In the early 1980's,
Keith Stout and his associates began to envision a big band dedicated
to the expression of American Jazz, Gospel and Christian Contemporary
music. They also wanted to educate the public about where jazz
music came from and help young musicians develop their talents and
passion for music. Thus, Alive Music Orchestra or AMO, was
formed as a non-profit organization. Since many of the current
standard jazz forms we hear today originated from other styles of
music, AMO has put together a program which encompasses many different
forms of jazz and appeals to a wide audience.
The members of AMO come
from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience such as organizing,
directing and performing in worship bands, rock bands, chamber groups,
symphonic bands, big bands, and contemporary instrumental orchestras.
They have performed in venues such as Six Flags Marine World and
Disneyland theme parks and have been featured on local, Christian and
network television programs. Several of the band's members have
performed with such names as: Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller, Tommy
Dorsey, Huey Lewis and the News, George Benson, The Four Tops, Pete
Escovido, Freddie Hubbard, Bill Evans and Richie Cole. AMO
recorded it's first CD in 1993 entitled "Down By The Riverside" and
more recently "AMO Live".
Michelle Seaton, Art
Stout and Frank Salamone round out AMO vocally as "Singers In
Harmony". Their vocal stylings add a fresh dimension, especially
the swing and gospel charts the band performs.
Another exciting group
is Keith Stout's AMO Rhythm-N-Brass Band, which is a smaller group for smaller
settings. They feature jazz standards and smooth jazz.
For more information about
the band or for booking information: