at gettysburg college
THE BUZZ JONES BIG
over 30 years The Buzz Jones Big Band has been dedicated to
performing masterpieces of the Great American Songbook, swing standards of
Basie & Ellington, blues of all genres, Latin jazz, and fusion. The
band has over 300 performances to its credit --- jazz festivals,
conventions, college campuses, ballroom dances, and summer park concert
series. The BJBB has toured Europe three times since 1995 with
performances at the Montreux and North Sea International Jazz Festivals
and concerts in
Cathy Chemi is one of the most outstanding interpreters of American
popular song in the mid Atlantic States. In
, she shared the stage with Alan King and legendary jazz pianist Earl
"Fatha" Hines. Cathy joined the Harry James Orchestra as
featured vocalist in the late '60s and toured the
and the Europe with performances at
's Royal Festival Hall and the Hollywood Palladium.
1995 live recording at the Montreux Jazz Festival was followed by the
studio compact disc "Millennium Swing" in 2000 to celebrate its
20th anniversary. In June 2006 the band recorded a live CD "What's Up
In The Attic?" with numerous guest artists including Denis DiBlasio
and George Rabbai.
out the Buzz Jones Big Band on YouTube
performing at the Gettysburg Festival 2009.
MAJESTIC JAZZ ORCHESTRA
twenty member Majestic Jazz Orchestra was organized in October 2003
for the express purpose of performing and recording Axiom Asunder,
a composition in four episodes tracing the history of jazz that utilizes
the poetry of Langston Hughes as a narrative thread. The name of
the MJO pays tribute to
ís historic Majestic
theater underwent a fifteen million dollar restoration as a regional
performing arts center under the auspices of
community and Founding Director Jeffrey Gabel. The Majestic reopened on
November 14th, 2005 to coincide with the 80th
anniversary of the project and consists of expansion of lobby and
backstage facilities, addition of two smaller theaters for the
multi-purpose use of movies, lectures, concerts, black-box theater,
community rehearsal space, as well as educational programs for students
and the general public.
Majestic Jazz Orchestra recorded "Axiom Asunder" in June, 2004.
"Axiom Asunder" is available for download at http://cdbaby.com/cd/mjazzorchestra
Jazz Ensemble returned as a performing group in 1989 after a five year
hiatus. Students from a broad variety of academic disciplines
audition for a place in the band. The musicians are dedicated to
preserving and advancing
's indigenous musical art form and study all styles of jazz from big band
swing through contemporary fusion. Campus, community, and festival
performances highlight the year's schedule including a concert with a
nationally recognized soloist each February. Guest artists have
included Paquito DíRivera, Jim McFalls, Lew Soloff, John Fedchock, Chris
Vadala, Denis DiBlasio, Graham Breedlove, Hector Martignon, and Ed Soph.
The GCJE toured Europe in 1993, 1997, 2002 and 2008 with performances at
the North Sea, Vienne, and Montreux Jazz Festivals and concerts in France,
Belgium, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, and Greece.
College Jazz Ensemble