12.11.12Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra: A Bohemian Christmas Vol. 1 Available Now!

The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra's debut release is a live Christmas album recorded at the Mansion at Strathmore. It features classic arrangements interpreted by DC's resident big band.

09.13.12Winner of the 2012 DC Mayor's Arts Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist

The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra received the "most prestigious honors conferred by the city on individual artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations and patrons of the arts." Congratulations to all the Finalists and to the BCJO members, friends, fans, and supporters!

08.10.12NPR Intern Edition: Jazz, Below the Surface

Review of a recent Monday night performance by Tahsan Scott and Meg McCluskey.

07.13.12BCJO Finalist for DC Mayor's Arts Award

The BCJO is a finalist for the DC Mayor's Arts Award in the category of Outstanding Emerging Artist. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 13 at the Historic Lincoln Theatre at 6:30pm.

06.06.12Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra at the Kennedy Center

If you missed our performance at the Kennedy Center, you can watch it here.

Three And One - Thad Jones (solos: Linde, Herrera, Seppa)
Fanatasia on an Ellington Theme - Rick Hirsh (solos: Wallace, Birckhead)
Isfahan - Duke Ellington (solo: Hughes)
Portrait of Louis Armstrong - Duke Ellington (solo: McCoy)
Alone Together - arr. Shannon Gunn (solos: Birckhead, Richardson)
Little Pixie - Thad Jones (solos: entire band)
The Night Has A Thousand Eyes - arr. Leigh Pilzer (solos: Pilzer, Clements)
Wind Machine - Sammy Nestico (solos: Richardson, Balbed, McDonald)

06.01.11BCJO featuring guitarist Yotam Silberstein for DC Jazz Festival

The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra will feature New York-based guitarist Yotam Silberstein on Monday, June 6 as part of the DC Jazz Festival.

Yotam Silberstein was born and raised in Tel-Aviv, Israel. He started playing guitar at the age of 10, focusing mostly on rock and blues. At 15, he was accepted to the prestigious Alon High School for the Arts where he studied jazz with such great teachers as Walter Blanding and Amit Golan. During his high school years, Yotam won many local competitions and was heralded as a very promising guitarist.

At the age of 18, Yotam served his country by joining the Israeli army where he served as a musical director, arranger and lead guitarist for 3 years. During this time, he garnered further recognition and began playing with many of Israel’s top jazz musicians. At 21, he won the prestigious Israeli Jazz Player of the Year competition with his trio, and was invited to perform in Italy at the Umbria Jazz Festival.

In August of 2005, Yotam received a scholarship to study jazz and contemporary music at the New School in New York City. A month later, he was selected as one of 10 top guitar players to participate in the semi-finals of the Thelonious Monk Institute’s celebrated competition.

Now a resident of New York City, Yotam is a regular on the jazz scene, and is performing around the globe with such greats as Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Louis Hayes, Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess, Al Jerreau, Paquito D'Rivera, Monty Alexander, Dee Dee Bridgewater, James Spaulding, Roy Hargrove, Pat Martino, Greg Hutchinson, Antonio Hart, Slide Hampton, the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars—and the late James Moody, who was an early advocate, friend and mentor.

In 2010, Yotam was signed by Jazz Legacy Productions to record his most recent CD, Resonance, with Aaron Goldberg, Christian McBride, Greg Hutchinson and Roy Hargrove. The album reached #3 on the JazzWeek charts and #1 on the Music Choice chart.

04.01.11BCJO plays the Music and Arrangements of Eyal Vilner

On April 4, the BCJO hosts Israeli musicians Eyal Vilner and Yaala Ballin in a progam of Mr. Vilner's original compositions and arrangements.

Eyal Vilner
Alto Saxophone, Composer, Arranger

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Eyal started playing and composing at the early age of seven. He played the Violin for six years and was accepted to the Tel-Aviv High School for the Arts. At the age of fourteen he switched to saxophone, as his principle instrument and joined the Jazz program at the same school. Eyal Studied at the Israeli Conservatory, Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music and participated in Matan, special workshops and music camps for excellent young musicians. Eyal performed as a side man and as a leader on Israel's prestigious stages including Tel-Aviv Jazz and Blues Festival, Tel-Aviv Museum Jazz series, Shablul Jazz Club, The State Art Festival, Bereshit Festival, Hagada Hasmalit Club and Milestone Jazz Club at Shuni Fortress.

In 2007, Eyal moved to New York and attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music after receiving a generous scholarship. In 2009 Eyal graduated with honors and was featured on the university’s newspaper as an outstanding graduate. For the past years Eyal has had the privilege to study and play with Charles Tolliver, Junior Mance, Jimmy Owens, Charli Persip's Supersound, Bobby Sanabria, and Cecil Bridgewater. Eyal works with various ensembles as a leader and as a sideman. With his groups he played in some of the best venues in New York such as Sweet Rhythm, Smalls, Swing 46, Smoke, Fat Cat, Café Centro and Hudson River Park Stars of Tomorrow Series.

“Eyal’s writing has daring and wit- much of it deeply in the tradition, some questioning toward a convincing contemporary edge" -composer and arranger Kirk Nurock

02.01.11Valentine's Day with the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a 17-piece big band and dinner for only $40. Tickets are on sale now at www.bohemiancaverns.com and will sell out. Make your plans now to celebrate love with DC's exclusive resident jazz orchestra.

Also pick up a copy of our pianist's new CD:

Inspired by Washington DC’s own Shirley Horn, Amy K Bormet is an accomplished jazz pianist and vocalist. Performing regionally at the Kennedy Center and jazz clubs, her poised powerful piano is balanced by flowing vocals. Released in February 2011, her debut CD, “Striking" is brimming with new compositions and fresh takes on jazz standards. www.amykbormet.com

11.03.10Christmas in the Caverns

The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra will be celebrating the holiday season with two special Monday night performances. On December 13 and December 20, the BCJO will play selections from the Stan Kenton, Claude Thornhill, and Glen Miller Christmas songbooks and feature the entire "Nutcracker Suite" adaptation arranged by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

The cover charge for these performances is $15.00. In the spirit of the season, the BCJO and Bohemian Caverns will offer discounted tickets with the donation of a canned good to the Capital Area Food Bank. (NOTE: Due to the partnership with Instant Seats, the discount is not applicable to tickets purchased in advance.)

Please join the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra in celebrating the holidays and making the season brighter for those in need.

10.21.10BCJO Website

Welcome to the official website for Washington D.C.'s resident big band. You will find information about the orchestra and its members, weekly schedule, upcoming events, videos, and sound clips from some of the Monday night performances.