Big Band

Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School

Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School is a unique cross-generational collective of Toronto-based jazz musicians. Award winning veterans like William Carn, Colleen Allen and Brownman Ali stand next to the city's hottest 20-somethings in this contemporary modern big band. Bandleader Chelsea McBride's complex original compositions have been called “picturesque”, “cinematic” and “joyful” by media, and are influenced by the lineage of Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue. The Socialist Night School is a story-telling vehicle for McBride's evocative writing style.

Jim Galloway's Wee Big Band

Formed in 1979 as a repertory band specialising in the music of the great bands of the swing era, Jim Galloway's Wee Big band now has over 400 arrangements, perhaps the most extensive repertoire of any big band in the country.

The music of Duke Ellington has always been an integral part of the band's library, with examples of his work ranging from his early works in the late 20's to his sacred music in the 70's but tributes to the bands of Count Basie, Benny Goodman,Woody Herman, Jimmie Lunceford, Jay McShann, Buddy Rich and Artie Shaw are also in the band's library.

Gary Morgan

This Canadian big band was formed in 2004 to showcase modern Cuban and Brazilian classics. The emphasis in the band has been the orchestration and arrangement of some of the wealth of material emerging from the contemporary composers of Brazil, including such major talents as Egberto Gismonti, Milton Nascimento, Hermeto Pascoal, Jovino Santos Neto and Itibere Zwarg. This is not your father's big band. Although Gary is steeped in the big band tradition and sound, PanAmericana! represents an attempt to expand, through orchestration, his rhythmic, melodic and harmonic ideas.

Galaxy Orchestra directed by Ross Wooldridge

Ross Wooldridge is the leader and arranger for the Galaxy Orchestra. This fifteen piece big band has entertained in Southern Ontario and Western New York for well over a decade, including Art Park in Lewiston, and the Toronto International Film Festival. This world class orchestra continues to be in demand in local concert venues.

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

Formed in 1995, under the tirelessly committed and confident direction of saxophonist Tommy Smith, SNJO has developed into a world class ensemble capable of playing the classic big band music of Ellington, Basie, Goodman, Kenton and Herman with tremendous style and authority.

Martin Loomer & Orange Devils

Martin Loomer And His Orange Devils Big Band plays tunes from the early part of the swing era - mostly charts from the repertoire of Fletcher Henderson, Jimmie Lunceford, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Andy Kirk and the Mills Blue Rhythm Band.

Andy De Campos Jazz Band

Although he covers much of the material common to singers like Sinatra, Andy has never been identified exclusively within that repertoire or style. That's what keeps him coming back to the jazz venues again and again. Nor is Andy a jazz singer, despite its influence on his career. He's just a crooner who loves the standards of Great American Songbook.

Boxcar Boys

The Boxcar Boys are a Toronto-based group of five young performers featuring Juno-nominated Rob Teehan on sousaphone, clarinetist and tunesmith John David Williams, jazz master Karl Silveira on trombone, folky fiddler Laura Bates, and soulful Ronen Segall on accordion. They deliver a veritable gumbo of wild gypsy, old-jazz, klezmer, and folk music always performed with a good-time New Orleans spirit.

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