Ted Unseth & the Americana Classic Jazz Orchestra - ACJO
I recently heard a successful and savvy Internet entrepreneur say this: "My mentor gave me some valuable advice: "Don't bother with the 10,000 who 'like' you. Concentrate on getting 100 who 'love' you and build from there."
I started this Americana Classic Jazz Orchestra (ACJO) project in 1973. The technology back then consisted of reel-to-reel and cassette recorders and all charts were hand-written. Fast-forward to 2000 and my discovery of computers and the Internet. This was the year I posted my first Website and I was excited--over the years I'd encountered Jazz fans from Europe who were crazy about the ACJO and they told me I should get my band over to Europe: they'd eat this stuff up. Well, I/we could never afford the trip across the ocean, but Website and Internet connection gave me great hope--this is a great way to tap into the European/World Wide potential for an ACJO Fan Club/Following. In the early days, I even paid to have search engines list my stuff. I thought sure there would eventually be a 'snowball' effect and a nice list would grow and grow.
More than a dozen years later, I find the response to have been borderline pathetic. Where did all of those Jazz fans go? They're obviously not here in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area--7 years after I moved back from Washington, DC and I haven't been able to procure one single paying gig for the ACJO. But what about everyone else on the planet? They're either not out there anymore, or I'm not getting through to them somehow. So...
I'm looking for people who not only 'like' my stuff; but 'love' it enough to sign up as a true Fan and want to lend support to The Cause. And The Cause is: to present live!/in-concert performance of note-for-note transcriptions of classic American/American Jazz Orchestra recordings. It's a Living Museum of Classic Jazz.
Here are some relevant quotes:
“…irresistible.” Mpls. Star/Tribune
“…utterly amazing.” Chicago Tribune
"They dare to be different.” Billboard
“They positively shout with energy.” TC Reader
"I rank this band among the Top Ten Big Bands in the country." Carl Shunk, Willard Alexander Agency
"Outside of the original bands (most of which I saw personally), this is the most authentic Classic Jazz band project I've ever heard." Nat Shapiro, Producer for Mercury and Columbia Records; co-author, "Hear Me Talkin' To Ya" Jazz anthology
"Your Americana Classic Jazz Orchestra sure has 'fire'--I'll tell you it lifted me up and... boy, it was great to hear Benny Waters. I got the Spirit and that's the Spirit of the music of Jazz in your band." Nat Hentoff, world-renowned Jazz journalist
"I'm just thrilled to get the 'Americana Classic Jazz Orchestra 20th Anniversary Concerts - Collector's Edition' CD. It's historic and so valuable-- I treasure it." Leigh Kamman, "The Jazz Image"; Minnesota Public Radio
"Unseth's devotion to the music of that period (the Jazz Age) is as scholarly as it is obsessive and there are few if any who can speak as intelligently and enthusiastically about music as Unseth." Bob Protzman, St. Paul Pioneer Press
“To lose what you’ve got would be like the day they put leashes on dogs.” Bill, For Pet’s Sake; Mpls., MN
“Ted, you are a National Treasure, which a more civilized society would cherish and treat accordingly. Perhaps there is hope—many in the audience were caught up in the spirit of your Classic Jazz Orchestra and seemed truly entranced.” Dr. Michael W. Fox, Mpls., MN
I currently have 29 Ted Unseth-related Websites. I'm listing them here. The links are not automatic, but just copy/paste into another browser.
Ted Unseth’s 29 Websites:
01. Ted Unseth/ACJO Redirect:
02. Ted Unseth Main:
03. Ted Unseth, Singer/Songwriter Interview/Tracks:
04. Ted Unseth, Classical Composer Oeuvre:
05. Concertino for Chamber Orchestra:
Classic Jazz Director:
06. WCJO Miss. River Barge July 4, 1976:
07. WCJO “Wyld Ryce” KTCA 1977 Video:
08. Ted Unseth Classic Jazz Interview/Tracks:
09. Ted Unseth & De Stijlistics Videos:
10. ACJO Music Library:
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11. ACJO-ACJE Video Library:
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12. Americana Classic Jazz Orchestra (ACJO):
13. ACJO 2013 Repertoire:
14. Americana Classic Transcriptions for Orchestra (ACTO):
15. ACTO Prototype Selections:
16. Ted Unseth Tribute to Shirley Witherspoon:
17. Ted Unseth Tribute to Leigh Kamman:
18. Ted Unseth Tribute to Parents’ 50th:
Family Concert Tribute to Ted:
19. Ted Unseth Singer/Songwriter Revisited:
20. Ted Unseth, Composer/Arranger:
21. 2013 Family Chorus:
22. Family Classic Jazz:
23. Family Concert Tribute Info:
24. Family Concert Tribute Proposed Program:
25. Family Concert Tribute – Parts:
Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over:
26. Illegitimae Non Carborundum:
27. My Life As A Musical – Photobucket:
28. Ted Tennis Highlights:
29. Club Ted:
This last site is dedicated to finding at least 100 fans who have genuine respect (and perhaps even 'love') for this Great American Music Living Museum, the Americana Classic Jazz Orchestra.
As my newest bizcard says: "Can't afford Club Med? Join Club Ted." Tongue-in-cheek perhaps, but I'm not-yet-dead serious. Success is possible, I really believe that. Help me create a niche in the vast world of Music.
My websites are my version of Facebook or Twitter. They are a compendium of most everything I care about. And you don't need passwords or special invitations. If you experience something that hits your internal 'tuning fork', let me know: