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Pacific Jazz Orchestra

The Los Angeles-based ensemble for jazz, symphonic music, and beyond seeks to engage and enlighten through performance and education.

Redefining the Jazz Orchestra in Los Angeles

Pacific Jazz Orchestra

Established in 2023 by Grammy-nominated arranger and conductor Chris Walden, the Pacific Jazz Orchestra (PJO) is L.A.'s first resident jazz orchestra since the Henry Mancini Institute relocated to Miami in 2006. The 40-piece ensemble's concert season is built around five projects that each feature a different guest artist and together represent a diverse mix of genres. The concerts take place in venues across Los Angeles County to reach the widest possible audience.

With Walden serving as artistic director/conductor — and an advisory board that includes Quincy Jones, David Foster, and Ledisi — the PJO operates a week-long summer workshop for aspiring musicians, who perform a concert as the Pacific Youth Jazz Orchestra. In addition, the PJO taps guest conductors and arrangers to oversee projects to advance diversity among music directors. Part big band, part symphonic orchestra, and all for the love of jazz, the PJO uses this vibrant art form to connect the citizens of Southern California and the world.  

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