The DoSo Orchestra

The DoSo Orchestra is a concert ensemble that embraces both Western and Eastern traditions of classical music as well as improvsation as found in American jazz, rock and rhythm & blues.

Below are video excerpts from The DoSo Orchestra performing in a park in Hamden, CT and in rehearsal at Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, CT.  The DoSo Senior Team members are Patrick Smith (on vibraphone) and David Mills (on guitar). The musicians are NMS teachers, public school teachers, prominent members of the New Haven jazz scene and talented high school musicians capable of holding their own on stage “side-by-side” with their mentors.


DoSo Orchestra No.4 – Sunshine of Your Love  The DoSo Orchestra will take a classic rock song and expand on it.  In the classical world this arrangement might be called “variation on a theme by Cream.”  Fans of Miles Davis may recall his stellar arrangements of songs by Cindy Lauper and Michael Jackson.


Below is a play-along recording of a classical piece from the 19th Century.  Musicians from an aural tradition find it useful for the written portions.  Musicians with a classical background find it useful to practice improvising over the “jam” section.

The Habanera 


DoSo Orchestra No.3 has the subtitle:  The French Song  It is meant to invoke the feel of classical French impressionism and jazz orchestras of the 1930’s.


DoSo Orchestra No.12 is based on a 12-tone walking bass part.  It is meant to invoke the feel of be-bop jazz.