|Location:||Highland Brewing Tasting Room|
|When:||Friday, July 20th, 2012, 6:00pm - 8:00pm|
|Tasting Room Hours:||Open 4-8pm, Music is 6-8pm|
The premier big band of western North Carolina, the Asheville Jazz Orchestra has been delighting audiences since 2006. Drawing from a wide variety of influences, a performance by the AJO will range from the swing era sounds of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Benny Goodman to the progressive sounds of Thad Jones, Gordon Goodwin, and Stan Kenton to premiering new charts by local composers.
The musicians who perform with the AJO rank among some of the finest jazz musicians in the area. Band members bring their experiences performing with luminary groups such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Mel Tormé, When Swing Was King, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, and Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadian's. They also bring their performing experiences into the classroom, teaching music to ages ranging from middle school students at North Buncombe and Owen Middle Schools to adults at Mars Hill College, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and Western Carolina University. The AJO regularly performs educational music festivals, including the UNCA Jazz Festival, the Patton High School Jazz Festival and the Western Carolina University Trumpet Festival.