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Voted Best News for Big-band Jazz Lovers: The Tennessee Jazz Orchestra!

J.Bradley Stauffer and the Tennessee Jazz Orchestra (TJO) have come to town - ready to swing, to play great music, and to make you feel good. That's why the TJO performs, sharing its music with audiences all throughout greater Tennessee. Bringing the music of the master jazz artists of our time to middle Tennessee is a labor of love for the TJO. They have brought Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite and Stan Kenton's Merry Christmas selections to the Blair Recital Hall, Vanderbilt University. Many of the favorites of Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Walt Stuart, Sammy Nestico, Arturo Sandoval, the Tonight Show Band and countless others have graced the ears of our listening audience.

"The orchestra got its start in 1996, and under the leadership of trumpeter J. Bradley Stauffer it has evolved into a respected organization devoted to community and youth involvement."
...The Tennessean, July 20, 2000

The TJO thrives on the spontaneity of live performance. They have performed at the major Universities surrounding Nashville, and many of the local high schools and middle schools. In the last 4 years, the TJO has performed at more than 50 venues ranging from the concert stage to outdoor festivals and the classroom.


"For the younger people, this is going to be a good introduction to the energy of big-band music, and that's exciting." -- Chuck Chellman in The Tennessean, July 20, 2000

The TJO is the highest quality fabric of ensemble blended from the sturdy fiber of our rhythm section woven with the virtuosity of our saxophones, boldness of the trombones, dazzle of the trumpets, all topped off with the vocal stylings of Jeannie Dennis and Arnie Thies. Accessorize the outfit with great custom charts and arrangements from the masters of jazz, and you have an ensemble tailored to any occasion.


With each performance, each note you enjoy and move to, the personality of the ensemble unwraps itself like a gift from a dear friend. All the bandleaders; Kenton and Ellington in particular were well acquainted with the effects of live performance. The work and the time spent together let  the TJO discover a common musical identity, but form a close fellowship. It becomes a second family, and the bonds and battles of family life enrich their musical dialogues, driving them on to new heights of expression.


The arrangements performed are a mixture of the originals as performed by the masters and those done especially for us. We hope you'll appreciate the fresh sounds of these great pieces we have carefully put together for this evening. Our performance will include a smorgasbord of jazz treats from Dixieland to Funk. Bring your appetite and a fan!

"This band was put together with two purposes in mind... To have a great big band, which they have accomplished, and to introduce middle school and high school musicians to that great experience of learning and developing with members of the band."-- Chuck Chellman in The Tennessean, July 20, 2000


"If you love Stan Kenton, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, and the other masters of swing, you'll dig the TJO. At their debut concert last December, they played a knock-down version of Ellington's 'Nutcracker Suite'; the tunes were hip and the cats were hep. An annual TJO concert would ensure a cool Yule for years to come. Meanwhile, the orchestra has become a teaching orchestra, giving young musicians a chance to play with the band at every gig." -- The Nashville Scene, April 3, 1997

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New Orleans, LA
504.810.6824 vox
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Nashville, TN
615.482.BAND (2263)
615.523.1994 fax

PO Box 56485
New Orleans, LA 70156

PO Box 24306
Nashville, TN 37202

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