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.
Just came back from an evening of dancing at the Corning Museum of Glass with the Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra - amazing sounds in our small town. This group is a headliner and every musician and vocalist was top-notch professional. The clock turned back to Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Helen O'Connell and all the Big Band favorites. Making plans to attend the Rochester Jazz Festival just to hear them again.
June 14, 2007 - Sweet and Sour (Filed under: Jazz Fest — Jann Nyffeler @ 3:35 am) You’re never going to believe this. Are you sitting down? I loved the Rochester Metro Jazz Orchestra. In their early evening set Tuesday in the Big Tent, they were huge and solid. Their sound was big, brassy and comforting. They were tight and ON, and they played with lots of energy and enthusiasm. A little Monk, a little Mangione … it was good-to-be-alive music. As with most combos like this, there were solos all around, but the standout was vocalist Maggie Mullen. She has a sweet and powerful voice, and she’s easy to understand and fun to listen to. If you missed them Tuesday, keep an ear out for their upcoming gigs in Canandaigua, Fairport and Perinton this summer.
Democrat and Chronicle - Jazz Festival Blog - June 14, 2007
November 1, 2007 - My wife and I were at the Roger Robach Center Wednesday evening and after listening and dancing to the great Tom Monti and the Al Bruno Trio we were going to stay for a little while as we had never seen the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. We could not believe what we were seeing and listening too. The 30's and 40's were in that room. You are truly a big band of the past. The Director Mr. Ron Bowks was excellent and sincere. Ms. Maggie Mullen did a great job. The orchestra was made up of fine musicians.