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John Mahoney Big Band

John Mahoney Big Band

"Mahoney's music is something special. It is as once musically complex while retaining a strong melodic sense that makes it accessible to a wide audience. Mahoney leaves stretching room for his talented soloists to improvise, then punches it up with powerful modern big band arrangements. "



"Performances by big bands are rare in the jazz world these days–despite the recent “swing renaissance”–but it’s exceptionally rare to hear a big band playing original, innovative music."

Jonathan Tabak, Offbeat
September 2000
John Mahoney Big Band
Composer & Arranger
for Jazz Artists

J.J. Johnson “Kelo” an arrangement of JJ’s tune for Loyola Jazz Fest 1980

Bob Sheppard “Change of Heart” original that featured Bob on flute for Loyola Jazz Fest 1990

Brian Blade/Jon Coward “Crooked Creek” an arrangement of Jon’s tune for Loyola Jazz Fest 2000

Evan Christopher “La Petite Fleur” an arrangement for Evan and the John Mahoney Big Band for the JEN conference 2010

Wycliffe Gordon “Wishing Well” an arrangement of Wycliffe’s tune for Loyola Jazz Fest 2004

Paul Frechou “(Do You) Know What It Means (To Miss New Orleans”) a commission from Mandeville HS Jazz Band for their Midwest Conference appearance in 2006

Larry Panella “Resilience” a commission from Southern Miss University 2006

Al Belletto “(They’ll) Never Be Another You” arrangement for New Orleans Jazz Fest appearance 2000


Jazznocracy, Al Belletto’s Big Jazz Band 1997 Louisiana Red Hot Records LRHR 1101:

“No Cares” an original for the recording session

“Only the Lonely” an arrangement for the recording session

Johnny Adams/David Torkanowsky The New Orleans CAAC Jazz Orchestra Mood Indigo 1987

Rounder CD 2145:

“Lost Mind” arrangement for Johnny Adams

“Let’s Get Lost” arrangement for Johnny Adams

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