2019-2020 Season – Reserve these dates!

I hope you’re all enjoying the lovely Spring weather! I wanted you, our fabulous patrons, to be the first to know about the dates we’ve booked with the NAC for our upcoming season. We’ll be releasing details of the programmes in the coming months. I hope you’ll be...

Tell us what you’d like to hear in our next season

Well our 2018-2019 season is now over and we’re already working on the next season. We had a great time performing this season’s music and we hope you enjoyed it all too. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you, our patrons, for helping us in our ongoing...

How the OJO goes beyond the jazz mainstream

Recently at a pre-show chat for our December concert, Bird in the Reeds, someone asked me where the ideas for OJO programming come from. One of the things I’ve always felt strongly about is the need to present variety and to introduce music to people that they...

Supersax and the music of Bird

The idea for our second season concert, Bird in the Reeds, began with my love of the sound of the saxophone quintet. I was reminded of this instrumentation when we were playing some of the saxophone quintet arrangements from the Terry Gibbs Vibes on Velvet albums in...

Isfahan from the Far East Suite

I remember many, many years ago we were performing Such Sweet Thunder, also known as the Shakespearean Suite, composed by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. A musician in the audience was talking to me after the concert and said, “Now I understand why Sandy...