Big Bands, Big Band Sites and Jazz Writer/Musician Links
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The Etowah Jazz Society is a non profit Big Band based in Cartersville, Georgia that has been in existence since 2002. We are a group of jazz enthusiasts that are dedicated to educating the high school music students as well as the surrounding community about jazz. We take the monies that we earn by playing various gigs around the area and put on a Jazzfest every spring with master classes and world class clinicians for the high schools in north Georgia. We have a Dixieland group (the New Orleans Express) as well as a Jazz Combo (the EJS Allstars) and play jazz from strait up to smooth jazz, from dixieland to broadway.
Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra was formed in Jan 02, in Denver, CO. We are a full size (18 piece) big band featuring both female and male vocalists. Besides a regular gig at the famous Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge, MJO has performed at the annual Glen Miller SwingFest (Ft. Morgan), Hudson Gardens, Denver Grand Prix and many local festivals and events.
This band works the South Eastern Michigan and Northwest Ohio areas. We’ve been in existence over 15 years and play weddings, anniversaries, corporate events, etc.
We are located in Bellingham, WA. U.S.A. We have been in existence for a couple of years, playing concerts, dances and a couple of festivals already, due to the fact we have excellent musicians in the band! Our forte is swing music in the style of Count Basie, Les Brown, Duke Ellington, as with many other big name bands.
Rob has kept this band together for the better part of 15 years now and there are no signs of slowing down. Rob just recorded the 6th CD featuring a bunch of terrific Chicago writers and players, (including Tom Garling). The band is chocked full of the finest players in the Chicago area. I’m biased, but this big band is one of the best in the country in my opinion. Two Different Days is available on CDbaby.com.
Since 1993 the Stardusters Music has been delighting audiences in Indiana. Featuring the Stardusters Jazz Orchestra, a 17 piece big band that is capable of performing concerts, wedding receptions, corporate events, and festivals. The Stardusters Swing Band is an 8 piece band with the big band sound. Both groups feature a male and female vocalist. This group plays for dances and weddings. Stardusters Music can provide live entertainment for any event in any venue. No venue too. to large or too small.
Tom Smith Big Band – Tom Smith sings Sinatra and leads his Long Island Big Band in a tribute to classic swing music…Authentic charts…top New York musicans.
Bob Martin’s Take Note Big Bandis a very active performance group that is based out of the northeast Atlanta area and works extensively throughout the region. It is a full 19 piece big band including five trumpets, five saxes, four trombones along with bass, guitar, piano and drums in the rhythm section. The band also features outstanding female vocalist Diane Bowman, an exciting performer with a perfect voice for the big band style.
18 of the UK’s top professionals from the world of Big Band Jazz & Swing.
First Established in 1972 – Available for all functions, TV & Radio etc.
We are located in Manchester, UK. We have been around for over 12 years, performing at concerts, dances, corporate events, weddings and other celebrations. The band plays mostly swing music paying tribute to Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Ted Heath etc. The band also features excellent vocalist John Jenkinson, he has the perfect voice for this style of music. John’s favourite singers includeMatt Monro,Bobby Darin,Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Bing Crosby.
An 18 piece big band doing traditional big band and swing arrangements in Portland Oregon.
a female trio performing the vocal harmonies of the 1940s and 50s
Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Formed in 2000, the 9 piece band specializes in swing, and standards playing jazz venues, festivals, parties and fundraisers
Malvern is a medium-sized town in Worcestershire, UK, with a lot of music going on, including a fine big band. MBB plays some standards, but has an emphasis on the contemporary, including in its repertoire charts by Jim Martin, Don Ellis, Frank Mantooth and Kris Berg. The band is directed from lead alto by Mike Halliday and plays in theatres in and around Worcestershire as well as for private functions.
We are an active 17 piece band in the Los Angeles area, Most of the band members are scientists working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA.
We’re an 18-piece traditional big band that features tunes in the decades around WWII, as well as standard big band arrangements. We’ve been together since 1977, and play all venues from weddings, night club shows, summer park concerts, and private parties.
Big band in Assen, Holland, that is called Bigband Moonlight.
13-piece funk marching band featuring an awesome line-up of young Melbourne musicians with an energetic sound that the streets of Melbourne have never heard the likes of before. The group comprises current and alumni students of Blackburn High School, forming in 2005 to attempt the seemingly impossible… to establish a funk marching band. Nomo uniquely combines tight ensemble playing with energetic moves and grooves.
Truth in Jazz is a big band formed and sponsored by The Truth newspaper in Elkhart, Indiana. Being the Band Instrument Capital of the World there are many former professional in the area that worked in the factories of Conn, Selmer, Ludwig, etc. Those pros and other members who have played in university bands make up our personnel. The band plays many gigs in the area including the Elkhart Jazz Festival where they are the only two local bands that perform. The instrumentation is based on the one that Count Basie developed.
The University of Portsmouth Big Band, UK We are a university big band from Portsmouth, England. We play about 10 gigs a year in the local area half of which may be public. Every two years we make a trip to mainland Europe (Germany, Spain, Czech and Poland).
The Rock River Jazz Band is a 14-18 piece band composed of professional adults and college students. We play Big Band, Swing, 50-60’s Rock, Pop, Waltzes, Polkas, and a little bit of Country. We play everyting from Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Stevie Wonder to Kenny Rogers and the Beach Boys.
The eBigBand is a project that involve musicians all over the Europe (so far) to record an album of Big Band music.
We are a traditional swing dance band playing for dance clubs and wedding receptions in San Antonio and central Texas.
Based in South Yorkshire, England, and able to travel nationwide, the Take 2 Big Band is a 16-piece big band available for bookings for both private and public functions, and can also provide anything from between a four to a seven piece band as an alternative if required.
The band perform Big Band concerts, Dance Band work and can also do small ensemble work, catering for Corporate Events, Theme nights, Proms in the park, and other events and occasions.
Costs vary depending on the size of band required, the location of the event, and the duration of the performance, but we are very reasonable.
‘Get Your Kicks With ROUTE 66. The Big Band Sound From The Swing Era.’ More than 20 years of providing great music! This great, swinging band’s repertoire consists of the classic and authentic big band hits by such greats as Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Count Basie among others. ‘Route 66′ has a very large and loyal following earned from their appearances at many corporate, community and private functions all over the Seattle and Puget Sound area.
Christian big band
An Evening with the Gershwins and Cole Porter
Our big band is called “Shout Section Big Band”
We are a Chicago big band comprised of 20-something professional musicians and teachers. We perform a blend of contemporary and classic big band literature. Our band isn’t afraid to breathe new life and interpretation into these jazzy classics and let our enthusiasm show.
Crowds are really going for our band when we play in the corporate event, wedding, and dinner music scene. Our group also performs clinics and concerts in educational settings to help cheer on the next generation of jazz musicians!
Preville Big Band is Montreal’s POP big band, making weddings and other events come alive for over 20 years. Get your party going with Preville’s 2 amazing singers and full live dance band. Dance all night to the great hits of today and yesterday. The swing tunes from Glenn Miller, Latin of Ricky Martin, disco of Madonna, and standards of Michael Buble.
Lappeenranta Big Band is an active semi-pro big band acting mainly in Lappeenranta and nearby regions, near East border of Finland, Europe. The band is performing and developing its program constantly.
bOp! Classic is one of the only full stage band ensembles in the Boston area. Founded in 2008 by Artistic Director, David Healey, the band primarily consists of alumni from Boston College, and plays a variety of swing standards from the 40’s and 50’s at events from Boston to Cape Cod. The full line-up includes brass, winds, rhythm and a mix of male and femal vocalists. The band is a not-for-profit entity and donates proceeds from their concerts to a scholarship fund at Boston College aiming to help and encourage young musicians.
The MIBB is a modern Big Band comprised of musicians mostly coming out of the New School (University) Scene. We perform original compositions and creative de-rangements with serious aspirations and dance sensibilities.
A band that rehearses on Thursday Nights.
Sax player, Composer, Arranger & Teacher. Live and work in Córdoba, Argentina playing concerts, composing music for theatre, dance and Tv.
We are an essex based big band, playing charts from the 1930s to present day.
The Commodores Big Band is a favorite at dances and public performances in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. Be sure to join them at the Butchart Gardens Band Shell on selected evenings in the summer.
www.westendmambo.com (classic salsa band)
www.braco.biz (Latin Rock)
www.cesaroviedo.com (my personal website for arrangements, lessons, etc.)
One Beat Back Big Band plays all type of big band venues throughout Southeastern Michigan, from concerts and shows to weddings and corporation events! We have been sited as being one of the premier big bands in this area! Visit our site for more information, pictures from some of our events, check out our CD page too!
This is Wandas website. Quintet Playing jazz very eclectic. We play everything! Vancouver, Canada
Fairbanks Community Band – A non-profit 501(c)3 corporation supporting a Big Band and a Concert Band. The Big Band is 18 pieces (but no guitar) and plays a mix of music, mostly danceable. Our clients are generally non-profit local organizations having meetings, dances, parties, and graduations (for local schools too small to have a band). We charge for non-public events, but our fees are low. All public concerts are free.
http://www.jazzalive.info/ – A 501C3 non-profit organization
Trade Winds Dance Band – We are a big band in our composition. We have 4 saxes, 3 trumpets, 2 t-bones, 4 piece rhythm section plus 2 singers. We do a lot of big band music, but additionally perform a lot of more contemporary music as the videos and .mp3s. When people ask me about the music we play, we often say it is, “Top 40 music from the last 70 years”.
Jan Garber Band – The Jan Garber Band under the direction of Howard Schneider
www.pubb.co.uk – We are a university big band from Portsmouth, England. We play about 10 gigs a year in the local area half of which may be public. Every two years we make a trip to mainland Europe (Germany, Spain, Czech and Poland)
Jazz Writers/Players/Jazz Sites
Mark has performed with Gerry Mulligan, Jaco Pastorius, Frank Sinatra, Maynard Ferguson, Bob James, Charlie Haden and Mose Allison. He is a first call studio musician, and has played on over 2,000 commercials in the competitive Chicago market. He has been a jazz faculty member at DePaul University since 1983, as well as Elmhurst College. Currently, he is performing as a guest soloist and clinician/ adjudicator at high schools and colleges throughout the United States representing the Selmer Company.
Tim Coffman is one of the most active trombonist and teachers in the Chicago area.
Mr. Coffman is currently on the Jazz Studies faculty at DePaul University where he teaches Jazz Trombone, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz History, Low Brass Techniques and coaches Jazz Combos. Tim has recently recorded a CD entitled “Crossroads”.
Terrific site for the serious jazz lover. A complete guide to jazz music on the web.
Hemme B. Luttjeboer is a professional guitarist who transcribes/arranges for top publishing houses in the U.S. His work prominently features pop, rock, country and jazz and also includes ‘big band’.
LA keyboardist/writer/arranger, Bill writes for a variety of television and commercial situations as well as jazz. He has recently published many tunes for combo, available in PDf format along with a killer CD of those tunes
The FOSSICKERS Jazz Training Combo – The FOSSICKERS Jazz Training Combo, is an Australian jazz and general performance skills development project. It caters to the whole community and as many instruments as possible.Music Play for Life.
The sounds of the big bands, the Swing Era, from the 1930s right through today!
Greg Fishman’s educational site for students of jazz improvisation. The site features in-depth theory articles and practice tips for musicians, as well as excerpts from Greg’s latest book, Jazz Saxophone Etudes. If you are a jazz improviser, be sure to bookmark this site!
One of Chicago’s premiere bass trombonists and jazz writers. Tom is a top call bass trombonist in Chicago studios, pit orchestras and big bands. His compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by premier orchestras, big bands and chamber ensembles worldwide. He is published by Kendor Music, Doug Beach Music, Andel Editions, and the UNC Jazz Press. Tom currently teaches at DePaul University.
This site carries CD Sales, Musical Arrangement Sales of charts recorded by my Big Band and naturally an events gig guide for workshops/clinics/concerts and the like.
Bassist, educator, composer, and author of bass book Mode Shapes for Bass.
Olli Pitkanen – Finland
My Jazz World – This is a site that posts recordings of out of print jazz artists.
More Big Band Chart/Arrangement Sites
Jazz Arranging Class – a site for people who want to learn aspects of jazz arranging, jazz theory and composition. Video lessons covers topics that include student critiques of charts.
PDF Band Music is a source for band directors and educators to get concert band music in downloadable PDF format. The site offers a wide variety of band music at great prices – music that is not available anywhere else.
Big band charts for musicians by musicians. We offer high quality big band arrangements which have all been ‘road-tested’ by working bands. Many are transcriptions from the libraries of big bands such as Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James and other greats of the big band era.
Charts by Rich Szabo, Tito Puente, Sammy Nestico, Thad Jones, Henry Mancini, Count Basie, John LaBarbara, Bob Mintzer, Bob Brookmeyer, Toshiko Akiyoshi and more.
Internet Sources for Big Band Arrangements – This site lists many places you can go to find charts for your 17-piece jazz band
Misc. Music Links
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The Music Media Entertainment Group web site.
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Wedding music, lullabies, love songs, holiday music and relaxing piano music by The O’Neill Brothers, nationally-known piano artists. Beautiful piano music to soothe and inspire.
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Online music instrument store offering banjos, guitars, dobros, mandolins, fiddles, and more. Whether you like bluegrass, or traditional irish folk music, we have what you need. At Clodhoppers, we love everything acoustic!
Community Musician, located in the Mission district of San Francisco, is a local San Francisco leader in CD and DVD duplication.
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