Artistic Jazz Orchestra

The Artistic Jazz Orchestra (AJO), is a 19 piece jazz band which performs the music of the great big bands of the 1940’s-60’s. AJO takes great pride in authentically recreating this music, and also featuring new compositions and arrangements written by its leader.

Artistic Jazz Orchestra Personnel:
Vocalist Kelly Knowlton
Trumpeters Wes Orr, Erik Gimble, Ben Huntoon, Tim Perdue, and Rick Ruth
Trombonists Linda Landis, John Hall, Scott Garlock, Dave Leyerle, and John Walker
Saxophonists Tom Reed, Ralph Brown, Byron Rooker, Steve Brown, and Jon Scott Allen
Bassist Paul Martin, Pianist Lanny Gooding, and Drummer Steve Berry.

Listen to AJO’s closing theme song, “Oaxaca.”

In you enjoy the sounds of the great big bands, AJO would be a wonderful choice for any event. The rate for hiring AJO is $2,000 for a local engagement up to three hours (negotiable).  Concert rates are available upon request.  You can email AJO at