Asheville Jazz Orchestra Launches 2018 White Horse Season
Saturday, January 20 - 8 p.m.- Asheville Jazz Orchestra. Swing jazz. $15
Each month big band fans can look forward to the sounds of the Asheville Jazz Orchestra rattling the rafters at the White Horse Black Mountain with its danceable swing arrangements. Their first appearance of 2018 is scheduled for Saturday, January 20 at 8 p.m. There’s plenty of table seating, but dancing shoes are likely to be needed.
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 come from the ranks of the best jazz artists in the area, some of whom have spent time in latter-day incarnations of legendary big bands.