About This Show

The Westchester Jazz Orchestra, a 15-piece jazz orchestra featuring world-class jazz musicians who live in the county, will perform at Peekskill’s Paramount Center for the Arts on Sat., Feb. 10 at 8 PM, after conducting workshops for high school students. Peekskill High School, led by Band Director Thom Piliouras, will co-host the day’s festivities, which will culminate in the evening concert featuring student performers, the Ray Blue Quartet and the Westchester Jazz Orchestra (WJO). The event is funded in part by the Westchester Arts Council.

WJO is a unique resource, a first-rate ensemble that commissions its own arrangements and performs locally, but that is made up of some of America’s finest jazz artists. Members are master musicians ranging from outstanding group leaders to seasoned individual performers who have played and recorded with world-renowned pop, rock, Latin, Broadway and jazz stars. Manhattan Transfer vocalist Janis Siegel, a WJO guest artist in 2005, praised the band for its “virtuosic soloists, tight ensemble playing and innovative arranging.” Tom Bock, of the Yonkers Tribune, called the band “solid gold.”

Jazz Day at the Paramount, the Feb. 10 collaboration among the Paramount, WJO, and Peekskill, Croton, Somers, and Ossining High Schools, strengthens the Paramount’s connection with area school districts through increased artist residency and outreach activities, as well as through active community partnerships and collaborations with other organizations.

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Show Details

Dates: One Night Only: February 10, 2007

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