Conductor: Peter Bellino
Auditions: Early June
Rehearsals: Weekly on Monday evenings
NYSSMA Level: Generally 5-6
The flagship Youth Jazz Orchestra is ESYO’s most advanced Jazz ensemble. The Jazz Orchestra is composed of jazz musicians whose technical skills, improvisation experience, and musicality are at the highest levels.
The 18-member “big band” style orchestra performs a wide range of music from jazz standards to the early swing of the roaring 20s to the exciting jazz/rock fusion of the 1980s to today’s contemporary jazz. The jazz orchestra routinely performs in area jazz clubs and on regional and national stages. Recent collaborations include premiere performances with the Albany Symphony, the Eastman Jazz Ensemble, “Blue” Lou Marini and Allen Vizzutti, Grammy-award winning pianist/composer Bill Cunliffe, and Trumpeter Michael Rodriquez.