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Soft Lights, Sweet Music LIVE!    TJO's first Compact Disc captures the band in performance, in concerts taped in 1999 and 2000.  The nine selections include one original, by orchestra member Dave Wild.  The CD showcases TJO's fiery playing, crisp professionalism and wide-ranging command of the jazz idiom.  

What The Critics Say....

"...from two live concerts in 1999 and 2000 by 18- and 19-piece, brassy ensembles that know how to swing and how to inject humor into their presentations.".   --Harvey Siders, The JazzTimes Jazz Education Guide, 2002-2003, page 88

"On first hearing, Soft Lights, Sweet Music left me shaking my head in disbelief. How, I wondered, could a Jazz ensemble from a two–year college in an undersized east–central Texas town possibly be that good? Something in the drinking water, perhaps?...whatever the reason, there’s no doubting that the TJO is a remarkably accomplished ensemble that plays with surprising power and finesse....this is a sharp and swinging big–band session from a wholly unexpected source that is easily recommended." -- Jack Bowers, All About Jazz (


You can order a copy of this CD online through Wildmusic.

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TJO CD's can be also obtained directly from the Temple College Division of Fine Arts at:

Temple College
2600 S. 1st Street
Temple, TX  76504
(254) 298-8555 

Here's the set list for the CD:


"Blues and the Abscessed Tooth" (Matt Catingub)
"You've Changed" (arranged by Mark Tayor)
"Funky Cha-cha" (Arturo Sandoval, arranged by Sandoval and richard Eddy)
"Danny Boy" (traditional, arranged by Don Sebesky)
"Hip Socket" (David Wild)
"Spring Wind" (Geoff Keezer)
"Ask Me Now" (Thelonious Monk, arranged by Greg Yasinitsky)
"Soft Lights and Sweet Music" (Berlin, arranged by Michael Abene)


Soft Lights, Sweet Music Live! features the Temple Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Tom Fairlie.  The CD was produced and mixed by Tim Doherty at the Temple College Recording Studio, Temple TX, with assistance from Tim Cates and Gary Smith.

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