Featuring: Justin Mullens (tp, frh & lead) with Larry Gillespie, Dave Smith, Ben Holmes (tp), Paul Olenick, Jacob Garchick, Max Siegel (tb), Chris Cheek (as, ss), Sean Powell (as, cl, fl), Dave Barraza (ts, cl), Peter Hess (ts, piccolo), Matt Cowan (bs & fl)...
The Delphian Jazz Orchestra performs music that stretches outside of the typical parameters of a traditional big band. The music drastically morphs styles that fall anywhere from the influences of Ellington and Monk to Stravinsky and Frank Zappa. Hoping to free itself from the confines of formal structure, The Delphian Jazz Orchestra expresses a full range of emotion and thought through unique musical artistry.
The Delphian Jazz Orchestra is committed to giving opportunities to the myriad of struggling musicians coming from Delphi every year. We believe that the rich history of arts at Delphi, primarily through the influences of Apollo and the Muses, uniquely qualify the Delphians to take the reins of this musical and artistic revolution known as the Delphian Jazz Orchestra.
Justin Mullens has been performing his music in New York since 1996 at clubs such as Birdland, The 55 Bar, The Bowery Poetry Club, and The Jazz Standard. He has been commissioned to write music that ranges in styles from chamber to “post-modern” jazz in a wide variety of settings. He has also had the honor of working with choreographers such as Wendy Blum, Jordan Fuchs, and Molly Rabinowitz.
Mullens graduated from Berklee College of Music with a double major in Composition and Performance. While there, he was the recipient of the Quincy Jones Award for composition and the Art Farmer Award for Performance.
In addition to recording his own work with The Justin Mullens Quintette and the Delphian Jazz Orchestra - his playing and writing have been featured on albums with The Dimitri Guravitch Quintet, The Paul Olenick Sextet, and Ethan Eubanks.