CSO grew out of my belief that it was time for a fresh face in the field of Detroit's Big Bands. The concept is one that draws from the rich heritage of the contemporary big bands with Jazz, Swing and Rhythm & Blues as the basis for the band's library. Music made popular by artists such as Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Randy Crawford, Sarah Vaughn, Ray Charles and Joe Cocker is typical of the music performed by CSO. One of the aspects that makes CSO unigue, it its ability to cross over into the pop/R&B genre in a convincing manner while being a superb interpretor of the traditional big band repertoire.
What started out as an experiment to perform some of my arrangements quickly blossomed into an exciting and diverse band capable of generating great music. The members represent an impressive cross section of some of the Detroit area's finest musicians. You will be thrilled to hear this outstanding band perform.
Recent performances include Gilda's Big Night Out at the Masonic Temple, The Michigan Jazz Festival, Martino's in Livonia, and The Manhattan Club in Novi and Jazz on the Vine at The Fillmore.