Peter Weniger, the German saxophonist who was featured by the band on the CD Magnifying-glass, is the MJO’s first guest in the new theatre season. Come and listen to our concert on Wednesday October 7, 21:00 hs at theater Bouwkunde, Deventer.
A new video of the Millennium Jazz Orchestra on this website! Joan Reinders wrote an arrangement for Gary Smulyan of the beautiful standard A Flower is a Lovesome Thing. On this video our baritone saxophone player, Job Helmers, is playing this tune beautifully.
The last video of our album Safety Zone can be viewed on this website, see Video or on YouTube. V.W. is a composition made for our fantastic German tenor player, Volker Winck.
In June the Millennium Jazz Orchestra played in LantarenVenster. It was the band’s first performance on this nice stage and it was great to have our new second trumpeter, Suzan Veneman, with us! In the second set the orchestra shared the stage with Anton Goudsmit on guitar. The […]
We are very proud to have trumpeter Suzan Veneman as our new band member. Welcome in the Millennium Jazz Orchestra, Suzan!
The Baron’s, a video featuring Anton Goudsmit now on this site. Enjoy! The Baron’s is a warming up for the next concert with Anton Goudsmit at LantarenVenster, Rotterdam on June 19th. See you there! More music of the orchestra available on this site (Video) or on YouTube.
Saturday 30 May the Millennium Jazz Orchestra played at Jazz aan de Vecht in Dalfsen. Jazz aan de Vecht started with Fay Claassen & band. They played the program Remembering Chet Baker. In the second set it was the orchestra’s turn to […]
The Fluttering is on line! A live recording of the Millennium Jazz Orchestra, directed by Joan Reinders at the BIM-huis Amsterdam, January 18th, 2015. Soloists: Gerlo Hesselink – soprano Jilt Jansma – trombone Marius van den Brink – piano Volker Winck – tenor saxophone Felix Schlarmann – drums The video can be viewed on this […]
The concert in May was the last in the Theater Bouwkunde 2014-2015 series. For this concert the Dutch pianist Mike Boddé was invited to play with the orchestra. Mike is well known of several TV shows, such as De Mike & Thomas Show and […]
Mikró Amóudi – As recorded by Millennium Jazz Orchestra on the CD Safety Zone. Comp./Arr./Cond. by Joan Reinders Featuring Dirk Balthaus – piano Recorded on June 23 & 24 2013 At Fattoria Musica Osnabrück You can find the recording on this website under video or at our YouTube channel.
The German trumpeter Ingolf Burkhardt was the band’s guest in April. For many years Ingolf is a member of the NDR Big Band in Hamburg. For this concert he brought with him arrangements of his funky compositions and the band enjoyed playing them. It was a wonderful […]
The Millennium Jazz Orchestra will perform at LantarenVenster, Rotterdam on Friday June 19. In the first set the band will play music from its newest CD Safety Zone. In the second set guitar player Anton Goudsmit will join the band. A wonderful combination!
On Saturday May 30 the Millennium Jazz Orchestra will perform at Jazz aan de Vecht at Hotel Mooirivier – Dalfsen. The program contains two major groups: – Fay Claassen & band will play “Remembering Chet Baker”. – The Millennium Jazz Orchestra will play music composed […]
Webb is featured on hundreds of recordings for artists including Horace Silver, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Clarke, Quincy Jones, Rod Stewart, Art Garfunkel. He played for fifteen years with the Doc Severinsen Tonight Show Big Band. Webb has recorded music for hundreds […]
The young Dutch alto saxophonist Joris Roelofs was the guest of the orchestra in February. Roelofs plays several other instruments, such as the bass clarinet and he chose only to play on this instrument. He showed his great technical skills and musical ideas on the bass clarinet… […]
It was a special evening for the Millennium Jazz Orchestra playing a CD release concert at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam. The MJO played some new composed and arranged tunes and of course some charts of the CD ‘Safety Zone’. The first set ended with the opening tune of the CD! […]
The first concert in 2015 the band shared the stage with the German trombone player Ludwig Nuss. Nuss is the lead trombonist of the WDR Big Band. He was featured in arrangements of Michael Abene, Michael Philip Mossman and Joan Reinders. These arrangements fitted him as a glove as he could show his excellent technique […]
On Saturday 20 December the main festival concert of the Lätzsch Trombone Festival was held in Metropool, Hengelo (NL): NIGHT OF TROMBONES. A “must” for every brass player: international trombone power on stage with the Millennium Jazz Orchestra. Famous international classical and jazz trombone soloists attended the festival! […]
Wednesday November 26 Greetje Kauffeld celebrated her 75th birthday. On that same day she was awarded the Edison National Jazz Award, for her entire works and extraordinary merits for the Dutch music. The jury praised her as “a jewel for the Dutch jazz and a singer of international style the Netherlands may be proud of”. […]
Gary Smulyan is a world famous baritone saxophone player and well known as a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He is a four-time winner of the Down Beat Readers Poll and a multiple winner of numerous other official polls, including the Jazz Journalists Award for Baritone Saxophonist of the Year. No […]
As a result of the Anniversary Concert and the CD release band leader Joan Reinders has recently had several radio interviews and in the Stentor newspaper. Please take a look & listen via the links below! Article in newspaper the Stentor (pdf) NPO Radio 6 – Jazz in the morning (Omroep Max), Edwin Rutten: http://www.omroepmax.nl/radio/alle-programmas/jazz-in-the-morning/over-jazz-in-the-morning/ […]
A very good start of the new season…. October 1st concert is the start of the concert series in Theater Bouwkunde and is also the start of the 25th Anniversary playing at this theatre. The 25th Anniversary is celebrated with the release of the new album Safety Zone, a CD with compositions and arrangements by […]
On June 23 & 24 2013 the orchestra recorded the music of the newest CD Safety Zone in Studio Fattoria, Osnabrück-Germany. A YouTube trailer was made of these recordings.
Virtuose Peter Beets showed his skills on piano to the band and its audience in a beautiful last concert of our 24th year in Theater Bouwkunde.
One of the leading Dutch trombone players is Ilja Reingoud. In April he played with the MJO in Deventer.
Some years ago Abraham Burton was the band’s soloist on alto saxophone, but this time he played on tenor. Wow, this was also a great experience!
Benjamin Herman is mostly known working with his own band, the New Cool Collective, but this evening he was the guest soloist on alto saxophone in Deventer.
The New Year’s concert with the lively/spirited playing of trumpeter Jan van Duikeren was a beautiful start in 2014.
The Dutch vibraphone player Frits Landesbergen is the orchestra’s soloist in December. Apart from Frits’ arrangements, also big band charts were played of the period of Terry Gibbs Dream Band.
The second concert of the mini tour was in Stadttheater Oberhausen, Germany. With both the guitarist and the band in shape the public enjoyed a marvelous concert. Read the fine (German!) review on this concert: 2013, Konzertkritik MJO in Oberhausen