A professional 17-piece jazz band directed by internationally known conductor Joe Muccioli, who has worked with Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis, Quincy Jones and others, the RBJO pays authentic tribute to the sound and spirit of the legendary big bands of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and others. With swinging arrangements of classic, straight ahead jazz, each concert is a soulful journey through jazz history, from its New Orleans roots through Swing, Bop and beyond. The RBJO is joined by a guest vocalist, and special guest soloist Wycliffe Gordon. Named Trombonist of the Year seven times by the Jazz Journalists Association, he has performed at the Grammy Awards, on PBS, BET and NPR, and is a Manhattan School of Music faculty member. The latest of his 14 releases is Hello Pops, a Tribute to Louie Armstrong (2011).