ORN Jazz

O.R.N. Jazz

For your next private party or corporate affair, offer your guests the sophisticated musical stylings of O.R.N. Jazz. This Philadelphia area cocktail and party band caters to a broad range of tastes and promises a swinging good time.

Whether you're hosting a swanky corporate event, fundraiser, or a small holiday soiree, your guests will enjoy this band's out-of-this-world music. O.R.N. Jazz plays an eclectic mix of retro classics, jazzy standards, bossa novas and signature instrumentals.

Booking Us

Our fee varies according to location, type of event, number of musicians, time and day of the week. Contact us at Chris@ORNJazz.com, or (215) 896 4041.

About the Band

Providing musical entertainment for parties, special functions, corporate affairs, receptions, fund raisers or whatever your needs are!

O.R.N. Jazz is a fluid organization - we often work as a jazz quartet, but can provide a range of ensemble sizes from duet to octet, even including vocalists, as requested by the client. No matter what size band you choose, you will receive a professional performance with sophisticated styling. Our instrumentation includes drums, piano, bass, vocals, trombone, saxophone, and trumpet. The organizers are Chris Pastore and Joe Braunschek.

We specialize in sophisticated jazz. Classic jazz, American Songbook, original tunes, original arrangements. We are not a high tech, light show and smoke machine type of band. We play classic songs the old fashioned way. We are sensitive to our environment and the needs of the client. We have never had a client or guest complain that we are too loud - one of the biggest concerns out there today.

O.R.N. Jazz performs primarily in the Delaware Valley - Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, Delaware County; New Jersey and Delaware.

For more information, email us at Chris@ORNJazz.com

Examples  Some sound clips from live performances

God Bless the Child
Duke's Convoy
How High the Moon
Straight no Chaser
Stolen Moments

Academy of Music

Here we are at the Academy of Music. Pretty swanky!

Featuring, from left to right, Chris Pastore, Joe Braunschek, Kayle Brecher, Dave Dzubinski, Andy Bresnan and Tony Gioia.

Keyboards – Chris Pastore has been noodling around the musical scene for some time.  Currently director of the Philadelphia University Big Band, he has been playing saxophone, clarinet, keyboard, and most recently digital sackbut, in a range of endeavors.  He has paid his dues in the musical theatre world, working at La Salle College High School, St. Peter’s High School, La Salle University, and Off Main, playing woodwinds. When he got tired of shaving reeds, he started conducted the pit orchestra.

He has some rock and roll background, having co-founded Junior Mints (with Andy Bresnan) and the Klein Four Group.  He has also played in the Ben Vaughn Combo, Somebody Else's Problem, Jazz Diffraction, and the Big Mess Cabaret Orchestra.

Chris has studied with some high level musicians including Joe Ciccimaro (clarinet/saxophone) and Pacien Mazzagatti (piano).

Influences: Bela Bartok, Sir Isaac Newton, Sun Ra

Chris Pastore

Tenor Sax – Joe Braunschek began playing the saxophone even before he could walk, although you have  to keep in mind he couldn't walk until he was 12 or 13.  Among other things,  Joe studied music at La Salle High, where he met Chris in his   (apparently) pre-O.R.N. days.  He went on to play in a string of  unremarkable wedding, polka and (the pain!) disco bands before taking most of the 90's off to attempt to find a way to make the mortgage payments.

Proving that there is a God, Joe graced the music scene with his presence  again in 2001 with the blues/lounge Subterraneans, who recently broke up due to high gas prices.

Influences:  Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Sonny Stitt, Groucho Marx.

Joe
Drums - Bob Wilson, Director of the Penn Charter middle school bands. While earning his Bachelors of Music Education at West Chester University, in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mr. Wilson performed as a percussionist in Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble, and was a saxophonist in the University’s Concert Band. He studied under Chris Hanning and Kenneth Laudermilch. He is currently working toward his masters at the VanderCook College of Music, in Chicago Illinois. In addition to a varied performance experience, Robert has over fifteen years of combined experience as a drum line and pit instructor for West Chester University Golden Rams Marching Band, Sachem High School Marching Band in Long Island, NY, and North Penn High School Marching Band in Lansdale, PA. For several consecutive years he was the invited percussion instructor for West Chester University’s Elementary, Middle, and High School Summer Music Workshops. He was a member of the Boston Crusaders Junior Drum and Bugle Corps, Harrison Bushwackers Senior Drum and Bugle Corps, and Reading Buccaneers Senior Drum and Bugle Corps where he served as member and instructor. Bob Wilson

Bass - Jason Fifield is a musician and multi-media producer, playing upright bass, guitar, drums, banjo, keys, laptop, and percussion. Jason has performed with musicians such as G-Love, Michael Hampton, Byard Lancaster, Joe Russo of the Duo, Chuck Fishman and Amy Pickard. Career highlights include opening for the Meters and Charlie Hunter at the Fox in Boulder, CO, jamming with Dave Watts, Tony Furtado and David Grier at the Flying Dog in Aspen, CO, and a James Brown tribute show with The Sidecar Allstars, featuring Byard Lancaster. Newlife is the latest CD, released in 2006, with the gracious help of several local musicians.

Currently working on a Philadlephia jazz documentary with Byard Lancaster, with clips to be released every few weeks at http://www.youtube.com/phillyphife

Jason Fifield

Trombone/Vocals - Hayley Varhol is a Temple University alum with a BM in Music Education and a concentration in Bass Trombone.  She has taught general and instrumental music throughout the Philadelphia region, including Springfield Delco, Kennett Square, and Central Bucks. For three years, she also served as a trombone instructor/ lifeguard/ camp counselor at Luzerne Music Center in Upstate New York. Hayley is currently Director of Upper School Bands at William Penn Charter School, where she also teaches Jazz Band, Foundation Arts, and beginning brass classes.

When not teaching or conducting, Hayley plays in various community groups, including the Delaware Valley Wind Symphony, the Central Bucks Wind Ensemble, the Bryn Athyn Orchestra, Hope Jazz Ensemble, and the Ambler Brass. She has a shameless affinity for Karaoke, Coldstone Creamery, and events that involve arriving in costume.

Hayley Varhol

Trumpet - Jerry Ross is a trumpet/flugelhorn player based in Newark, Delaware. He began studying trumpet at Howe Elementary School in Philadelphia over four decades ago. Jerry has been Orchestra Director at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Wilmington, DE since 2001. He has performed with diverse musical groups and venues including Group Therapy, Tony Grandberry and Friends, Neumann College Jazz Band, The Philadelphia Mummers, The Westshoremen Senior Drum & Bugle Corp., and the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival. He has also played in the pit orchestra for musicals including Guys & Dolls, Carousel, 110 in the Shade, Mack and Mabel, and West Side Story. Jerry is an alumnus of La Salle High, where he came of age under the musical guidance of Joe Ciccamaro.

Influences: Clifford, Miles, Maynard, Donald Byrd, Chris Boti, The Godfather of Soul, The Stones, The Who, The Duke, The Count, and many others.


 

Union League

From left to right: Bob Wilson (drums), Scott Granato (bass), Joe Braunscheck (tenor), Chris Pastore (piano)

 

O.R.N. Jazz can be reached by telephone (215 896 4041) or email (Chris@ORNJazz.com).