed on Monday to take legal action to prevent Stewart from using the Katonah name for future products, reports the New York Daily News. Bill Tisherman, vice president of the Improvement Society says, "They are just waiting to see if we have the stomach to proceed to any degree (with opposition). "If we don't proceed, then we lose." The town has until April 11 to make its case before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.