The Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra was established to foster the preservation, education, and celebration of music known as big band. The band performs favorites such as Count Basie and Duke Ellington as well as well-known standards sung by Ella Fitzgerald and Natalie Cole.

Founded in 1998 with noted local jazz composer, Dave Rivello, the 19-piece orchestra continues to perform jazz in the tradition of the Count Basie Orchestra.

To our good friend and bandmate of many years, we wil miss you Bill Faul.


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The Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra will once again be at the Rochester International Jazz Festival on July 2, 2016 at the Big Tent at the corner of Gibbs and Main Streets.

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I loved the Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. In their early evening set Tuesday in the Big Tent, they were huge and solid. Their sound was big, brassy and comforting. They were tight and ON, and they played with lots of energy and enthusiasm.  -- Jann Nyffeler, 2007

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