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Lou Borelli Octet plays mostly original arrangements from the Dave Pell Octet, one of the bands credited with the creation of the West Coast Jazz scene in the 1950’s.  Shorty Rogers and Marty Paich were the first arrangers to showcase the unique sound of this group.  We are honored to play these arrangements  as a tribute to  Don Fagerquist, a Worcester born trumpet player, who went out to the West Coast to play with the great bands of his time.  We are based in Worcester, Massachusetts and have  played at town concerts, Castle Restaurant Jazz on the Patio Summer Series, Ecotarium, Nick’s German Restaurant and Bar, Worcester Art Museum, Tower Hill Botanical Garden,  Higgins Armory Museum, Hanover Theatre, Tuckerman Hall, Country Clubs and private parties throughout New England.  A recent quote about the octet from a music critic describes us very well.  "Lou Borelli Octet was performing their Jazz routine for a drinking and dining audience, and if one closed their eyes and tapped into their imagination, they could picture themselves as a guest at one of Jay Gatsby's outdoor parties."...Pat Clark, The Weekend Starts Now, a publication of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, May 2009.  We appreciate your support of live music and especially jazz, which is art for your ears. 

We also offer variations of Lou Borelli Octet: Black Sheep Jazz Band (Dixieland),  Louie Lewis and the Klezmerbops (Klezmer), Lou Borelli Big Band (an extension of the octet) and a German Band - Schwarze Schafe.

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