MTO – What’s that Sound?

Jazz trumpeter Steven Bernstein has formed the Millennial Territory Orchestra (or MTO), which sports a new name for an old style.  MTO follows the style of 1920’s Territory bands, a branch of swing that rose from travelling dance orchestras in the 1920’s.  These bands played upbeat, jazzy versions of popular tunes at dance-halls in their local area.  MTO does the same thing, but with a broader selection of music.  Fresh arrangements of Basie, Stevie Wonder, the Beatles, and Prince are showcased on the NPR site below, and well worth the listen.  MTO’s first album (MTO:Volume 1) is out now.

Click here for the interview or hear for yourself at Bernstein’s Official Site.

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