A NEW RECORDING IN THE WORKS BY MAGIC CITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA
MCJO Founding Director Ray Reach recently announced (January, 2010) that he has begun work on a new CD by the MCJO, titled Spinning Wheel - The Magic CIty Jazz Orchestra plays the music of Blood, Sweat and Tears. The recording will feature several of the former members of BS&T as soloists, including Lou Marini, Lew Soloff and Tom Malone, among others.
The Magic City Jazz Orchestra (MCJO) was founded in 1999 by pianist / guitarist / arranger / composer / producer Ray Reach for the purpose of recording and performing cutting edge big band jazz. Ray directed the UAB Jazz Ensemble from 1998 to 2005, and taught courses in Music Technology and Jazz for the UAB Music Department. He is now Director of Student Jazz Programs at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame (www.jazzhall.com), and is director of the Fun With Jazz Educational Program, which was begun through UAB's Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, and is now administered by the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.
MCJO is a spin-off from the SuperJazz Big Band (formerly UAB SuperJazz), a popular group which has been performing for more than 30 years, and was the first musical performing ensemble connected with the music department of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The MCJO has made recordings with saxophonist Lou Blue Lou Marini, Jr. and trumpeter Lew Soloff. New recordings are in the works with Marini, Soloff and Tom Bones Malone of the David Letterman Show.