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  • THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2016, 4 P.M.

    Spokane Jazz Orchestra takes on music of Bing Crosby

    The Spokane Jazz Orchestra has been a local institution for more than 40 years, and it’s currently moving into a new chapter of its history. Longtime SJO leader Tom Molter …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 3, 2015, 11:03 P.M.

    Tuneful seasonal celebrations

    The moment the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers are stuffed in the refrigerator, a switch flips and the Christmas season comes roaring back in full force: Trees go up, light …


  • FRIDAY, DEC. 5, 2014

    A jazzy little Christmas

    Every year, Spokane Jazz Orchestra gets in the holiday spirit with their swinging takes on seasonal favorites, and this weekend they’ll be channeling the spirit of the Big Apple with …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 26, 2014

    Spokane Jazz Orchestra kicks off 40th season

    Spokane Jazz Orchestra has announced its upcoming season as being “40 and fabulous,” and that’s no small feat. It’s the oldest community-supported big band in the country. Its 40th season …


  • FRIDAY, JULY 4, 2014

    Tradition of originality

    It’s been the thrust of countless conversations for months now: This year marks the 40th anniversary of Expo ’74 in Spokane. But it’s also very close to the 40th anniversary …


  • FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2014

    SJO evening of jazz promises plenty of ‘swing and groove’

    Since its inception in 1975, the Spokane Jazz Orchestra has become one of the most reliable sources for lively jazz in the Inland Northwest. This weekend they’ll offer up a …


  • FRIDAY, DEC. 6, 2013

    SJO puts big band flair on holiday standards

    It’s that time of year when it seems that Christmas music – whether it’s on the radio or on television or over the loudspeakers in the local department stores – …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 27, 2013

    Guest vocalist helps SJO revive cabaret favorites for season opener

    Great jazz was born in the speakeasies. It rose up out of the cabarets and nightclubs of Harlem, New Orleans, Paris and Chicago, and was crafted by players as skilled …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 26, 2013

    Guest vocalist helps SJO revive cabaret favorites for season opener

    Great jazz was born in the speakeasies. It rose up out of the cabarets and nightclubs of Harlem, New Orleans, Paris and Chicago, and was crafted by players as skilled …


  • SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2013

    Spotlight: Arai, Cinnamon team for July 4 show at Cathedral

    Two carilloneurs will team up Thursday for the annual Fourth of July concert at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Wesley Arai, the associate carillonist at the University of …


  • FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2013

    Brown swings into Bing

    International jazz singer Deborah Brown has a résumé that spans the globe. She has shared both stage and studio with the likes of Slide Hampton, Clark Terry and Cedar Walton, …


  • SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2012

    Spotlight: ‘Greater Tuna’ reunites Weaver, Treadway

    Michael Weaver and Patrick Treadway are headed back to Tuna, Texas. Interplayers Professional Resident Theater is opening “Greater Tuna” on Thursday to replace “Ruthless! The Musical,” which was canceled after …


  • SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2012

    Spotlight: SJO eager for ‘Jazz Alley’ in 2012-’13

    The Spokane Jazz Orchestra will take us down the “Jazz Alley” in its 2012-’13 concert season. The orchestra, under the direction of Thomas Molter, will team with renowned soloists for …


  • SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2012

    Spotlight: ‘Groom’ arrives to celebrate Bing’s 109th birthday

    Thursday would have been Bing Crosby’s 109th birthday. To celebrate, the Advocates for the Bing Crosby Theater will hold a birthday gathering and show Crosby’s 1951 film “Here Comes the …


  • SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2012

    Spotlight: Bing will host accordion-fest

    Spokane this fall will play host to a prestigious accordion competition. Really.


  • SUNDAY, NOV. 20, 2011

    Spotlight: Holiday season offers bevy of events

    The holidays are nearly upon us, with dozens of related arts events on the way. When I say dozens, that’s no exaggeration. Yet I wanted to pick out a few …


  • SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2011

    Spotlight: Story of ‘REMIX’ a happy one, so far

    For nine months, Spokane Public Radio’s third channel – KPBZ-FM (90.3) – has been considered somewhat of an experiment. Now General Manager Dick Kunkel is just about ready to declare …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011

    SJO caps year with Latin twist

    The Spokane Jazz Orchestra closes its season Saturday night with a Latin flair. San Francisco vocalist Sandy Cressman joins the 17-piece big band for “Brazilian Fire,” a program of Brazilian …


  • THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2011

    Richardson, SJO team for benefit at the Bing tonight

    Rex Richardson is a trumpet virtuoso equally at home in symphony orchestras, brass bands and jazz combos. Tonight, he’ll be appearing with a big band: the 17-piece Spokane Jazz Orchestra, …


  • SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2011

    Spotlight: CdA Summer Theatre tickets set to go on sale

    Individual tickets for the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre’s new season go on sale Friday, which means you can get tickets to any of the four musicals this summer without buying …


  • SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2011

    Spotlight: ‘Thunderballs’ right up alley for North by Northwest

    North by Northwest has just signed a contract to film a sitcom pilot in Spokane titled “Thunderballs” for the cable TV channel Spike. It’s about three 30-something guys on a …


  • SUNDAY, JAN. 16, 2011

    Spotlight: Oelrich story to be featured in HBO film

    The upcoming HBO film “When Strangers Click” will include the story of one young Spokane man whose name figured in the news here in 2005: Ryan Oelrich. Oelrich became entangled …


  • FRIDAY, DEC. 3, 2010

    SJO spices up its act for annual Christmas show

    “Sweet and mellow” are two perfectly reasonable attributes for holiday music, but sometimes you crave something hotter and spicier. So the Spokane Jazz Orchestra is presenting “A Hot Spiced Christmas” …


  • SUNDAY, NOV. 28, 2010

    Book Notes: Edstrom releases recording how-to

    The name Brent Edstrom is familiar from his work with the Brent Edstrom Trio and the Spokane Jazz Orchestra. Now the classical-jazz pianist has a new role: Brent Edstrom, Oxford …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 24, 2010

    Roaring start for jazz orchestra will feature Feather

    The Spokane Jazz Orchestra kicks off its season with a heavyweight jazz name: Feather. That’s Lorraine Feather, who has jazz in her genes. She’s the goddaughter of Billie Holiday and …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2010

    Seattle’s Matassa joins Spokane Jazz Orchestra for finale

    When jazz fans debate the question, “Who’s the Northwest’s best jazz singer?” the name Greta Matassa always emerges near the top of the list. Earshot, the Seattle jazz magazine, has …


  • FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010

    Pianist Edstrom might even pull some strings

    Brent Edstrom is a nationally known jazz piano master. He has arranged music for the likes of Freda Payne and Dee Daniels. He’s shared the stage with such artists as …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 25, 2009

    Molter-led SJO kicks off with Freelon

    As a longtime trombonist for the Spokane Jazz Orchestra, Tom Molter had the privilege of playing with world-renowned conductors, Grammy-caliber artists and the region’s top talent. Now Molter is in …


  • FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2009

    SJO showcases Ellington’s brilliance

    Duke Ellington is more than just a revered former bandleader. “I’ve heard musicologists say that Ellington is one of the greatest American composers ever, of any kind,” says Dan Keberle, …


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