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.

 

Patrick Lopez performs at The Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale with a Jazz Trio

Book A Miami Jazz Band with Patrick Lopez…..

 

Tremendous musicality, versatility and the ability to entertain everyone from the casual listener to the most discriminating improvised music aficionados.  These qualities have become the trademark of South Florida musician and entertainer Patrick Lopez.  With performances that captivate and inspire his audiences, it’s obvious that he knows where music has been, where music is going, and perhaps most importantly, he’s not going to leave anyone behind on the journey.  His rhythmically charged trumpet solos, featuring unique and spontaneous melodic fragments combined seamlessly with more traditional bebop runs show that he’s done his homework.  And it’s that intense dedication to music that has given him the opportunity to perform around the globe, with European trips that include Switzerland, Germany, France and Iceland, among others.  Put Patrick Lopez behind a keyboard, and yet another pleasant surprise awaits the listener.  It quickly becomes apparent that he’s just as comfortable there, putting his own unique harmonic spin on everything from Pop and Rock to R&B and Latin Jazz.  Listening to his original compositions is where you really start to get a sense of Patrick’s approach to music.  Complex harmonies sound natural and flow together flawlessly, while simple phrases and ideas take on deep meaning.  Intense, chromatic trumpet solos suddenly seem to fit with perfection.  Everything just comes together, forming a musical work that everyone can enjoy.  It’s this type of approach that has people eagerly anticipating his newest artistic concept, THE P-LO PROJECT, featuring his own arrangements of jazz standards with an electronic- based dance sound.  Rest assured that Patrick Lopez will always be pushing his devotion and love of music to new heights of expression.