Here is some of what artists, critics and music industry insiders are saying about the members of NewYorkestra:

About Rob Middleton: “…the word has instantly gotten out to the jazz world that Rob is an exceptional composer…”
Robbin Arhold, BMI vice-president

“Andy Middleton represents the best of a new generation of jazz musicians.”
Dave Liebman

“Andy Middleton affirms himself not only as a saxophone player, but as a first class composer/arranger.”
Jazz Magazine

About Pete McGuinness (co-leader)-“Pete solos with the know-how only a composer has for his own music.”
Bob Mintzer

About Sheila Cooper: “Sheila is a singer on her horn and with her voice, and that's the best playing for me.”
Lee Konitz

NewYorkestra - band members
  • Steve Kenyon ~ alto, soprano saxes, flute
  • Ben Kono ~ alto sax, flute
  • Chris Bacas ~ tenor, soprano saxes, clarinet, flute
  • Rob Middleton ~ tenor sax, clarinet, flute
  • Jay Brandford ~ baritone sax, bass clarinet
  • Mike Ponella ~ lead trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Jon Owens~ lead trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Rick Savage ~ trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Bill Mobley ~ trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Bruce Eidem ~ trombone
  • Noah Bless~ trombone
  • Mark Patterson ~ trombone
  • Jeff Nelson ~ bass trombone