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The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO) is the Northwest's premier big band jazz ensemble. Founded in 1995, the 17-piece big band is made up of the most prominent jazz soloists and band leaders in the greater Seattle area.
The SRJO is co-directed by drummer Clarence Acox, nationally recognized director of bands at Seattle's Garfield High School, and saxophonist/arranger Michael Brockman, long-time faculty member at the University of Washington School of Music.
The SRJO's extensive and growing repertoire is drawn from the 100-year history of jazz, from turn-of-the-20th century ragtime to turn-of-the-21st century avant-garde. This includes works by America's most famous jazz composers, among them Fletcher Henderson, Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan, Thad Jones, and of course, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. In addition, the SRJO's repertoire grows each year as the ensemble adds previously unpublished works to its library.
Recovering jazz classics for performance by the ensemble is accomplished by co-director Michael Brockman, our region's outstanding practitioner of the art of transcribing lost-to-print composition and arrangement, note for note, from vintage recordings.
M i s s i o n
The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra is a non-profit organization dedicated to the performance and enrichment of the unique American art form of large ensemble jazz – expressive and creative music that transcends boundaries and joins people together in celebration of our diverse, democratic culture.
Our mission is to share the joy of live jazz performance by:Fostering a superb, professional jazz orchestra that regularly performs for appreciative audiences; Educating and inspiring the next generation to understand, perform and treasure jazz music; and enriching the jazz repertoire with newly commissioned works, newly restored musical scores of historic jazz classics, and professionally released recordings of our performances.
V i s i o n
Our vision is to be valued by musicians, fans, music educators, critics and the general public as one of the cultural treasures of the Pacific Northwest.