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16 of Chicago's top young jazz lions have come together to record, produce, and nationally tour on a new album of original big band music.
16 of Chicago's top young jazz lions have come together to record, produce, and nationally tour on a new album of original big band music.
60 backers pledged $5,386 to help bring this project to life.

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The Fatum Brothers’ Jazz Orchestra is not your ordinary jazz big band. No sir, no ma'am, we pride ourselves on what makes us unique. Composed of the top college-aged jazz musicians in the country, members of the Fatum Brothers’ Jazz Orchestra study at Colleges and Universities across the country.

In our second summer, we made it our goal to find new ways to continue to share our passion and love for jazz music with more and more people. Thus began the CD release and California tour project. Yesterday (June 27th), we finished spending two full days in the recording studio recording our first CD ever, an album of original jazz big band music written by the talented Downbeat Award Winning young composer Levi Saelua (Eastman School of Music '12). After our CD release party at the beautiful Skokie Theatre Music Foundation on July 30th, the band will hop on a plane and take the music on a national tour to California for the first two weeks of August! Performances are scheduled as far south as San Diego and as far north as the International San Jose Jazz Festival. We return to Chicago just in time to perform the final date on our tour, a CD Release party at the world famous Jazz Showcase!

Running a big band of 16 top young jazz lions takes time and effort, and requires some financial assistance. Donating to this project helps support live jazz music, supports jazz education, will help us pay our composer Levi for all of the incredible music that he has written for us, will help us pay for the recording, mixing, mastering, and production costs of our first album, and will help cover travel expenses for the 19 man tour to California! Most importantly, donating to this project will help fuel a dream for 16 incredible characters, each with their own unique sound and personality, but all sharing the same dream: to share our passion for this incredible thing we call jazz!

We can't wait to see you, hear from you, and swing with you soon!

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    Receive a personalized postcard from members of the band while on our California tour.

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    Receive a copy of our first album "Here to Say," featuring the Fatum Brothers' Jazz Orchestra playing the music of Levi Saelua, autographed by the entire band!

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    Each member of the band currently studies at a major college or university in the United States! If you are in the neighborhood, or know someone who is interested in a specific college or university that we attend, a member of the band can give you a 1 hour private tour of that school. Participating schools include: Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Illinois, University of North Florida, College of DuPage, DePaul University, Northwestern, University of Michigan, New York University, Brown University, University of Indiana, and Cal State Northridge.

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    1 hour private lesson with an FBJO musician and an autographed CD. Instruments include: trumpet, saxophones, clarinet, trombone, drum set, percussion, guitar, bass, piano.

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    A night out with a group of FBJO musicians to a Chicago jazz club (anytime) or New York City Jazz club (only valid during the calendar school year). Grab a bite to eat, enjoy the show, meet the musicians, and learn about jazz history and music from our passionate band members.

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    3 hour private jazz quartet performance comprised of FBJO musicians for your next private party, event, or intimate house concert.

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    A once in a lifetime opportunity: join the FBJO on the bandstand at the world famous Jazz Showcase in Chicago to sing a standard or take a solo with the band on your instrument on Tuesday night, Aug. 17th. Sets at 8 and 10pm. (www.jazzshowcase.com)

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    Get the whole gamut...

    (1) 5 autographed CD's of "Here to Stay!"
    (2) a one hour private lesson with an FBJO musician
    (3) a one hour college tour at one of the participating colleges.
    (4) a private performance of an FBJO quartet at your next house party/event
    (5) an intimate night out to a jazz club with members of the FBJO
    (6) a personalized postcard from each stop along the 2 week California Tour

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