JMO - Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra has been providing quality entertainment in New Orleans, and across the South, for 35 years. From wedding music, gala bands for fundraisers, corporate event music and debutante balls, JMO provides the music exactly tailored to your affair. We offer a wide variety of music ranging from Sinatra's Rat Pack, thru Motown, Disco, 80s & 90s and current selections. This is a horn driven band! We cover the real rock, the best tunes and your favorite songs. Call us today!
Carrying on the heritage of drumming from his father and grandfather, Robert continues the tradition of Maxwell men who have been playing drums in New Orleans since the 1930s. Robert began playing drums at the age of thirteen, and has gone on to arrange, record, and perform internationally. Graduating from Louisiana State University with a Bachelors' of Arts in Music, he has played for such celebrities as Laura Bush, Steven Seagal, Brett Favre, and James Carville, and shared the stage with artists including Lee Greenwood and famed Frank Sinatra bandleader Leo Ursini. Robert has been the primary arranger and recording engineer for contemporary rock/funk/pop band Darwin (with whom he also toured the west coast) and up-and-coming pop star Kara Mann. He has also performed with the Art Monastery Project in Italy for two summers as the drummer-in-residence. In 2010, Robert began to take over as conductor for more than 25 annual Mardi Gras balls from his father, Jimmy, including Rex and Comus. An award-winning percussionist, Robert has recorded in New York, Florida, and Louisiana with the Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band, LSU Wind Ensemble, Southern Mississippi Marching Band, and JMO.
Jimmy is a society bandleader and pianist, as well as the founder and Executive Director of JMO. Blending the styles of Lester Lanin and Peter Duchin, he performs for debutante balls, charitable gala fundraisers, and private parties across the U.S. and abroad in addition to providing the music of the New Orleans Mardi Gras. Jimmy also serves as director of the Louis Armstrong Society has conducted for Harry Connick Sr. in "A Tribute To Frank Sinatra with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra," and performed for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton, as well as members of the British Royal Family. Dubbed the "King of Mardi Gras Swing!" and "The Musical King of Carnival Balls" by The New Orleans Times Picayune, Jimmy has been the band for top social functions in New Orleans since 1981. From 1985 to 1989, Jimmy was partners with Peter Duchin, the famed society band leader from New York City. JMO's performance at the 1988 Republican National Convention landed him on the front page of The New York Times along with Nancy and Ronald Reagan. President George H. W. Bush later invited him to play for the first anniversary inaugural ball at the Kennedy Center along with Harry Connick, Jr., Tony Bennett and Chubby Checker. Today, Jimmy continues to run the day to day business operations for JMO as his son, Robert, takes over the conducting of the band.