It contains performance dates, photos, vidoes and recordings and other information.
Eclectic Jazz Quartet with Marion Groves, Harlem Renaissance, Amherst College, Amherst, MA Sat. Nov. 7, 7:00 pm.
The Secondary Messengers at Schwemm's Coffeehouse, Amherst College, Amherst, MA, Thu. Oct. 15, 9:00 pm.
Amherst Jazz Orchestra at the Eastern Yacht Club Commodore's Ball, Marblehead, MA, Sat. Sept. 12, 8:00 pm.
The Abletones, Depot Park, Palmer, MA, Sat. Aug. 12, 5:30 pm.
Premier Swing at American Legion Post, Indian Orchard, MA, Sat. Aug 15, 6:00 pm.
We Three at Luthier's Co-op, Easthampton, MA, Sat. July 11, 7:00 pm.
Jeff Holmes Big Band at The One Bar, Northampton, MA, Mon Jun 22, July 27, Aug 31, Sep 28, Oct 26, Nov 11 and 30 7:30 pm.
Amherst Jazz Orchestra at The One Bar, Northampton, MA, Mon Jun 1 and 1st and 3rd Mondays through Dec, 7:30 pm.
Jeff Holmes Big Band at the Palmer Historical and Cutural Center, Three Rivers, MA, Sun May 17and Jun 28, 7:00 pm.
Charles Majid Greenlee Jazz Ensemble, Community Music School of Springfield, Springfield , MA, Friday May 8, 6:30 pm.
We Three, Alumni House, Amherst College, Sun Apr. 12, 11:30 am.
Holyoke Community College Jazz Festival 18th Annual, Amherst Jazz Orchestra with Sheila Jordan, HCC Leslie Phillips Theater, Holyoke, MA, Fri Mar 27, 8 pm.
Beleza Trio, Cushman Market, Amherst, MA, Sun. Dec. 21, 11:00 am.
Five College Jazz Ensemble performing arrangements of students of Music 243 Jazz Form and Analysis, Music Building 7, Amherst College, Sun. Dec 7 12:00 pm.
The Jazz Underground at Thanksgiving Retreat, Eastover Resort, Lenox, MA, Thu Nov 27 7:00 pm.
Jeff Holmes Big Band at the Amherst Brewing Company, University Drive, Amherst, MA, Mon Nov 24, 7:30 pm.
Eclectic Jazz Quartet wtih guest vocalist Marion Groves at Harlem Renaissance, Amherst College Alumni Gym, Sat Oct 15, 7:00 pm.
Jeff Holmes Big Band at the Amherst Brewing Company, University Drive, Amherst MA Mon Sep 29, 7:30 pm.
Forbes Library Benefit at the Forbes, Ken Forfia Ensemble, Northampton, MA Fri Sep 26, 6:00-8:00 pm.
Jimmy Argiro Trio with Carol Abbe Smith at The Loft, Northampton, MA Sat Aug 30, 7:00-10:00 pm.
Jeff Holmes Big Band at the Amherst Brewing Company, University Drive, Amherst MA Mon Aug 25 7:30 pm.
Carol Abbe Smith Trio at Luthier's Co-op, Eastampton, MA Fri Jul 18, 7:00 pm.
The Jeff Holmes Big
Band at Amherst Brewing Company, Amherst, MA Mon Jun 30, 7:30 pm.
Barbara Ween Ensemble at The Loft, Northampton, MA Sat Jun 21, 7:00 pm.
The Unpoppables at Stevenson Cafe, Univ.of California, Santa Cruz, Thu May 29, 9:00 pm.
The Secondary Messengers at Luthier's Co-op, Eastampton, MA Fri Jan 17, 9:15 pm.
Amherst Jazz Orchestra at the Amherst Brewing Company, University Drive, Amherst MA, first and third Mondays every month through May, 7:30 pm.
Amherst Jazz Orchestra at The One Bar, Pearl St. Northampton, MA, first and third Mondays every month starting June, 7:30 pm.
(click here for home page) is a 19-piece big band playing modern and classic
jazz. Performs in Amherst, Northampton (&
more) and wherever better big bands can be found. See Daily
Hampshire Gazette 2/8/96 (& more) . The AJO was
voted the Valley's best jazz group for 2002 and 2005 by the Valley Advocate readers!
See Valley Advocate 2002 and Valley Advocate 2005. For a recent profile see Amherst Bulletin 2011 (picture below by Jerrey Roberts from this article).
- First and Third Monday nights at the
Amherst Brewing Co.
- Spring 2014: 7:30-11 pm
- 1/20, 2/ 3, 2/17, 3/3, 3/17, 4/7,
4/21, 5/5, 5/19
- 16 YEARS AT THE ABC
- Holyoke Community College Jazz Festival with Jeff Holmes Quartet
- Friday, Mar 28, 2014
- 8 pm, Leslie Phillips Theater
- Annual festival. The AJO has performed in the past festivals with Yusef Lateef, Peter Erskine, Steve Turre, Arturo O'Farrill, John Fedchock, Claudio Roditi, Ernie Watts, Lew Soloff, Chris Vidala, John Abercrombie, Rufus Reid, Herb Pomeroy, Dave Samuels, Marvin Stamm and Jamie Baum
Dick Poccia, sax; Dave Bilodeau, tr; Ken Forfia, p; Mark Dunlap, b; Bill Matthews, d
Performing the music of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and Horace Silver.
Stephen Page, piano, Wayne Roberts, bass, Bill Matthews, drums, Dick Poccia, reeds
- Performing an eclectic blend of jazz, blues, Latin-Jazz and standards including the music of:
- Count Basie, Bob Berg, Donald Byrd, Tadd Dameon, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Frank Foster, Gigi Gryce, Joe Henderson, Charles Mingus, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Horace Silver, Wayne Shorter, Mal Waldron, Tom Harrell, Thelonious Monk
- Paquito D'Rivera, Cesar Portillo de la Cruz, Tom Jobim, Hermeto Pascoal, Dave Samuels, Chucho Valdez
- Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Frank Loesser, Cole Porter, George Gershwin , Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen, Vincent Youmans, Victor Young
- and others
Click the sax for a sample the EJQ performance at Schwemm's on October 14, 2010 of The Peacocks/Mr.PC. I play bass clarinet/bari, Stephen Page's beautiful piano solo, Dave Hobbs on bass, Bill Matthews on drums.
Dick Poccia, sax; Karl Rausch, g; Mark Dunlap, b; Bill Matthews, d
Django Reinhart's Nuage
From Guys and Dolls, I've Never Been in Love Before
Vernon David, cello; Joe Belmont, guitart; Dick Poccia, clarinets and soprano sax
Excerpts from You Tube
- Samba de Saudade Andy's uptempo Blues Samba with Paul Lieberman on piccolo and myself on bass clarinet
- Brainville Sun Ra's composition with Bruce Williamson and Ken Holman on altos, Paul Lieberman on tenor, Ben Griffin on trombone
- Hold Back Tomorrow Williams College senior Aspen Jordan sings on Bill Barron's beautiful ballad
- Star Spangled Rhythm horns and bones battle in patriotic theme, then Bruce Williamson on alto and Jeff Holmes on stride piano, arranged by Andy
- Writing....Crocodiles Bill Lowe's dramatic piece cannot be simply described, Freddie Bryant on bluesy guitar
Lowe-Jaffe Big Band Acton Jazz Cafe, Acton, MA, Fri March 2, 7:30/9:30 pm (Acton Jazz Cafe)
- Saturday, Sept 11, 2010
- 8:00 pm
- Aetna, Theater, The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford CT
- Lowe Jaffe Repertory Big Band: Andy Jaffe, p; Bill Lowe, tb, tuba; Peter McEachern, Tim Atherton, John Wheeler, tb; Kris Allen, Ken Holman, as; Paul Liebrman, Philippe Crettien, ts; Dick Poccia bs, bc; Dave Stangerone, Louise Baranger, Jamie Finegan, Rob Faulkner, Ricky Alfonso, tp; John Clark fh; Freddie Bryant, g; Joel Martin, p; Henry Lugo, b; Ben Belello, dr
- Featured artists: Nik Mathis, Antoinette Montague, Dotti Anita Taylor, Rozanne Levine, Deborah Weisz, Mark Whitecage
- Five saxes with variable rhythm sections.
- Bruce Krasin, as; Eddie Mari, as; Ken
Nigro, ts; David Pope, ts, Dick Poccia, bs.
- Performing the music of Lennie Niehaus,
Supersax and others.
- Performed at the White Nights Jazz
Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, June 1994 and at the Jazz
Philharmonic Hall.. To find out more about upcoming dates at
the hall, click on St.
Petersburg Press and you will get an English translation of this
newspaper. Check the Culture Section under Music Scene and Club
Guide. Cover charge was 20,000 rubles for foreigners.
Brother Yusuf Salim Project
- performing the works of the late Brother Yusuf Salim, (1929-2008) jazz pianist and composer of Baltimore and Durham
Click the sax for a sample from the Brother Yusuf Salim Project at Munson Library March 8, 2009. I play Mine Beloved, composed and arranged by Brother Yusef
Some Recordings and Samples
The Valley Big Band, Long View Records (1982).
- Jeff Holmes Big Band Live in Russia, Jeff Holmes Big Band, Signature Records (1992).
- You've Got That Look: Jim Porcella and the
Jeff Holmes Big Band with Dick Johnson Live at the El Morocco,
Jeff Holmes Big Band, Signature Records (1994).
Banafshe Larijani, Kairos (1998).
- An Imperfect Storm, The Large Ensemble Compositions of Andy Jaffe, MMC Recordings (2004).
Click the next sax for a sample from the EJQ performance at Schwemm's on October 28, 2008 of My Foolish Heart. Dick Poccia, bari, Ken Forfia, piano, Dave Hobbs, bass, Bill Matthews, drums
Click the next sax for a sample from An Imperfect Storm: I play the baritone sax backup line to Kitty Kathryn's vocal Straighten Up and Fly Right (Jaffe-Lowe Big Band).
Click the next sax for a sample from the HCC Amherst Jazz Orchestra Concert on Feb 28, 2003 with Peter Erskine on his composition Song for Jaco. I play the bari solo, Steve Sontag on flugelhorn, Erskine on drums.
Click the next sax for a sample from the Eclectic Jazz Quartet on March 10, 2010 at Schwemm's playing Tadd Dameron's On a Misty Night. Dick Poccia, alto, Stephen Page, piano, Dave Hobbs, bass, Bill Matthews, drums
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