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Katrina Cannon Top 10

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Katrina Cannon

We’re bringing in 2018 with Katrina Cannon‘s favorite charts featuring the Night Star Jazz Orchestra with a great show guaranteed to keep you swingin’ all night long. Records like “Anita Sings the Most”, “Ella Swings Lightly” and “Sassy Swings Again” featured Anita O’Day, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan singing their favorites from the top arrangers and players of the day. We’ll be featuring Katrina’s favorites from some of today’s top arrangers and great local players and some of the best charts from the past. Don’t miss a special show featuring Katrina! Admission is free, sponsored by Excellence in the Community.

Come on out the show this Thursday January 11th at 7:30 pm, help us count down Katrina Cannon‘s Top 10 tunes and dance the night away! There’s plenty of great places to get dinner in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah check out Visit Utah‘s dining page or Female Foodie for new ideas and then join us for the show indoors at the Gallivan Events Center in Salt Lake!


2017 Student Award Winners

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Night Star Jazz Orchestra Student Composition Program Award Winners:

First Place: Tony Elison, University of Utah – “Eronel” – Arrangement
Second Place: Tom Call, New York University – “Tatsu” – Original
Honorable Mention: Clint Sudweeks, University of Utah – “G’s Blues” – Original

We would like to thank all the students who submitted charts to the composition award program this year.  Each chart has specific strengths and demonstrated that each student is willing to take risks and is advancing in their studies. The strength of the submissions for our inaugural year was very impressive.



NSJO Student Composition Program

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We’re exited to announce the first (hopefully annual!) student composition program sponsored by the Night Star Jazz Orchestra. We are opening applications for students in jazz composition to submit new and existing works produced while in school to be performed by the Night Star Jazz Orchestra. This year we are offering two awards of $250 each. We’re committed to helping jazz composition students bring their works to the community. While the funding isn’t very large it is an opportunity to work with other music professionals and to hone your composition and arranging skills.

We will be accepting applications for this year until Dec 5th, 2017. Awards will be announced by Dec 15th, 2017.  Your work will be chosen by a committee of educators and professionals from the Night Star Jazz Orchestra. Undergraduate seniors and masters students are encouraged to apply.

The orchestration for the works should be 5 woodwinds, 4 trombones, 5 trumpets, 4 rhythm. Works that include vibraphone are also accepted. Works with alternate orchestrations will be accepted but standard orchestrations are encouraged. Vocal compositions and arrangements (male tenor or female alto) are also accepted. Utah residents will be given preference but the program is open to all students at accredited Universities in the USA. (We’d like to have you there when your work is performed!) We’ll be planning a performance date in early 2018 to show off your work.

Here are the rules for the program:

  • You must be currently registered at a University in a music program
  • You must submit a short letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor
  • Your work must be at least 50% completed by the time you apply
  • A playable portion of your work should be available to be evaluated in a rehearsal


Questions: please email

Vibes and Voice with Jay Lawrence

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We have two special shows to announce for August and September. We’ll have Jay Lawrence on vibes with us for our vibes and voice shows on Saturday August 19th at the City of Holladay Park and on September 12th for the Excellence in the Community, Salt Lake City and Gallivan Center Events big band Tuesdays. This is a show you don’t want to miss! Shows are brought to you by sponsors of Excellence in the Community. Admission is free, you can’t beat that!
Stay tuned, we’ll post a few video clips as well!

Elegant Ella – Centennial Celebration

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Elegant Ella - Centennial Celebration

Join us for an evening of song on May 13th, 2017 for a tribute to the great Ella Fitzgerald.  This year, 2017, marks the centennial of Ella’s birth. Ella Fitzgerald was prolific vocal artist who left an indelible mark on jazz and popular song. The Night Star Jazz Orchestra will be performing with a studio orchestra featuring Katrina Cannon singing the Great American Songbook album hits recorded by Ella. The orchestra will be performing arrangements by Nelson Riddle, from the ‘Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook’ album along with selections from song book albums of Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Duke Ellington and Irving Berlin that preceded it.

The program will also feature Jay Lawrence on vibraphone to complement the orchestra with charts made famous by Milt Jackson and Terry Gibbs.

The event will be held at Brighton High School as a fundraiser to support the instrumental music program under the direction of Mr. David Featherstone and the vocal program directed by Mr. Daniel Emrazian. Music and the performing arts contribute to the academic growth and intellectual stimulation of students throughout their academic careers. The Night Star Jazz Orchestra is made of professional musicians, educators and pro-am performers who are indebted to the teachers that made their careers possible. All ticket proceeds benefit the music program at the school.

Advance tickets for the Elegant Ella – Centennial Celebration, May 13th show are now available at Brighton High School in the main office until May 12th. Cash, card or check accepted at the office

$12 Adults, $8 for students and children.

May 13th tickets will be sold at the door.

Email: for advance ticket sales for large groups

Elegant Ella – Centennial Celebration Flyer 

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The Ella at 100: The Centennial Celebration, held April 25, 2017 through April 25, 2018, is organized by the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation to celebrate the life of Ella.  The Night Star Jazz Orchestra: Elegant Ella program is one of many shows throughout the world to pay tribute to the first lady of song, Ella Fitzgerald. More information about this foundation can be found at


This event is generously funded by these sponsors:

  • Larson Certified Public Accountants
  • Utah Restaurant Association
  • Sequoia Development
  • Cowboy Partners
  • Jazz Education Network
  • Larry Miller Arena Corporation
  • Zions Bank
  • Workers Compensation Fund
  • Wadman Construction
  • Cannon Disability Law
  • Jim Jardine, Esq.
  • Ashley and Chris Anderson
  • Hires Big H