All Girl Big Band: - a powerhouse of sound
Sunday 14 May 2017
“...a very tight, disciplined group; a powerhouse of sound.”
The All Girl Big Band is the only one of its kind in New Zealand. Formed at the beginning of 2016, the group brings together talented female jazz musicians from around Christchurch.
Most of the band members are professional musicians or music teachers with a wide range of ages, from high-school-student age to the most mature member, Jill Fenton, who is 77 and took up the trombone in her late 40s.
"The band has a great vibe and everyone brings a super energetic and positive nature to our rehearsals and concerts," says Kate Taylor. "We love playing in bands with the lads; however, the idea was to celebrate the female musicians of the city, and we feel privileged to be able to fill the numbers of a full big band (18 members)."
Taylor, who is the vocal tutor at Ara Music Arts, first developed the idea for an All Girl Big Band alongside saxophonist and music director Lana Law.
At first it seemed "a crazy, out of the box idea", but then they realised they knew enough women who could make up a big band.
The All Girl Big Band debuted at In the Loop at the Court Theatre as part of their ‘Hidden Artists’ segment. Since then they have had stunning success with gigs for Jazz After Work, and the Swingtown Rebels.
The late great Natalie Cole was honoured by the All Girl Big Band in their tribute concert which debuted at the 2016 Christchurch Big Band Festival to a standing ovation.
The All Girl Big Band is looking forward to Queens Birthday weekend 2017 when they will be taking part in the Manawatu Jazz Festival in Palmerston North.
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$10 Members $15 Non-members $5 Students with ID
Doors open 7.00pm Performance starts at 7.30pm, you will get a seat if you arrive close to 7pm.
VENUE: Irish Society Hall, 29 Domain Terrace, Spreydon
The hall is situated up the long driveway, directly next to Domain Park, and there is plenty of well-lit off street parking.
DOOR SALES CASH ONLY: Please note: there is no Eftpos available on site.
Tea, coffee, biscuits and cake available during the break, also cash bar facilities for cold refreshments throughout the night.