Pickering Esplanade - July 21

Sunday 21 July 2024
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Pickering Esplanade Park


Beaches Jazz Festival - July 28

Sunday July 28
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Woodbine Park Main Stage


Sunday Serenades, Mel Lastman Square - July 28

Sunday July 28 - Free Event!
Mel Lastman Square
5100 Yonge St. North
7:00pm - 8:30pm


Beaches Jazz Festival July 28th

 Valentine's Day at Palais Royale

Sunday July 28th, from 12:30 - 3:00 pm, Swing Shift Big Band will be taking over the Beaches Jazz Festival main stage in Woodbine Park with "Sinatra and Bublé Together Again" show featuring the vocals of Dan Lauzon (Frank Sinatra tribute artist) and Dave Statham. This is a free show, bring your lawn chairs and sunblock to enjoy the timeless music of Sinatra and Bublé.

See you there!

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And later the same day ...

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Sunday, July 28, we'll be returning to the stage at Mel Lastman Square to revive Sunday Serenades after a long break. The show starts at 7 pm and goes to 8:30, no admission charge and there is plenty of room to dance in front of the band. Dave Statham and Larisa Renee will be singing the best in big band jazz and standards, we hope you can join us.


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Our Latest Video


From summer 2023, this is our small Big Band version (9 pieces plus vocalists), playing our "Chart Topping Hits" set. 

Featured vocalists are Shannon Butcher and Dave Statham...


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Our New CD - Full House

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 Full House is now available for delivery or download (click here)...


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Previous Swing Shift CD - Celebrations!

Read The WholeNote Review Here!


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Jim John’s SWING SHIFT BIG BAND with Strings

Featuring Larisa Renée and Dave Statham with special guest,

multi-award winner Jackie Richardson

Release Date: May 1st, 2021

"As we enter Swing Shift's 25th year, we Celebrate the musical contributions of band mates. We chose [a variety of tunes for this album], from the lush ballad 'Here's to Life', to the breezy 'Summer Samba', to the barn burner 'Let the Good Times Roll'. It's been an honour and a privilege to be part of this musical enterprise." – Rob Williams, lead trombone, Swing Shift Big Band

This 6-track EP-CD relies heavily on the arranging skills of Brent Turner, whose charts are tailored to the band’s strengths: clean section work and impressive vocals by Larisa and Dave.  Musical Director saxophonist Jeff Pighin ensures that the band’s tonal palette is tuned up to its optimum level.  And Celebrations! also introduces a new and sensuous dimension to the Swing Shift sound – strings an exciting first for the band!

Not to be missed is the wonderful Artie Butler anthem, 'Here's to Life' recorded by the incredible Jackie Richardson - a video of her deeply moving performance is available as a special bonus on our Celebrations! page.  “One of Canada’s foremost singers of gospel, blues and jazz, who has performed across the country and internationally, Jackie Richardson is also an award-winning actor who received a Gemini Award for her performance in The Gospel According to the Blues.” – CBC Media Centre

Celebrations! was expertly engineered by Humber's Andy Pryde and produced by Palais Records.



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