Webster Jazz Festival
Saturday September 18th
Opening on the Big Stage at 4:30pm
Based in Rochester, New York, the Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra Jazz is a musical art form of more than 100 years encompassing many diverse sub-genres. The talented musicians of the Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra perform an extensive repertoire of big band literature. Styles range from Dixieland, Blues and Swing to Latin, Rock and Funk. The band performs jazz standards by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, and Thad Jones was well as more recent works by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Sammy Nestico, Gordon Goodwin and others. RMJO also features works by composers with local ties including Chuck Mangione, John LaBarbera and Harold Arlen. Arrangements played from the Great American Songbook include tunes by George Gershwin, Frank Loesser, Frederick Loewe, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Jimmy Van Heusen.
The Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra is under the direction of BJ Comer and features many talented musicians playing exciting arrangements "in the Basie tradition".