Brisbane Big Band Festival
Jazz on full power
20 bands, 350 musicians and 4 nights of swinging sound.
If jazz bands were cars, big bands would be the V8s. There’s a big difference between a regular 8-piece jazz band and an 18-piece big band. Big bands create a majestic sound that gets into your bones and gives you gooseflesh. It fills the room.
Big Band Benefits
Savour a variety of jazz flavours. Big bands aren’t limited to one genre. You’ll hear Latin jazz, the standard classics of the 30s and 40s, original compositions and—heck, we’ve even had heavy metal, big band style.
Indulge in a wealth of sound – trumpets, saxes, trombones, piano, bass, drums and guitar, topped with a vocalist. Big band music teases out every instrument’s moment to shine. How often do you hear the alto, tenor and baritone sax in one band? Or four trumpets harmonising with each other?
Meet jazz greats like:
- John Morrison, once voted Australia’s best big band drummer
- Jackie Cooper, acclaimed jazz and big band singer
- Both are regular patrons of this festival. During the festival, they generously provide mentoring, critiques on performances and workshops.