The professional big band I direct, the Asheville Jazz Orchestra, will be back for our monthly show at the White Horse Black Mountain this Saturday night, October 26, 2013. The first of two sets starts at 8 PM.
I always have fun playing with the AJO, in part because with 17 musicians to book there are almost always different musicians playing the show. This semester I’m helping out with the bands at Owen Middle School and Owen High School and got both the directors to play in our sax section for this show. OMS band director Tyson Hamrick will be playing with us on tenor sax (Tyson has played with us a bunch and is one of my go-to guys for the 2nd tenor chair). This gig the OHS band director, Jason Minnix, will make his AJO debut on bari sax.
If you’re in western North Carolina this weekend and are looking for some live music to check out come on out to the White Horse to listen and dance to the Asheville Jazz Orchestra. We’ll play our usual mix of big band charts ranging from Swing Era hits to some originals I’ve written.