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TIJO Cancelled for April and May 

Of course we have had to cancel our next couple of scheduled performances at the Watermark 920. We have some recorded video of previous concerts and will try to find time (the editor is still working his day job) to put a few up on YouTube. We'll make an announcement to our email list subscribers, and in this space, as well as facebook. We'll be back!

Hard to find "jazz" and "washing" in the same video, but here is a cool rendition of "Washboard Wiggles" that you can wash your hands along with! :-)

TIJO CANCELLED for March 17, 2020 :-( 

We regretfully decided to cancel our March 17 appearance at the Watermark 920 due to the general precautions being communicated by government leaders of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. We hope everyone stays healthy, and that we can perform on April 21. We will let you know! 

Matt Lintula for TIJO

TIJO Holiday Special - Tuesday, December 17, 2019 

Just a reminder - The seventh annual Big Band Christmas party with the Truth in Jazz Orchestra. Plenty of your holiday favorites along with the great big band favorites you know and love. Plenty of room for you to have your holiday get-together, with food by Fatty Lumpkins and a cash bar. Led by Muskegon legend, drummer Tim Froncek, the Truth in Jazz Orchestra has been a Muskegon institution for the past 15 years. 

We will have some new holiday jazz in the mix, as well as a couple of surprises! Have you ever heard a ukulele in a big band? How about a Greg and Vince doing a ukulele/bass trombone duet with a dash of sleigh bells? It even get Dan and Drew doing a piccolo/piano duet later in the same piece! A very clever arrangement by the Grammy-winning arranger/bandleader Gordon Goodwin. If you came to last year's event, you likely remember it! You may go home humming that song! :-D We also have some fresh holiday arrangements from Gordon Goodwin and Alan Baylock, and we even have the Grinch! 

Come early for sandwiches and the best seats. Hope to see you there! 

Adults - $5 cover / Students with ID - $2 cover 

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 7:30-9:30PM 
Doors open at 6:00PM 
Watermark 920 
930 Washington Ave 
Muskegon, MI 49441 
$5 cover - $2 for students 

Come on down to the Watermark 920 to catch the smokin' hot jazzers of the Truth In Jazz Orchestra, playing Tuesday the 17th of December. We will have a great set of terrific large-ensemble jazz orchestrations performed with large amounts of tight group work, with copious amounts of creativity! :-) Hope to see you there! Bring all your friends! The Watermark room can E X P A N D for more room. 

Full bar and fantastic sandwiches available. :-D


TIJO is BACK for our new season of seasoned jazz with seasoned players! 

We are BACK at the Watermark 920 in Muskegon this coming Tuesday, October 15 - 7:30-9:30PM. We even have a bunch of new charts by some great big bands to perform this week! Plenty of room at the Watermark 920 for you to get-together with friends, with food by Fatty Lumpkins and a cash bar. Led by Muskegon legend, drummer Tim Froncek, the Truth in Jazz Orchestra has been a Muskegon institution for the past 12 years. 

$5 cover, Students $2

TIJO on summer break - so come hear the Beer City Saxes Tue. Aug 20! 

TIJO is taking the summer off, but we have worked with two West Michigan jazz groups (both with many TIJO members) to fill in to keep the 3rd Tuesday of the month jazz slot filled at the Watermark 920. This month, we welcome back the Beer City Saxes! 

Beer City Saxes will be performing at Watermark 920 (920 Washington Ave., Muskegon MI) on Tuesday August 20th from 7:30 - 9:30 PM. All ages invited. Saxes: Jim Hayward, Mike Lutley, Tom Lockwood, Greg Marsden, Tom Stansell, Gary McCourry. Rhythm section: Steve Talaga, David Colllee, and Eddie Eicher. $5.00 cover. Hope to see you there!

TIJO is on summer break - but we have JAZZ for you on schedule! 

TIJO is taking the summer off, but we have worked with two West Michigan jazz groups (both with many TIJO members) to fill in to keep the 3rd Tuesday of the month jazz slot filled at the Watermark 920. This month, we welcome The Starry Night Octet! They play in the West Coast Cool Jazz style from charts written in the 1950 for the Dave Pell Octet from some of the smartest arrangers of that time, including Marty Paich, Shorty Rogers, Andre Previn, Johnny Mandel, Jerry Fielding, and Bill Holman. 
Band leader Matt Lintula plays tenor saxophone. Trumpeter Mike Truszkowski is the High School Director of Bands at Spring Lake Public Schools. Dan Giacobassi plays alto and baritone saxes, and flute. Dale Nesbary is entering his 11th year as President of Muskegon Community College. Greg Miller is a guitarist and instructor who teaches Applied Instrument instruction at Muskegon Community College. Drew Placzek is a pianist with the Truth in Jazz Orchestra as well as the Starry Night Octet and Trio. Joe Oprea is a freelance jazz bassist who has been teaching and performing professionally since 2002. Drummer Mark Lopez holds a Master of Music Performance degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. 
If you like Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper, Chet Baker, Stan Getz and Shorty Rogers, you will like the Starry Night Octet!


Stay tuned for more information on the Beer City Saxes, who will be back at the Watermark 920 on Tuesday, August 20!

TIJO will be on summer break - so come hear us this Tuesday! 

TIJO will be playing next Tuesday at the Watermark 920! Hope you can make it. We will be taking the summer off, but two other fine groups will fill in on the 3rd Tuesdays of the month at the Watermark 920: The Beer City Saxes, and (tentatively) the Starry Night Octet. Both groups have many members that also play with TIJO. Come out and see TIJO for the last time until this fall!

UKULELE in a big band?? 

Yes, you read that right... the TIJO Holiday Jazz event on Tuesday, December 18 at the Watermark 920, has a holiday piece that almost REQUIRES a ukulele. And better yet, the ukulele is doing a duet with the bass trombone! Trumpet man Greg Wells admitted that he owns and can play ukulele, so he was drafted to double on uke for that song. Our low-note slush-pump guy, Vince Browand, will cover the bass bone part. Come and see this unusual phenomenon (don't worry, it is only on ONE piece) ;-) next Tuesday!!

TIJO is the guest artist this Wednesday at the FCPA! 

News flash! The Truth In Jazz Orchestra will be performing as guest artists this Wednesday evening, October 24, 2019, at the beautiful Frauenthal Theater in downtown Muskegon. Hosting the event is the Muskegon Community College Jazz and Wind Ensembles, who will perform during the first half. 

Oct. 24 – MCC Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble focus on the AH fest theme of “Truth” with guests Truth in Jazz Orchestra @ 7:30 p.m. 
Tickets: $8.00 Adults, $2.00 Student / Child 

Come hear your local BIG band in the BIGGEST theater in Muskegon! Hope to see you there!

A Lustrum at the Watermark 920! 

Wow! Hard to believe we have been playing a full LUSTRUM at the Watermark 920! They have been such great hosts, providing the space and bar, with Fatty Lumpkins serving up delicious fresh sandwiches all that time!

Help up celebrate this milestone on our performance there, on Tuesday, July 17, 2018! LINK


Fronted by West Michigan's legendary drummer, Tim Froncek, this group of 16 of the area's top musicians plays charts from the classic era of the big bands, up to today's best charts from the hottest writers. The band was organized by Dave Collee, Ed Spier, and Matt Lintula, who wanted a group able to play pro-level big band literature, and have fun doing it! We have assembled a great bunch of area musicians who enjoy the challenge of playing great charts in a large ensemble.

Playing a mixture of classic jazz big band pieces from the Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, and other big band libraries, plus some VERY recent charts from Gordon Goodwin and others.

TIJO - The Low Note Website - Debut

TIJO Debut - MS Jams