The Richmond jazz scene is all about bands. While the Compass Rose Orchestra has been around for a few years, they are gaining momentum and are quickly becoming one of the premier original music groups in Richmond.
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On Thursday evening’s concert at the Singleton Center, the music performed by VCU’s Jazz Orchestra I displayed a varied program consisting of three staples of Ellingtonia along with a cross-section of big band writing. Led by the jovial director Antonio Garcia, the Jazz Orchestra I made the selections look easy.