The Nashville Jazz Orchestra is an ensemble comprised of Nashville's best recording musicians and music educators, who are committed to the performance of the exciting, powerful music of the big bands. The NJO fosters the continuance of the great big band tradition by encouraging the development of new music and musicians. The band has also had the privilege of accompanying prominent guest artists, such as Kirk Whalum, Donald Brown, Jeff Coffin, Annie Selleck, and Christian Watson. The NJO is directed by Ted Wilson.
Bob McChesney was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and began playing the trombone in the fourth grade as part of his public school music program. he has since evolved into a world-renown trombone soloist and an authority on trombone pedagogy. Bob McChesney's trademark as a trombonist is the beauty of his sound, lightning-fast technique, and his emotional connection to the music. With complete mastery of the instrument and extensive knowledge of jazz harmony, McChesney has distinguished himself as one of the pre-eminent soloists in the world, not only in the realm of jazz and improvisation, but as an interpreter of the most difficult and highly technical Classical repertoire, as well. Primarily self taught, at a young age Bob discovered a unique way of articulating on the slide trombone, which has been called "doodle tonguing." in 1992, he authored a book to codify and teach this tonguing technique which is now considered to the the definitive treatise on the subject, called "Doodle Studies and Etudes." The method has been critically acclaimed and endorsed by trombonists and music educators all over the world. As a highly sought-after guest performer and clinician, Bob has conducted workshops at universities and music festivals all over the US and Canada for the last 25 years and has added several more method books to his growing catalogue of music publications. His acclaimed small band recordings are heard on jazz radio all over the globe, and Bob's YouTube videos have received over 2.9 million views to date. In addition to his solo work, Bob has enjoyed a long career in Los Angeles recording studios scoring hundreds of films and television shows. He can be heard on CDs by Barbra Streisand, Shakira, Michael Buble', Natalie Cole, Rod Steward, Chicago, Michael Bolton, and the Grammy-winning CDs: "Ray Charles: Genius Loves Company," Diana Krall's "When I Look in Your Eyes," the Bob Florance Limited Edition's "Serendipity 18," and Aurto Sandoval's "Dar Diz," where he was a featured soloist. Legendary composer Lalo Schifrin exclaimed "Bob McChesney is a virtuoso who has the gift to bring us the joy of music at the highest level." For more information, please visit" www.BobMcChesney.com
Calabria Foti is an American singer, violinist, composer, arranger, author, and educator. A consummate musician and dynamic entertainer, Calabria is a connoisseur of music, from Classical to Broadway. Equally at home performing musical theater, jazz, cabaret, or her own original songs, Calabria has been called a "master of improvisation and interpretation," and her voice has graced several major motion picture and television soundtracks. Ms. Foti's recordings and live shows have been praised by such diverse artists and piano virtuosos Van Cliburn, composer Johnny Mandel, trumpeter Chris Botti, and a host of other music and entertainment luminaries. Upon hearing her CD, "A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening," legendary singer Johnny Mathis said, "Listening to a beautiful voice is one of my greatest pleasures in life... this recording of Calabria Foti's voice is some of the most beautiful and artistic music I have ever heard. She is a treasure!" Born into a family of musicians and music educators, Calabria was exposed to classical, jazz, and popular music at a very young age. passionate about movie musicals and classic films from the late 1920s on, Ms. Foti calls herself a "throwback" - in love with the period of American history that produced the songs of the Great American Songbook and the films from The Golden Age of Hollywood. Her highly acclaimed CDs are a testimony to her musical sensibilities and can be heard regularly on adult standards and jazz radio formats throughout the world. She has shared the spotlight and the microphone with TVs Seth MacFarlane, and in 2013, the pair teamed up to record the duet, "Let's Fall in Love," garnering a Grammy Award nomination. Also an accomplished violinist, Calabria created the jazz violin sound for Fox TV's Lisa Simpson, performed the virtuosic violin solo for the long running theme to PBS' Great Performances and was a featured violin soloist in the films Muppets Most Wanted and Sherlock Holmes. She has played violin on hundreds of television and film scores, and on CDs for Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Josh Broban, Daft Punk, and many others. With a delightful speaking voice, Ms. Foti has hosted the internationally syndicated radio program "Music of Your Life" and is heard occasionally as a guest on Sirius/XM Radio's "Siriusly Sinatra," where she enthusiastically discusses and plays the music she loves so much. Married to trombonist Bob McChesney since 1985, Calabria and Bob are parents of two fierce and fabulous daughters. For more information, please visit: www.CalabriaFoti.com">
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Performer / Artist Details

Performer / Artist Details

Bob McChesney and Calabria Foti with the Nashville Jazz Orchestra

The Nashville Jazz Orchestra will be accompanying Watertown Jazz Festival Headliners, Bob McChesney and Calabria Foti.

The Nashville Jazz Orchestra is an ensemble comprised of Nashville's best recording musicians and music educators, who are committed to the performance of the exciting, powerful music of the big bands. The NJO fosters the continuance of the great big band tradition by encouraging the development of new music and musicians. The band has also had the privilege of accompanying prominent guest artists, such as Kirk Whalum, Donald Brown, Jeff Coffin, Annie Selleck, and Christian Watson. The NJO is directed by Ted Wilson.




Bob McChesney was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and began playing the trombone in the fourth grade as part of his public school music program. he has since evolved into a world-renown trombone soloist and an authority on trombone pedagogy. Bob McChesney's trademark as a trombonist is the beauty of his sound, lightning-fast technique, and his emotional connection to the music. With complete mastery of the instrument and extensive knowledge of jazz harmony, McChesney has distinguished himself as one of the pre-eminent soloists in the world, not only in the realm of jazz and improvisation, but as an interpreter of the most difficult and highly technical Classical repertoire, as well.

Primarily self taught, at a young age Bob discovered a unique way of articulating on the slide trombone, which has been called "doodle tonguing." in 1992, he authored a book to codify and teach this tonguing technique which is now considered to the the definitive treatise on the subject, called "Doodle Studies and Etudes." The method has been critically acclaimed and endorsed by trombonists and music educators all over the world. As a highly sought-after guest performer and clinician, Bob has conducted workshops at universities and music festivals all over the US and Canada for the last 25 years and has added several more method books to his growing catalogue of music publications. His acclaimed small band recordings are heard on jazz radio all over the globe, and Bob's YouTube videos have received over 2.9 million views to date.

In addition to his solo work, Bob has enjoyed a long career in Los Angeles recording studios scoring hundreds of films and television shows. He can be heard on CDs by Barbra Streisand, Shakira, Michael Buble', Natalie Cole, Rod Steward, Chicago, Michael Bolton, and the Grammy-winning CDs: "Ray Charles: Genius Loves Company," Diana Krall's "When I Look in Your Eyes," the Bob Florance Limited Edition's "Serendipity 18," and Aurto Sandoval's "Dar Diz," where he was a featured soloist. Legendary composer Lalo Schifrin exclaimed "Bob McChesney is a virtuoso who has the gift to bring us the joy of music at the highest level." For more information, please visit" www.BobMcChesney.com




Calabria Foti is an American singer, violinist, composer, arranger, author, and educator. A consummate musician and dynamic entertainer, Calabria is a connoisseur of music, from Classical to Broadway. Equally at home performing musical theater, jazz, cabaret, or her own original songs, Calabria has been called a "master of improvisation and interpretation," and her voice has graced several major motion picture and television soundtracks.

Ms. Foti's recordings and live shows have been praised by such diverse artists and piano virtuosos Van Cliburn, composer Johnny Mandel, trumpeter Chris Botti, and a host of other music and entertainment luminaries. Upon hearing her CD, "A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening," legendary singer Johnny Mathis said, "Listening to a beautiful voice is one of my greatest pleasures in life... this recording of Calabria Foti's voice is some of the most beautiful and artistic music I have ever heard. She is a treasure!"

Born into a family of musicians and music educators, Calabria was exposed to classical, jazz, and popular music at a very young age. passionate about movie musicals and classic films from the late 1920s on, Ms. Foti calls herself a "throwback" - in love with the period of American history that produced the songs of the Great American Songbook and the films from The Golden Age of Hollywood. Her highly acclaimed CDs are a testimony to her musical sensibilities and can be heard regularly on adult standards and jazz radio formats throughout the world. She has shared the spotlight and the microphone with TVs Seth MacFarlane, and in 2013, the pair teamed up to record the duet, "Let's Fall in Love," garnering a Grammy Award nomination.

Also an accomplished violinist, Calabria created the jazz violin sound for Fox TV's Lisa Simpson, performed the virtuosic violin solo for the long running theme to PBS' Great Performances and was a featured violin soloist in the films Muppets Most Wanted and Sherlock Holmes. She has played violin on hundreds of television and film scores, and on CDs for Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Josh Broban, Daft Punk, and many others. With a delightful speaking voice, Ms. Foti has hosted the internationally syndicated radio program "Music of Your Life" and is heard occasionally as a guest on Sirius/XM Radio's "Siriusly Sinatra," where she enthusiastically discusses and plays the music she loves so much. Married to trombonist Bob McChesney since 1985, Calabria and Bob are parents of two fierce and fabulous daughters. For more information, please visit: www.CalabriaFoti.com

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