The Helios Jazz Orchestra begin in 2008 as an evening jazz band band and regular college course. I was pleasantly surprised when a large number of top jazz artists from the area, came to the first rehearsal and the group has steadily been active in concerts, festivals and other special events.
There is nothing quite like the dynamic range of a jazz big band, the lush harmonies and spirited improvisation of 17 musicians, plus gifted vocalists like Jamie Perlow. As you can imagine, it is impossible to compensate such a large group at the level that its members deserve. They participate because they love the music. It's a joy to direct, compose and arrange for this ensemble!