Led by trumpeter Alex Nguyen, the JCO features an amazingly talented group of fantastic players. The arrangements feature wonderfully orchestrated versions of classic jazz material, as well as originals, played by a fine-tuned ensemble with first rate soloists. If their recent gig at New York’s Iridium jazz club was any indication, the response to the JCO has been overwhelmingly supportive and I can see why they are getting rave reviews.
— Danny Gottlieb
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The Jazz Conceptions Orchestra , a nine-piece collective of performers, composers and arrangers, devoted to performing a wide spectrum of music within Jazz and beyond.  Rooted in swing, while following the evolution of jazz, their extensive repertoire draws from members’ original compositions, adaptations of masterworks of jazz greats, and new original arrangements of standards.
First a testing ground for members’ personal projects, the JCO quickly gained critical acclaim playing to packed houses for regular gigs at Kokopelli’s Jazz Club in Savannah, Georgia. The group’s collaborations with Nashville vocalist Annie Sellick have been highly praised, with Sellick noted as “a perfect complement to the band’s versatile and intricate arrangements.”  In recent years, the band has played concert series, clubs and festivals, including repeat engagements at Iridium Jazz Club, performances which have also been met with cosiderable praise. With the release of the JCO's self-titled debut album, the group was applauded for its “great arranging, superb solos, and a deep understanding of jazz style.”

These cats can play! There’s a lot more here than mere flash. I’m certain that you will discover what I discovered: substance.
— Bunky Green
...a group of young musicians who recreate, reinvent, restructure, and reformulate standards on a high level, resulting in some very interesting ensemble moments that demonstrate subtlety in both arranging and original composition...
— Ivo Martin, Radio Universitaria do Minho – Portugal
Great arranging, superb solos, and a deep understanding of jazz style ... This group proves that jazz is alive and thriving in our next generation of great players.
— Mark Nemoytan, ITG Journal

Video clips of the JCO

Performing for the Olmsted Salon in the "Cave" of St. George's Church in NYC on 1/17/15. Video by Matt Veligdan. Alex Nguyen, Alphonso Horne - trumpets Robert Edwards - trombone Alex LoRe - alto sax Lucas Pino - tenor sax Tony Lustig - bari sax Can Olgun, piano Desmond White, bass Raj Jayaweera - drums www.jazzconceptionsorchestra.com www.olmstedsalon.com

Live at Iridium Jazz Club - Oct. 2, 2012 "Parisian Thoroughfare" - Composed by Bud Powell, Arranged by Alex LoRe. Personnel: Alex Nguyen - trumpet, Brandon Lee - trumpet, Robert Edwards - trombone, Alex LoRe - alto sax, Jeremy Fratti - tenor sax, Carl Maraghi - baritone sax, Joshua Bowlus - piano, Paul Sikivie - bass, Ben Adkins - drums

Annie Sellick & the JCO perform Brandon Lee's arrangement of the Van Heusen/Burke standard "Imagination" at Iridium Jazz Club in NYC on 10/3/12. Solos shown are Brandon Lee and Jeremy Fratti.

Annie Sellick & the JCO perform "Soulful Dress" (McAlister/Vali) at Iridium Jazz Club in NYC on 10/3/12. Solos by Brandon Lee, Rob Edwards, and Paul Sikivie.

Live @ the Iridium Jazz Club, Aug. 27th 2008. The band plays Billy Strayhorn's "Take the A-Train" arranged by JCO alto saxophonist Alex LoRe. This clip features a trumpet solo by Alex Nguyen.
Live @ the Iridium Jazz Club, Aug. 27th 2008. The band is playing John Coltrane's "Moment's Notice," arranged by JCO alto saxophonist Alex LoRe. This clip features solos by Brandon Lee (trumpet) and Alex LoRe.