Celebrate the reunion of Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and Hanover Big Band with their return to Kansas City for another joyful collaboration.
Founded in 2003, Kansas City Jazz Orchestra (KCJO) is one of the nation’s preeminent big bands, performing classic and original repertoire in a variety of settings. KCJO puts forth engaging themed shows ranging from Duke Ellington’s early works to brand-new reimaginations of pop music that celebrate the past and embrace the future.
The orchestra was modeled after the Columbus (Ohio) Jazz Orchestra which, at the time, had been performing for more than 30 years. KCJO performs regularly at well-known Kansas City venues and participates in festivals, educational programs and USO-style dance events across the region.
In 2013, Clint Ashlock was named Artistic Director and conductor. He holds master’s degrees in jazz and music composition. KCJO supports music education, frequently hosting masterclasses conducted by their outstanding visiting artists, in addition to in school programming.
The Hanover Big Band incorporates all styles of big band jazz. Their joy in playing always reaches the hearts and legs of their audience. The soloistic freedom of the arrangements showcases the charisma and excellence of their musicians. Their repertoire includes original arrangements by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Woody Herman, as well as contemporary compositions and arrangements.