The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra's mission is to promote appreciation of the unique American art form of large ensemble jazz and to share the joy of live professional jazz performance. 



​Our vision is for SRJO to be valued as one of the cultural treasures of the Pacific Northwest. 


SRJO: A Seattle Institution

SRJO is the Northwest's premier big band jazz ensemble. Founded in 1995, the 17-piece big band is made up of the most prominent jazz soloists and band leaders in the greater Seattle area.

The SRJO is co-directed by drummer Clarence Acox, nationally recognized director of bands at Seattle's Garfield High School, and saxophonist/arranger Michael Brockman, long-time faculty member at the University of Washington School of Music.

The SRJO's extensive and growing repertoire is drawn from the 100-year history of jazz, from turn-of-the-20th century ragtime to turn-of-the-21st century avant-garde. This includes works by America's most famous jazz composers, among them Fletcher Henderson, Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan, Thad Jones, and of course, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. In addition, the SRJO's repertoire grows each year as the ensemble adds previously unpublished works to its library.

Recovering jazz classics for performance by the ensemble is accomplished by co-director Michael Brockman, our region's outstanding practitioner of the art of transcribing lost-to-print composition and arrangement, note for note, from vintage recordings.

Education at SRJO

At SRJO, a central part of our mission is to foster an appreciation for jazz in the next generation. Through Jazz Scholars and Jazz4Kids, we bring jazz to the classroom in local schools, and kids to the concert hall with free public concerts. Click on the image to learn more, or get involved!

Upcoming Concerts

Our main stage season has something to every jazz listener, spanning the early jazz of the dance halls through the more modern offerings of Miles Davis and Christian McBride. Click on the image to see the full lineup and buy tickets!

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