29/10;Friday;8pm     Mount Fortress     Free Admission

The Blues (H. Meutgeert)
The Whole Bunch (M. van Iterson / Arr. H. Meutgeert)
Caravan (D. Ellington / Arr. H. Meutgeert)
'Round Midnight (T. Monk / Arr. H. Meutgeert)
Giant Steps (J. Coltrane / Arr. R. Horsting)
Upper Manhattan Medical Group (B. Strayhorn / Arr. H. Meutgeert)
Bird's Eye (H. Meutgeert)
Tusks and Trunks (H. Meutgeert)
Minor Confusion (R. Horsting)

Founded in 1996, the former New Concert Big Band swiftly moved to centre stage, under an arrangement with Amsterdam’s prestigious Concertgebouw, to become the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw in 1999. The secret behind this versatile big band’s success lies in its 18 members, currently the most talented jazz musicians in the Netherlands, and in its founder and leader, Henk Meutgeert, who has written and arranged countless compositions for this ensemble. In its fourteen years of existence, the JOC has attracted the attention of and performed with a wide variety of guest soloists, among them Lee Konitz, Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis and Dee Dee Bridgewater, who have no doubt contributed even further to the rising fame of the Orchestra.

“Rare is the 18-piece ensemble that possesses both the high technique and collective soul to infuse such evocative, sophisticated music with life force...”
Ted Panken

Duration: approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, including one interval