Saturday, October 26, 2013..Patrick Lopez performs with the Asheville Jazz Orchestra at the White Horse

Asheville Jazz Orchestra

Since their founding in 2006 the 17 piece Asheville Jazz Orchestra has become western North Carolina’s premier big band.  Their mission is twofold.  First, through recreating the swing era hits of the 1930s and 1940s the AJO strives to rekindle an awareness of this rich and innovative jazz style.  Secondly, the AJO considers it vital to help the big band tradition evolve through performing works by contemporary composers and arrangers.  Whether they’re playing your favorite big band era hits at a swing dance or performing a brand new composition written by a band member in a formal concert, the AJO is dedicated to both preserving and advancing the uniquely American art form of jazz.

 

The musicians who perform with the AJO rank among some of the finest jazz musicians in the area.  Band members bring their experiences performing with luminary groups such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Mel Tormé, When Swing Was King, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, and Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadian’s.  They also bring their performing experiences into the classroom, teaching music to ages ranging from middle school students at North Buncombe and Owen Middle Schools to adults at Mars Hill College, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and Western Carolina University.  The AJO regularly performs educational music festivals, including the UNCA Jazz Festival, the Patton High School Jazz Festival and the Western Carolina University Trumpet Festival.

 

Friday, Oct 25, 2013..Patrick Lopez performs with Asheville’s Crocodile Smile

Crocodile Smile Band

Five Piece Band… Focused on Fun!

Composed of five of the most talented and versatile musician/singers, this is a band that will surely engage and entertain you and your guests. If you are looking for a good time that your guests will enjoy and remember, Crocodile Smile is the fit for you. Refined and sharp this band has the talent to move an entire room of all ages without forgetting the importance and elegance of the day. Mixing styles and eras of music to make seamless transitions and keep an unmatched energy level.

  • Old-School Throw-Back
  • Current Top 40
  • Dance
  • Motown
  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Country

Patrick Lopez performs with Tom Scott and Steve Gordon

Tom Scott

Tom Scott is a veteran composer, arranger, producer, musical director and saxophonist, having earned 3 Grammy Awards and 14 Grammy nominations over four decades. He made his first record as a leader in 1968–at age twenty. The number of solo recordings in his catalogue now stands at 35.Tom’s career as a guest artist spans more than 500 recordings—by such diverse artists as Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, Thelonius Monk, the Blues Brothers, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Aerosmith.  His numerous contributions as a player and arranger include Joni Mitchell’s Court And Spark, Steely Dan’s Aja; hit singles like Carole King’sJazzman, Paul McCartney’s Listen To What The Man Said, Rod Stewart’s Do You Think I’m Sexy & Soulbook, Blondie’s Rapture, Captain & Tenille’s Do That To Me One More Time, Whitney Houston’s Saving All My Love For You; and on movie soundtracks such as Taxi DriverBladerunnerHeaven Can WaitSea Of LoveWho Framed Roger Rabbit?, Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc. 

Tom’s other career achievements include composing film scores, among them Conquest of the Planet of the Apes,Uptown Saturday NightStir CrazyHanky PankyThe Sure ThingJust One Of The GuysSoul Man and Shakes the Clown. His television composing and conducting credits include the themes for Family TiesStarsky & Hutch,Square Pegs and background scores for Baretta, CannonBarnaby JonesStreets Of San FranciscoNational Geographic Explorer, and numerous T.V. Specials and Network Movies. He has served as Musical Director for theAcademy Awards, the Emmy Awards, the Celebration At Ford’s Theater, the People’s Choice AwardsComic Relief, the Carol Burnett Show, the Pat Sajak ShowJoni Mitchell, George HarrisonOlivia Newton-John, and theGRP All-Star Big Band, among others–and has toured five continents as leader of his own group. He is also active as a clinician throughout the U.S. and Canada, performing and teaching Master Classes in Woodwinds, Arranging & Film Composing.

Steve Gordon

STEVE GORDON  IS A CUTTING EDGE “WITH THE TIMES” AGGRESSIVE SOUNDING MIXING ENGINEER, PRODUCER & SESSION GUITARIST. HE HAS TO HIS CREDIT 27 GOLD & PLATINUM ALBUMS FOR HIS PRODUCING / MIXING & GUITAR PLAYING.

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ARTISTS STEVE HAS RECORDED & WORKED WITH:

PRINCE, ROB THOMAS, BON JOVI, REGINA BELLE, MELBA MOORE, HOWARD HEWITT, INNER CIRCLE, PHYLLIS HYMAN,
WU TANG CLAN, BETTY WRIGHT, RITA MARLEY, TRICK DADDY, MIA, DIANA ROSS, GREG O’QUIN & iPRAIZE, ZAKK WYLDE,
AL GREEN, NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN, MOTLEY CRUE,
LUKE SKYWALKER, PETER FRAMPTON, BOBBY WOMACK,
CHRIS WALKER, AL KOOPER, STEPHEN STILLS, ELLIOT RANDALL, DION, JOHNNY DEPP, ANDRES CUERVO, & OTHERS