UCF Flying Horse Big Band directed by Jeff Rupert appears at Pilars Loft.
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The Flying Horse Big Band is one of the premiere performing ensembles of the UCF Music Department. It has appeared at the Montreux, Switzerland, and the North Sea Jazz Festivals, as well as numerous festival and concert appearances domestically. The band has featured Randy Brecker, Bob Berg, Michael Mossman, James Moody, Nick Brignola, Harry Allen, Steve Turre, Rodney Holmes, Terry Gibbs, Marvin Stamm, Mulgrew Miller, John Swana, Kevin Mahogany, Lou Donaldson and Eric Alexander with the band. In 2005 the Flying Horse Big Band premiered Sam Rivers’ work for double big band, with Rivers’ RIVBEA orchestra. The group has had six recordings on the national jazz charts. Recordings include Jazz Town, The Blues is Alright, Into the Mystic, Big Man on Campus,The Bat Swings! And most recently Florida Rays. The last two albums climbed to #1 on the national (professional) jazz charts.
Former members of the band include musicians now performing on the Grammy’s and various television shows in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville. Several others are now professors at universities around the country. The Flying Horse Big Band recordings can be found at Flyinghorserecords.com.
About Pilars Loft at Pilars Martini: Launched in September 2020 when many clubs were shuttered and muscians fourloughed, Pilars responded by expanding upstairs to a larger venue and bringing back live music and supporting local talent when many venues were dark. Now Pilars Loft is open weekly Thursday - Sundays and for special concert ticketed events in an inspiring space where local and visiting artist talent rise. Now is the perfect time to celebrate the successful launch of Central Florida's premier Club for Jazz & Music, Drinks by Pilars Martini, Dinner by Market to Table and a date night for YOU.