Truth in Jazz Orchestra: A West Michigan Premiere Big Band
I am fortunate to be a new addition to one of Michigan's best big bands, a group that has kicked off a performance season with two great performances at Watermark 920 in Muskegon. I performed with the group over the summer as a substitute for their current pianist, but was recruited as a replacement member in the fall.
"Fronted by West Michigan's legendary drummer, Tim Froncek, this group of 16 of the area's top musicians plays charts from the classic era of the big bands, up to today's best charts from the hottest writers. The band was organized by Dave Collee, Ed Spier, and Matt Lintula, who wanted a group able to play pro-level big band literature, and have fun doing it! We have assembled a great bunch of area musicians who enjoy the challenge of playing great charts in a large ensemble." (group bio from website) Like the group bio states, this group contains a variety of recognized performers and educators from around West Michigan. I am grateful to be a part of such a distinguished group, as it is a great opportunity to learn a variety of big band repertoire, collaborate with some seasoned players operating in Michigan, and to network with the many supporters of the music community in the area.
The group already has plans for 2015, including more performances at Watermark 920, a radio appearance, and plans to perform at a variety of lake shore festivals and community events. With such dedicated organizers and performers, the group welcomes the opportunity to play timeless music for a welcoming audience.
For more information on the group and information regarding performances, check out these links: Website: www.tijo.org
Current confirmed show dates for 2015 Both shows @ the Watermark 920 Tuesday, January 20, 2015 7:30 pm Tuesday, February 17, 2015 7:30 pm
Note: I hope to do a follow up post regarding the group as I perform more shows with the group.