Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra

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Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra
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Background Information




Big Band Jazz

Years Active

1999 - Present


The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra, started in April 1999, was initially started as a rehearsal band for Scott Gwinnell to hear his compositions and arrangements played. With encouragement from friend/musicians and an offer of a weekly gig at the Music Menu Cafe in Detroit's Greektown, Scott Gwinnell and fellow musicians made a committment to present high quality big band jazz music.

Even though Gwinnell's music was the centerpiece of the then called, Music Menu Jazz Orchestra, charts by other local musicians and other contemporary charts by Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, and Charles Mingus. Packed tightly onto the stage, the band would last for a year and a half at The Music Menu playing Tuesday nights. After the Menu, the band officially changed its name to the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra and briefly moved to The Berkely Front bar in Berkely, Michigan. The group would soon begin its first serious tenure at the Cadieux Cafe on the east side of Detroit.

At the Cadieux Cafe, the band really grew into its own. It was the first time the band caught press attention, crowds came out, and gigs were routinely accented with the playing of Detroit trumpet legend, Marcus Belgrave, who eventually joined the SGJO for their first record in 2002, Basement Vibes.

After a brief hiatus for Scott to go to school for his Master's degree, the band began its exciting Wednesday gigs at the then, new club, Cliff Bell's. With the addition of some more skilled players, the SGJO reached a higher artistic plateau. Working together every week, the band gelled and impressed new audiences of jazz fans, musicians, and critics.

One of the first accomplishments for the "Cliff Bell's" SGJO was to release a CD. Brush Fire (2010 WSG Music) was released to high acclaim, winning two Detroit Music Awards for best modern jazz group and best jazz album. Performances with Aria Hendricks, Dominic Faranacci, gigs at the Detroit Jazz Festival and other festivals gave the SGJO more notoriety.


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