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A Toast to Jazz



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Story and photography by Mindy Cooper

The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra (KJO) hosted a champagne event at the Journal Arcade Building in downtown Knoxville to toast to jazz, kick off the performance season and thank all those in the community who support them. KJO is a 17-piece big band with five saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets, guitar, piano, bass and drums. The band is composed of some of East Tennessee’s top professional musicians and performs a wide range of music from the American jazz tradition. After more than two decades, the nonprofit organization remains passionate about jazz and dedicated to their mission to bring music, awareness and education to the region. 

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