The Keene Jazz Orchestra’s annual Spring concert will be on Saturday June 3 at 7:30 PM in the auditorium of Monadnock Regional High School. This year the Orchestra is pleased to have back vocalist Christine Fawson and she will be singing with our special guest, composer/band leader Gordon Goodwin.

This year the jazz orchestra will do one set of Gordon Goodwin music under the direction of Gordon. The second set will wind through classic and contemporary American big band jazz including the music of  Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, & Pat Methany. 

Gordon Goodwin has built a larger-than-life reputation throughout the music industry for his composing, arranging, band leading, and playing skills. Currently he is most famous for the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band, one of the most exciting large jazz ensembles on the pla

net. Populated by L.A.’s finest players, the Big Phat Band takes the big band tradition into the new millennium with a contemporary, highly original sound featuring Goodwin’s witty, intricate, and hard-swinging compositions in a veritable grab bag of styles: swing, Latin, blues, classical, rock and more. Gordon has had great success as a movie score writer; A 2006 GRAMMY Award for his Instrumental Arrangement of “Incredits” from the Pixar film The Incredibles, orchestrator for National Treasure, The Majestic, The One, Get Smart, and Spy Kids 2,  three Emmy Awards, and thirteen GRAMMY nominations. Gordon has also conducted world-renowned symphony orchestras in Atlanta, Dallas, Utah, Seattle, Toronto and London. His ability to combine jazz excellence with any musical style makes his writing appealing to fans across the spectrum. That’s why both beboppers and modern aficionados go for Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band.

Christine last sang with KJO in 2009. She is an assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music "I have them sing a lot; that's a big deal with brass players. We have to be able to hear. I say, 'Sing this pitch' before they play. It helps them identify the pitch and get a better sound quality because they already produced it in their head. I never think about singing and playing trumpet as being separated. I try to do what I do vocally, on the trumpet. They're totally connected." As a vocalist and trumpet player, Christine Fawson has always loved performing classic jazz standards from the American Songbook.  Recently she has been a guest solo artist at festivals and concerts along with performing with Adele. Christine was a member of the vocal jazz group, Syncopation from 2002-2013. Christine played trumpet and sang with the DIVA Jazz Orchestra from 2004-2007 along with being a member of Beantown, a high energy R&B band from 2004-2012. 

The orchestra is led by tenor saxophonist Scott Mullett, who is an alumnus of many world class touring bands including Woody Herman and Artie Shaw. Scott teaches privately, plays throughout New England, and is an adjunct faculty member 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.  Included are notable local music educators:  Eric Anderson and Tom Martin (retired, Keene High School), Craig Sylvern (Keene State College), Vicki Moore (St. Joseph’s School), Steve Cady (Vermont Academy), 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 June 3 concert are at the low price of $15 and $12 for students & seniors. They go on sale at Toadstool Bookstore (12 Emerald St., Keene & 
12 Depot Sq., Peterborough) on May 6, and at the door the night of the concert.  For more information e-mail: keenejazzorchestra@gmail.com  or www.keenejazzorchestra.com