SRJO Sinatra Concert on KPLU

For many, the golden age of popular song in America was in the middle of the last century when those songs were sung by Frank Sinatra.  This week Jim Wilke’s Jazz Northwest will revisit those songs on An Evening with Ol’ Blue Eyes – a concert by the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra with singers Danny Quintero and James Caddell.

Highlights from the concert will air Sunday, December 4 at 1 PM Pacific on Jazz Northwest on 88.5 KPLU, or online at

The songs include Come Fly with Me, The Second Time Around, The Song Is You, I Won’t Dance, I’ve Got You Under My Skin and many others.  Most of the arrangements come from two albums Frank Sinatra recorded with the Count Basie Orchestra in the mid 1960s.

Jim Wilke KPLUThis concert was recorded by Jim Wilke, November 6 at the Kirkland Performance Center as part of the 17th season of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, co-directed by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman.

Jazz Northwest is produced exclusively for 88.5 KPLU by Jim Wilke. It is also available as a series of podcasts.


“An Evening with Ol’ Blue Eyes”

What better way to launch the 2011-2012 Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra main stage concert series than with the music of “Ol’ Blue Eyes” himself, Frank Sinatra.

  • Saturday, Oct. 29th (7:30 pm) – Nordstrom Recital Hall
  • Sunday, Nov. 6th (3 pm) – Kirkland Performance Center
James Caddell

James Caddell

In a celebration of Sinatra’s many recordings with large ensembles, the SRJO presents big band jazz of Count Basie, Quincy Jones, and Nelson Riddle, featuring guest vocalists Danny Quintero and James Caddell singing their favorites in a tribute to “Ol’ Blue Eyes.”

Selections include Come Fly with Me, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Don’t Worry About Me, Luck Be a Lady Tonight and The Best Is Yet to Come, plus other great pieces recorded for the classic 1966 collaboration of Sinatra with Quincy Jones and the Count Basie band, Sinatra at the Sands.

Danny Quintero

Danny Quintero

James Caddell is a longtime favorite with SRJO fans and is heard on recordings with Don Lanphere and Clarence Acox. While Danny Quintero is new on the scene specializing in music of Sinatra, he is hailed by all as a singer with talent far beyond his years.

Tickets are selling fast, and opening night is looking like it will sell out. Act fast to make sure you enjoy one of this year’s hottest shows!

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This concert is part of the exciting line up presented by the 2011 Earshot Jazz Festival.

Jazz4Kids added to season opener

SRJO Jazz4Kids audience The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra opens its 2011-12 concert season with another of its highly popular Jazz4Kids concerts on Saturday, October 29th (4:30 PM) in the Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya. This concert is presented with special support from Seattle’s Child and PONCHO.

SRJO Jazz4Kids tromboneThis Jazz4Kids event includes instrument demonstrations, a “petting zoo” hands-on instrument display in the lobby (courtesy of Kennelly Keys Music), and questions from kids in the audience, and features pieces selected from main stage “An Evening with Ol’ Blue Eyes” concert that the SRJO is presenting on Saturday night.


Jazz4Kids concerts are presented at a nominal ticket charge ($1.00 per seat; Ticket price = $.01, plus a service charge of $.99 at for each child or youth, plus any parent, teacher, family member, or youth group leader accompanying them. You can print your tickets for the Jazz4Kids concert at home, but get them quick – past Jazz4Kids concerts have sold out!

Blocks of free tickets are also available to schools and community youth groups.

Seattle Child logo  Poncho logo

Click HERE to visit the SRJO Jazz4Kids page.

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17th Anniversary Season 2011 – 2012 Concert Series

SRJO 2011-2012 Season Brochure cover

This is the 17th concert season of the SRJO, and we want to thank all of our fans and friends for continuing to support our performances with record attendance numbers and subscriptions. We think jazz is the perfect vehicle for transcending barriers in our community and for sharing the joy of live performance with people everywhere. Our family of jazz lovers is growing every month, and most of last season’s concerts sold out—so get your tickets early and join us for another season of great jazz!

—Michael Brockman and Clarence Acox

An Evening with Ol’ Blue Eyes:   The Music of Frank Sinatra

In a celebration of Sinatra’s many recordings with large ensembles, the SRJO presents big band jazz of Count Basie, Quincy Jones, and Nelson Riddle, featuring guest vocalists Danny Quintero and James Caddell singing their favorites in a tribute to “Ol’ Blue Eyes.”  Caddell is a longtime favorite with SRJO fans and is heard on recordings with Don Lanphere and Clarence Acox. Quintero is new on the scene specializing in music of Sinatra, hailed by all as a singer with talent far beyond his years.

Part of the 2011 Earshot Jazz Festival

  • Sat  10/29/11   7:30 pm   Benaroya Nordstrom Recital Hall
  • Sun 11/06/11   3:00 pm   Kirkland Performance Center

Benny Carter’s Peaceful Warrior: Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

The great trumpeter, saxophonist, composer, and arranger Benny Carter created a stunning five movement suite in tribute to our nation’s great civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King. The entire suite will be featured in this concert, followed by some classic transcriptions from the SRJO library.

  • Sat   03/03/12  7:30 pm Benaroya Nordstrom Recital Hall
  • Sun  03/04/11  3:00 pm Kirkland Performance Center

North by Northwest: Music of Seattle’s Jazz Composers

Seattle is a hot-bed of great jazz performance AND great jazz composition, stretching back to the earliest works by Seattle’s own Quincy Jones and Ray Charles. In celebration of this continuing legacy, the SRJO presents music by their favorite Seattle composers, including Jovino Santos Neto, William O. Smith, Wayne Horvitz, Bob Hammer, Jim Knapp, and Milt Kleeb. Also featured are new pieces written by members of the SRJO, plus selections from Birth of a Band—the definitive 1959 recording by Quincy’s first big band.

  • Sat  04/21/12  7:30 pm Benaroya Nordstrom Recital Hall
  • Sun 04/22/12 3:00 pm Kirkland Performance Center

Jazz of the Harlem Renaissance II:  All Acoustic Jazz

In this second concert of our Harlem Renaissance series, the SRJO presents more fantastic music from the 1920s and 1930s, played as it was created and performed—with original instrumentation and completely without amplification. KPLU radio host Robin Lloyd serves as guest narrator, reading excerpts from the Ken Burns film Jazz, with depictions of the life and spirit of the Harlem Renaissance period. The program includes Ellington’s 1931 hit, Rockin’ in Rhythm, plus early hits by the Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra: For Dancers Only, Harlem Shout, Lunceford Special, Le Jazz Hot and Charmaine.

  • Sat  06/16/12  7:30 pm Benaroya Nordstrom Recital Hall
  • Sun 06/17/12  3:00 pm Kirkland Performance Center

Download the season brochure (PDF) for complete details and order form. Subscribe by September 20 to save 15% off individual ticket prices and for priority seating assignments. 

A 10% discount is available for school and community groups of 10 or more. Contact the SRJO for details.

An afternoon of jazz on the beautiful grounds of The Bloedel Reserve

Bloedel Reserve Willow TreeWhile we won’t be playing under this wonderful old Willow, it’s always nice to take the band outdoors, especially in the summer time, and the venue is as beautiful as the grounds of The Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island.

If you’re lucky enough to live on Bainbridge Island, join us on Sunday, July 17 at 4:30 PM and catch SRJO performing audience favorite from this year’s main stage concerts (on the mainland) without jumping a ferry. If you don’t live on the island, it’s a chance for a pleasant jazz getaway. Think of it as a mini-vacation, but check the ferry schedule (from Seattle || from Edmonds)!

No matter how you get there, the setting and the music will be outstanding. We’ll feature selections from “Jazz Goes to the Movies,” “Tribute to Benny Goodman”, “The Zen of Ten” and “Jazz of the Harlem Renaissance.” And, we’ll be featuring 17 of the most prominent jazz soloists and band leaders, including in-demand young players and seasoned veterans.

The Bloedel Preserve grounds open at 10:00 AM and The SRJO takes the stage at 4:30 PM – Sunday, July 17.

Seating for the show is at the Bloedel Mansion is on chairs under a tent, or optionally on the grass. Tickets can be purchased on line through Brown Paper Tickets, by phone (206-842-7631), or at the door.

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Jazz Northwest to feature “Jazz of the Harlem Renaissance”

Tune in to Jim Wilke’s “Jazz Northwest” show on Sunday, July 2 at 1 PM on KPLU FM 88.5, or on the web at  to hear highlights from the SRJO’s two recent sold out concerts, “Jazz of the Harlem Renaissance.”

Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra SRJO LiveHarlem in the Twenties and Thirties was bursting with creativity, exemplified by the jazz of the period: Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Jimmy Lunceford and others.

Hear examples of this great music played live by SRJO, with trumpeters Jay Thomas and Tom Marriott; saxophonists Bill RamsayMark Taylor, Michael Brockman and Travis Ranney; drummer Clarence Acox, clarinetist Dan Wickham, trombonists David MarriottScott Brown, David Bentley and Bill Anthony, pianist Randy Halberstadt, and bassist Phil Sparks.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for KPLU and The program is also available as a podcast on Monday following the broadcast, along with an archive of past podcasts.

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Listen to, “one of the top big band efforts of the year.”

In his All About Jazz review of Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra – Jimmy Heath: The Endless Search, Dan McClenaghan says, “It is an orchestral offering that leaps out of the speakers with a rich fanfare of gorgeous harmony and tight rhythmic zest,” and declares the release, “…one of the top big band efforts of the year.” (read the full review)

Cover: Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra - Jimmy Heath: The Endless Search

Michael Steinman, in Cadence Magazine, says, “The SRJO sounds lovely in its ensemble work (and in the recorded sound) and its soloists are at Heath’s level— their conception as a group is more than commendable, with none of the self-indulgent excesses prevalent in Jazz big bands.” (read the full review)

And George Fendel, in Oregon Jazz Scence, adds, “Please don’t refer to them as a big band. About five minutes with this recording, and you’ll agree that this is a jazz orchestra. ” (read the full review)

Have you listened to the Origin Records release, yet? You’ve heard from the critics, now check it out and let us know what you think. You can hear the entire album right here. You can also share it (please do) and buy it (we’d love that!)

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