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Montclair Women's Big Band
November 25, 2012
With a vivid cast of some of the best jazzwomen in the San Francisco Bay Area, the band combines an audacious sense of swing, tight ensemble work and inspired solos
Sunday, November 25
7pm $20; $11 students
The Montclair Women's Big Band celebrates its fifteenth with their second annual Thanksgiving perfomance at Yoshi's Oakland, the band's home town. With a vivid cast of some of the best jazzwomen in the San Francisco Bay Area, the band combines an audacious sense of swing, tight ensemble work and inspired solos. All About Jazz writes "the Montclair Women's Big Band is one of the most formidable jazz ensembles on the West Coast...this is premium-grade big band jazz, rigorously blended for high mileage and maximum pleasure."
MWBB cemented its status as a world-class ensemble with the release of it's self-titled debut CD. Recorded at George Lucas's state-of-the-art Skywalker Sound in Marin County and engineered by three-time Grammy winner Leslie Ann Jones the recording has become a best-seller on CDBaby. The Washington Post labeled the recording "a blues-drenched gem that swings with dazzling aplomb." The band has gained visibility through a series of high-profile gigs, including performing to sold out audiences in LA for the Grammy Foundation, in Washngton, D.C. at the Kennedy Center, and on National Public Radio's number one syndicated show, Piano Jazz, with Marian McPartland.
For this performance the ensemble will present a number of new compositions featuring the band's outstanding soloists, and a potent repertoire of new and old big band classics, hot salsa sounds and original compositions. All About Jazz writes "the MWBB unsheathes an arsenal of meticulous sharpshooters including pianist Tammy Hall, trumpeters Ellen Seeling and Marina Garza, saxes Mad Duran and Jean Fineberg, and trombonists Sarah Cline and Mara Fox." Rounding out the personnel are saxes Kasey Knudsen, Yvonne Lin and Carolyn Walter; trumpets Tiffany Carrico and Ariel Vento; trombones Crystal Bryant and Becca Burrington; pianist Tammy Hall; bassist Ruth Davies and drummer Russ Gold. Be there or be square!!