About Us

All you need to know about AJO

*The Anchor’men’ name derives from the main organisation that the group is associated with. Anchormen Organisation is a performing arts group, based in Elland, Halifax, West Yorkshire, that caters for young people, male and female, from all backgrounds who have an interest in music and dance.

AJO is a senior group made of of people who have come through the main organisation over the last 20-30 years, and although not directly involved in the activities of the main group, do support them through performances at some of their events.

AJO is open to anyone who is interested in the activities of the group, regardless of race, religion or gender – and currently have both male and female performers involved in the band.

The Anchormen Jazz Orchestra (AJO) is an 18 piece jazz and big band group providing the highest quality of live musical entertainment for any corporate, wedding, private event, or festival.

Made up of some of the finest musicians in the country, with vast experience in performing throughout the UK, Europe, and USA, our show is packed full of some of the best music ever written, and spans decades of hits across every genre – including swing, latin, funk, pop, soul and the timeless sound of big band – we can tailor our ‘Big Band Party’ Show to suit your requirements, and GUARANTEE you and your guests a ‘live’ band experience the likes of which is rarely seen today.

From Frank Sinatra to Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin to Amy Winehouse, Average White Band to Bobby Darin, and many more wonderful artists – our musicians and vocalists will light up your event with the energy and excitement only a full jazz orchestra can provide – and all brought to you through our totally unique band set up that NOBODY else in the country can match.

We pride ourselves on our professionalism and understanding of how important it is to get every aspect of your events entertainment exactly how you want it – so if you need us to fit a ‘theme’, you require a smaller group prior to the main event, you need DJ fills during breaks for the orchestra, or indeed a change of music style for a particular part of the event, we can cover it for you.

And if it’s straight ahead Big Band Jazz you’re looking for to feature in your Jazz or Music Festival, then our ‘Big Band Legends’ Show – featuring the unmistakable music of artists such Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich and Stan Kenton – will have everything you’re looking for.

 

Award Stings/Play ons

Our specially written ‘play-ons’ or ‘stings’ can really put pazzaz and excitement into any awards evening or corporate event. Wether it be your corporate theme tune, a dramatic build up to an award, or even some musical humour – a short hit from our orchestra as people make their way to the stage gives a real touch of class and excitement to your evening.

 

Extras

Booking AJO for your event also gives you access to a range of extra entertainment – From a solo pianist, to a small jazz group for your arrival drinks, vocalists for a wedding service, or maybe even a harpist, we can cover pretty much every aspect of your entertainment needs.

 

So… in an age of live entertainment where you seem to get less for your money these days … AJO definitely gives you more – you’ll be very surprised at how reasonable our rates are for an 18 Piece Live Orchestra!

Do you want something TOTALLY UNIQUE for your Wedding, CorporatePrivate event or Festival? Then contact, Robert, our Band Manager, now to discuss your requirements.

Where to see AJO LIVE!

  • Sat 21 Dec 8pm till Midnight

    Live In Brighouse #4 - Christmas Special

    Brighouse Sports and Recreation Club, Russell Way, Brighouse, West Yorkshire HD6 4LX

  • Thu 6 Feb TBC

    AJO at The Lantern, Halifax

    The Lantern, 13 - 15 Alexandra St, Halifax, HX1 1BS

  • Sat 14 Mar 8pm till 1am

    Live In Brighouse #5

    TBC

  • Sat 11 Apr TBC

    AJO at Littleborough

    TBC

  • Thu 7 May–Sun 10 May Various

    City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival

    Gig times and venues TBC