With a heavy heart we share the loss of our great friend and saxophonist, Sherman Curry, on Saturday, February 6th.


Few of us find enough time in the day to do the things we set out to do, but Sherman found time to cultivate lasting friendships, heal the sick, and play in literally dozens of bands across the region at a pace that defies the laws of time and physics.  It would be impossible to imagine a more energetic and enthusiastic musician as he travelled across the state and beyond to make new connections and encourage fellow musicians to keep their arts and joy alive.


Thank you, Sherman, for the light and happiness you brought with you everywhere you went.  Your humor, your passion, and your love of your friends made you an irreplaceable part of our lives.


The Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra was established to provide entertaining and educational big band enrichment to the Rochester community. Big band jazz is the quintessential fusion of individual artistic expression with large ensemble collaboration. While the group prides itself on finding unique and challenging literature to develop and share, the individual improvisational elements of jazz dictate that each performance is unique and memorable. In jazz we never play our repertoire the same exact way twice.

Founded in 1998 under the direction of award winning composer/arranger Dave Rivello, the 20-piece orchestra has endeavoured to be a relevant part of the vibrant Rochester arts community.  This tradition was expanded by Rivello’s successor, Ron Bowks, who directed the band from 2001 to 2018.  Under his leadership the group recorded its first album, Montage, and became a fixture of the Rochester music festival and dance scene.The Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra continues to perform a vast array of traditional and contemporary big band literature in a wide variety of public and private venues across the region.  You will often find the RMJO at the Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Ontario Beach Dance Series, and many other community festivals and concerts around town. See our calendar for upcoming events!


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We had the wonderful, special opportunity to attend the annual senior dance last evening at the Corning Glass Center. The big band music takes you back to the post war time when music was meaningful and there was excellent talent. We are so lucky to have that experience thanks to the Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. I hope that music never dies. The male singer is fantastic and can still belt out the songs. The female singer was outstanding doing the songs she did. Her voice had a big range and she nailed all her songs - she even could do a great job on the "lounge singer" type song. A big THANK YOU to all the members of the orchestra for giving their time to come to Corning to give us such an enjoyable evening.  -- Sally, 2018

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