Jazz Orchestra season begins Sept 27

The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra’s 2016-17 concert season begins on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 8pm with “Cuban Fire with Paquito D’Rivera”. The program will be held at the Bijou Theatre at 803 South Gay Street in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.


Saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera’s extraordinary career defies categorization. A native of Havana, Cuba, Paquito is the winner of fourteen Grammy awards, a lifetime achievement award from Carnegie Hall, a NEA Jazz Masters award and a Guggenheim fellowship. Photo courtesy KJO.

D’Rivera’s performance credits range from Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra to the Warsaw Philharmonic, with many stops in between. For this special performance, Paquito and his rhythm section join the KJO for an exciting journey to the crossroads of big band jazz and Latin music.

The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra is a 17 piece big band comprised of professional musicians from across the region. Since its inception in 1999, the orchestra has performed dozens of concerts in East Tennessee, appeared on major jazz festivals in Europe, performed and recorded with internationally acclaimed guest artists, and released four critically acclaimed CD recordings.

Tickets for the event are $35.50 adult, $15.00 student. Tickets are available in advance at http://www.knoxjazz.org, by calling 684-1200 or by visiting the Tennessee Theatre Box office.