Who we are

The name, "Phoenix Jazz Orchestra," is taken from the great bird of myth whose immortality is affirmed as it rises anew from its own ashes (we're not associated with the capitol of Arizona). The name parallels the timelessness of jazz music and, like the mythological bird, jazz as an art is constantly reborn and enduring.

The Phoenix Jazz Orchestra is an 18-piece jazz orchestra – a BIG band. This is the real thing – exciting, dynamic, demanding, requiring extraordinary skills and talent. An orchestra of the future, not a band of the past – looking forward while respecting and honoring the past. Playing music written now with enormous respect to those that came before, PJO is opening up a new synthesis of exciting music.

Members of the PJO range from seasoned professionals with years of experience on the concert stage to expert, highly talented younger musicians at the beginning of their careers. These musicians have performed and recorded with many of the great jazz orchestras, including those of Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Les and Larry Elgart, Glenn Miller, Bob Florence, Gordon Goodwin, Neal Hefti, Quincy Jones and many others. Additionally, they have performed on tour with such artists as Frank Sinatra, The Temptations, Wayne Newton, Johnny Mathis, Frankie Valli, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gormé, Celia Cruz, Aretha Franklin. . . . . the list goes on.

The Phoenix Jazz Orchestra is a dedicated group of talented musicians committed to exciting performances guaranteed to delight all jazz fans.

Meet the Phoenix

Elton Reyes
Justin Diaz
Chris King
Bruce Staelens
Vic Bird
Steve Smith
Derrick Harris
Dale Edwards (bs trbn)

Dave Mackenzie (as, sop, fl, pic)
Saul Dautch(as, fl, cl)
Danny Jordan (tn, fl)
Charlie DeChant(tn, fl, cl)
Glenn Listort (bs, fl, bs cl)
Dave Sheffield Gerald Stockton
Barry Smith
Jazz Trumpet and Director

Steve Luciano

Suzy Park Gary Listort