The Walsall Jazz Orchestra
The Walsall Jazz Orchestra is a 19 piece big band which, unlike the vast majority of big bands, plays contemporary, rather than traditional big band music. The band plays pieces written by well known composers such as Pat Metheny, Mike Gibbs and Chick Corea, as well as a number of original compositions. WJO have released three CDs which have received rave reviews in the music press.
WJO founder and leader John Hughes died peacefully on Monday 18th March, at home with his wife and daughters at his side, after a brave eight-year battle with cancer. He was 78.