MJO is the reawakening of a jazz group originally started in 1950’s and has a rich history and legacy in tradition and modern jazz. The arrangements and performances are described as a ‘big-small band’ and a ‘small-big band’ that creates a chamber jazz sound offering something new for the modern jazz audience. We are thrilled to collaborate with Chicago’s treasured jazz vocalist Dee Alexander, together we perform music from our Delmark Records album “It’s Too Hot for Words” a reimagining of classic songs from the great Billie Holiday.
MJO appeared at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival (2021), and were voted Best Jazz Album by the Chicago Tribune (2019). We played to sold-out audiences at The Green Mill, Studio 5, Hey Nonny and the Jazz Showcase; and also received great reviews from Jazz Times, Downbeat and Chicago Jazz Magazine.
People love Dee and Billie Holiday’s music continues to resonate with a wide audience. This project has created some deep and meaningful interest and the timing is right to plan an appearance.