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The Blue Note Swing Orchestra is known internationally as one of the premier jazz ensembles in the United States. Founded by Robert Slack, the group has a diverse history in which they have recorded for major motion pictures and commercials, received honors by receiving invitations and winning many festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe. The Blue Note Swing Orchestra regularly travels to Japan and is the summer house band at the Hyatt Regency in Maui.

Blue Note Selected Cuts

The Oneness Of You
The Oneness Of You
My Ship
Can't Catch Me
Pure Imagination
Lover Man
Fall Is Here

A Tribute to Duke Ellington
Sepia Panorama
Take the "A" Train
The Blues
The Mooch
Daybreak Express

Time Was...

Take a Number
That Old Black Magic
Common Market

Citrus Jazz Band
Smoggy Skies

A Tribute to Frank Sinatra
My Funny Valentine
Don't Worry About Me
Where Or When
To Whom It May Concern
World On A String

The group also records frequently in the world class Citrus College studios where they recorded their prestigious Down Beat award winning album “A Tribute to Duke Ellington”.

A large component of the ensemble’s success is the professional environment in which it frequently functions. The Blue Note Swing Orchestra is contracted to perform in many varied experiences ranging from corporate parties, dances, backing up major artists and recordings including the legendary Count Basie arranger and composer Sam Nestico. Material that the group studies and performs ranges broadly from classic to contemporary.

Fundamentals and attention to detail including musical style, phrasing, intonation to the attire and image of the ensemble are highly stressed.

Students from the Blue Note Swing Orchestra have gone on to perform with or on Broadway, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, No Doubt, Green Day, The Offspring, Gwen Stefani, Las Vegas, Carnival Cruise Lines, Branson Missouri, Japan, as well as other artist/venues and areas of the entertainment industry, as well as receiving scholarships and graduating from local and major universities.

Instrumentation is 5 woodwinds, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets, piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussion and vocals. Audition is required, contact the music office for more information – 626.914.8580.

Sam Nestico, Bill Liston, Mighty Ducks 3, Slap Her... She’s French, various commercials, Jimmy Borges Tribute to Frank Sinatra, A tribute to Duke Ellington, Take A Number.

Montreaux Switzerland, North Seas Jazz Festival, Luxembourg Jazz Festival, The Paradise jazz theater Belgium, Berkely Jazz Festival, South West Jazz Festival,

The Blue Note Swing Orchestra has supported Michael Maguire, Sandy Duncan, Gwen Stefani, Bob Newhart, Patti Paige, Art Linkletter, Nanette Fabray and Dale Kristien (star of Phantom in LA for 2000 performances).



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