Central Virginia Jazz Orchestra


The Central Virginia Jazz Orchestra is sad to announce that its founder, Dan Borlawsky, passed away on September 18, 2018. You can read the obituary here.

Dan's last appearance with CVJO was April 23, 2016.

Here is a clip of Dan's feature on "After The Lovin'".

Upcoming public appearances:

The Tin Pan, Wednesday April 24, 2019 7:30pm with the Pocahontas Middle School Jazz Band

Recent appearances:


The Gayton Kirk Presbyterian Church, Wednesday, December 12, 8:00pm

The Tin Pan, Monday June 11, 2018 7:30pm with the Godwin High School Jazz Band

The Tin Pan, Monday June 4, 2018 7:30pm with the Glen Allen High School Jazz Band

The Tin Pan, Wednesday May 30, 2018 with the Atlee High School Jazz Band

The Tin Pan, Wednesday April 25, 2018 7:30pm with the Pocahontas Middle School Jazz Band

The Tin Pan, Tuesday April 10, 2018 7:15pm with the Lee Davis High School Jazz Band


The Gayton Kirk Presbyterian Church, Wednesday, December 20, 8:00pm

Mountain Movers Ministry Church, Wednesday, December 13, 7:00pm

Westminster Canterbury, Wednesday July 19, 2017

The Tin Pan, Wednesday June 7, 2017 with the Godwin High School Jazz Band

Pocahontas Middle School, Wednesday April 5, 2017


The Gayton Kirk Presbyterian Church, Wednesday, December 14

BBQ Jam for Wounded Veterans, Sunday October 23, 2016, 3:00pm

Brookdale Imperial Plaza, Monday October 10, July 11, 2016, 7:00pm

Trinity Episcopal School Jazz & Art Festival, Saturday April 23, 2016


The Hermitage at Cedarfield, Monday December 7, 7:30pm

Big Band Bass Bone Bash Oct 28 Godwin High School read more...

Brookdale Imperial Plaza, Monday August 17, 7:00pm

The Hermitage at Cedarfield, Wednesday July 29, 7:30pm

Jammin' on the James, Saturday July 11, 6:00pm Wilton House Museum

Richmond Festival of Arts, Sunday June 14, 7:00pm Dogwood Dell

CVJO releases


Now available from CDbaby, and locally in Richmond from BK Music.

Listen to samples, and read what the Richmond Times-Dispatch had to say.

You can order our earlier CD, James River Jazz, from CDbaby or iTunes


Visit our Facebook page for more information about CVJO


Sample tracks from STANDARDS - OUR WAY

01 Caravan

02 Chelsea Bridge

03 Fascinating Rhythm

04 Falling In Love With Love

05 Sweet Georgia Brown

06 Idaho

07 I Ain't Got Nobody

08 Straighten Up and Fly Right

09 Walkin' My Baby Back Home

10 Stormy Weather


    Visit our Facebook page for more photos...

    CVJO at Westminster Canterbury, July 19, 2017

    CVJO with Angel Jeter-Denker


To contact us:
Phone: 804-241-3905 9 AM—9 PM, please.
E-mail: band@cvjazz.com

Richmond Times-Dispatch September 1, 2014

Big bands

The Central Virginia Jazz Orchestra describes itself as “not your grandfather’s big band!” Maybe so, but if Granddad liked Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Artie Shaw, then he would like the Central Virginia Jazz Orchestra, too. If Poppa heard Peanuts Hucko play at Denver’s Navarre, he would approve — and brag about his grandkids.

The ensemble, which ranks among the region’s premier performing arts groups, has released a new CD. The title, “Standards — Our Way,” describes the content. The tracks summon sensations that of all music forms jazz most ably imparts. A rundown of the tunes alerts listeners of the pleasures to come: “Fascinating Rhythm,” “Falling in Love with Love,” “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “Stormy Weather” and similarly seductive others. The orchestra’s players do justice to the composition of the genre’s greats.

Jazz evokes memories. Numbers heard for the first time return fans to midnights long ago. Jazz is the musical equivalent of genuine déjà vu. The recording enjoyed the backing of W.E. Singleton, the benefactor not only of Virginia Commonwealth University’s jazz program but also of jazz generally. He shares his passion.

We love this CD. As soon as it ends, we hit the replay button.

Contact www.cvjazz.com to learn more about this group. Stay cool.

Big Band Bass Bone Bash with Guest Artists David Adams and Antonio J. Garcia

Wednesday, Oct 28 8:00-9:30 PM, Godwin High School auditorium, 2101 Pump Rd, Henrico, VA 23238

Free and open to the public

This program is an unabashed homage to players like George Roberts, Phil Teele, and Bill Reichenbach. Not only have these musicians enriched performances with bands like Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Gordon Goodwin, and Frank Mantooth, but they have left lasting impressions in movies ranging from Jaws to Ghostbusters to Hellboy. Please join the CVJO as they explore Stan Kenton charts that require five trombones, mainline arrangements with heavy contributions from the bottom players, and a few select features for bass trombone and friends.

Bass trombonist David B. Adams is a former member of the Sao Paulo, Brazil State Symphony. Dave came to Richmond several years ago to be an information technology specialist for a major financial institution. He has dreamed of an opportunity to let the big horn shine since he first played with the Stardusters in Massachusetts in the 1960's, and is delighted to be sitting in with the CVJO for this special event.

Antonio J. García is an Associate Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he directs the Jazz Orchestra I; instructs Applied Jazz Trombone, Small Jazz Ensemble, Music Industry, and various jazz courses; founded the B.A. Music Business Emphasis (for which he initially served as Coordinator); and directs the Greater Richmond High School Jazz Band. Read more about Antonio Garcia....