2018

The Keene Jazz Orchestra’s annual Spring concert will be on Saturday, May 26 at 7:30 PM in the auditorium of Monadnock Regional High School. This year the Orchestra is pleased to welcome back perennial KJO and audience favorite guest vocalist Rebecca Holtz. 

This year the jazz orchestra will enjoy the company of Rebecca’s voice on numerous charts, and will perform a dramatic selection of contemporary and traditional arrangements, including Buddy Rich’s infamous Channel One Suite.  In celebration of our founder Scott Mullett and 15 years of remarkable music together, the orchestra will also present a selection of ‘KJO Classics’ including some of the greatest arrangements from the big band idiom. 

Scott Mullett (1959-2018), founder of the Keene Jazz Orchestra, was a first-call tenor saxophonist in the greater Boston area. He played and toured with many of the greatest big bands of our time including those of Artie Shaw and Woody Herman. Strongly influenced by his Keene High School band director, Bob Cummings, Scott went on to study jazz saxophone at Berklee College of Music, where he studied with many of the world’s best musicians. He traveled all over the world playing saxophone and made his living in music as a saxophonist and teacher. After serving as Musical Director for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines in the 90’s, he came back to the Monadnock Region and continued to play jazz and teach in the Boston and Keene areas.

The orchestra is led by bassist Steve Cady, who is a founding member of Keene Jazz Orchestra, music teacher at Vermont Academy and adjunct professor at Keene State College. The orchestra continues to provide an outlet for local musicians to hone and display their jazz talents.  Many of the Keene area’s finest instrumentalists are involved with the Orchestra, including notable local music educators Eric Anderson and Tom Martin (retired, Keene High School), Craig Sylvern (Keene State College), Vicki Moore (St. Joseph’s School), Nick Pelton (Bellows Falls High School), Rob Skrocki (Monadnock), Donna Morse, Anna Johnson, George Robinson, & Charlie Schneeweis (Private Instructors).

The Orchestra encourages people of all ages to attend this concert for a rare opportunity to hear authentic Big Band music live and to experience one of today’s most accomplished big band composers. Along with their annual spring concert, the Jazz Orchestra sponsors musician clinics during the year and hosts a dance during the winter.  The Orchestra’s mission is to keep alive the big band genre of American music. Tickets for the May 26 concert are for sale at the door, and at Toadstool Bookstores, 12 Emerald St., Keene & 12 Depot St., Peterborough for the low price of $15 and $12 for students & seniors.

For more information, visit:

https://www.facebook.com/keenejazzorchestra/

or email keenejazzorchestra@gmail.com

Please consider making a donation in Scott’s honor to the 
Scott Mullett Fund for Jazz Education by clicking BELOW.

You can also donate via mail
by sending a check payable to: Keene Jazz Orchestra
39 Ridgewood Ave
Keene NH 03431
memo Scott Mullett Fund