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Favorite Modern Big Bands?

Post by TromboneFox » Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:12 pm

Hello all,

Do you have any favorite modern big bands or large swing ensembles/jazz orchestras/what have you? I'm on the hunt to expand the collection of big bands I listen to to include newer groups. The Jacob Mann Big Band, etc. Suggestions?
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Re: Favorite Modern Big Bands?

Post by AndrewMeronek » Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:58 pm

Here around the Detroit area we have a few top-notch big bands:

Paul Keller Orchestra
Scott Gwinnell Orchestra
Planet D Nonet
Craig Strain Orchestra
P.O.R.K
Toledo Jazz Orchestra
Rhythm Society Orchestra

to name a few. Probably the most 'modern' of these are Paul and Scott's orchestras - both of those guys write some pretty great charts and have released significant albums.
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Re: Favorite Modern Big Bands?

Post by Bach5G » Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:06 pm

Darcy James Argue gets good reviews.
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Post by greenbean » Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:18 pm

WDR Big Band
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Re: Favorite Modern Big Bands?

Post by greenbean » Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:20 pm

Gerald Wilson Orchestra. Depends how you define "modern," of course...
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Re: Favorite Modern Big Bands?

Post by Posaunus » Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:50 pm

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
http://www.bigphatband.com/
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Re: Favorite Modern Big Bands?

Post by islander » Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:37 am

Indeed - depends on how you define "modern." My favourite of all was the Clarke-Boland Big Band, but if we're talking contemporary - how about the Bohuslan Big Band in Gothenburg? They've done some remarkable recordings.
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Post by LeoInFL » Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:06 am

Posaunus wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:50 pm
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
http://www.bigphatband.com/
+1

Exceptional soloists and awesome arrangements. What I enjoy most is the each section gets their 'moment in the sun', playing intricate runs (even the bones) within the context of the arrangements.

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Post by cmcslide » Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:24 am

The Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra. Current lineup has Marshall Gilkes and Ryan Keberle in the bone section. Also, Marshall Gilkes himself has a couple of really great big band albums. Also, I've been listening lately to a few latin big bands (Arturo O'Farrell, Dafnis Prieto, Bobby Sanabria). Finally, one more name to put out there is Jim McNeely, great writer who directs the Frankfurt Radio Big Band.
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Re: Favorite Modern Big Bands?

Post by Redthunder » Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:10 am

+1 for Jim McNeely.

Additionally, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, a group McNeely has been associated with for a long time too.

The Christian McBride Big Band.
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Post by bellend » Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:32 am

Louis Dowdswell Big Band.

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Post by Cmillar » Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:04 am

John Daversa Big Band!

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Numerous clips on YouTube.
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Post by kingsk1117 » Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:44 am

Matt Catingub Big Band
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Post by cozzagiorgi » Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:25 am

Great suggestions! Keep it coming!
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Post by Bach5G » Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:10 am

From The New York Times:

‘They’re Doing It Out of Love’: The Big Band Rises Again

Long seen as a vestige of jazz’s past, large ensembles are charging back, led by a new generation of musicians who see size as an opportunity, not a hindrance.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/31/arts ... vival.html
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Post by kingsk1117 » Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:23 am

And don't forget some of the University bands, most notably the University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band. (plus the Two O'Clock and Three O'Clock bands)
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Post by AndrewMeronek » Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:44 am

It's probably worth noting that the L.A. area has an essentially revolving big band with various leaders: Tom Kubis, Scott Whitfield, Carl Saunders, Bill Holman, Bob Florence (deceased, alas), and several others besides Gordon Goodwin.
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Re: Favorite Modern Big Bands?

Post by dershem » Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:14 pm

Dave Slonaker is doing some great stuff.
Ryan Haines has put out put some amazing CD's.
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Re: Favorite Modern Big Bands?

Post by greenbean » Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:59 pm

The Clare Fischer Big Band has been fantastic for a long, long time. Dozens of great recordings.
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Re: Favorite Modern Big Bands?

Post by LesBone » Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:27 pm

Check out LA based Steve Huffsteter "Gathered Around" on YouTube.
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Post by Spemrick » Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:20 pm



Check out the Pittsburgh Collective, Dave Sanford director.
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Post by dershem » Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:22 pm

Dave Slonaker is doing some amazing stuff. Ryan Haines has done some incredible CD's - he's a great bone player and writes some interesting changes.
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Re: Favorite Modern Big Bands?

Post by jacobgarchik » Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:40 am

gonna plug a bunch of bands I play with, some mentioned and some not

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
Dafnis Prieto Big Band
Mike Formanek Ensemble Kollosus
John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble
Justin Mullens Delphian Jazz Orchestra
Andrew D'Angelo Big Band
Alan Ferber Big Band
Ohad Talmor

"modern" is a can of worms.
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Post by BGuttman » Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:51 am

Just find groups Jacob plays with. Also look for Josh Roseman (they seem to play together a lot).
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Re: Favorite Modern Big Bands?

Post by Bach5G » Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:39 pm

“Modern is a can of worms”

I’m good with no Glenn Miller.
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Re: Favorite Modern Big Bands?

Post by Chiptingle » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:58 am

So many great bands, and many that are new to me.

But...I’m surprised The Mingus Big Band hasn’t been mentioned! Such a thriving, hungry coalition playing most every Monday night in NYC @ Jazz Standard.
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Post by ngrinder » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:26 am

I feel like Jacob mentioned all my favorite bands, but check out Brian Krock's "Big Heart Machine." I'm biased because I play in it, but the music is really great. Brian drew on a pretty eclectic mix of influences yielding some very cool results.

https://bigheartmachine.bandcamp.com/al ... rt-machine

http://downbeat.com/news/detail/big-heart-machine
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Post by AndrewMeronek » Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:46 pm

Bach5G wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:39 pm
“Modern is a can of worms”

I’m good with no Glenn Miller.
In The Mood kind of kills that band for a lot of musicians, but they were really one of the good bands of the period. Not as sharp as Artie Shaw's Orchestra or Basie, but still pretty good, and they actually did some good tunes like Sun Valley Jump and their big band version of Anvil Chorus.
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Post by Grah » Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:56 pm

Stan Bann Big Band

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/stanbann

Also Stan's arrangements for trombone groups, concert band, big band etc. are great!
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Post by BurckhardtS » Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:29 am

I was at the JEN conference in Reno NV this week, and I heard the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors. They were the highlight of the conference for me. I don't think I've heard a big band play that tightly before live. Liesl Whitaker was playing lead trumpet and absolutely laying it down for the rest of the band. The soloists were great, and they also had great programming variety, which a lot of the bands I watched this week lacked.
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Post by TheSheriff » Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:34 pm

islander wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:37 am
Indeed - depends on how you define "modern." My favourite of all was the Clarke-Boland Big Band, but if we're talking contemporary - how about the Bohuslan Big Band in Gothenburg? They've done some remarkable recordings.
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Post by King2bPlus » Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:43 pm

Jens Wendelboe Big Band
Bohuslan Big Band
Brett Gold NY Jazz Orchestra
Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra
Chicago Jazz Orchestra
Eyal Vilner Big Band
Ian Charleton Big Band
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Post by islander » Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:08 am

TheSheriff wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:34 pm
islander wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:37 am
Indeed - depends on how you define "modern." My favourite of all was the Clarke-Boland Big Band, but if we're talking contemporary - how about the Bohuslan Big Band in Gothenburg? They've done some remarkable recordings.
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The Clark-Boland band took no prisoners! My kind of big band. Swingin! For me, so much of the newer contemporary stuff ain't swingin', not in the least.

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I lead a big band in London dedicated to playing C-BBB music. We've had a load of stuff transcribed - including the entirety of "Fellini 712" - that high-water mark of the genre. Such a distinctive sound, and what players! Not many survivors of the band left now, but Tony Coe came to one of our concerts to hear Fellini 712 - first time it was played since 1968. He was thrilled. I met Erik van Lier a few years ago - he's still swinging hard.
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Post by TheSheriff » Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:45 am

islander wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:08 am
TheSheriff wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:34 pm
islander wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:37 am
Indeed - depends on how you define "modern." My favourite of all was the Clarke-Boland Big Band, but if we're talking contemporary - how about the Bohuslan Big Band in Gothenburg? They've done some remarkable recordings.
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The Clark-Boland band took no prisoners! My kind of big band. Swingin! For me, so much of the newer contemporary stuff ain't swingin', not in the least.

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I lead a big band in London dedicated to playing C-BBB music. We've had a load of stuff transcribed - including the entirety of "Fellini 712" - that high-water mark of the genre. Such a distinctive sound, and what players! Not many survivors of the band left now, but Tony Coe came to one of our concerts to hear Fellini 712 - first time it was played since 1968. He was thrilled. I met Erik van Lier a few years ago - he's still swinging hard.
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Lucky you having played a bunch of the transcribed stuff. I've played their version of Johnny One Note and a few others that I can't remember the names of. What a great mix of guys; Brits, Europeans, and Americans. Nat Peck, Ake Persson, and Erik van Lier! Great trombone section. I believe Nat was an original member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra. I never tire of listening to the Clarke-Boland Big Band.

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Post by TheSheriff » Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:52 am

King2bPlus wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:43 pm
Jens Wendelboe Big Band
Bohuslan Big Band
Brett Gold NY Jazz Orchestra
Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra
Chicago Jazz Orchestra
Eyal Vilner Big Band
Ian Charleton Big Band
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Post by dukesboneman » Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:15 pm

My personal favorites.

Vanguard Orchestra
Darcy James Argue`s Secret Society
The Flat Earth Society ( Look `em up - Fantastic)
Captain Black Big Band
The MK Groove Orchestra
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