Since its debut in January of 2017, the 17 piece John Colianni Jazz Orchestra has been creating a sensation amongst NYC area jazz fans with its fresh and exciting perspective on big band jazz. With a robust book of exciting original arrangements from leader and pianist John Colianni and a multi-generational lineup of top caliber NYC area jazz musicians, the JCJO is creating a unique brand of big band jazz that is really modern and really swings.
Pianist John Colianni’s many years of high profile gigs with Lionel Hampton, Mel Torme and Les Paul to name a few, as well as his appearances as a leader and co-leader have brought him broad exposure to an international audience. His dazzling virtuosity and ferociously swinging style have drawn frequent comparisons to Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson and have earned him the well-deserved nickname “Johnny Chops” from enthusiastic fans.
Today, we have the most dazzling example yet of this multi-talented musician’s creativity, with the John Colianni Jazz Orchestra. More than just another jazz repertory big band, the JC jazz orchestra brings to life the timeless essence of the jazz big band tradition – great musicianship, solid blues feeling, harmonic inventiveness, and ferocious swing in a program of original compositions, and creative new arrangements of classics.
Enthusiastic NYC fans have awarded this band with a nomination for best ensemble in the NYC Hot House Fans Decision Awards for 2017. Come see what’s got them so excited.