Bill Cosby was scheduled to appear at Benaroya Hall but before he went on he wandered over to the Nordstrom Recital Hall to visit with his old friend James Moody who was scheduled to appear with the SRJO. It was then that he invited himself to make a surprise guest appearance with the SRJO too. So to the delight of the Orchestra and the audience he came onstage and after a brief consultation began playing Duke Ellington’s “Take The A Train” with very funny interjections.
The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra is the Northwest’s premier big band jazz ensemble. Founded in 1995, the 17-piece band is made up of the region’s leading jazz instrumentalists, both young and old. Committed to presenting the great works of jazz, the SRJO’s repertoire is drawn from the past 100 years of jazz history, including works by Fletcher Henderson, Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan, Thad Jones, and of course, Count Basie and Duke Ellington.
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