2018


Spring Concert 

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.

Rebecca Holtz has studied voice at the Vermont Jazz Center with Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, and Peter Eldridge, and has appeared with notable performers Samirah Evans, Charles Neville, and Houston Person. Performing throughout New England, Becca has been the feature vocalist with the Compaq Big and since relocating to the Bay Area of San Francisco has appeared with the Monday Night Band at SFJAZZ. Her 2015 EP “Take Me There” was the result of a highly successful fundraising campaign supported by a widespread fan base and features both original and standard tunes. Since the release of “Take Me There” Rebecca has appeared at the Starline Social Club in Oakland for their jazz series and regularly performs with Bay Area a cappella sensation Side Note.

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), Charlie Schneeweis (Landmark College), Craig Sylvern (Keene State College), Vicki Moore (St. Joseph’s School), Nick Pelton (Bellows Falls Union High School), Anna Johnson (Westmoreland), Donna Morse and George Robinson (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 enjoy the sounds of a gifted jazz voice. 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 and at Prime Roast Coffee, 16 Main Street, Keene 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