Orchestra puts the swing in Valentine’s season


The Great American Songbook is packed with timeless reflections on the vagaries of romance, which means that the Asheville Jazz Orchestra will have plenty of timely options for its next show at White Horse Black Mountain.

Just a few days ahead of Valentine’s Day, on Saturday, Feb. 11, the orchestra will make its monthly appearance at the club. The White Horse has lots of seating as well as a spacious dance floor for those who can’t stay in their seats when the swing beat begins.

Since 2006 the 17-piece Asheville Jazz Orchestra has delighted audiences with its renditions of swing era classics and new compositions for big band. Some of its members have played in latter-day incarnations of the classic big bands and can be listed among the area’s best jazz players.

The AJO performs under the leadership trombonist Dave Wilken, who’s also responsible for most of the ensemble’s original arrangements and compositions. The orchestra stays true to its mission of preserving and advancing the uniquely American art of swing jazz.

In the mood

Who: Asheville Jazz Orchestra

When: 8 p.m. Feb. 11

Where: White Horse Black Mountain

Cost: $15