Black Market Jazz Orchestra

The Black Market Jazz Orchestra is a sophisticated dance band that plays music from all eras. The focus of Black Market Jazz Orchestra is to perform all music in a big band format. The Black Market Jazz Orchestra has all music it plays charted out for the 20 piece band and 12 string players as well making BMJO a 32 piece Orchestra. This is the configuration we use to perform award shows and have backed many name entertainers including Ray Charles several times. BMJO is the best big band of it’s kind on the west coast.

Black Market Jazz Orchestra was originally formed in 1993 to record a CD entitled "Art Attack" for Sea Breeze records. BMJO quickly became popular playing Art & Wine festivals and doing Music Clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Music Clinics are for Intermediate and High Schools teaching young adults the art of playing Jazz. This is largely possible due Yamaha Musical Instrument Corporation and its endorsement of Band Leader Jeff Nuss.

The Black Market Jazz Orchestra now plays several hundred engagements a year in the entire United States. Most of the performances that the Black Market Jazz Orchestra does are award shows, custom written shows for clients, and backing up National artists such as Tony Bennett and The Temptations. BMJO has a team of writers on staff that will arrange any music that is specially requested. Being one of the only bands on the west coast that does these type of performances, The Black Market Jazz Orchestra is kept busy year round performing Corporate Events, playing Shows and Theme Parties. The size of the Band varies from a 9 piece for Dance parties, to a 40 piece Orchestra for Shows. BMJO also performs at an average of 50 weddings a year and still has a commitment to education. The primary focus of the band is to perform music at its highest level and bring the joy of music to as many people as possible.

The members of BMJO are seasoned professionals. They can play any style of music at the highest level of musicianship. The members of the band love what they do. Most importantly, they are friendly, courteous and easy to get along with. Expect nothing less than the best from this band. From our musical heart to yours

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