Skip Spiro is originally from New York where the family musical gene was passed on from grandmother Rose (piano teacher) to father Stan (saxophonist and bandleader) to son Skip (trumpeter, flugelhornist, valve trombonist). At the age of 13, Skip was the youngest musician to be admitted to the Stan Kenton Summer Jazz Clinics at the University Of Connecticut. It was there that he was selected to play lead trumpet with the Herb Pomeroy Orchestra.
At the age of 14, Skip put together his first band, a 15 piece jazz ensemble. Skip Spiro and The Rhythm Kings Orchestra went on to appear on The Merry Mailman and Chubby Jackson local New York television shows, as well as NBCs The Merv Griffin Show. Spiro continued as a very busy bandleader throughout high school playing weddings, jazz clubs, high school proms, and local beach clubs, appearing several times with jazz legend Maynard Ferguson.
At the University of Massachusetts, Skip once again formed a large jazz ensemble that became very much in demand touring the New England area and was regularly featured on the UMass radio station WMUA. Over the years, Skip has continued as an active musician on the West Coast, having appeared with Spiral Staircase, Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers, The Wolfman Jack Show, and Tina Turner.
Todays current version of the Skip Spiro Band is in the form of a Little Big Band. Comprised of 2 trumpets, 1 trombone, 3 saxes, and traditional rhythm section, The Little Big Band is big enough to put out a big band sound, yet small enough to allow for each player in the band to express his or her individual creativity. Skip sums it up by saying, "I've never had more fun with a band than I am now. Each of the players in the group are extremely accomplished ensemble players as well as being very exciting soloists. And what's most thrilling for me is that several are emerging as very talented composer/arrangers. And beyond that, they are just great people to work with. Wherever we appear, I believe that kind of group enthusiasm really comes through."
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HI SKIP, NICE TO MEET YOU. IN BRAZIL WE LOVE ALL BEAT JAZZ. BUT, IN SOUTH AMERICA IS NOT LIKE USA JAZZ FM STATIONS...24 HOURS GROOVE JAZZ...NO, IN BRAZIL ONLY WEEKLY JAZZ RADIO SHOW. I KNOW THAT BECAUSE I HAVE TWO HOURS WEEK TO INTRODUCE IMPROVISED MUSIC, EVERY MONDAY TO 21.00 PM AT WWW.RADIOLESTE345FM.COM.BR THIS SITE IS UNDER RE-PAGE RIGHT NOW. I AM PROUD TO SAY, MY BRAZILIAN JAZZ RADIO IS THE MOST HEARDED IN SOUTH BRAZIL. SKIP, I WRITE THIS MESSAGE IN HOPE GET CD-PROMOTE TO PLAY AT STATION. MY FIRST DESIRE IS TRY FOSTER SWING MUSIC IN BRAZIL, MORE AND MORE. THINK ABOUT. REGARDS FROM BRAZIL. LUIZKRUG@BOL.COM.BR
I love THE JAZZ NETWORK website and can't wait to hear your Little Big Band play at The Flying Jazz and Blues Club in Hermosa Beach Saturday nite, October 10. You have some amazing charts--Maynard would be proud!! Big hugs, Cathy
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
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