The Otsego JAZZ Ensemble




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The Otsego Jazz Ensemble

is a 17-piece swing band based in

Otsego, Michigan.

We perform for concerts, fund raisers, and celebrations of all sorts in Southwestern Michigan. We play JAZZ and DANCE MUSIC from the big band SWING ERA, and we love every minute! ...Especially when folks are DANCING!

Our solid core of talented musicians comes from a wide area of Southwest Michigan, and we've been together since 1986!

The cuts on our 1992 tape, "Air'n It Out," are:
Down Basie Street
April in Paris
Teach Me Tonight
Misty
Look for the Silver Lining
My Funny Valentine (Vocal)
Moonlight Serenade
Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Vocal)
On the Sunny Side of the Street (Vocal)
Quincy and the Count
I'll Take Romance (Vocal)
Splish Splash
Frosty (Vocal)
720 In the Books
Listen to some licks from these cuts.

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Looking back...

In March of 2008, the OJE performed for the "Senior Citizens' Prom" at WMU's Bernhard Center. Guest vocalist, Lana Hawkins, made her debut performance with us on that night. The band has been returning for this event every year since then. Seniors and students share the dance floor and we have a dance contest that is so much fun! Subscribe to our mailing list and we'll keep you informed of this event.


FĂȘte de la Musique

The OJE participated in Kalamazoo's FREE FĂȘte de la Musique on June 21, 2008.


Everyone had a fantastic time in 2007, at the annual "The Battle of the Big Bands", with the Beltline Big Band. The first event debuted at the Kalamazoo Radisson Hotel on March 9, 2002. AND... we did it again on May 19, 2007 at WMU's Bernhard Center! Dr. Barry Ross, formerly the Kalamazoo Symphony's Concertmaster, was our guest soloist, performing "Summertime," "Love is Here to Stay," and his signature "Orange Blossom Special."

At the 2002 ALLEGAN JAZZ FESTIVAL, the audience was enthusiastic, and the band had a terrific time. Earlie Braggs, from Kansas City, wowed everyone with his trombone solos.

On November 1, 1998 the Otsego Jazz Ensemble presented a continuing (solo) version of the Western Michigan Big Band Festival at Don Neal's Banquet Center in Kalamazoo. Proceeds from the admission charge were put into a music scholarship.

The Otsego Jazz Ensemble co-hosted the Western Michigan Big Band Festival with Western Michigan University School of Music's Jazz Studies Department on March 8, 1996. The Festival's 1996 edition showcased three groups: the Western Michigan University Jazz Lab Band, the Otsego Jazz Ensemble, and the Jackson Jazz Ensemble.

The festival proceeds are used to fund a scholarship in the Jazz Studies Department at Western Michigan University. The 1996 festival scholarship recipient, "Flip" Robison, performed as lead trumpeter with the Jackson Jazz Ensemble.

The inaugural festival, in 1995, featured the Kalamazoo Big Band, the Otsego Jazz Ensemble, and the >Western Michigan University Jazz Orchestra.

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Contact the Otsego Jazz Ensemble via e-mail at: Jeff Bourdo @ jeffbourdo@gmail.com

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