This is the home of Canada’s Premier Big Band - Jim John's Swing Shift Big Band. From the band’s beginning in 1996 it quickly became apparent that this was a band intent on preserving the sounds and quality of the big band era - a band that has since been recognized as one of the top big bands in the country. With 17 talented musicians, male and female vocalists and optional dancers and female vocal trio, this band can entertain audiences of all ages. From dances, corporate galas, and jazz festivals to weddings, theatre shows and everything in-between, Swing Shift has the variety to suit any occasion. We can also provide smaller groups, ranging from solo piano, trio, quartet and right up to our very popular 11 piece group - a versatile band that specializes in music for all ages. Leader Jim John has twenty years of leadership experience - he knows how to make your event a big success!!
Waterdown ArtsFest - with the Order of Canada Band - August 20
"The Order of Canada Jazz Ensemble are legendary jazz musicians Tommy Banks, Dave Young, Terry Clarke & Jens Lindemann, who along with special guest guitarist Reg Schwager will perform their arrangement of Oscar Peterson’s classic album Canadiana Suite from start to finish, accompanied by the Swing Shift Big Band. The members of the Order of Canada Jazz Ensemble have worked with many of the greatest jazz musicians the world has seen, including Oscar Peterson, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, & Duke Ellington. Of course it need not be said that all of the members of this special jazz ensemble are Canadian, and have been awarded the Order of Canada."
An amazing show - starts at 10:00 pm - a once-in-a-lifetime experience!!! DETAILS HERE.
The New CD - One More, Twice
You heard the new tracks at the CD launch party at the Rex, now here it is...
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