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This is a professional large jazz ensemble made up of top musicians, specializing in performances of traditional compositions from the Great American Songbook and today’s cutting-edge arrangements. The group also performs a wide range of material covering all eras of jazz repertoire including the music and arrangements of legends including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Count Basie, Thad Jones, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman and more.

The John Brown Jazz Orchestra is committed to education and is a proud to be selected by the North Carolina Arts Council for years running to tour the schools of our entire state. Please view the video of one of those performances to see highlights of one of those performances – the looks on those faces tell the whole story

Available in configurations from 12-24 pieces, this group performs music from the great composers and arrangers, with concert options specifically highlighting compositions of Carolina natives like John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Nina Simone, Lou Donaldson and more, while delighting in performing the well-known, beloved tunes of the Great American Songbook. The members of the gorup are all committed to education and the group gives performances for children in conjunction with feature performances.

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Christmas - Nnenna Freelon & John Brown Big Band

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‘One Night in Kernersville’ not only captures the joy of jazz but is an important step in chronicling [Durham's] important local [jazz music] scene

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The band is also featured in the film, “One Night in Kernersville” directed by Rodrigo Dorfman. The film won the Jury Award for BEST SHORT FILM at the 2011 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival!