ORN Jazz

O.R.N. Jazz

For your next private party or corporate affair, offer your guests the sophisticated musical stylings of O.R.N. Jazz. This Philadelphia area cocktail, party and reception band caters to a broad range of tastes and promises a swinging good time.

Whether you're hosting a swanky corporate event, fundraiser, or a small holiday soiree, your guests will enjoy this band's out-of-this-world music. O.R.N. Jazz plays an eclectic mix of retro classics, jazzy standards, bossa novas and signature instrumentals.

Booking Us

Our fee varies according to location, type of event, number of musicians, time and day of the week. Contact us at Chris@ORNJazz.com, or (215) 896 4041. We can work as small as a duet, or as big as you wish. We work as an instrumental band for many receptions, but we also work with a vocalist when that is desired by the client.

About the Band

Providing musical entertainment for parties, special functions, corporate affairs, receptions, fund raisers or whatever your needs are!

O.R.N. Jazz is a fluid organization - we often work as a jazz quartet, but can provide a range of ensemble sizes from duet to octet, including vocalists, as requested by the client. No matter what size band you choose, you will receive a professional performance with sophisticated styling. Our instrumentation includes drums, piano, bass, vocals, saxophone, saxophone, and trumpet. The organizers are Chris Pastore and Bob Wilson.

We are not a high tech, light show and smoke machine type of band. We are sensitive to our environment and the needs of the client.

O.R.N. Jazz performs primarily in the Delaware Valley.

For more information, email us at Chris@ORNJazz.com

Examples  Some sound clips from live performances

God Bless the Child
Duke's Convoy
How High the Moon
Straight no Chaser
Stolen Moments

Keyboards – Chris Pastore has been noodling around the musical scene for some time.  Currently director of the Philadelphia University Big Band, he has been playing saxophone, clarinet, keyboard, and most recently digital sackbut, in a range of endeavors.  He has paid his dues in the musical theatre world, working at La Salle College High School, St. Peter’s High School, La Salle University, and Off Main, playing woodwinds. When he got tired of shaving reeds, he started conducted the pit orchestra.

He has some rock and roll background, having co-founded Junior Mints (with Andy Bresnan) and the Klein Four Group.  He has also played in the Ben Vaughn Combo, Somebody Else's Problem, Jazz Diffraction, and the Big Mess Cabaret Orchestra.

Chris has studied with some high level musicians including Joe Ciccimaro (clarinet/saxophone) and Pacien Mazzagatti (piano).

Influences: Bela Bartok, Sir Isaac Newton, Sun Ra

Chris Pastore

Guitar – A recognized virtuoso in jazz, classical, rock and pop styles, guitarist Daniel Trent brings a wide range of musical experience. After studying classical and jazz guitar at the McNally-Smith College of Music, Dan launched parallel careers as both a performer and private guitar teacher.

His performance career thus far has included extensive forays into rock, blues, classical, jazz, solo acoustic, and traditional, and he has performed regularly throughout the Midwest, New York City, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. He also is a prolific composer of original material.

Dan Trent
Drums - Bob Wilson, Director of the Penn Charter middle school bands. While earning his Bachelors of Music Education at West Chester University, in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mr. Wilson performed as a percussionist in Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble, and was a saxophonist in the University’s Concert Band. He studied under Chris Hanning and Kenneth Laudermilch. He is currently working toward his masters at the VanderCook College of Music, in Chicago Illinois. In addition to a varied performance experience, Robert has over fifteen years of combined experience as a drum line and pit instructor for West Chester University Golden Rams Marching Band, Sachem High School Marching Band in Long Island, NY, and North Penn High School Marching Band in Lansdale, PA. For several consecutive years he was the invited percussion instructor for West Chester University’s Elementary, Middle, and High School Summer Music Workshops. He was a member of the Boston Crusaders Junior Drum and Bugle Corps, Harrison Bushwackers Senior Drum and Bugle Corps, and Reading Buccaneers Senior Drum and Bugle Corps where he served as member and instructor. Bob Wilson

Bass -  Jim Pepper first started playing electric bass in 2001 when he began studying with Dan Chamberlin. Primarily an upright bass player today, Jim is an active musician in the Philadelphia area, playing in settings ranging from duo to big band, as well as performing in various concert bands and orchestras.

While earning his Bachelor’s in History at Saint Joe’s, Jim was involved in the growth of the university’s music department, where he helped direct the school’s jazz band and started the University Jazz Combo. In 2012, Jim earned a Master of Arts in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers University.

Trombone/Vocals - Hayley Varhol is a Temple University alum with a BM in Music Education and a concentration in Bass Trombone.  She has taught general and instrumental music throughout the Philadelphia region, including Springfield Delco, Kennett Square, and Central Bucks. For three years, she also served as a trombone instructor/ lifeguard/ camp counselor at Luzerne Music Center in Upstate New York. Hayley is currently Director of Upper School Bands at William Penn Charter School, where she also teaches Jazz Band, Foundation Arts, and beginning brass classes.

When not teaching or conducting, Hayley plays in various community groups, including the Delaware Valley Wind Symphony, the Central Bucks Wind Ensemble, the Bryn Athyn Orchestra, Hope Jazz Ensemble, and the Ambler Brass. She has a shameless affinity for Karaoke, Coldstone Untitled DocumentCreamery, and events that involve arriving in costume.

Hayley Varhol
Other musicians we've worked with ORN Irregulars

Union League

From left to right: Bob Wilson (drums), Scott Granato (bass), Joe Braunscheck (tenor), Chris Pastore (piano)


O.R.N. Jazz can be reached by telephone (215 896 4041) or email (Chris@ORNJazz.com).