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Metropolitan Jazz Octet is the reawakening of a group that was originally started in the 1950’s by Chicago saxophonist and arranger Tom Hilliard.  The music blends a big band sound with the elegance of a small ensemble.


MJO performed at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival and were voted Best Jazz Album by the Chicago Tribune.  We played to sold-out audiences at the Chicago Jazz Festival, The Green Mill, Studio 5, Hey Nonny, the Jazz Showcase and received critical acclaim from Jazz Times, Downbeat and Chicago Jazz Magazine.

Our Team

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Leader, Tenor & Soprano Saxophone, Flute,  Arranger

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Doug Scharf

Trumpet, Arranger


Percussion, Marimba

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John Kornegay

Alto Saxophone, Clarinet Alto Flute, Arranger




John McCortney

Recording Engineer

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Baritone Saxophone, Bass Clarinet & Bassoon


Accoustic Bass

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