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Mighty Fraser Big Band

[Canada] British Columbia Surrey

Amateur Band, (?) however, check out our videos, they're as good as any professional band! Let me know your thoughts via our website, Mighty Fraser Big Band Is a group of 19 high-energy jazz musicians from across the lower mainland with a passion for keeping the music and sound of the “Big Band” alive in our communities. With a repertoire ranging from the 40’s swing era dance classics, to modern big band arrangements of various styles. Reorganized in 2010 by Doug Knight and Casey Blackwell, The bands rhythmic styling are regularly honed every Wednesday at rehearsal by the great music director Christian Findlay, hired by the band Dec.2010 A change of name in 2011; (from Third Stage) to Mighty Fraser Big Band, selected from a list band members submitted, was thought to best represent the band and better reflect the bands location and what they are. Also takes advantage of being associated with the huge, world renowned, Mighty Fraser River that has an exciting history and means so much in the history and to economy of British Columbia, Canada.The band have performed for community, corporate and charity events, private parties, social clubs, Rotary clubs, seniors dances, Resort ski lodges, churches, (Jazz Vespers!), Concerts-in-the-park series', and will be at any occasion where they can get people on their feet and bring a toe-tapping smile to their faces.


Milan Svoboda & PRAGUE BIG BAND

[Czechia] Czech Republic PRAGUE

A modern Big Band featuring leading Czech jazz soloists. The Orchestra plays mostly original music composed by Milan Svoboda which is the key to its unique sound. The group performed at many eminent European festivals, gained numerous awards and recorded fourteen albums. The ensemble has featured a long list of well-known personalities of the world jazz scene as guest musicians (e.g. Bob Mintzer, Maria Schneider, Jerry Bergonzi, James Moody, Tony Lakatos and many others). So far Milan Svoboda has been leading and conducting the Orchestra for forty years. Whole generations of great Czech jazz musicians have taken part in the project.


Jon Ritchie & That Swing Sensation

[United Kingdom] Scotland Glasgow

Since its formation in 2008, Jon Ritchie and That Swing Sensation has focussed on some of the greatest dance and big band music from the golden age of swing. Appearances on TV and radio, festivals and functions as well as sell out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and an appearance in The Guinness Book of World Records has made the band Scotland’s Record breaking Big Band


Space Elevator

[Canada] BC Vancouver

20 person jazz-metal big band from Vancouver, Canada. Hailed as a 'compositional tour-de-force', Space Elevator is the brainchild of Mike WT Allen. Formed as a vehicle to deliver his ideas of what modern big band music should sound like, the compositions travel between swing, heavy metal, funk, and the avant-garde. Mike composes all of the music for the group as well as conducting, leading, organizing and managing the ensemble. The band simultaneously embraces and rejects the traditions of the big band jazz genre, at times swingin' like the good old days, other times playing more like a heavy rock band with a huge horn section. The group expands upon the traditional big band instrumentation with extra guitar players, drummers, and a full synth setup in lieu of the usual piano or keyboard. This allows for much more experimentation with sounds and styles. " of the most awe-inspiring demonstrations of musical prowess that I have ever experienced." - Discorder Magazine


Bruce James Orchestra

[Canada] British Columbia Vancouver

Thank you for taking the time to read about the Bruce James Orchestra- one of the hottest semi-professional big bands in the Vancouver BC area! Our 19 piece ensemble has a long history of providing exceptional big band/jazz/dance band music in the Tri-Cities/Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley; we have been performing all over the Lower Mainland since 1999. We perform a variety of big band music and are adaptable to all types of audiences/performance situations. We are a band that exudes high energy in our performance, incorporates rehearsed choreography in our selections, and is an ensemble which prides itself on excellence in both music, and showmanship.

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