The Mark Van Cleave Jazz Orchestra represents the best in big band jazz music anywhere! Located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the MVCJO performs concerts and for events featuring music from many of the most famous big band libraries. If you enjoy big band music, you will love the MVCJO!
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|6/5/09||Stan Kenton Musical Tribute||Sweetwater Auditorium 7pm|
|6/28/09||First Assembly Picnic||First Assembly of God 4pm|
|7/18/09||Tribute to the Big Bands Vol. 1||ACPL Theater 2pm|
|8/29/09||Tribute to the Big Bands Vol. 2||ACPL Theater 2pm|
|9/4/09||Woody Herman Musical Tribute||Sweetwater Auditorium 7pm|
|9/18/09||Maynard Ferguson Musical Tribute||Sweetwater Auditorium 7pm|
|9/27/09||Sunday In The Park With Jazz||Headwaters Park|
|11/21/09||Count Basie Musical Tribute||ACPL Theater 2pm|
|12/11/09||Christmas at the Starlight||First Assembly of God 6:30pm|
|12/12/09||Christmas at the Starlight||First Assembly of God 6:30pm|
|12/20/09||Christmas Big Band Style||Grace Point Church 6:00pm|
|1/9/10||Tribute to the Big Bands Vol. 3||ACPL Theater 2pm|
|2/12/10||NIPR Jazz Festival||Chamber of Commerce 7pm|
|5/8/10||Maynard Ferguson Birthday Concert||R. Nelson Snider High School|
|5/14/10||Tito Puente Musical Tribute||Sweetwater Auditorium 7pm|
|6/8/10||Towne House Concert||Towne House 6:30pm|
|6/26/10||Big Band Jazz Festival||ACPL Band Shell and Theater|
|7/24/10||Woodburn Day in the Park||Woodburn Festival 1:30 - 3pm|
|7/31/10||USA Dance Special Olympics Dance||Grand Wayne Center|
|8/5/10||MVCJO with John Kirkwood||Syracuse Park Gazebo 7pm|
|9/26/10||WBOI Jazz in the Park||Head Waters Park West 1-2pm|
|TBA||Duke Ellington Sacred Concert||TBA|
|TBA||Arturo Sandoval Musical Tribute||TBA|
|TBA||Chuck Mangione Musical Tribute||TBA|
|The WBOI Jazz In The Park was a real BLAST!! MVCJO played a ROCKIN' Maynard Ferguson set with all of the MF hits! Beautiful weather with a blazing big band...what could be better?!?!|
|The Memories of Sinatra concert with John Kirkwood at the Syracuse Lake gazebo was well attended and a perfect evening for the outdoor concert. The MVCJO recreated the Sinatra and Basie at the Sands concert with the original arrangements! Look for our swingin' Sinatra tribute again soon.|
|The MVCJO played a fund raiser for the Fort Wayne Dance Sport organization to raise money for the Special Olympics Ballroom Dancing event. Swing, Cha-Cha's, Fox Trot's, Mambo's and many more styles played for enthusiastic dancers.|
|The first annual Fort Wayne Big Band Jazz Fest was a huge success with over 100 musicians and 5 big bands swinging all afternoon. MVCJO hosted this new event and it was a true celebration of all things BIG BAND! Can't wait till next years fest.|
|The Tito Puente Tribute Concert at Sweetwater was Mambo-liscious! Our expanded latin percussion section roared all night in true Tito fashion! We just may have to do this again! ....and soon! The concert was re-braodcast on Ft. Wayne Public Access channels repeatedly during the month of June 2010.|
|The Maynard Ferguson Birthday Tribute Concert was a real BLAST! We helped raise needed funds for the award winning Snider music dept. with many alumni present on stage and off! Maynard was always very actively involved in supporting music education and it is an honor to help continue this tradition with this concert celebrating his May 4th birthday.|
|The WBOI Jazz Fest was a huge success! Karen Offerle-Wilcoxson joined the band as we played a program of Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson to a wonderful audience. The event offered up a who's who of regional jazz musicians coming together to benefit our one and only jazz radio station in the area.|
|We had a really fun concert with our first of 2010 show: Tribute to the Big Band Vocalists! Dan Heath and Karen Offerle-Wilcoxson joined the band with a variety of big band vocal classics. Standing room only crowd too! We will definitely have Dan and Karen back with the band soon. This concert was re-broadcast 10 times on the Ft. Wayne Public Access channels during the month of February 2010.|
A Big Band Christmas concert at Grace Point Church was well attended and everyone had a great time along with 4 guest vocalists from Grace Point joining the band for some swingin' Christmas arrangements!
“It was a home run on every level. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish!” ~ Edgar Fink
|MVCJO played two SOLD OUT evenings of "Christmas at the Starlight" for First Assembly of God Church to raise much needed funds and food donations for the needy. A nice Christmas story set in a late WWII dinner theater and featuring the big band and several vocalists!|
|MVCJO's Artist Concert Series continued (9/18) with a powerful tribute to the great Maynard Ferguson. Opening with Blue Birdland and closing with Hey Jude with approximately 20 trumpet players joining in for the big finish by playing in the audience in typical MF fashion! Phil Rinaldi from NYC joined the band as guest lead trumpet and also played the Maynard part on a couple of tunes. Jim Kibby also stepped up and played Maynard's biggest hit; Gonna Fly Now! It was a fun evening of Maynard's music and mayhem. Click here for more details.|
|MVCJO will be performing several Christmas concerts Big Band style including an original show (Christmas at the Starlight) that will feature MVCJO onstage throughout the show! Keep watching for dates and location of this year's Christmas Celebration Concerts! Get ready to have a Merry Christmas and a "Cool Yule" with a jazz twist. Click here for more details.|
|MVCJO's Artist Concert Series continued (9/4) with a rousing set of arrangements made famous by Woody Herman and his Thundering Herd. From Woodchoppers Ball (1939) to Corazon (1974) the concert was filled with good music and great playing by the band! Upcoming events are 9/18 Tribute to Maynard Ferguson at Sweetwater Auditorium and 9/27 WBOI Jazz in the Park at Headwaters Park. Click here for more details.|
|The MVCJO recently (6/5) performed our tribute to Stan Kenton at Sweetwater Auditorium to a well attended audience of big band music lovers. The band was swingin' and Mark even managed to play 5 notes in between conducting! Check out some pictures and videos here. Upcoming events are 6/28 at Summer Fun Fest and 7/18 at the Allen County Public Library Auditorium. Click here for more details.|
|We are proud to announce TWO GREAT venues for our 2009 concert series. Our Artist Concert Series performances will be held at the brand new state of the art Sweetwater Auditorium. Our Tribute to the Big Bands Concert Series will be held at the brand new Allen County Public Library Auditorium. Check out a couple of pictures here.
MVCJO performed 2 Swingin' Christmas concerts to great audiences at the First Assembly of God Church in Ft. Wayne, IN Dec. 12th and 13th 2008. Proceeds raised went to help support the great work of the Mathew 25 Free Clinic in Fort Wayne.
Matthew 25 Health and Dental Clinic provides free primary healthcare services to uninsured, low-income residents of Allen County.
|The Big Band Vocalists|
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