The Raleigh Jazz Orchestra 

About the RJO

The RJO was organized as a not for profit arts institution in January, 2003 in collaboration with the Raleigh Symphony to create professional performance opportunities for jazz musicians. Our mission is to preserve and promote our nation's indigenous art form, jazz. 

The RJO is a professional jazz ensemble under the direction of Dr. Neal Finn consisting of the finest jazz musicians in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. We perform music from the entire history of big band jazz with custom arrangements and original tunes. Our vast musical library includes charts from early Swing to driving Big Band and original compositions.

The RJO is working to create a jazz concert series where great jazz can be presented, enjoyed and honored. One of our goals is to form a Jazz Society to work with the board of the Raleigh Symphony to help support big band jazz. 

We are always looking for additional supporters and jazz lovers. If you are interested in helping jazz flourish in Raleigh, North Carolina please send an email to us with your ideas or make a tax deductable donation .

We are committed to jazz education. If you are a student and would like to attend a rehearsal please send an email to through the contact us page for details.



Saxophones

Terry Blalock

Mark Gloden

Tim Smith

Owen Cordle

Tom Steward


Trumpets

Ramon Kenan

Ben Shaw

Alex Almasy

Geron Gambill

Lee Davis
Trombones

Dean Olah

Joel Leipzig

Ken Davis

Mark Mabe
Rhythm

Mark Underwood

Tom Bernett

Greg Brink

Winslow Stillman