The Syndicate Jazz Band (SJB)
The Syndicate Jazz Band is a community big band based in Rochester, NY.
Formerly known as The Greater Rochester Jazz Orchestra (GRJO) the band has been an active musical organization for 20 years. Originally founded in 2001 by Tony Amoroso and Gary Kuhn, the band has featured the musical talents of a wide range of local residents from all walks of life. The Rochester community has an abundant supply of musical talent due to the city's support of local talent in all of the arts. The band typically draws on the resources of the Eastman School of Music, Nazareth College, the Hochstein School, and many other institutions throughout Monroe County to find talented musicians.
After many years of service the original founders of the band gradually retired and, in 2017, they passed the reins on to Tom Pesciotta. Tom made the decision to reorganize the band, adopt a new name and to develop a modern contemporary sound. While the band sill recognizes the rich history of traditional big band jazz, it also looks to modern, contemporary writers and arrangers who are bringing the big band sound into the 21st century. Tom is also a composer in his own right and has contributed his own original works to the band's repertoire.
The band plays annually at the Rochester International Jazz Festival and can be heard throughout the year at various venues and festivals in Monroe County and western New York.
Anthony Amoroso, Esq. - Founder & Alto Sax
Anthony (Tony) Amoroso founded the Greater Rochester Jazz Orchestra with Dr. Gary Kuhn in 2001. The band has performed throughout Monroe County, NY ever since. Originally under the music direction of Dave Rivello (of the Eastman School of Music), the band quickly gained a reputation for excellence. The band’s high musical standards have been maintained by subsequent music directors; Ron Bowks, Yano Calabro and currently, Tom Pesciotta.
Tony has played with the New Horizons Concert Band and the New Horizons Dance Band. His influences have been Count Basie and his Band, Donald Piccolo, Joe Romano and Paul Desmond.
Tony has served his community with a long, distinguished career in the legal profession. He earned his B.S. at St. Bonaventure Univ. 1958. Served in the U.S. Army doing Research and Development at the Army Chemical Center, Edgewood, MD. He attended Law School at St. John’s University, Brooklyn N.Y. and received J.D. Degree in 1966. He was employed at the Firm of Laverne, Sortino and Noto until 1968 and was assistant District Attorney, Monroe County N.Y. assigned to all Courts, and was a member of the Trial and Grand Jury Bureaus. In 1976 he worked for Karz & Dinolfo, entered private practice and then formed a new Association; Odorisi, Bergin and Amoroso. He also served as House Counsel to RES Exhibit Services.