2018

Winter Big Band Dance 
Join the Keene Jazz Orchestra, founded by Scott Mullett, to celebrate the winter with an authentic big band dance. The music for the evening will be traditional Big Band Swing of the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s including the music of Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Cole Porter as well as other traditional ballroom music. The featured singer will be Becca Wilber, a Keene State College music/elementary education major. Becca sings with the Keene State Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Singers and Concert Choir.


KJO is a 17 piece Orchestra now under the direction of Steve Cady since the passing of founder Scott Mullett. Steve is music director at Vermont Academy, a free lance musician on bass, andis an adjunct faculty member at Keene State College. The Orchestra is comprised of local musicians, music teachers and music students. Many of the Keene area’s finest instrumentalists are involved with the Orchestra. Included are notable local music educators: Eric Anderson and Tom Martin (Keene High School, retired), Craig Sylvern (Keene State College), Charlie Schneeweis (Landmark College), Vicki Moore (St. Joseph’s School), Nick Pelton (Bellows Falls Union High Schoo), Donna Morse, George Robinson, & Anna Johnson (Private Instructors).

Dancers of all ages are welcome to come out for the rare opportunity to dance to a full swing orchestra. As Scott Mullett said, "This is a wonderful opportunity to hear the Band in a less formal setting. It should be a great night for dancers and listeners alike."

Bar service is available. Tickets are $15 adults/$12 students and are on sale at Toadstool Bookstore, 12 Emerald St., in Keene and Prime Roast, 16 Main St, in Keene.

For more information e-mail: keenejazzorchestra@gmail.com


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), 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 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