Category Archives: Big Band

In the Mood 2013 ~ Charity Theater Run

What a great theater run this year for the Sky Notes Orchestra. I will have some videos next week. A message from the war front to our friends watching our house, “If you forgot to feed the cat, don’t bother … Continue reading

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Squirrel Nut Zippers

I accidently found a recording of this band and just loved the bari sax line. So I thought I’d drop this here so that I can find it later, especially if I ever do a small jazz ensemble again. The … Continue reading

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Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra Vocalists–Roger Bare

The Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra shares this number sung by our own Roger Bare. This dance was at the Third Place Books Big Band dance.

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Photos: Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra 2013

   More photos of the Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra from the  David Nadalin and Nadalin Photography.

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MJJO at the Jumpin’ Jive to Thrive dance 2013

Suzy joins me on tenor for this event. I *really* like performances where she can make it. Since she works nights, she isn’t always available.

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Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra

“Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.” ~ Thelonious Monk Here is one of the videos we made of the Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra last year. Enjoy.

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Lesson One: Fronting a band at a Bar

“People don’t dance to brilliant guitar solos or heady changes, they dance to the hook lyrics of a simple chorus.” This was posted in Miami craigslist by a club owner about the bands he encounters, and also the realities of … Continue reading

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Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra ~ 2012

My all-time favorite big band, that I’ve played in, is the Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra. Here is a slow number to dance to with your sweetie. Made up of hobbyist musicians, backed up by some ringers, this band is just … Continue reading

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Baritone and Alto Sax 2012

“If music be the food of love, play on.” ~ William Shakespeare A friend of mine took this picture of my pit set up for the “In the Mood” show. With just the two saxes, changing instruments was not a … Continue reading

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“In the Mood” 2012

“It’s been a big week for our side. Over on the beaches of Normandy our boys have fired the opening guns of the long awaited drive to liberate the world.” ~ Glenn Miller during a radio broadcast of “I Sustain … Continue reading

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