Guestsoloist Chris Cheek moved to New York in 1992 and since then has toured and recorded with Paul Motian, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra. Chris has also played with Bill Frisell, Brian Blade, Lee Konitz, Carla Bley, Tom Harrell, Brad Mehldau, Kurt Rosenwinkel and many others! This […]
A new video on our YouTube channel! Millennium Jazz Orchestra presents: Singing Dizzy featuring Deborah J. Carter. “Groovin’ High” comp: Dizzy Gillespie arr: Joan Reinders Soloist: Gerlo Hesselink on alto saxophone.
Our next step in making a new CD is mixing and this step also is done. October 1 & 2 band leader Joan Reinders was mixing the recordings with Chris Weeda in Amsterdam. Chris is one of the best sound engineers in the Netherlands and abroad. The band has often worked with him and this […]
Paul Heller was our German guest in the Bouwkunde concert in October and he sure can play the tenor saxophone. Paul plays with the famous WDR Big Band and is a leading soloist in the German jazz scene. […]
The crowd funding project for the newest CD of the Millennium Jazz Orchestra ended successfully. It were exciting weeks to gather the aiming amount and 95% of the sum was donated by music and big band lovers. We are very grateful to our contributors who made this a success.
On 10 & 11 September the orchestra stayed in the studio Fattoria Musica in Osnabrück-Germany to make recordings for the newest CD. It all went very well. The band did a very good job and it’s going to be a great album. Studio IJsseldijk made video recordings and in the future you can watch them […]
The Millennium Jazz orchestra has developed its own unique style and soon the band is going to make recordings for a new album in Osnabrück, Germany, with new compositions and arrangements by band leader Joan Reinders. Mixing and mastering will be done in a studio in Amsterdam, […]
At Whitsunday the Millennium Jazz Orchestra played with Deborah J. Carter the Singing Dizzy program in Rabotheater Hengelo. The program contains several hits of Dizzy Gillespie, such as Groovin’High, Con Alma etc. and all arrangements were written by band leader Joan Reinders. […]
The next Bouwkunde concert is Wednesday May 11th. The orchestra will be playing the program Singing Dizzy, together with singer Deborah J. Carter.
The legendary Dutch flugelhorn player Ack van Rooyen was the April’s soloist of the orchestra. Ack has the respectable age of 86, but still sounds young. During this concert he has played some pieces with the […]
A new video: Live at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam, January 18, 2015. Safety Zone – featuring Gerlo Hesselink. Composed by Joan Reinders.
It was eight years ago Eric Alexander (New York) was the band’s guest for the first time. Eric Alexander is a real bebop tenor sax player, influenced by George Coleman and John Coltrane and others. In 1991 Eric competed against Joshua Redman and […]
In February the Millennium Jazz Orchestra has invited as its guest soloist trombone master Bart van Lier. Bart van Lier is the well known Dutch trombone soloist, teacher and the lead trombonist of the Metropole Orkest. Over the years Bart has been the Millennium Jazz Orchestra’s guest several […]
Pork is a composition of guitarist Anton Goudsmit and arranged by Joan Reinders. It is a live recording of the Millennium Jazz Orchestra, directed by Joan Reinders featuring Anton Goudsmit at the BIM-huis Amsterdam, January 18th, 2015. The video can be viewed on this website under Video or at our YouTube channel.
On December 2 the Millennium Jazz Orchestra played the last concert in 2015. For several years the band starts its December concert with a song for St. Nicholas, because St. Nicholas Day is celebrated on December 5. Unfortunately he didn’t have time to visit the Bouwkunde this […]
Teus Nobel is a young Dutch trumpet player who already has played with many bands, among them Caro Emerald and Kyteman Orchestra. In November Teus was the Millennium Jazz Orchestra’s guest soloist and it was a great performance. Teus Nobel is gifted with […]
Seventeen years ago was the last time German saxophonist Peter Weniger was featured by the orchestra in Deventer, at the CD release concert of Magnifying-glass. Obviously several compositions were played of this CD, such as Magnifying-glass and Threesome, a composition Peter wrote when he and his wife became a […]
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 […]