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Sun., March 25, 2012

Big band orchestra a gem

Spokane offers some of the finest musical entertainment contributing to the arts scene. The Saturday, March 10, outstanding performance by the Spokane Jazz Orchestra was another example of big band jazz at its finest.

The band excelled once again as they backed the engaging talent of guest vocalist Kirstin Korb, who now resides in Denmark. She displayed an amazing talent not only with her voice but with her stand-up bass as well. As if this wasn’t enough, the audience was also treated to four budding, talented high school jazz musicians.

The Spokane Jazz Orchestra is celebrating its 37th season this year and has the distinction of being the oldest community big band in all of America. With the musical talent constantly displayed at its concerts, it seems there should be sold-out houses, but plenty of seats remain to be filled.

I encourage big band lovers to make their way to the next concert at the beautiful Bing theater on May 12.

Larry Stanley


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