'''The Jazz Orchestra of The Delta''' is a 17 piece concert jazz orchestra based primarily out of Memphis, Tennessee. The group was founded in 1998 and had their first CD release in 2003, "Big Band Reflections of Cole Porter" on Summit Records featuring vocalist [http://www.sandradudley.com/index.html Sandra Dudley] and jazz trumpeter Marvin Stamm which received numerous reviews and four out of five stars in Allmusic Guide.[http://www.allmusic.com/album/big-band-reflections-of-cole-porter-r644564 Allmusic Guide: AMG Album ID R 644564][http://www.jazzreview.com/cdreview.cfm?ID=5040 Jazz Review: 2003 (David Binder)][http://www.jazzreview.com/cdreview.cfm?ID=5472 Jazz Review: 2003 (Lee Prosser)] Their recording is also included as the third CD in the three disc box set, the Memphis Jazz Box.
The group features studio musicians in the Mid-South region (Memphis and Nashville) of the United States and has performed numerous concerts to include artistic collaborations with the [http://www.memphissymphony.org/ Memphis Symphony], [http://www.balletmemphis.org/ Ballet Memphis], and Mahogony jazz artist Kathy Kosins. The group primarily features the music of composer/arranger Jack Cooper, who is the musical director and co-founder of the JOD.[http://www.allaboutjazz.com/reviews/r0603_127.htm All About Jazz: CD/LP Review, June 25, 2003] More recent performances were on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at the Levitt Shell Amphitheatre Concert series in Memphis, Tennessee[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3sdfIwL7EI YouTube, JOD doing "How Long Has This Been Going On," June 5, 2011] and Saturday March 7, 2015 at the Michael D. Rose Theatre to premiere the Origin Records release of the CD ''Time Within Itself''.[http://www.commercialappeal.com/go-memphis/music/news/drummer-michael-waldrop-to-premiere-new-album-time-within-itself-for-university-of-memphis-jazz_76278709 Richens, Mark. The Commercial Appeal. Michael Waldrop to premiere new album, Time Within Itself, March 2, 2015]