I've known Bob Ojeda for years, but only peripherally until several years ago when I started playing lead trumpet for him with a very hip big band dance band that featured many of his charts and transcriptions. A this point, I count him as a good friend and peer in the Chicago area music scene.
First and foremost, Bob is an excellent jazz trumpet soloist. It is always a treat to hear him weave a tapestry of aural artistry on a gig.
However, bob is also a brilliant composer and arranger.
Those of you who play big bands are probably aware of the music of Lennie Niehaus. Virtually every chart Niehaus ever wrote is playable, musical, interesting challenging but not to the point of approaching using advanced techniques simply for the sake of using advanced techniques. It is always about good music. The same can be said of most Sammy Nestico charts.
Well, Bob Charts are EASILY on a par with those of Niehaus. He is at LEAST his equal! EVERY chart of Bob's that I have ever played makes musical sense, plays out soulfully and are challenging without sacrificing musicality. To put it bluntly, his charts are world class.
Bob Ojeda's charts are squarely in the tradition of standard big band literature (think Tonight Show to Dorsey, and you'll be in the right ball park). If you are looking for arrangements for your band that are different yet swinging and oozing music, Bob's your man.
Bob is among the best of the best. He will also write commission arrangements. Here is his web site.
In conclusion, let me say this: whenever I have the opportunity to play Bob's lead trumpet book, I know I will be in for a treat. The same can be said for the audience. If you're a band director, that same can be said for you!