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Alternative Jazz Group of the Year – 2017 Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Awards

Reached #5 on KEXP Northwest Music Chart

Nominated NW Recording of the Year – 2018 Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Awards

“Smoking-hot music from top-notch talent.” – CityArts Magazine

“Rocking soulful horn-powered grooves…” – Abe Beeson, KNKX 88.5FM Seattle

“Knee-deep in the pocket, as always, Abouzied and his cohort of high-demand Seattle funkateers certainly delivers with Baba, a get-on-your-feet, take-no-prisoners fusion explosion…Whether slow-jamming or bringing it uptown, Happy Orchestra’s enthusiasm will lighten the day of any listener willing to hear hard-working musicians having fun.”Earshot Jazz Review of Baba

“The music gets intricate, but never loses sight of the gritty, soulful truth inherent in a deep groove.”Earshot Jazz

“Happy Orchestra in a way encapsulates the jocular personality of its creator and leader, blending overwhelming positivity with virtuosity, utilizing the talents of some of the top jazz and funk soloists on the west coast. While the music may express the intricacies of modern jazz expressionism, it never loses sight of its soulful, horn powered grooves, supported by the rhythmic virtuosity and leadership of Abouzied on drums.”All About Jazz

“The music is spectacular…an infectious sound that just makes you smile!” – Nancy Guppy, Seattle Channel

September 2017 Interview with The Mixtape on KIRO 97.3FM

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