Big Band Sounds for a Fall Evening
Saturday, October 21 - 8 p.m.- Asheville Jazz Orchestra. Big band jazz.. $15
Western North Carolina is home to a thriving, vibrant and eclectic music scene where fans can hear nearly any genre of music played at world class levels. Perhaps surprisingly for an Appalachian city, one of the more popular music forms is jazz, and the Asheville Jazz Orchestra weighs in each month at the White Horse Black Mountain with swing standards as well as new compositions for big band. They’ll play at the downtown Black Mountain listening room on Saturday, October 21 at 8 p.m.
Founded in 2006, The Asheville Jazz Orchestra has evolved into Western North Carolina’s hardest swinging band. Under direction of trombonist/composer Dave Wilken, their mission is to preserve and advance America’s big band jazz tradition. They play music from the canon of Swing Era greats like Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Benny Goodman but also make forays into more progressive works by Stan Kenton, Thad Jones and Gordon Goodwin. They also make a point of expanding the swing repertoire by programming freshly composed pieces, many by local musicians. The players in the AJO represent some of the best jazz artists in the area, some of whom have spent time in latter-day incarnations of legendary big bands.