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 Vocalist and Entertainer

Xpresso…featuring Patrick Lopez.The perfect, final touch to make your special occasion one to remember, providing live music for all to enjoy. Whether it be rock, R&B, disco, salsa, or jazz, from the 1950s through current top 40 hits, Xpresso is available for all types of events, including weddings, galas, festivals, corporate and private parties.

We can take you back in time with the sounds of the Rat Pack era playing medleys of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Billie Holiday; or if you desire a more “Key West” mood, you will enjoy our select tunes from Jimmy Buffet, James Taylor, and the iconic reggae sounds of Bob Marley. You can rock out with Bon Jovi, do the Hustle with some disco grooves, bust a move with some Rihanna and Usher, or put a little salsa spice in your step with a full menu of Musica Latina.

What sets Xpresso apart is our interactive approach to entertainment. Using wireless instruments, Xpresso makes everyone part of the show! Performing throughout South Florida for over 10 years, our extensive client list includes Pfizer, IBM, Wachovia, Four Seasons Hotel, and Eden Roc Resort, among others. Come and see us for yourself at our FREE monthly showcase!