JHO started as a rehearsal project in the fall of 2012. The concept was to combine the textural richness of a Big Band, with the freedom and intimacy of a small combo. I gathered great musicians, we all brought in original material and arrangements, and played once a week for the love of making music. Eventually we began to record and play out in public. Meanwhile, the band continues to rehearse and develop new horizons in the music.

The Octet features four horns with a four-piece rhythm section. This allows us to arrange for a full harmonic sound, within all the contemporary Jazz styles, including Straight-Ahead, Latin, Blues, Funk, Hip-Hop, and Brazilian.

The result is a tightly organized ensemble with just the right complement of space for individual expression and spontaneous creativity.

I hope you enjoy it.