The nationally-recognized Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra (IJO) is Indiana's premier professional repertory big band as well as being the state's official ambassadors of big band jazz. Composed of the best professional instrumentalists and vocalists from the Central Indiana area, the IJO was created to preserve and advance the entire dynamic history of the big band. Patterned after popular bands, both past and present, the IJO is committed to performing world-class musical arrangements based on classic tunes from the Great American Songbook. In addition to performing the best of the traditional big band repertoire, the IJO also features outstanding new arrangements and compositions.
The Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra (IJO) is available for shows, concerts, dances, weddings, corporate parties, and other major events. The IJO specializes in "themed" performances. Some of these themed shows include SWING SWING SWING, USO STYLE PATRIOTIC SHOW, FRANK SINATRA - THE BIG BAND HITS, CHRISTMAS BIG BAND CELEBRATION, MOONLIGHT SERENADE (Glenn Miller tribute), BIG BAND ON BROADWAY, SUPPER CLUB SONGBOOK (tribute to 1950's vocalists), among others. The IJO can even tailor a special big band show theme that fits the needs and desires of their client.
For dances, the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra (IJO) can provide a performance that is second-to-none, rivaling any nationally touring big band. Their big band repertoire features a musical library of more than 700 tunes. The IJO can emulate the musical sound and style of almost any popular big band, both past and present. Their dance library features all big band styles of dance music - this includes Swing, Latin (all styles), Ballad, Waltz, and Light Pop. The IJO can easily satisfy the needs of the swing dancer, the ballroom dancer, the casual dancer, or any combination thereof.
The Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra (IJO) is composed of 14 instrumentalists and 2 vocalists for a total of 16 world-class musicians. For smaller and more intimate events, or where cost may be a factor, the IJO also has an "Ultra Lite" version that is composed of 10 instrumentalists and 2 singers (or one singer for some shows) for a total of 12 musicians. The Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra will travel up to 500 miles for any given performance.