(2-CD set) The tradition of performing the Sacred Music of Duke Ellington in Seattle began in the winter of 1989. The SRJO began with that first concert. Many founding members, including Don Lanphere, Floyd Standifer, Bill Ramsay and Marc Seales, were integral to the first few years of the concert's presentation and were drawn together because of the concert. Since then, the band has won multiple awards for its concerts, it's first recording, SRJO Live
, and in 2005 was named Best Northwest Acoustic Jazz Ensemble at Seattle's Earshot awards.
SRJO plays everything with conspicuous passion and commitment. --All About Jazz