"...the nearly 20 members of Danjo Jazz Orchestra filled the club with a timeless big band sound, the power of horns and wind instruments a refreshing change..." - the Akronist
With a unique blend of big band classics and dazzling original arrangements, the 17-piece Danjo Jazz Orchestra has entertained audiences across Northeast Ohio for over 10 years. Originally founded by bassist Dan Angotti in May of 2010, the band is now directed by Cleveland native trombonist, composer, and arranger Andrew Wegierski. Under Andrew’s leadership, the Danjo Jazz Orchestra has held a monthly residency at Jilly’s Music Room, one of the top live music venues in Akron, since August 2019*. The band also frequently performs in downtown Kent, namely at the Venice Cafe, Water Street Tavern, and at the Home Heritage Concert Series.
On May 7th, 2020, the Danjo Jazz Orchestra soared to new heights with the release of a brand new EP, entitled Danjo. The recording showcases the band’s versatility of big band styles, including selections from the Buddy Rich Big Band, Maynard Ferguson, and Count Basie Orchestra. The unique compositional voice of bandleader Andrew Wegierski is also featured in the laid-back latin chart, “Spoon Bag.” Danjo is available on all major streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, and more.
Today, the band continues to forge onward as a distinct musical voice in the local jazz scene. With an ever-expanding musical library, the Danjo Jazz Orchestra’s mission is to push the boundaries of the modern big band, while also maintaining the legacy of the greatest bands that truly established the big band tradition.
*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the residency was interrupted from April 2020 to July 2021.
MacArthur Park (Maynard Ferguson)
00:00 / 08:43
Big Swing Face (Buddy Rich Big Band)
00:00 / 05:52
L'il Darlin' (Count Basie Orchestra)
00:00 / 05:33
Spoon Bag (Andrew Wegierski)
00:00 / 05:33