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Milan Svoboda & PRAGUE BIG BAND


[Czechia] Czech Republic PRAGUE
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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.


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Jon Ritchie & That Swing Sensation


[United Kingdom] Scotland Glasgow
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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


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Space Elevator


[Canada] BC Vancouver
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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. "...one of the most awe-inspiring demonstrations of musical prowess that I have ever experienced." - Discorder Magazine


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Bruce James Orchestra


[Canada] British Columbia Vancouver
SemiProfBigBand

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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Swiss Jazz Orchestra


[Switzerland] Bern Bern
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Das Swiss Jazz Orchestra ist die meistbeschäftigte professionelle Big Band der Schweiz. Den Kern seiner Aktivitäten bildet eine wöchentliche Konzertserie im Bierhübeli Bern, die jeweils von Mitte Oktober bis Ende Mai läuft und etwa 30 Konzerte umfasst. Inklusive aller externen Engagements hat das SJO bereits über 650 Auftritte hinter sich. Daneben tritt das SJO mit Projekten verschiedenster Stilrichtungen auf, welche auf bisher 10 CDs dokumentiert sind. Für seine Verdienste wurde das SJO im Jahr 2010 mit dem grossen Kulturpreis der Burgergemeinde Bern ausgezeichnet. Das SJO hat mit international gefeierten Künstlern wie Joshua Redman, Peter Erskine, Mike Mainieri, Joey DiFrancesco, Paquito d’Rivera, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Grégoire Maret, Anat Cohen, Alex Sipiagin, Chico Pinheiro, Torun Erisken, Claudio Roditi, Roberta Gambarini, Jerry Bergonzi, Jamie Cullum, den Jazz-Legenden Phil Woods und Buddy DeFranco, den Komponisten/Arrangeuren Jim McNeely, Bob Mintzer, Bert Joris, George Gruntz sowie nationalen Grössen wie Andy Scherrer, Franco Ambrosetti, Matthieu Michel, Nat Su, Domenic Landolf, Houry Dora Apartian, Michael Zisman oder Pepe Lienhard zusammengearbeitet.



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