About the RJO

The RJO was organized as a not for profit arts institution in January, 2003 in collaboration with the Raleigh Symphony to create professional performance opportunities for jazz musicians. Our mission is to preserve and promote our nation’s indigenous art form, jazz.

The RJO is a professional jazz ensemble under the direction of Dr. Neal Finn consisting of the finest jazz musicians in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. We perform music from the entire history of big band jazz with custom arrangements and original tunes. Our vast musical library includes charts from early Swing to driving Big Band and original compositions.

The RJO is working to create a jazz concert series where great jazz can be presented, enjoyed and honored. One of our goals is to form a Jazz Society to work with the board of the Raleigh Symphony to help support big band jazz.

We are always looking for additional supporters and jazz lovers. If you are interested in helping jazz flourish in Raleigh, North Carolina please send an email to us with your ideas or make a tax deductable donation .

We are committed to jazz education. If you are a student and would like to attend a rehearsal please send an email to through the contact us page for details.


Terry Blalock

Karen Zeher

Tim Smith

Owen Cordle

Charles Elliott


Doug Lilly

Lee Davis

Ray Doyle

Geron Gambill


Frank Longino

Randy Guptil

John Thomas

Mark Mabe


Mark Underwood

Bill Hayes

Greg Brink

Lou Padro