"Looking Forward Looking Back" CD Release Coming Soon

The long anticipated wait is almost over! 

We have partnered with Mack Ave. Records and are excited to announce this highly anticipated release featuring Christian McBride, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, and Bill Cunliffe! The CD will be available beginning September 18th.

To pre-order your copy, click here.

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The Making of "Looking Forward Looking Back"

Well at long last, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra recording has finished its post-production journey of mixing, editing, mastering, art direction, layout and design. We look forward to sharing with you the news of its release.

In the interim, here is a video that tells the story of the music and the recording. We couldn't have achieved this important milestone without vital assistance from all of our amazing supporters! Again, thank you.

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George Duke Commissioning Prize Update

  

Thank you to all eligible ASCAP composers who submitted orchestral scores by the July 17th deadline, we had an overwhelming response! 

With 32 applicants from 12 different states across the country, the George Duke Commissioning Prize attracted some of this country's finest composers. From university professors to award-winning young composers, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra's Music Advisory Board will have a difficult selection process. The winner of the Commissioning Prize will be announced at the SJO's CD release party in mid-September.

The newly commissioned work will be premiered by the 67-piece SJO in 2016/17. The George Duke Commissioning Prize was created to honor the legacy of the trailblazing musician, former Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (SJO) Co-Music Director and ASCAP board member, George Duke. 

The Symphonic Jazz Orchestra/George Duke Commissioning Prize is made possible in part by a grant from The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Fund and the Bart Howard Fund.

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Founded in 2001, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra is a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating the uniquely American genre of symphonic jazz through its commissioning program, and inspiring the next generations of listeners through its “Music in the Schools” program, and Community Outreach Program.   Learn More