Soon after I moved to Westchester, six years ago, I heard of the newly formed WJO, and went to the concert, as I was in town for the next concert. I was bowled over with the professionalism, and found out that one of their trumpet players had been on the Woody Herman Orch less than two years after me! I have contually supported the group ever since, although I spend nine months on the road, but plan to continue to support them although I am seldom home for their concerts. More power to a fine musical organization!! Joe Lane
My favorite host on my favorite jazz radio station mentioned that he had just heard a wordclass jazz orchestra and mentioned it was in my county, Westchester County. I was amazed and immediately went online to find out more. I have been attending the WJO performances ever since. It is not often to find a group of musicians outside of a major metro area that are so gifted. The artistic director brings together such great talent, both arrangers and musicians. The programs are very well crafted and appeal to traditional jazz lovers as well as people who appreciate a more experimental sound. Loved their recent performance when they featured a music school's combo and singer and that they encourage attendance at their concerts by students by offering a very low admission price for them. They are way too much of a well-kept secret. With their mission, to educate and entertain, they need to be touted by fans and funders alike. Theirs should be a model other jazz orchestras follow.
Have been a fan of WJO for about 7 years. Always enjoy the varied and original programs performed in a great atmosphere. So lucky to have such an accomplished group of professional musicians right here in our back yard. Keep the music playing!
We came all the way from Brooklyn to hear the Westchester Jazz Orchestra for the first time back last winter, and were so impressed. We thought we were back in the city at Birdland listening to the Count Basie Band. Great sound; great professionals!! We will be back. Rick and Caroline Anderson, Brooklyn, NY
The WJO is a jewel in Westchester's crown. Having live performing arts of this caliber in our midst makes Westchester a great place to live and visit. The WJO swings with power and subletly. Fresh contemporary arrangements and grand-master musicians produce the full range of colors and emotions. Come on out and support the arts. Come hear the Westchester Jazz Orchestra. You'll be glad you did.
Great jazz in the suburbs for less than the price of a NYC club, and free parking too! We have been coming over the bridge from New Jersey for years to hear their concerts.
We have attended many concerts over the years, including the infamous Jazz Festival in New Orleans. After seeing the Westchester Jazz Orchestra , which was the music of Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles we can honestly say that it was beyond our expectations. What an incredible way to spend a Saturday Evening. Professional, classy and just plain awesome. We applaud Westchester Jazz Orchestra for their amazing talent and look forward to the up coming season. George and Diane Sabato
How fortunate we are to have the caliber of jazz delivered by the Westchester Jazz Orchestra here in Westchester. In fact, I'd compare it to anywhere! We were subscribers this past season for the first time and certainly will continue. Everything about their performances is top-notch. We are thrilled that we've discovered WJO right in our back yard. Lucky us!
WJO is a true gem. The orchestra brings a first class level of professionalism and creativity to Westchester. The arrangements are creative, fun and inventive. The musicians are remarkable in thier talent, experience and depth of capablilties. If you haven't been to a WJO concert you are in for a treat!!