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“HARLEM RENAISSANCE ORCHESTRA ROCKS BIANCA'S The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra stomped off a mean boogie-woogie at Bianca's on the Park Thursday night, on Thad Jones, "Big Dipper," HRO veteran tenor saxophonists Al Givens and John Scot blowing warm and spirited solos. The band is magnificent," said business woman Johnie Simmons," it helps keep me going. " I look forward to the coming here-- the band, the atmosphere, and you meet nice people," stated Khali Lukeman, a regular who is also a musician.”
“HARLEM LOUNGE BRINGS BACK THE BIG BAND SOUND Until about 8:30 every Monday night, Willie's Lounge, a block west of the dimly lit Apollo Theater, is just another neighborhood bar on 125th Street. But then the attention inside Willie's Lounge shifts to the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra. Those here tonight are partial to the HRO, agreeing that it is one of the best big bands in town, differing only on whether it might be as good as some of the old Big Band Era bands. If you glance around the room you might catch a glimpse of some Jazz dignitaries who frequently come to listen to HRO. And to name a few, Milt Jackson of the Modern Jazz Quartet, Al Gray and Benny Powell members of the original Count Basie Orchestra or perhaps Cozy Coles of the famous Appolo theater.”
“The big band sounds that resonated throughout the twenties and thirties made a lifelong impression on American music and continue to influence music and musicians worldwide. That uptown sound that defined American music originated in harlem. One of the bands helping to redefine Harlem today is the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra. For many, the name "Harlem" will always be synonymous with swing and the jazz era, a place that fostered amazing ballrooms like the Savoy and dances like the lindy hop.”