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July 26th: BCBB at Beaches International Jazz Festival

The Big City Big Band returns to the Big Band stage at Toronto’s Beaches International Jazz Festival on Saturday July 26th 2014. Our special guest will be Toronto crooner Andy De Campos. Our set starts at 12:30pm, preceded by a swing-dance lesson courtesy of the Bee’s Knees Dance Studio. This year’s Big Band stage will be at Woodbine Park, near the corner of Northern Dancer Blvd. and Queen Street. See the Beaches Jazz Festival program for more info — we hope to see you there. Keep your fingers crossed for good weather!

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February 15th: Jazz Safari at the Dominion on Queen

The Big City Big Band is thrilled to once again be part of the Jazz.FM91 Big Band Jazz Safari,

hosted by Jaymz Bee and Glen Woodcock. This year’s edition will be taking place on Saturday February 15th 2014, with our band kicking things off at the Dominion on Queen (500 Queen Street East, at Sumach) in Toronto. The show starts at 7:30pm, but we recommend timing your arrival for our second set (about 9:00pm) to improve your chances of getting a seat.

We’ll be playing a selection of old favourites as well as new repertoire, including tunes from the Gordon Goodwin and Kenny Clarke / Francy Boland Big Bands. The event will be “pay-what-you-can”, in support of our upcoming CD recording project. We hope to see you there!

July 28th: BCBB at the Toronto Beaches International Jazz Festival

Join us on Sunday July 28th (12:30pm) for an afternoon of great jazz at the Toronto Beaches International Jazz Festival. We will be joined by Toronto jazz vocalist Alex Samaras for two sets of jazz standards, Latin and swing numbers. Our performance will take place at the Big Band stage, on the Beaches boardwalk near the foot of Lee Avenue (just east of Kew Gardens). The show is free, but please arrive early to get the best seats!

 

July 7th: BCBB and Andy De Campos at Mel Lastman Square “Sunday Serenades”

We are very happy to announce that the Big City Big Band will be kicking off the 2013 City of Toronto “Sunday Serenades” concert series at Mel Lastman Square on July 7th. Our special guest for this show will be Toronto crooner Andy De Campos, and we’ll be performing classic swing and Latin hits of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. Please join us at Mel Lastman Square on Sunday July 7th at 7:30pm — the show is free, and no tickets are required, but we recommend arriving early to get a good seat.  See you there!

 

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February 15th: BCBB at the Dominion on Queen — Jazz Safari!

We’re thrilled to announce our next show, part of Jazz FM 91.1′s “Jazz Safari” series! Join us at the Dominion on Queen on Friday, February 15th, 2013 for an evening of great big-band jazz. There is no cover charge, and the show starts at 8 p.m. (though you’ll find it easier to get a seat if you come at 9 p.m. instead). The Dominion on Queen is located at 500 Queen St. East (at Sumach), 416-368-6893. We hope to see you there!

BCBB plays Pam and John’s wedding

We had a great time playing for an enthusiastic crowd of dancers at Pam and John’s wedding — including the bride and groom themselves! The newlyweds took to the dance-floor for Glenn Miller’s “Moonlight Serenade”, after which the crowd joined them for lots more swing, Latin, funk and pop numbers. We finished off the night with “25 or 6 to Four” by Chicago. Congratulations again to the happy couple!