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John Fedchock New York Big Band


[United States (USA)] New York New York
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Over the course of the past thirty years, virtuoso trombonist/arranger/composer, John Fedchock has risen through the musical ranks to emerge as leader of one of the freshest, most exciting big bands in jazz. His 16-piece John Fedchock New York Big Band is comprised of alumni from major big bands, along with some of New York’s finest soloists in the “modernist tradition”. The group delights in performing Fedchock’s own dynamic compositions and unique arrangements of well-known classics, creating a sound that not only honors but also expands the tradition of the American big band. The band’s five CDs on the MAMA and Reservoir Music labels have all received high praise from critics and extraordinary success on national jazz radio charts. In recognition of his formidable arranging skills, Fedchock is a two-time GRAMMY Award nominee for “Best Instrumental Arranging”. Fedchock’s dense voicings, thick ensemble writing and unique swinging lines have become characteristic trademarks. Regarded as one of the most perceptive and versatile trombonists on the scene today, Fedchock’s reputation as a soloist is widely acknowledged. In addition to performances in New York City, the band has also toured nationally and performed abroad at international jazz festivals. The New York Times has applauded the band’s “cheerful syncopation, served with spit-and-polish precision”, and the Chicago Tribune has characterized Fedchock’s style as “an unabashed celebration of the large band format.”


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The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra


[United States (USA)] New York New York
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Founded as Thad Jones/Mel Lewis and The Jazz Orchestra:Thad Jones, who was featured in the Count Basie Orchestra, and Los Angeles based drummer Mel Lewis from the Stan Kenton Orchestra, started the band in 1966 with some of the top studio musicians in New York City. The beautiful melodies and unique arrangements of Thad Jones enchanted audiences worldwide. The mixture of the music from diverse backgrounds created their innovative sound and the band was quickly recognized as a world-class big band. Mel Lewis and The Jazz Orchestra: In 1978, Thad Jones moved to Denmark but the band continued as Mel Lewis and The Jazz Orchestra. In addition to the masterpieces by Thad, they actively employed new and original compositions and arrangements by Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and others. Those new arrangements were complex and avant-garde, but they stayed true to their fundamental band sound and swing. Their excellent artistry sustained and grew their high reputation. Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: By changing its name to the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the orchestra created its own identity after losing both of its leaders. The ensemble cultivated its rich history while commissioning new music that made them the prototype of innovative big band music. 2016 marks 50 years of continued performances of Monday Night Live at the world’s premiere jazz club, The Village Vanguard.


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MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble


[United States (USA)] Massachusetts Boston
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Founded in 1963 by Boston jazz icon Herb Pomeroy, this advanced 18 to 20-member big band/jazz ensemble performs traditional and contemporary jazz ensemble literature, including student compositions, and new works written for the FJE by major jazz composers. Improvisation is a prominent part of the FJE experience. The ensemble’s instrumentation is 4-5 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxophones, piano, guitar, vibraphone, bass, and drums/percussion. Other instrumentalists interested in auditioning are encouraged to do so. The FJE performs four concerts per year and frequently features major jazz artists, such as: Chick Corea, Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, Don Byron, Ran Blake, Steve Turre, Guillermo Klein, and Jason Moran.


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Silver Moon Big Band


[United States (USA)] California San Francisco
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Whether you want to dance the night away to swinging big band sounds or boogie to your favorite Motown, Disco or Rock Classics SILVER MOON BIG BAND is always a real crowd pleaser! The musicians in this all star group have appeared with such notables as: Steve Allen, Ray Charles, Paul Anka, Tito Puente, Jack Jones, Maynard Ferguson, The Tubes, Al Martino, Del Shannon, The Drifters, and many others. SILVER MOON has performed at many of the Bay Area's most prestigious events including the San Francisco Symphony Gala at Davies Hall, the de Young Museum's "Friday Nights at the de Young" series, and the Red Cross Bay Area Gala at Union Square. With many years of professional experience, these talented artists can be counted on to play the appropriate style and volume level for any situation. SILVER MOON BIG BAND specializes in weddings, anniversaries, and corporate events. Special ethnic and holiday music is available, as are classical duets and soloists for wedding ceremonies. Silver Moon also has a full repertoire of fanfares for awards banquets. The band is happy to perform special requests and band size is adaptable to the client's needs or budget. Whether your celebration is black-tie or informal, rest assured it will be a fantastic success with SILVER MOON BIG BAND!!!


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Christian McBride Big Band


[United States (USA)] New York New York
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The Christian McBride Big Band is a 17-piece, twenty-first century, big band whose debut album The Good Feeling received the Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 2012. The group, along with the Roy Hargrove Big Band and the Mingus Big Band have swung the pendulum back that pulled small ensemble African-American Jazz into white mainstream popular music during what was dubbed the "Big Band Era" or Swing Era of the mid 1930s to the late mid-1940s, creating a new big-band sound that fuses traditional Big Band long-form compositions with more modern post-Bop sound.[1][2] The band has performed at clubs in New York, where most of the musicians are based, and at major festivals like the Playboy Jazz Festival in Los Angeles or the James Moody Festival in Newark.


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Evan Sherman Big Band


[United States (USA)] New Jersey New Jersey
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In 2014, {{Evan Sherman}} formed the Evan Sherman Entourage and 16-piece Big Band, which consists of up-and-coming creators alongside a rotating cast of incredible veterans and guests. In addition to its residency at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola's late night dance parties and frequent appearances at the legendary Rainbow Room in New York's Rockefeller Center, the Entourage's upcoming performances for the summer and fall of 2016 include Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing, Caramoor Jazz Festival, and The Appel Room. A native of New Jersey, Evan graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in 2015 and is based in New York City. Evan is a 22 year-old drummer, bandleader, composer and arranger. He has played all over the world with the likes of James Moody, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Ron Carter, Roy Hargrove, and Jon Batiste. He continues to tour with pianist Cyrus Chestnut, the Jimmy Heath Big Band, and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars.


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